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Preschoolers Need to Get Outside!

Preschoolers Need to Get Outside!

Even hardy Minnesotans sometimes need reminders about the importance of getting children outside despite how low the mercury might drop in the dead of winter.  In her blog post, Preschoolers Need to Get Outside!, educator and Improv Parenting founder Keren Gudeman,...
The Secret Life of a Jacket

The Secret Life of a Jacket

In the daily hustle and bustle, much of children’s schedules revolve around choices made by the adults who care for them. Many children move throughout their day being shuffled from one transition to another. Often, the transitions lead to frustrations and meltdowns...
Play is More than “Just Fun” — It’s How Kids and Adults Learn

Play is More than “Just Fun” — It’s How Kids and Adults Learn

Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester is taking a powerful position that says one of the keys to helping our community tackle the challenges of today and the future will come from an unlikely source – and that’s play. Raising Awareness on the Power of Play “JUMBOJenga...

We Need Big Healthy Fun!

Despite the proven benefits to a child’s development, physical play is vastly disappearing. Recess has been increasingly reduced and replaced by test preparation and, in fact, physical play for children has decreased by 50 percent over the last forty years. Our...
Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

If we were to ask adults, “What is this?”   most people would say a black dot. Well, they might also call it a circle, a period, a blob or polka dot too. Show children the same black dot and ask, “What is this?” and you will hear boundless possibilities. A pupil. A...

More Proof that Play Unlocks Innovation

Minnesota Children’s Museum hosted our second Pints & Play event on Tuesday evening at Bauhaus Brew Labs in northeast Minneapolis – and ran a fun experiment. Here’s how: We split people into two groups and gave each a set of Rigamajig building materials (wooden...

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