Category: #PlayMoreMN

Fostering Empathy in Your Children

Fostering Empathy in Your Children

Imagine you’re walking down the sidewalk and your daughter pauses to examine a bird that hit the window. Naturally curious, your child crouches down to get a better look and then pops up and says, “Daddy! We have to rescue it! Let’s take it...
Parents Agree: Let’s Make More Time for Play

Parents Agree: Let’s Make More Time for Play

Does your family have a hectic schedule? Do you wish you could find more time for your children to run around and play? Does it seem like you played more when you were a kid? If you answer “Yes” to any of those questions, you’ve got a lot of company. Minnesota...
Play Under Pressure Media Release

Play Under Pressure Media Release

Children Often Too Busy to Play, Survey of Parents Finds Hectic Family Schedules Crowd Out Play Time; Less Play Reduces Opportunities for Children to Develop Essential Skills St. Paul, Minn. – Busy family schedules, screen time and safety worries are putting a...
More Proof that Play Unlocks Innovation

More Proof that Play Unlocks Innovation

Minnesota Children’s Museum hosted our second Pints & Play event on Tuesday evening at Bauhaus Brew Labs in northeast Minneapolis – and ran a fun experiment. Here’s how: We split people into two groups and gave each a set of Rigamajig building materials (wooden...
Brains Need to Play

Brains Need to Play

The Importance of Play “It’s not just superfluous,” says Researcher Jaak Panksepp. “It’s a very valuable thing for childhood development. And we as a culture have to learn to use it properly and have to make sure our kids get plenty of...
Play – A Key to Early Childhood Learning

Play – A Key to Early Childhood Learning

Earlier Academic Instruction Doesn’t Deliver Preschools and kindergartens across the country operate under the belief “the earlier is better” when it comes to academic instruction. Not only are these assumptions not supported by research, an early focus on...

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