Kids@Play: Amazeum’s video series

category-logo-kidsplay1Last month we kicked 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. (If you missed last month’s video about “odds and ends,” click here to see it now.)

boy-667804_640 (2)This month we’re encouraging you to let your kids tinker — as in take things apart, look them over, and think about how they work and how they might be used differently. Some of the world’s greatest engineers and inventors were once kids who liked to tinker. The world benefits when parents nurture their kids’ natural sense of curiosity about how things work as well as how they might work better after a few creative adjustments.

Play the video below for more info on the mindset of “tinkering” from A.J. Hart, who works in the Amazeum’s 3M Tinkering Hub. (You might need to adjust the volume up on your computer or phone to hear the audio.) Then drag out a few of those old electronic toys and let your kids do a little “exploratory surgery” on them. Happy tinkering!

If you’re worried about your kids taking apart the family’s brand new television, remember that they’re always welcome to tinker with things at the Amazeum! Click here for more info about the popular 3M Tinkering Hub.

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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