What Stories Do

Literature can move us in ways that few other things can. When we read or hear stories we are transported to another place and time. We learn about the world and even more about ourselves. The power in stories is that they create relationships. Stories help people connect with people, with materials, with art, and with the […]

Mystery Dinner Theater

For the past few years, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota has been hosting a new type of educational programming: Mystery Dinner Theaters. Dinner theater programs continue to be popular for the adult demographic – but here at the Children’s Museum, we are always about making experiences accessible to the child! In our most recent Mystery […]

Spring in Bloom

As spring grows near, I get an itch to throw out any reminders of winter and to freshen up our programming rooms at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota with bright spring colors and activities. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a flower planting sensory bin. Sensory bins are a tactile […]

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 […]