Learn Through Play

Madison Children's Museum's blog: news and musings about the museum, issues in the field, and the American Girl Benefit Sale.

Statement about Madison Protests on 5/30/2020

Madison Children’s Museum stands with those who are demanding justice for George Floyd, accountability for all police brutality, and an end to the systemic racism and white supremacy plaguing our … Continue reading

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Lacing Shapes

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager You can spend money on expensive craft kits, but it’s more fun (and more economical) to DIY it. Have some extra cardboard lying … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Restaurant Game

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager In honor of both Madison Resturant Week (this year in a to-go format!) and our Pie-in-the-Sky diner, which is a favorite exhibit at … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kids in the Kitchen! Playing With Food: By Joyce Hemphill

Home cooking can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Intimidating. Relaxing. Exhausting. Comforting. A chance to break from comfort zones. It’s a lot. It’s also the … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

MCM Hits the Streets—and the Sidewalks

We’d planned to launch the MCM Roadshow this summer to celebrate our 40th anniversary, coming this fall. The pandemic has forced Madison Children’s Museum to revise those original plans, which involved bringing … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: DIY Paint & Stampers

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Babies and toddlers love to stamp and get messy! But we don’t all have tons of art supplies sitting around home, especially if … Continue reading

May 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reduce, Reuse & Reach Your Inner-Artist: By Joyce Hemphill

Missing the art studio? Recreating the experience of Madison Children’s Museums crafting space in your own home might seem like a reach given the limited resources and reduced access to … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Sleeping Animals Game

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Stuck inside and need to burn off some energy? Try the Sleeping Animals Game! Practice listening skills and engage in both pretend and … Continue reading

May 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Climbing Robots

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Here’s another fun game to make with supplies you have at home! List of supplies: Piece of card stock Marker Scissors String Tape … Continue reading

April 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Mind Jars

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Sometimes when young children are overwhelmed with emotion they need a visual cue to help them calm down.  A mind jar can serve … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Marshmallow Launchers

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager This boredom buster is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Follow these easy steps to make a Marshmallow Launcher from items you likely … Continue reading

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Marvelous Marble Mazes

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Is your child tired of all their toys already? Try making your own game! All you need is a paper plate, strips of … Continue reading

April 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

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