Aimee Terzulli from the LICM: Hands-on Science that Stimulates Children's Creativity


Aimee Terzulli from the Long Island Children's Museum wants to share an idea for hands-on art and science fun that you can easily create around your house. Kids learn best by seeing, touching and doing. So if you want to ignite your child's creativity and curiosity, playing together is the spark to make that happen. Think about providing tactile experiences that let your children explore all their senses. Something as simple as water, cornstarch and some food coloring will turn your kids into scientists as they explore properties of matter with OOBLECK from the Dr. Seuss book, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck," as they watch their experiment change from liquid to solid and back again.

Open up your pantry and pull out some lentil beans for a bit of sensory fun. Put the beans in a tray and give the kids a spoon and a funnel and have them transfer the lentils from one tray to another. What does it sound like when the beans pour through the funnel into the tray? What do the beans feel like in your hand? How many spoonfuls does it take to fill up the funnel? This activity develops motor skills and counting. Here's an activity that every parent will love because the kids come out cleaner than they started ... how often does that happen?

Make a batch of "clean mud" with the kids and jump in. They can mold it and build with it while you develop their thinking skills by posing questions, like - What does it feel, look or smell like? Is it what you expected? What could we make with this? When it dries up, what can we do to make it soft and squishy again? A simple activity like this is the first steps in helping your child discover the exciting world around them. Our recipe for developing curious and creative kids: Give them a "handful" of fun every day.

So get inspired and keep the arts alive in your child's life.

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