Fun and games: Day at the museum

It’s no secret that museum trips aren’t always toddlers favorite activity – sure, maybe they like the suits of armor, or the fossils at the natural history museum, but in general, who can blame them? You can’t run, you can’t yell, you can’t touch the art, and you definitely can’t lick it – and that list of rules out almost all of a toddler’s favorite ways to enjoy things. If Baby ran a museum, things would be different, and there’s no reason why he can’t get started right now!

Presenting the toddler wonders of the world

  • Right in Baby’s own back yard: There’s nothing more fascinating than finding something new and exciting in a familiar place. If Baby is good at finding cool rocks, weird leaves, or really big dandelions in your back yard or in his favorite park, have him put together an exhibit for you so that he can show off all of his discoveries at the same time.
  • Museum of fun: Many toddlers Baby’s age are starting to enjoy categories and creating patterns. You can challenge Baby to organize his toys into groups that make sense to him, and then you can try to guess what criteria he was using to make the groups. This game can also be a good pre-cleanup activity.

Even if Baby isn’t of prime museum-going age just yet, building positive associations around the idea of museums when he is young is a great way to set the stage for museum adventures together as he grows up. And if making his own museum displays gets Baby in the mood for a field trip, it’s a great time to see if your city has a children’s museum that the two of you can explore together, or even a science museum, since many offer interactive exhibits that can be especially fun for young children.

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