Children's Museum

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The mission of Providence Children's Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. The Museum creates and presents interactive play and learning environments and hands-on programs for children ages 1 - 11 and their families. Located in Providence's Jewelry District.

Museum educators and other staff contribute monthly articles about topics related to children's play and learning. Articles advocate for the importance of play to children's healthy development and are full of great ideas and resources, activities to try at home, and much more. For additional ideas and resources, visit the Museum's website and blog. Also join the conversation about the need for play on the Museum-hosted PlayWatch listserv (http://www.playwatch.org/).

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Drawing Attention

Drawing Attention

[ 0 ] March 2, 2009 |

By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Program Developer As an early childhood educator, I sometimes wonder if I give children enough time to draw.  After all, it seems to follow that for children without a completely developed language system (true for most children under five), that encouraging drawing could provide them with not only an […]

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Scouting Around

Scouting Around

[ 0 ] February 4, 2009 |

By Carly Loeper Exhibit and Program Developer, Providence Childrens Museum Learning to tie a square knot; making a blade of grass whistle; building with a hammer, nails, and scrap wood; experimenting to find the best solution for shining pennies; singing a silly song without a shred of self-consciousness. We can all recall childhood activities that […]

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Play Power!

Play Power!

[ 1 ] November 10, 2008 |

After two months of extensive renovations — deinstalling and building exhibits, replacing windows, repairing brickwork, sanding, painting, recarpeting — the work has wrapped up and Providence Children’s Museum reopened and debuted Play Power, its newest learning environment.The major new exhibit celebrating the power of children’s play, Play Power gives kids plenty of opportunities for open-ended, […]

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Opening Doors

Opening Doors

[ 3 ] August 5, 2008 |

By Karen Lambe Early Childhood Developer “Mrs. Lambe, we need photo paper for the darkroom.” “How did the artist make the hand look like it was coming out of the paper in that poster?” As an art teacher of upper elementary and middle school students for 11 years, I learned what was developmentally appropriate for […]

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Make Music Together!

Make Music Together!

[ 2 ] April 2, 2008 |

By Karen Lambe, Early Childhood Educator It’s so common, so much a part of our world, that we often take it for granted. From the early days of our baby’s life, when we gently tap in time to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the bottom of her feet to the Raffi CD that gets played […]

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Front Row

Front Row

[ 0 ] December 6, 2007 |

By Karen Lambe, Early Childhood Developer Do you remember the first time you experienced a live performance, waiting for the magical moment when the performers would appear and you would be transported into another world of stories and dance or mesmerized by music and puppetry? Going to a live performance is wonderfully exciting for children. […]

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