Looking for ways to get your child's imagination flowing, inspire them, and get them thinking critically? How about taking your child to a museum to inspire their interest in history and introduce them to unknown worlds, why not visit a museum?
Why should you take children to museum?
“A museum is an educational country fair” (Semper 1990, p. 50)
Museums are a great way to introduce children exploring new ideas and perspectives that are relevant to their lives. The idea is to foster critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, which are essential for future success.
In addition to providing a space for reflection, experimentation, inspiration, and creativity, museums can also provide enjoyable environments.
“It is so important to introduce children to museums because museums open up a world of imagination and exploration. It is even more important to introduce children to museums at a young age because our youth is our future and museums broaden our knowledge of the world." —Jennifer Peters, Director of Exhibits and Education, Muncie Children’s Museum
Can’t travel right now. No problem! Your physical location shouldn’t deter or limit kids from learning things from around the world.
Want to explore more than what your place offers:
Here is the solution, give children an amazing learning experience from the comfort of home. Check out these free digital resources that take your children into the world of experiential learning. inquiry-based learning while sitting at home.
Instead of spending hours mindlessly on gadgets, they can explore the unknown world where they see, watch, and understand and conceive ideas to explore.
Using these apps and websites, kids can learn more about the world around them. From finding out about mummies to playing dinosaur trivia, kids can discover so much information at their fingertips.
Ready to explore and discover through touch and inquire:
The first one on the list is:
BBC civilisations AR is bringing the world of augmented reality to your smartphones. It brings the art museum home; now the exploration of 30 different artifacts from across the many epochs and great civilizations of the world straight is on your fingertips.
With Civilisations AR, you can catch a glimpse of art and culture from around the world on your Android phone or iPhone.
Exploratorium is next on the list. This website has over 35,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, and much more. It provides inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. By helping children explore the world of science, art, and human perception. Click here to visit.
Smarthistory makes art history come to life. A website providing you rich resources on art and history. This site brings in resources from prominent historians, museums, and research centers. If you want your children to learn about the history of the world or expose them to art from different countries, this is going to be a tool in your hand.
Google Arts & Culture is an online platform that showcases high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts in partnership with cultural organizations worldwide. It also offers you fun selfie feature besides treasure trove of information.
How to make the most of this experience?
Sit and show them the gallery, and explore it together. Talk about what they liked? What did they find amazing? Are they curious to know more about what happened and how it happened? From there, get them to explore and gather more information on the topic and let the ball of curiosity roll from there.