Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day everybody! Before you go out to watch the fireworks this Saturday, there are all kinds of fun ways to celebrate this special day at Please Touch Museum.

In our Program Room, kids make their own light shows with ‘Light Projector Fireworks.’ Kid will be able to use colored transparencies, liquid watercolor paint, baking soda, oil, and vinegar, to create their own fireworks display on a light projector surface. This activity is based around the ideas of Reggio Emilia, a prominent figure in the history of early education. Emilia believed that the learning environment is an important part of how children learn, and in this activity children are able to interact with and manipulate their environment in a way that allows them to be creative and expressive. The extra dimension of this activity is that it also enables them to recreate their own fireworks displays, which are a familiar part of celebrations and holidays around the world!

There will also be activities in the Program Room that allow kids to explore the history around this holiday in a fun and creative way. With the ‘Make a Five-Pointed Star’ activity, kids can make and decorate their own stars using a technique that was used by Betsy Ross, a famous Philadelphian who sewed the first American flag! And just like Betsy Ross, kids can make their own flags from white paper, and strips or red and blue colored tape. These activities provide children with the materials to create these important historical figures, but still allow for open-ended creation, an important aspect of all PTM’s art experience activities.

And don't forget to check out the marching band parades in Hamilton Hall at 12, 2, and 4 where two percussionists will lead a parade through the Hall and kids can follow behind and make music of their own!

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