Maker Studio

The Maker Movement has been making waves throughout the country in schools, libraries and children’s museums, encouraging new generations of inventors. Often defined as environments for making, inventing, tinkering, and creativity, it was a natural fit for the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Therefore, we decided to open a studio designed specifically for making. True […]

“I’m Like You, You’re Like Me”

All children have the right to grow up in a world where people understand and appreciate each other. Inspired by the book “I’m Like You, You’re Like Me”, by Cindy Gainer, this post provides insight on teaching children about understanding, appreciation and respect for others. Children are our future. Working alongside them, we can create […]

Beyond the Book

Children learn as they participate in meaningful experiences with both adults and children.  Reading with your child can spark a variety of playful opportunities. It’s very common for adults to ask children to tell them about what they’ve read. While asking questions is a valuable way to enhance comprehension skills; retelling stories is a method […]

Minds in the Making

With our youngest citizens making is often mistaken for just playing, when in fact it’s an empowering and relevant learning process that positively impacts their lives. Dale Dougherty, publisher and editor of Make: Magazine states that “It doesn’t matter what you make, it’s the process of making that’s important.” When making is approached as a […]

Puffy Paint

The process of making and exploring Puffy Paint provides wonderful opportunities for tapping into children’s natural curiosity while enhancing their sense of wonder. Five ways to support a child’s sense of wonder: ONE – Before mixing the ingredients, allow time to explore the glue and shaving cream separately. Talk about what they feel like and what […]

On Repeat

Does it ever feel like your child is stuck “on repeat”? He keeps doing the same activity over and over, whether it’s building a puzzle, singing a song, or drawing a tree. As an adult, you start getting bored and wonder: How is he still so excited and interested? It seems monotonous to an adult, […]

Curious Kids Club

Curiosity is a natural way of thinking for children. They readily question moments and experiences as they are happening. This eagerness to learning is something we encourage in our Curious Kids Club offerings. At the beginning of class, we open discussion about a topic by simply exploring it through questions. Children write down their questions […]

Art Village

As the teacher preparing for an Exploring the Studio class, I reflected on how I could support children in discovering different ways to use art mediums while expressing their ideas and interests. I opened the class with the following provocation: “If you could create your own studio and be your own type of artist, what […]