Free Museum Diary for Kids & Tips for Parents at toucanBox
Schools are breaking out soon and parents might get to hear the ‘I’m borrrrrrred’ moans more often than they are prepared to.
Visiting a museum can be a perfect choice come rain or shine for keeping little ones entertained without having to break the bank or constantly come up with new ideas. And museums are fun! They’re hands-on, playful investigative… but sometimes, just sometimes, they get a bit of a bad rep for being dull and not exciting enough for kids. To ensure that your museum trip is a runaway success, follow toucanBox top five tips to get your little ones interested in the exhibitions.
- Make your museum choice carefully! Lots of museums have interactive areas that are perfect for getting children engaged and excited about the exhibitions. For example, Historic UK has a fantastic map of all major and local museums across the UK.
- Make it relevant to what kids are learning at school or their current obsessions. Planning your museum visit around your child’s interests will keep them engaged for longer and makes learning that little bit more exciting. What is more, you can continue using the museum visit for inspiration long after this. For example, to create some art or present a little retelling in front of family friends.
- Remember, speed is key! Children will quickly get tired and impatient with walking around museums, even if you follow all of our tips. With this in mind, plan your route around the museum in advance starting with the exhibitions you and your little ones want to see the most first, in case of any early-onset exhaustion.
- Ask lots of questions to keep their imaginations going. If you’re at an exhibition about outer space, ask them to imagine what life on other planets might be like – how hot or cold, how longs day and night would be, what would that mean for the animals there and the schools, etc. If you’re at a local history museum, get your little one to imagine what life would have been like for children in your area in the past - would they have gone to the same school, worn the same uniforms, had the same dinner or spent their free time the same way.
- Complete a museum journal! Download and print the ‘My Museum Journal’ on the toucanBox website for your little one to complete as they’re making their way around the exhibitions. It also doubles as a picture to colour in so don’t forget your colouring pencils!
To read the full article and download the museum visit journal, simply head to the toucanBox Blog.
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