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Children Discovery Museum and Heartland Head Start help distribute fun learning kits


NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – The Children Discovery Museum has donated 275 fun learning kits to support families benefiting from Heartland Head Start services.

The donation was made possible by reallocated money from a grant from the PNC Foundation that is part of its Growing Up Through the Power of Play program.

The fun learning kits were created to replace the museum’s free family home evening that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the kits contains all the materials needed for 6 activities that help develop STEAM-based learning skills. Activities include dot art, puppets, and a maze building activity.

Children’s Discovery Museum education director Rachel Carpenter said the kits help the museum inspire learning through the power of play.

“The museum’s mission is to inspire a love of learning through the power of play,” said Carpenter. “At the moment we can’t have people in our museum and people don’t leave their homes, so we can still fulfill our mission by bringing as much of what we do into the house as possible.”

Heartland Head Start began distributing the fun learning kits to families on Wednesday. Heartland Head Start Executive Director Karen Burning said now is the perfect time for families to receive the kits.

“Especially in these times when people are at a safe distance and spend more time at home, it is much more efficient for them to get the tools they need to work with their children on these play activities,” Burning said. .

More information on the resources that the Children’s Discovery Museum offers to the public can be found on their website.