Kids @ Play: Amazeum’s new video series

category-logo-kidsplay1Moms, don’t feel bad. You are NOT the only parent who is less than thrilled about playing Candyland with her little one for the millionth time. But then again, you definitely don’t want your kid staring at cartoons or an iPad screen all day either. So this month we’re kicking off a new series (and a new category) here on nwaMotherlode.com called Kids @ Play. It’s sponsored by the Amazeum and it’s designed to give all of us new ideas for creating fun (and educational) play experiences for kids and parents.pieces-parts-collage-january-2017

This week’s idea is SO easy to do because we haven’t met a mama yet who doesn’t have a few “pieces and parts” laying around the house. Marie Vukin, who is the Early Learner Specialist at the Amazeum, shows us how to use common pieces and parts to create fun new building materials for kids. (Did we mention that these pieces and parts are free or super cheap? It’s a great reminder that playtime doesn’t have to wreck the family budget.) Children are natural-born creators, so they’re going to LOVE this idea.

Marie ends this video with a few suggestions on how to get the kids to clean up their own creations when playtime is over and you want your living room floor back. Watch and enjoy. Post pictures of your kids’ “pieces and parts” creations on social media and tag us so we can see!

The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A science-based museum, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities. Click here to find out more about the Amazeum’s first Mini Camp on January 16th. For more information, visit amazeum.org.

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