Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

To inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands on play.

Perfect Playground?

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In my opinion, the best “playgrounds” are those that are unique and not filled with plastic jungle gyms. What would you want to see in the most fun playground ever? What do the kids think? We want your ideas!

(Also, this cool photo is a visual writing prompt from http://visualwritingprompts.wordpress.com/#. I encourage you to check them out, it is a great way to make writing fun!)

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Mr. Rogers on the Importance of Play

Mr. Rogers on the Importance of Play

Do you agree? Have a cute story of how a child in your life learned through play? Let us know!

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We Support Playing Outdoors!

Visit the link below for a blog post about playing outside. And remember, Sproutside is here for your outdoor play needs!

We Support Playing Outdoors!

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“Teach your scholar to…

“Teach your scholar to observe the phenomena of nature; you will soon rouse his curiosity, but if you would have it grow, do not be in too great a hurry to satisfy this curiosity. Put the problems before him and let him solve them himself. Let him know nothing because you have told him, but because he has learnt it for himself. Let him not be taught science, let him discover it. If ever you substitute authority for reason he will cease to reason; he will be a mere plaything of other people’s thoughts.”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

What are your thoughts on this quote? Do you let your children explore new places and ideas and learn by satisfying their own curiosities?

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3, 2, 1… Blast off!

Who doesn’t dream of being an astronaut as a kid? The thought of heading to outer space in a rocket is just so exciting! But of course there is a lot of science that goes into a trip to space. We explored some of these ideas in Sproutside by launching a water rocket. This is a very simple device that uses air and water to shoot the rocket high into the sky. We sell the kit in our gift shop, all you need to provide is some sort of air pump and water.
Here is one of our young scientists setting it up:

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Together we learned about pressure, the effects of wind, and that our rocket could survive being hit by a car! The kids had a blast testing out different amounts of water to see what would make the rocket fly the highest.
Check out how high it flew! Look for the tiny speck in the sky, near the middle.

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Back to School!

For many kids Labor Day Weekend means the last of Summer Vacation. Help your children get excited for the new school year by making a fun bookmark craft!

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We made these cute monster bookmarks at the museum recently, the kids were so excited to tuck them into their books.

Here are the super simple instructions:
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Have fun, and we hope that everyone has a great first day of school!

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