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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 home." What's happening...

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...

Play + Empathy

Play + Empathy

Play Cultivates Empathy We know that play is important in the development of essential lifelong skills, such as fine motor skills and social cues. Empathy, the foundation for human relationships, is also one of these. At its most basic definition, empathy is awareness...

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...

Lifelong Kindergarten

Lifelong Kindergarten

Cultures, the social domain of practices, discourses, and material expressions that unite a community, are created when people play together, and creativity and creative expression is an essential part of this process. Sadly, emphasis on creativity decreases as...

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