Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DesignPhiladelphia kicks off today!

Hello everyone! Remember when I told you about Please Touch Museum's participation in this year’s DesignPhiladelphia week? Well, it officially kicks off TODAY and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! The exhibit runs through Tuesday, October 13, 2009 and I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of what to expect. Below is a selection of some of the amazing hand-made dollhouses on display. Be sure to stop in before it’s too late!

The exhibit is a great way for kids to see that anyone can make art, as long as you let your imagination run wild! Dollhouses come in all kinds of shapes, colors and sizes, and there's no one specific way to create and decorate your dream house. Please Touch Museum's hands-on philosophy is colorfully exhibited in the highly innovative dollhouses children, adults, artists and students created. Creative thinking and exploration are promoted, and the exhibit is sure to inspire other kids and their grown-ups to get crafty at home and learn through play!

After viewing the DesignPhiladelphia exhibit, kids can create their own buildings in our Program Room! Some of the open-ended play opportunities include:

Building Houses with Books and Cards:
In this activity, kids can build structures and houses from two different sets of materials: Jumbo-sized playing cards and clips that hold them together so that kids can make elaborate houses of cards; or a stack of books and blocks, which kids can use as building objects in conjunction with the blocks to make their own imaginative buildings.

Architecture Blocks:
These are block sets that build famous buildings. The blocks are shaped like architectural pieces, as opposed to regular blocks, which resemble regular shapes. Although they contain the pieces to make the prescribed building, the activity is open-ended in that kids can use the blocks to create their own works of architecture.

For more information about DesignPhiladelphia, click here.

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