Monday, December 21, 2009

Hide and Seek of the Week: Holidition!

This week's Hide and Seek is a broken plate of cookies! Now don't be sad, these cookies are just one of the many props used to decorate The Enchanted Colonial Village! Originally displayed in the Lit Brother’s department store in downtown Philadelphia, the Village now resides at Please Touch Museum and is displayed during the holiday season!

Put on your looking eyes and see if you can find it during your next visit! For more info about Hide and Seek of the Week, click here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Season's Greetings!

'Tis the holiday season, which means there's oh so much happening at Please Touch Museum! The museum celebrates the holidays each year with an annual trip back in time to the Village—the Enchanted Colonial Village! I love watching parents, with fond childhood memories of their own, bring their children through the village for the first time because it brings out the true spirit of the holidays.

Another way the museum celebrates the holidays is our annual Countdown to Noon celebration on December 31. I love ringing in the New Year early with my friends young and old, so be sure to stop by on New Year’s Eve for countdowns at Noon and 1 p.m.!

How do you and your family celebrate the holidays?

I'd love to hear about your family traditions and other holiday happenings. Please comment below for all to see and enjoy the holiday glee!

Hide & Seek of the Week

This week's Collections object is Donald Duck as Han Solo action figure!

Released in 2008, in conjunction with Disney and Lucasfilms Ltd., this line of Star Wars inspired action figures features Disney classics designed to resemble Star Wars favorites.

Put on your looking eyes and see if you can find it during your next visit! For more info about Hide and Seek of the Week, click here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

On stage Friday: "The Building Show"

On Friday, December 11, one of my favorite Please Touch Playhouse shows opens!
The Building Show
will be on stage until January 25, 2010.

I had a chance to talk to David Hutchman, Theater Experience Manager, who both wrote the script and constructed the set for the show.

Pinky: So, David, what's this show all about?
David: Well, Pinky, it's all about what happens when The Three Little Pigs unexpectedly cancel their show that's all about building things. But the show must go on and Big Blue and his furry gang of hearty understudies throw on their costume pig noses and leap on stage to do the show anyway! They build words, they build houses and they even build sandwiches! The show is also full of surprises. There's a talking box. There's the Flying Brick-o-Leen-O family of acrobatic bricks. And there's also a house made of sticks and one of straw that looks like French fries!

Pinky: That sounds fantastic! What themes or "lessons" can children (and adults, too!) take away from this performance?
David: The big idea is that building isn't just something you do with a hammer. When you spell a word and get all the letters in the right order you're building; when you make a sandwich and add all the things you like, you're building. In a way, the puppets are building the show even as you watch it. It's all about building things, but the things that get built might not be what you expect. It's a fun way to learn and fuel every child's imagination!

Pinky: After kids see the show, how can they create a similar show at home for their family?
David: Just as our puppets stand in for the Pigs, the kids can use almost any stuffed animal they have at home to re-tell the story. And they can use the ideas in the show every time they are building other things in their lives. When they make the bed, when they get dressed, when they play blocks they can do a version of the things they saw Big Blue and the other puppets do.

To find out more, visit the Please Touch Playhouse online!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hide & Seek of the Week

This week's Collections object is Mego Batman action figure! Introduced in the early 1970s, Mego’s Batman was the first ever Batman action figure. The original version had a removable mask. Our Batman is from 1974 and has a molded mask.

Put on your looking eyes and see if you can find it during your next visit! For more info about Hide and Seek of the Week, visit here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Art to celebrate the Holiday Season!

Please Touch Museum's Program Room has some new activities to help usher in the holiday season!

At our 'Shaving Cream Paint' activity, kids can create their own paintings using a unique type of paint, a mixture of shaving cream, glue, and liquid water color paint. The glue added to the shaving cream makes it more viscous and thick, making it easier to use as a painting medium and enabling it to dry nicely in place.

'Tracks in the Snow' uses the same paint mixture as Shaving Cream Paint, except in this activity kids can use it to create their own winter landscapes on construction paper. Once they make their snowy patch, kids can use animal toys to make animal prints and tracks, to create a unique and beautiful nature scene.

Continued from November's programming, kids can create a card for someone they love at our 'Holiday Cards and Mail Art' activity. We emphasize the importance of staying in touch with families and friends especially during this holiday season. As we play and create we are aiding in school readiness. This activity acts as a basic introduction to the mail system by showing our little visitors how to write and address a letter. In addition, we practice memory recall by remembering what you liked most about your visit!

We do hope you'll come see us in the Program Room this holiday season to take part in our open-ended, child directed, and process driven art experiences!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November Fun Recap

Time flies when you're having fun... and we had SO much fun in the Program Room in the month of November!

Visitors had a chance to create quilt mosaics, which involves cutting pieces of paper into different shapes and designs then pasting them onto multicolored construction paper. We learned a lot about color, shape, and pattern. We also played with crayon and watercolor resists and saw how these two materials interact with each other. It was loads of fun!

And as you know, keeping in touch with friends and family is important, especially during the upcoming holiday season. We learned about the mail system by practicing how to write and address a letter. "Mail Art" and "Holiday Card" activities will continue through December in the Program Room,
so please come visit us and create your own! See you soon!

Hide & Seek of the Week

This week's Collections object is a Centennial Teacup! This white porcelain teacup dates all the way back to 1876! It features George Washington's portrait on one side and "A Memorial of the Centennial 1876" on the other.

Put on your looking eyes and see if you can find it during your next visit! For more info about Hide and Seek of the Week, click here.

We're all about learning through play.

Join Pinky, one of Please Touch Museum's resident puppets, on an inside look into all the fun, educational things happening at Philly's Children's Museum. This blog is not just about what we do at the museum, but about the educational philosophy behind why we do what we do.