Museum Tips

How to Use the Museum
to Help Your Child

First Experiences

Your brain uses past experiences to make sense of new spaces. It can quickly compute where to go and what to do. Your child is still experiencing most things for the first time. They do not have past experiences to make sense of the world around them. They may need help navigating a new space like the museum and feel overwhelmed.

Vocabulary Boost

You need a strong vocabulary to be a successful reader. Take notice of your child’s vocabulary and try to use new words when you talk with them.

Talk "With" vs "To"

Talking with your child is more powerful than talking to your child.

Clean Up

Invite your child to clean up when they have finished playing. Encourage them to put back items they are no longer using for other children to use.

Shared Spaces

Costumes, toys, and pretend items are expected to move between spaces. If your child takes something to a new area of the museum, that’s totally fine!

Adding Experience

Your child’s brain is like a string of lights. Every new experience adds another bulb to the string, making it longer and brighter.

Watch for Cues

Watch your child for cues. Sometimes they want or need you to engage in the play and sometimes they want to play on their own or with another child. All three are okay!

Question with a Question

Respond to questions from your child with your own question. This allows you to see their train of thought. For example, if asked, “Mommy, what is this?” You could say, “I see it is round and smooth, what do you think it is?” Remember that your child moves fluidly between their imagination and reality. Your child’s answer gives you a window into their imagination.