At San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (SDCDM), we offer a variety of Daily Programs free with admission to the public each day! This includes a twice daily Storytime that caters to children of all ages at 11am and 2pm and a developmentally appropriate, self-guided activity as a supplement to the story. Each week is a different story and activity and each month alternates between nature and world culture themes. This month, March 2018, we’re getting “Bugged Out” for our Outdoor Explorer series!
There are infinite benefits to engaging groups of children in stories, particularly stories about science! Reading aloud is the single most important researched activity leading to language development and promotes early literacy skills. The self-guided activity often encourages children to develop their motor skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, and even social-emotional development.
As an adult, most of us have lost our interest in insects, but kids love them! Most kids aren’t afraid of nature. In my experience at SDCDM, elementary school kids (especially the younger grades) still have a fascination with entomology and are excited by “bugs.” The Museum’s younger audience is the perfect range of ages to develop a love or even an appreciation of bugs and their importance. For even more exposure, you can continue the bug love at home with some these fun and easy activities.
Michelle Carr is an Educator at SDCDM. Michelle earned a BA in Marine Science with a minor in Biology and has an MA in Museum Education. Science/Nature education is a passion of hers and loves to share her passion with others. She believes hands-on exploration is the most fun and effective way to learn!