Thursday, January 21, 2010

Exploring Trees Inside and Out


We here at Please Touch Museum are very excited for the grand opening of the “Exploring Trees Inside Out” exhibit this Saturday, January 23!

Please Touch Museum will be hosting the traveling exhibit through May 2, 2010. Sponsored by Doubletree Hotels and the Arbor Day Foundation, this exhibit is designed to create a better understanding among children about the significant role trees play in the environment.

“Exploring Trees Inside and Out” features a variety of inventive and interactive activities that allow children to explore trees in a multi-sensory way never before possible. For example, children will be able to explore the “heart” of a tree trunk and move the “blood” of the tree up and down its “veins” or smell scents from various trees, then discover just a few of the many products we get from trees.

Please Touch Museum is very excited to host this exhibit because it follows our mission of creating learning opportunities through play. We hope this exhibit will help children learn some simple steps they can take at home to help conserve the earth's natural resources such as recycling materials or planting seeds to foster new growth.

During the exhibit's stay, there will be environmentally themed programming planned throughout the museum, specifically in our Program Room. Program Room art experiences will be based on the concept of creative re-use, with projects like postcard art with leaf stampers, creative re-use collages, and drawing from nature with recycled crayon cakes. The tools for these activities are made from recycled materials, such as artwork from other art activities in the creative re-use collages, or melted down remains of smaller used-up crayons for the crayon cakes.

Here are some great books to read at home with your children related to trees and the environment:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel and Alexandra Colombo
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

For more information on Eaploring Trees Inside and Out visit: http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/exhibits/Exploring_Trees/

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