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Friday, August 19, 2022

Raise Your Play I.Q. with Summer Fun & Learning

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Summer’s just around the corner. Soon we’ll be planning picnics and trips to the beach. Although they take a break from the busy school season, children are still absorbing all that surrounds them. Our children continue to soak up information regardless of where they are – even when outside enjoying summer activities.

Picnics are a fun way to get out of the house.  As you involve young ones in picnic preparation, math awareness can come into play.  Math language and counting can accompany your sandwich making.

“How many sandwiches do we need to make?  Should we cut our sandwiches in half?  Fourths?”  As you cut sandwiches, you can talk about shapes.  “What if we cut the sandwich into squares? Or, how about triangles?”

Opportunity for early learning through scientific exploration comes into play in the sandbox. Children can observe texture and displacement as they grab a handful of sand that spills out around their knuckles. Add water and scientific tools such as buckets, colanders and funnels, and the scientific method accompanies play. Children can observe, investigate, experiment, make predictions and draw conclusions all during free activity and play.

DuPage Children’s Museum can offer a respite from the summer’s heat and sun. Early learning is a constant here. Our exhibits cover learning opportunities in the areas of art, math and science.  Books and literacy learning are a part of each exhibit neighborhood. As you gear up for summer, remember that opportunities for early learning, even with a carefree summer attitude, are everywhere!

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Mollie H.M. Willis
Mollie H.M. Willishttp://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org
Raise Your Play IQ™ is written by Mollie H.M. Willis, M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, an early learning consultant to Dupage Children's Museum. Ms. Willis has more than ten years of experience in early learning including preschool administration and teaching. She can be reached through the museum at admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

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