SPRING CAMP DAY 2: Trees!

Nest Balls!

Hello!

Today we talked about TREES! We shared that there are many parts of a tree, including the roots, trunk, branches, leaves… and what is left of a tree when it has fallen or been chopped down, the stump! When we find a tree stump, we also discovered that there are spirals or rings on the stump and that the number of rings indicate the age of the tree. We created our own rings on our tree stumps (paper plate spin art) and found that many of our trees are 100 years old!

We also made tissue paper flowers, hand printed trees using green colored shaving cream, added some apples, made some bird nest balls, played in our nature sensory bins, and more! Many of us also worked really well together to construct a tree house! We had to make sure that we put together a very sturdy roof to keep the rain out, and we added lots of peep holes and even a blue mailbox (we’re not quite hooked up with wifi to receive e-mails in our tree house yet, so snail mail will have to do! ;P).

See many of you tomorrow as we discover ways that we can help to take care of planet earth! 😀

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Inaugural Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!

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Do you know a person under the age of 10 making a big difference?  Nominate them for the first ever

Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!

The RAK Award recognizes acts of service, compassion and altruism from our youngest society members instilling in them the understanding that giving of our time and talent is just as important as the giving of our treasure. The award will be given annually to Los Angeles young people under the age of 10.

Nominations are being accepted now through February 3rd

For further information contact Kaila Jackson at Kaila@zimmermuseum.org or call (323) 761-8910

Benefits of Blocks and Puzzles for Children

According to researchers at the University of Delaware and Temple University, filling children’s toy boxes with puzzles and building blocks help preschooler’s develop their “spacial thinking.”  Professor Golinkoff of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology at UD states that “parents and caregivers should make sure their kids have experiences that feed into their spatial skill. Simple toys like blocks and puzzles offer kids a foundation for learning subjects like math and science…”

The study wanted to see whether copying block structures would correlate to mathematical skills. Results showed that block skills did predict mathematical skills, and children who participated in puzzles and building block structures were also better at early math.  Click the following link to read the full article!