Traveling Featured Exhibit
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Helps Children Find Joy In Books
September 20 – January 4
Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ Traveling Exhibit
Features Seven Beloved Children’s Books
As children prepare for another school year of reading and writing, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum presents its own special travel exhibit learning environment aimed to build literacy skills in Nevada’s youngest learners.
According to the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative, early literacy is a key indicator of school readiness in young children. As children develop, literacy is highly correlated with school achievement and is essential to lifelong learning. The museum’s latest traveling exhibit is literacy-based and provides children with essential book-based experiences while equipping their parents with messaging and tools to promote literacy.
Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites opens at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum on Saturday, September 20 and will continue through January 4, 2015. Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Abuela by Arthur Dorros; and Tuesday by David Wiesner – into three dimensional, bi-lingual (English and Spanish) play and learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association: disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills and comprehension.
Children can explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences andare encouraged to reflect on their Storyland experience by creating a drawing inspiredby the books and writing a caption, title or story. A digital Drawing Cam captures the paperimage and visitors can add it to an electronic gallery of other postcards for visitors to see andemail it home as a souvenir of their experience at Las Vegas’ favorite children’s museum.
The Museum is collaborating with Spread the Word Nevada and will be holding a Book Drive for this literacy-dedicated non-profit during the entire run of the traveling exhibit. On opening weekend, Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, there will be a Scholastic Book Fair where you can purchase books for your children and donations to Spread the Word Nevada. Additionally, if you bring new or gently used book for donation to the Book Drive you will receive a $2 discount off general admission.
-Families can immerse themselves in the world of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. Children explore Peter Rabbit’s world as they build vocabulary and narrative skills while searching for Peter’s lost belongings,harvesting vegetables, and playing in Peter’s burrow.
-Visitors will get a mouse-eye view of super-sized elements from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, such as a big glass of milk that encourages children to create new and rhyming words by matching letter magnets to word trunks.
-The Snowy Day welcomes visitors to Peter’s wintry world, where a young boy explores his neighborhood after a fresh snowfall. Children have opportunities to build print and sound awareness, as they build a snowperson, and explore wintry sounds and words.
-Babies and young toddlers can experiment with busy wall interactives based on Where’s Spot?, a well-known board book about the search for Spot the dog. Adults can get tips about cultivating pre-reading skills in very young children.
-Young children explore the alphabet and letter and sound awareness while navigating three tropical islands featured in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Families will also enjoy creating rhythms with steel drums while playing along with the rhythm of the story.
-Children can sharpen their narrative skills and vocabulary by delivering news from inside a TV and searching for hidden frogs in Tuesday, a story about a town mysteriously visited by flying frogs.
Children are encouraged to reflect on their Storyland experience by creating a drawing inspired by the books and writing a caption, title or story. A digital Drawing Cam will capture the paper image and visitors can add it to an electronic gallery of other postcards for visitors to see, and email it home as a souvenir of their experience.