Cloud Dough

One of our favorite recipes at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is for cloud dough. Not only is it fun to play with, but that mixing, molding, and squishing actually strengthens muscles in hands and fingers. Through improving dexterity in children, it prepares them for later tasks that require strength such as drawing and […]

Branching Out

Here at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota we are blessed with a beautiful outdoor prairie area; so, when the weather lets us, we like to be outside. And what better area of study in the outdoors than Nature Art. This Curious Kids Club session challenged kids with the question, “How can we create art […]

Rising to Democracy

No matter how long I work with children or in what capacity we work together, I continue to be amazed by how they think. The children I see regularly have been coming to the museum for programming since they were toddlers. Now at 8, 9 and 10 years of age, they have a talent for […]

Teachable Moments

Teachable moments occur every day. They are not large milestones like learning addition or how to read. Rather, they lay the groundwork for deeper learning by connecting to the present. The child remains engaged because what he is learning directly relates to what he is seeing and doing. Teachable moments appear without much notice and […]

Learning in Every Day Moments

As children observe the world around them, they are constantly absorbing new information. Daily life offers an abundance of opportunities for spontaneous learning experiences. Below are a few examples of daily occurrences you can use to teach the children in your life with no need for extra planning. In public places, take the opportunity to […]

Play Unplugged

As technology gives way to newer and greater forms of entertainment media, at the forefront of our minds should be how these advances affect the mind and body of those most vulnerable in our society: children. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time guidelines, updated at the end of 2016, suggest that children under the […]

Material Exploration

Through their unique way of viewing the world, children can see potential in materials that may go unseen by adults. When given the time and space to explore a variety of materials children not only nurture their imagination but they cultivate their ability to express emotions and relate to those around them. This connection to […]

Fizzy Bubbles

Fizzy Bubbles is a simple science experiment combining the excitement of cause and effect with a sensory surprise. This experiment puts a fun twist on the common baking soda and vinegar reaction best known for making volcanoes. By adding a powdered drink mix such as Kool-Aid or Gatorade to the baking soda, as the reaction […]