Founded in 1913 by a group of teachers in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston Children’s Museum began a “hands-on” tradition long before that phrase became commonplace.
As early as 1913, it meant engaging youth in identifying and marking nature walks, preparing specimens, making clay and wax models for exhibits, and even attempting a working model of the metropolitan water system. The 1920’s and 1930’s began an era of Museum-sponsored clubs that gave children the opportunity to explore the unfamiliar with naturalist hikes and bus trips.
In the 1960’s, Michael Spock (museum director 1962-85) led the institution in revolutionizing the traditional museum experience, getting objects out of cases and into children’s hands in exhibit areas where children could interact, experiment, and follow their own curiosity. Hands-on learning is now a part of American education and we are proud to have had a “hand” in it from the beginning.
Today, after 100 years, Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. As an early museum experience for children, our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious. We want children to grow up feeling secure and self-confident with respect for others and the natural world. We encourage imagination, curiosity, questioning, and realism. We provide opportunities for new insights, involvement with the world and understanding of human differences with world-class exhibits and programs.
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Hello BCM Blog!
I’m pleased to let you know about A Sunny Day for Flowers, a new artists’ board book by Provincetown artist Zehra Khan (a 2010 BCM artist) and her collaborator Tim Winn.
A SUNNY DAY FOR FLOWERS
by Zehra Khan and Tim Winn
In A Sunny Day for Flowers, animals frolic with flowers in a sunny world where real objects and a paper reality collide. Paper flowers are held, smelled, spoken to and danced with by a menagerie of animals that were either drawn, made out of paper, or are actually photographs of people dressed in paper costumes. The delightful animal/flower encounters are accompanied by simple and humorous words and phrases that encourage readers to stop and smell the roses.
978-1-940190-02-0 | 6 x 6 in. | board book | color | 16 pps. | $10
A Sunny Day for Flowers is part of the new Soberscove Press Artists’ Board Books series, which combines the conventions of artists’ books with those of children’s board books. Each artist (or artist-pair) was invited to work in this format because of the generosity and visual pleasure we find in their work— we’d like to think that being introduced to such imagery at an early age will help kids grow up with an expanded sense of creativity and possibility! Explore the four other titles in this series: http://soberscove.com/book/artists-board-book-series/
Thanks and Happy New Year!
big icicles overhead on sleeper St at the corner
Would like to find out about a museum membership for my grandchildren
Your history of educating children and very rich in the philosophy that children learn and grow through their “play” is very important. As a Family & Human Development Educator and Artist, a child’s play as their “work” to learn about their world around them is a theme of mine! The Best in your continued endeavors….Joni Beach
Can you please send a list of attractions that are closed