The Mississippi Children's Museum is a huge, diverse collection of exhibits for young children. Everything from water play and farming to forestry and a lifesized scrabble board can be found on the two floors of this awesome museum. We are lucky enough to have a membership (which I highly recommend if you have a great children's museum in your area) and make frequent trips. I love having a membership because this means that we can stop by for just an hour or two when we have time. We can spend the entire time in one exhibit and not feel like we're missing anything.
This was just such a trip. We never left the entrance level during our trip to the museum last week. There is a crane and train table on this level and these were all we needed. As you might already know from our post about Exploring Magnets my son is currently interested in cranes and how they interact with trains. At the MCM there is a large crane that children can operate by turning wheels at its base. Different materials can be attached to the crane and then manuveared to build a wall. While not deliberately related to train play, it was a great way to explore his interest on a larger scale. The construction worker vests and hats were a bonus.
Later they wandered over to the train table and this is where they stayed until we left. There were cranes here too as well as duplos nearby. Similar to their play at home, our twins integrated these materials and were soon engaged in complicated imaginary play scenarios involving trains and babies and trucks and other things I couldn't really follow. Again the larger scale table offered them a different environment to explore familiar themes. Being at the museum also encourages broader social interaction and cooperative play as they negotiated and collaborated with other children.
This was just one of the many ways we've used and benefitted from our children's museum, but it was the perfect way to continue to explore our current interests.
*Some other themes you could explore at this children's museum: art, music, water (fish and boats), and the human body.
*The Madison Children's Museum and Building for Kids are two of our favorite spots in Wisconsin and loved this children's musuem near DC.
Do you have a favorite Children's Museum?
How often do you visit the museum?
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