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DuPage Children's Museum

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The DuPage Children’s Museum’s mission is to stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking and problem solving in young children through self-directed, open-ended experiences; integration of the arts, science and math; the child-adult learning partnership.

Museum Gears Up for Second Annual Teacher Expo on Aug. 28

Above / Look for the big red door! The DuPage Children's Museum, located at 301 N. Washington, is set for its Second Annual Teacher...

Raise Your Play IQ – Baby Brothers, Birds, and Feelings: How Children Seek Understanding

by Alix Tonsgard This morning I had the opportunity to sit with a 3-year-old who was eager to share her world with me. She told...

DuPage Children’s Museum Gears Up for a Wheely Fun Transportation Celebration on July...

Above / Wheely Fun Transportation Celebration will be presented by Navistar from 9AM to 1PM Sat., July 27, with "Touch-A-Truck" and more at the...

Raise Your Play IQ – Learning through play with bubbles

by Alix Tonsgard Bubbles are a classic activity enjoyed by almost everyone both in the Museum and out. Like many experiences here at DCM, Bubbles...

Raise Your Play IQ – Train play: a window into child development

by Alix Tonsgard Trains are back at DCM! Open-ended train play presents us with a window into the learning and development that take place during...

Raise Your Play IQ – So Much More Than a Box

by Alix Tonsgard Why do children have a fascination with boxes? Box play is open-ended play in the purist form. Open-ended play is at the heart...

Raise Your Play IQ – Science and Math for Hungry People

by Alix Tonsgard It is sometimes said that, “Cooking is science (or math) for hungry people!” Cooking with your kids is fun AND educational! Think about...

Raise Your Play IQ – Emotional Intelligence

by Alix Tonsgard Over 20 years ago, Daniel Goleman popularized the term Emotional Intelligence (EI). His best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Matters More than IQ, informed readers...

Raise Your Play IQ – Conversation Starters

by Alix Tonsgard Does this scenario sound familiar? You pick your little one up from school, or maybe you are sitting at the dinner table,...

Raise Your Play IQ – Plain Blocks = Deluxe Learning

by Alix Tonsgard A toy with no blinking lights? No microchip? Nothing that wiggles, twinkles, or giggles? Why would kids want to play with something...

Raise Your Play IQ – Fostering respect for cultural diversity

by Alix Tonsgard Increasing the quality of early childhood programs has come with much effort to create environments that are safe, welcoming, and respectful of...

Raise Your Play IQ – The power of observation

by Alix Tonsgard We usually discuss different ideas of activities to do and ways to play with your children, but now I want to talk...

Raise Your Play IQ – Play to learn: the caregiver’s role

by Alix Tonsgard Research has demonstrated time and again that providing rich and varied play experiences for children definitively has been proven to boost children’s...

Raise Your Play IQ – Cultivating a storyteller

by Alix Tonsgard Stories, for many of us, are the way that our brains store, organize, and recall information, and tie content together. Storytelling is...

Raise Your Play IQ – The truth about sharing

by Alix Tonsgard Most of our young visitors are of the mindset, "What's mine is mine and what's yours is mine too!" Some of our...

Raise Your Play IQ – Better together: let your child be your guide

by Alix Tonsgard Two fundamental beliefs that guide everything that we do at DuPage Children’s Museum are that children learn best when they are directing...

Raise Your Play IQ – Piece By Piece: Learning Through Puzzle Play

by Alix Tonsgard While cleaning out my closet recently, I was inspired to dust off an old jigsaw puzzle. The enjoyment of puzzles is one...

Raise Your Play IQ – 1,2,3 Count with Me: Numbers at Home

by Alix Tonsgard Almost everything we do is connected to mathematical thinking! Imagine setting a table or preparing a meal without some understanding of math...

Raise Your Play IQ – Tantrum taming

by Alix Tonsgard While the epic meltdowns experienced in the early years are difficult for us grown-ups, it is important to remember that the emotions...

Raise Your Play IQ – Food, glorious food

by Alix Tonsgard If the topics of food and meal times in your household stress you out, you are not alone! Between the ages of...

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