Pretend City Blog

  • Trader Joe’s Grocery Store at Pretend City Children’s Museum

    Have you ever thought of a grocery shopping as a learning experience for children? Your grocery store is filled with great literacy and math learning opportunities  including: Counting Addition/subtraction Measuring Learning the value of money Sorting and categorizing Letter recognition On your next visit, incorporate a fun activity to teach your child mathematics while shopping by giving them a go at shopping for apples – they will pick up skills such as: weighing objects identifying differences and similarities in shapes and sizes calculating costs The grocery store is also a great opportunity to teach by example. Your child may have observed how you make one of their favorite meals at home, such as spaghetti. While grocery shopping, ask them what ingredients are needed to make their favorite spaghetti at home and let them pick it out. They will learn things about the grocery store such as: that the store is organized into groups of similar things (i.e. produce, aisles, dairy) that it takes several ingredients to make one thing (the whole is made up of many elements) that the same product can have different costs (consumer literacy) Come to Pretend City and explore our brand new Trader Joe’s grocery store! […]

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  • Family Fun on Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and although it is the norm to celebrate the day with a special loved one, it can also be a day to make it fun and loving for the whole family. You can make this special holiday of love fun for your child with special arts and crafts or cooking Valentine meals the whole family can enjoy.   Here are some fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little tot:   Make Valentine’s Day cookies. Kids love to help out around the kitchen, not to mention getting your child to help prepare meals teaches them responsibility in the kitchen. Get out the heart-shaped cookie cutter, red and pink frosting, heart sprinkles and don’t forget the cookie dough. Get the whole family around the table and enjoy this creative activity. Make homemade Valentine’s Day cards. This activity may take a little bit of prep but it will be fun for your child to be able to decorate their own Valentine’s Day cards. Have your child make personalized cards to their friends and family with fun messages or make a whole batch out to a local nursing home, shelter or hospital. Enjoy family night with a […]

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  • Activities for Visually Impaired Children

    Playtime with Blind and visually impaired children by Wooden Toy Shop

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  • Imaginary Friends: Should you be Concerned?

    Answer: NO, you shouldn’t be concerned if your child has an imaginary friend! In fact, imaginary friends are very common. A study conducted by University of Washington and University of Oregon psychologists found by age seven, 65% of children have had an imaginary friend at some point in their lives! Here’s what you need to know: Myth: Children are living in a world of confusion and truly think their imaginary friend is alive.      Fact: Children know their imaginary friend isn’t real. They are able to separate fantasy from real life! It’s all pretend and make-believe! Myth: Imaginary friends show loneliness or lack of social skills in a child.      Fact: Children with imaginary friends are actually exercising their imaginations. Research shows children with imaginary friends are very social, engage in more laughing and smiling with peers, and have a sophisticated understanding of how others may feel or think.  Myth: Children who have imaginary friends are troubled.      Fact: Having an imaginary friend does not show a child is troubled. However, if a child has experienced a traumatic event or difficulties in life, an imaginary friend may comfort him/her.  Myth: An imaginary friend is a made up character that […]

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  • Art Resolution Month at Pretend City!

    During the month of January, Pretend City Children’s Museum is focusing on art! Each week, a new type of art will be highlighted through activities and projects for our museum guests to enjoy! There are many unique styles of art; each style teaching children different skills and expanding their imaginations! Week 1: Clay Days Clay is an art medium that is very tactile and can be molded into anything children can imagine. Children can shape, mold, roll, squeeze, and combine clay to create fun art pieces. Once they have created their masterpiece, children can reuse the clay to create something new! Why clay? Clay forces children to work with their hands, which helps them develop motor skills and improve dexterity. Using clay can be therapeutic for children while helping boost their confidence and self esteem!   Week 2: Artistic Inspiration When artists create a work of art, often times they were inspired by a work they had previously seen. This week is all about children seeing different works of art and live art demonstrations to inspire them to create their own! Some live art demonstrations this week include mural paintings, illustrations, follow-along drawings, and art projects! Why artistic inspiration? It’s always […]

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