Kenton County Public Library launches its Science in Play exhibit today; activities teach basic concepts
Kenton County Public Library
I wonder what…? Why did he… ? How can…? What if…?
These are the questions parents are encouraged to ask their children as they explore the Science in Play (SiP2Go) exhibit at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, open today through May 28. .
See you at the launch party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibition is designed to inspire children 8 years old or younger to explore, create and share science in order to understand how learning is a playful activity using fundamental concepts. The creators of the exhibit encourage parents to ask their children questions and encourage them to think while playing with the engaging toy in the exhibit.
The exhibition includes:
Blue blocks: Large blue foam blocks that invite children to build and create both real and fantasy structures. These large blocks include bricks and cylinders, embellished with chutes, channels and pieces suggesting movement or connectivity. They inspire and inspire children to design their own inventions, environments and activities. Easy to stack, align and move, kids and caregivers practice building simple to complex structures while building collaboration and communication skills while imagining, designing and inventing an endless variety of shape-inspired structures. .
Russian mountains: It’s like oversized Hot Wheels with orange balls instead of cars where kids can assemble track pieces to create their own roller coaster. Can you get the ball to travel to the end of the track? An exploration in physics and engineering, roller coaster sections and parts can be manipulated into countless designs and configurations. Discover the forces that push, pull and make things happen by building your own roller coaster. See what happens when you change the start pitch, loop shape, or track length.
Shop of shapes and objects: A unique shopping experience that involves dramatic play while learning about shapes, colors, patterns and more. a gender-neutral shopping experience that includes family and group activities and interpretive materials. Buying shapes encourages inventiveness and flexibility as children explore attributes of shape such as color, texture, and develop geometric and number skills.
Purchasing shapes invites a variety of play and learning behaviors that build math and computational thinking skills. Through shapes, children practice using number concepts, connect numbers to their quantities, explore and describe spatial relationships with patterns and shapes, and sort and classify by shape, feel, or color.
Even the smallest shopper finds Shapes & Stuff to be a learning experience. Fine motor skills that accompany grasping and placement at work with space, shape and size, colors, textures and shapes help them strengthen visual discrimination and communication skills such as seeing, naming colors, shapes and textures, and match and compare.
Bright light: A large wall, with colorful pegs that appear to light up when inserted, lets children explore their creativity while making pictures and patterns with light. This station is a favorite for kids and adults alike, the colorful lighted clips allow everyone to create imaginative designs. From intricate patterns to describing words and phrases, LIGHT BRIGHT invites planning and prediction skills while designing and developing patterns and shapes.
Bullet drop: A large velcro wall with tube rails and wheels that challenge little hands to build a path for the travel of small, colorful rubber balls. Young children find it easy to create lanes, chutes and ramps using easy-to-handle chutes and tunnels. Exploring cause and effect, patterns and prediction, BALL FALL also invites problem-solving and collaborative skills.
Scientific repository: The most programming-intensive piece, this experience is based on the proven Explore, Create, and Share model. Topics change weekly and children have the opportunity to be little scientists and learn about a range of topics. This fully integrated program encourages exploration and experimentation. The depot’s activities encourage family interaction with hands-on applications of real science tools for young children and it is changed monthly to encourage parents and students to return to this fully functional learning center.
Why is this important?
When children acquire knowledge through play and discovery, they remember what they have learned. In addition, the game develops the ability to think about problems and find solutions. Learning the why gives more meaning to the action. Plus, Science-in-Play2Go is designed to tap into a child’s natural curiosity and it’s packed with pieces so there can be something new with every visit. But one of the biggest bonuses, it encourages parents and children to rediscover the wonder, forget about Googling the answer and find out for yourself.
So come EXPLORE, WONDER, IMAGINE, TRY, COLLABORATE, UNDERSTAND AND TALK ABOUT IT at the Kenton County Public Library.
The exhibition will be open during normal library hours from March 5 to May 28. School and community groups are encouraged to visit the Science in Play2Go exhibit and can book field trips by contacting Kari Jones or Laurence Webster at 859-962-4077 or by email at [email protected]
Science in Play2GO is made possible through support from PNC Grow Up Great and Genentech and in partnership with the Kentucky Science Center & Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.