May Day Fun!

May-Day-Basket-TemplateRemember making a paper basket, adding a few flowers (real or paper creations), sneaking over to the neighbor’s porch, ringing the bell and running away?  Such exciting stuff and lots of fun!  We loved the creating, the anticipation, and the thrill of seeing happiness on another’s face.  What a tender memory for us to pass along to our children today.

In order to continue this tradition, Discover! has gathered a few resources and links.  Here you will find a short history of the day, simple crafts and other activities related to this spring celebration.  Our hope is that you will find time to involve your little one(s) in creating a May Day that will be remembered long into their adult years.

History of May Day

Many years ago, May 1st or May Day was a magical time to welcome spring.  On the night before May Day, children danced in the moonlit woods. They gathered spring flowers and  made crowns of daisies.

Some countries still celebrate May Day.  In France, May Day is a flower festival.  Delicate white flowers called lilies of the valley are believed to bring good luck.  In Denmark, sweethearts give each other bouquets of lilies of the valley.  Holland celebrates May 1 with a tulip festival.  On May 1 in Greece, the schools are closed.  The students trek into the woods to gather flowers.  In some other countries, May is a day of parades.

 

Make a Simple Basket – like the one pictured above

A May Day basket is a fun activity, because when you are done making it, you can go look for flowers to pick and put in your basket.  Kids love to display their handy work for decorations!

Supplies:
  • Construction paper
  • Tape, Glue or stapler
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or foam pieces (if you would like to decorate the outside of the basket)

Steps:

  1. Cut one of the pieces of construction paper into a square.
  2. Cut a one inch thick piece of paper from another color for the handle.
  3. If you want to decorate your basket, color or glue on your items on the square paper
  4. Loop square piece of paper around to make a cone
  5. Staple or tape together to keep it a cone
  6. Staple one inch piece of paper to top of cone to form handle
  7. Pick or make flowers to place in your basket.

Make a Spring Flowers Mobile

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

This is a simple mobile made up of single and double spring flowers.  We usually create our mobiles by using one paper towel or gift wrap roll with all the pieces tied to it. You can also criss-cross straws, or use a large plastic lid.

spring mobile
Instead of fish, you can use flowers instead.
Supplies:
  • some crayons, paint, markers or pencil crayons,
  • scissors, glue, string or yarn
  • paper towel roll
  • printer and paper
  • link to flower pattern template:

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/t_template.asp?t=http://www.dltk-holidays.com/spring/images/bdoubledaisy.gif

 Steps for Paper Towel Roll Mobile:

  • Print out the template.  You can print out as many as you want to fill up your mobile.   You can mix and match the double and single flowers.
  • Color (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces along the dotted lines.
  • You can color the decorations with sparkle glue or sparkles if desired or use paint, crayons markers or pastels.
  • Fold the flowers in half and glue the back and front together.  Let dry.
  • Poke a small hole in the top of each piece and tie with yarn or string to the mobile you’ve chosen.
  • Decorate your paper towel roll as desired:  You can use paint, paper, stickers, etc to match your theme.
  • string each mobile piece from the paper towel roll
  • Put a piece of string or wool right through the paper towel roll  to use to hang from the wall or ceiling

 

Links to More May Day Ideas

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/may/index.htm

http://www.toddlercraft.net/preschool-crafts/day-basket

http://www.pinterest.com/wonton37/may-day-ideas/

 

Always keep in mind that the most important goal is to have fun spending time with your child. So relax, and enjoy being together Discover! crafters!

Activities for Grandparents!

One of many things we loved to see happen at Discover! was watching grandparents bring in their grand kids.  Some would comment that it was a fun place to award them with during their stay, others said that they didn’t have near the amount of toys to entertain them with at home, and it was also mentioned how busy their little one’s were and they needed some extra fun!  We were happy to provide so many grandparents and their grandchildren with a fun place to play together, and we honestly feel a little guilty that we’re not open right now.  Therefore, we thought we would make up for it by doing a post about some great ways to entertain the grand kids when you have them over!

blog 1Have a Tea Party: Invite the kids to bring their best friends (stuffed animals) and dress up in their finest clothes.  Set up your china and tea cups and serve kid friendly drinks and snacks.  Some great Tea Time snack suggestions are PBJ sandwiches, veggies and dip, decorated cookies, and fruit.  The more involved they are in preparing the tea party the better.  You can have them help you prepare the table and snacks, as well as create a center piece!

119Go on a Treasure Hunt: This activity allows you to include the little ones too.  First make your treasure chest.  The sky is the limit in the materials that you use.  Look for buttons, bows, tape, paint, glitter, and wrapping paper to create a lovely masterpiece.  The kids will have a ball and remember the time they made an awesome treasure chest with Grandpa/Grandma.  Then comes the fun part, figuring out where to hide everything, and writing the clues to find each item.  After all of the treasures are collected, have the kids draw each item on an index card, then you can play a memory game with them.  They can also write down a story about each one, so the memories can be written down forever!

Get your Hands Dirty:  This was one of my favorite memories with my Grandmother.  Plant seed in pots and let them grow, when they are ready to transplant, let the kids help you pick a spot to plant them.  This will become a repetitious activity to do, each time they come over.   Little by little they’ll see what the plants are doing, and you can give each kiddo a journal to write down their observations.  The journal entries can be about how tall the plant is, what bugs they found, if it was hot or cold outside, was there any flowers, and whether or not the fruit/vegetable were ready to harvest.   If they do plant a vegetable, they can take the bounty home to mom and dad to share.  They’ll be a green thumb in no time!

Make a Jigsaw Puzzle:  Have them help you pick an image to print off, then glue it to a piece of cardboard.  You can use cardboard from a cereal box.  On the cardboard, trace out or draw puzzle piece shapes, then take an X-Acto knife and cut out each shape.  Now the kids can put it back together.

blog 2Have a FUNdue party:  Kids love this!  Melt chocolate chips and gather a bunch of yummy morsels: strawberries, bananas, pretzels, marshmallows, and whatever else would strike your fancy.   Dip in and have Fun!

 Fruit Smoothies:  The kids love these, and it taste just as good as ice cream.  All you need is to add your fruit, frozen yogurt (your choice of yogurt), and orange juice to a blender.  You can go online and see hundreds of kid friendly recipes.

Sing Like a Rock Star:  Make your own instruments and become a band.  The internet is full of ideas for making some home made instruments.  Here is a link for five simple instruments: www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Simple-Musical-Instrument

blog 3Take a Trip to the Library:  Some children aren’t exposed to this until they are in school. So take the opportunity to show them what fun it is.  Many libraries have a children’s program once a week that you can attend.  Each time a story is read and followed with a craft.   For local story time in Centralia, Chehalis, Mountain View, Packwood, Salkum, Winlock, and Morton go to this link: www.trl.org/Locations/Pages/LibraryInformation.aspx?lib=ch

During your visit, you can pick up books that you placed holds on in advance, or let the kids pick some out.  Then take the time to sit and read to them. You can read at the library or outside, either way your grand children will start to be able to have some fond memories of reading with you!

carnival-109Bubbles:  This is by far one of the funnest activities that seems to make time pass by.  You can purchase large bottles of bubble liquid at local stores, which typically come with a bubble blowing wand.  Or make your own! However, you can use different types of things to blow bubbles with.  Straws make lots of little bubbles when you blow quickly through them.  You can also use your hands by putting the soap on them, then make a circle with your thumb and pointer finger.  When a film is over the circle you just made, blow and make giant bubbles.  You can also use tennis rackets, hangers, and more too!

Some More Fun Activities!

Make: sock puppets, kites, cookies, scrapbook, works of art, or crafts.

Go out and about: picnics, visit a pet store, local parks, trails, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.  Go a little further to the ocean, the zoo, or aquarium.

I see a bear!
I see a bear!

No matter what you decide to do, the most important part is spending time with your grandchildren.  The time that you spend makes an incredible difference in your grandchild’s life.  From you they learn to enjoy different things, they observe how you interact with them and others, and ultimately make numbers of memories to last their life time.

We hope this is helpful while we are shut down temporarily, and we are excited to see you again when we open our new museum!  Happy memory making Discover! Grandparents!

 

 

 

Meet Marilynn!

Marilynn Chintella, Pilot Director and Board Member

Marilynn 2

Marilynn 3A Journey from Professional to Crazy – or How A Respected Science Teacher Became a Googly Eyed Vet

So, you may very well wonder about the photos above.  Just how does one transition from a standard professional photo into a googley eyed vet?  Wonderful and amazing things can happen at Discover! Children’s Museum.  Allow me to share a little about myself.

Marilynn 4Marilynn 7From an early age I had a love and curiosity of nature.  Just ask my Mom about those shell, bugs, leaves, and rock collections.  As well as hours of night time star gazing. It was only natural then for me to study science and education in college.  After 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching science in Sierra Leone, West Africa – I settled into a more traditional job teaching Life, Physical, and Earth sciences at Toledo Middle School.  Add to that – marriage and raising three children.  Time seemed to fly by!

But alas, all good things must end, and in 2011 retirement caught up with me.  However, that did not end my love of nature, kids, and learning.  In 2012, a close friend thought that with my background and experience in education, I might “fit in” with a group of folks who had a commitment to starting a children’s museum.  You know about those “matches made in heaven?”  This was one!

4 - Special Events Tab Under become weekend warriorWhen the pilot for Discover! Children’s Museum opened its doors in February of 2013; I began by serving as an Educational Liaison.  My job involved reaching out to schools and educational groups –both public and private – making presentations and extending invitations for teachers and children to come visit.  A few months later, I was invited to become Director for the remainder of the pilot program. What a marvelous opportunity!

Therefore, any good Director simply must dress up as a googly eyed vet on Halloween, right? That’s exactly what I thought too.

One of the many things Marilynn enjoys!  Star gazing!!!
One of the many things Marilynn enjoys! Star gazing!!!

 

Want to know a little bit more?

 

What you didn’t know about our dear Marilynn
  • I was born in Washington State, and except for my time with the Peace Corps, I’ve lived here my whole life – just in different cities!  Ballard, Edmonds, Seattle, and finally settling in Chehalis.  Chehalis has been my home for the past 36 years!
  • Parades! I DO love a parade and Lewis County has some of the best.  The 4th of July, the Santa Parade, and the Pet Parade, you are bound to find me along the sidewalk watching and waving!
  • My favorite local restaurant is Kit Carson!  Their crab sandwich is made in heaven and delivered right to my table.  Oh, and so are their cinnamon rolls!
  • One little thing many don’t know about me is that I’m a Champion!  Yes!  Twenty years ago I WON the pig calling contest at the South West Washington Fair here in Chehalis.  (Please don’t ask for a repeat demonstration though)

Until next time Discover! friends

 

April Update

What’s Happening!

As mentioned in earlier blogs.  Our Advisory Committee was busy in February and March raising funds for the new building, securing a location, receiving estimates, pursuing grants, updating our website, exploring other museums, and putting together a presentation to visit with groups about the success of the pilot museum and our plans moving forward.  
Splash! our water table at the South Washington Fair
Splash! our water table at the South Washington Fair

On the road again!

We are excited to announce that we plan on being on the road and attending fun events around the area.  If you plan on going to Centrailia College Fun Fest on April 18th at 10 am, we will also be there!  We are currently organizing to have a staff person that will be able to attend these events, as well as have a trailer that can be used to transport mobile exhibits to each destination.  We are excited to bring you more news and pictures as it develops!

abcABC’s and 123’s

Since we know that our future success will be strongly dependent on location.  We knew that we would have to pick the right spot and space.  After much searching, we concluded that in order to find an area that met all requirements, we  would best suit those needs by building.  One big benefit to this, is that we can design the facility to have all the areas we dreamed of!  Such as exhibit floor, administrative offices, event room, gift shop, food court, and a place allocated for early education and development!

We are still in the first stage of exploring an early education program that will work for Discover!  The possibility is exciting, and we will have to make sure that we have the space available for it.  So as the months progress keep watching our updates for more news!

DSC-2628We would love to fill you in on what we’re doing!

The Discover! Board Members are excited to share what’s going on with Discover! with your group, school, daycare, or organization.  If you are interested in having us come to you for a presentation, please feel free to email us at info@discovermuseum.org

There are many other things that we went over in our meeting, but we will save them for later.  Until then, happy spring break Discover! Friends!

Suggestions?

We would love to hear any suggestions you have about what you would like to see on our blog.  If you are interested in helping with a blog post, we would love to hear from you. Some of the subjects are art, activities, animals, books, crafts, encouragement, events, Inspiration, parks, play dates, science, and more.  

Email us at: info@discovermuseum.org