July 29, 2020
Free Learning Series, “Little Kids, Big World,” Featured at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
BISMARCK, N.D. – Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the free interactive learning series, “Little Kids, Big World,” at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. These fun, hands-on 30-minute programs introduce children to North Dakota’s fascinating history.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants are asked to meet at the east entrance information desk. Visitors are asked to follow the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene.
The series begins Aug. 1, at 1 and 2 p.m., with “Build a Dinosaur,” as participants make a fearsome carnivore with sharp teeth, a four-legged herbivore, or mix it up—all with easy-to-use paper and glue. “Let's Play Pioneer Games” on Aug. 4, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., will have participants playing classic games from North Dakota's pioneer days. Aug. 6, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., will feature "Collection Crazy." Participants will sift, sort, and separate objects and learn how the State Museum creates a collection. “Beaks, Feet, and Feathers” on Aug. 8, 1 and 2 p.m., will teach children about the different parts of birds and how to make a bird craft. Children will learn about different animals found in North Dakota and help find their correct habitats on Aug. 11, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., with "Crawl, Slither, Waddle." The Aug. 13, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., program “Bull Boat Up Close,” will offer children the opportunity to explore a bull boat through sight and touch, and even climb inside one.
The following Saturday and Sunday programs will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. On Aug. 15 "Fantastic Fossils" will teach about different fossils and include making a fossil cast to take home. Aug. 16 will feature "Bridges in North Dakota" where children can learn about different bridges and practice building one.
On Aug. 22, children will discover how bison provided food, clothing, shelter, and more for American Indian people during “Bison Market.” Items made from bison including a boat, a hoe, and a tipi will be viewed. “Mighty Mastodon” on Aug. 23 will have participants pretending to be mastodons and making a mastodon craft. "Fur Trade Fun" on Aug. 29 will help children explore different furs used to trade in North Dakota. What did dinosaurs feel and sound like? Learn these answers and more Aug. 30 during "Dinosaur Discovery."
Additional programs are planned in the upcoming months. Follow us on Facebook
for dates and topics. The programs will be led by Sarah Fox, who is pursuing a Library Media and Information Science Endorsement and has been teaching youth since 2008. She has teaching endorsements in STEM 1-8, middle school 5-8, and kindergarten.
For more information, contact Erik Holland, curator of education, 701.328.2792. For more programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, go to history.nd.gov/events
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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