Learning Math at the Seattle Children’s Museum
I took my two young boys, ages 5 and 3, to the Seattle Children’s Museum on Sunday and was quite impressed with their new exhibit “Go Figure!”. Here, in one of our very own museums, is a great exhibit that has a dozen or more engaging ways for kids to think about math!
We give parents tips all the time about everyday activities they can do and books they can read with their kids that incorporate math. This exhibit actually brings to life several such books and activities. There is a copy of “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins, with a real doorbell and a child-sized door to walk through. On the other side is a play kitchen with a recipe for baking cookies, complete with measuring cups, ingredients, bowls and real spoons for stirring. You can also guess the number of cookies in a series of glass jars, and place and count the chips in a baking pan of cookies.
Learning Fun at the Childrens Museum
Right at the entrance there is a large cottage for Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (with different sized chairs), and there is an area for “The Quilt” by Ann Jonas (think of the patterns!). My 5 year old also had fun with the calendar games, and my 3 year old was enthralled with putting various boxes and weights on the balancing scales.
We ended up spending about an hour in this exhibit, and the boys had a great time. I, of course, was tickled pink. I definitely recommend checking it out!