Category: Providence Children’s Museum

Beach Adventure Play

Beach Adventure Play

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum When I describe the adventure playgrounds I explored in England and Wales to Americans, they might be delighted or appalled, but they’re always surprised. Adventure playgrounds are places absolutely committed to kids’ free self-directed play. Children build (and destroy) their own play structures, often using hammers and […]

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What does learning through play look like?

What does learning through play look like?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

By Suzy Letourneau, Project Researcher, Providence Children’s Museum Providence Children’s Museum is collaborating with Brown University on a major National Science Foundation-funded project (award #1223777) to study how children develop scientific thinking skills and understand their own learning processes. In particular, Museum researchers are investigating how to make kids’ learning through play visible and are […]

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It’s the Real Thing

It’s the Real Thing

[ 0 ] June 30, 2014 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum Some children are digging in the sandpit in the Children’s Museum’s garden and uncover the mastodon bones. “Are these real fossils?,” one asks. Kids press their faces to the glass to examine an absolutely still lizard at the zoo. The lizard blinks. “It is real!” the kids […]

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Unplug During Screen-Free Week

Unplug During Screen-Free Week

[ 0 ] April 30, 2014 |

Shut down the video games, turn off the TV and step away from your screens – May 5-11, 2014 is Screen-Free Week.

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Kidoinfo presents Fairy Houses at Providence Children’s Museum

Kidoinfo presents Fairy Houses at Providence Children’s Museum

[ 0 ] April 24, 2014 |

Fairy Houses at Providence Children’s Museum        Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Providence Children’s Museum invites kids and families to craft imaginative fairy houses during a special weekend activity presented in partnership with Kidoinfo. Children use a variety of natural and found materials to create whimsical dwellings for […]

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The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a “hands-on” society. Toys are bought, not made by hand, and are not designed to be fixed if they break. Classroom time is more focused on test preparation and less on project-based learning […]

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Home-Grown Fun

Home-Grown Fun

[ 0 ] March 18, 2014 |

Look around your house for things that can be turned into intriguing indoor activities for the last dreary weeks of winter.

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Celebrating Engineers Week

Celebrating Engineers Week

[ 0 ] February 10, 2014 |

Providence Children’s Museum is celebrating Engineers Week (February 16-22, 2014) with engaging design and building challenges that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.  STEM explorations – particularly hands-on – are essential for developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities, and for encouraging kids’ future interest in math and science fields. On February 15, […]

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Learning About Learning

Learning About Learning

[ 0 ] January 28, 2014 |

By Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum For more than a decade, Providence Children’s Museum has opened its doors to developmental psychologists who explore how children think, learn and develop. Each week, researchers from The Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University and Kid Think at Providence College conduct controlled studies in the […]

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DIY Play

DIY Play

[ 3 ] December 6, 2013 |

If you’re thinking of giving a child a fancy new toy or gadget, consider DIY materials instead…

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