Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pinky's Picks

Hi everyone! Have you ever been in Please Touch Museum's Kids Store? It's one of my favorite places inside the museum. It is full of educational toys, new and classic children's books, games, puzzles and other items that inspire natural wonder and creative play for babies, toddlers and kids of all ages.

I just saw my good friend Tucker Hager, Director of Retail Operations, and he told me all about the Kids Store and what’s available inside. I never knew so much work and thought went into the Kids Store! Here's what he had to say:

"Here at Please Touch Museum, playtime doesn't have to end after your visit to the museum. As a learning institution, we really hope that our visitors can recreate the natural wonder and creative play that their children experience at the museum, when they return home.

As part of Please Touch Museum's non-profit status, it is essential that all the items in the store relate to the museum’s exhibits and learning through play philosophy. For example, many of the supplies for our process-oriented activities in the program room can be found in the store along with an extensive car selection which relates to our Roadside Attractions exhibit. We have a variety of costumes in the store which are wonderful for dress-up at home and encourage creativity through pretend play. Also, the classic children's games are great ways for families to spend time together at home and create fun memories together.

The Kids Store has been a visitors favorite ever since it opened at the museum's old home on 21st Street, and we are really excited about our new, bigger store and the opportunities we have as one of the only education-based stores in the region. We really hope everyone stops in when they visit and explores for themselves.”

Thanks Tucker! I’ll be sure to stop by more often!

Here are some great educational items available in the Kids Store:


A Journey from the River to the Treetops
Joe Fullman

Now and Ben
The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
Gene Barretts

Good Night Philadelphia
Adam Gamble & Cooper Kelly

A is for America
An American Alphabet
Author- Devin Scillian
Illustrator- Pam Carroll

D is for Drinking Gourd
An African American Alphabet
Author- Nancy Sanders
Illustrator- E.B. Lewis

P is for Pinata
A Mexican Alphabet
Author- Tony Johnston
Illustrator- John Parra

Puzzles by Melissa and Doug (ages 3-5)

Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
Construction Floor Puzzle

Games (ages 5 and up)

I Spy Memory Game
A game of picture riddles

Quick Chess
The easiest way to learn chess

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