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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


Engaging multiple generations in story sharing



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The Top 100 Toys displayed at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
November 2012

The holidays are almost here which sometimes can add extra stress to our already busy lives. But let's remember that one of the most important parts about the holiday season is celebrating families and sharing experiences with them. The mission of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is to create extraordinary learning experiences for families.

Let us help you take advantage of the holiday season to allow your children to learn more about your family members, especially grandparents and other family members who grew up in a very different era.

One way to do this is to plan an "interview" session when multiple generations are gathered together for a holiday celebration. Even very young children love hearing about what life was like when their grandparents were growing up.

However, your child may not be sure how to ask questions that will lead to a rich discussion. The Children's Museum has a perfect vehicle to help those conversations evolve: "The 100 Toys (& their Stories) that Define Our Childhood." Located on The Children's Museum website (childrensmuseum.org/100 toys), you will find a list of photos of 100 iconic toys from 1910 to the present. These photos will provide a framework when your child asks a grandparent to tell about his/her childhood. Your child may ask, "Did you have one of these toys? How did you play with this toy?" and so on. You may want to ask another family member to videotape the interview so that you have a lasting memento of these special memories. You will be very glad you did.

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Preschool Program Manager at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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