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A museum is a place that has important objects on show that tell the story of our past - either of our local place, our country, or of the bigger world. Sometimes a visit to a museum can be overwhelming or boring - there's usually too much to see and take in. But kids will love a museum visit if you set it up and sell it in the right way. Here are our tips.
1) Treat it like a treasure hunt. Before you start, buy a postcard for each child in the museum shop. Set them the task of finding that item.
2) Talk to them about what they see and ask questions - is it smaller than they expected, what was it used for, how old is it, what is it made out of?
3) Tell them interesting stories about an object or two - whether it's the Egyptian mummy or a Viking sword. Connect it to things they know already.
4) Ask the staff in the museum if they have worksheets or treasure trails for children - they usually do.
4) Stay for a short time and then go and have an icecream. Keep it enjoyable.
5) Museums often have workshops for children. Have a look here to find out what's going on in the Irish National Museums during Summer 2017.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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