PLAY dough

There’s a chill in the air and we have already seen the first few snow flurries of the season. As winter draws near we look for places of warmth and comfort. We hope that the Children’s Museum of South Dakota can be one of those places for your family. We see new families every day, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dream Dough

Dream dough is one of our go-to recipes at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota because of how easy it is to make and how fun it is to play with! The recipe we use only calls for two ingredients; however, feel free to add additional color with food coloring or glitter for sparkly dream […]