EdVenture Children's Museum:  Columbia   |   Hartsville   |   Myrtle Beach

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Hours:

Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission:

Members   -   Free

Children and Adults   -   $11.95

Seniors (age 62+)   -   $10.95

Military (with ID)   -   $10.95

Educator (with ID)   -   $10.95

Groups (15+ w/RSVP)   -   $8.50

Children under two    -   Free

World of Work

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Dalmatian Station

Dalmatian Station

Sound the alarm! Climb inside our 24-foot fire truck and hit the lights and siren. Practice making an escape plan and find your way through a dark tunnel! Grab your gear and slide down the firehouse pole to put out the flames. Don’t forget to work with you firehouse companion, PAL, EdVenture’s one and only Dalmatian pup.

What are we learning?

0 - 4

  • Social & Emotional Development
  • Developing Motor Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Safety Awareness
  • Experiential Learning through Role Play

5 - 7

  • Concrete learning experiences
  • Recall skills (memory)
  • Predicting patterns and outcomes
  • Technological understanding
  • Fire Safety

8 - 12

  • Analytical thinking
  • Recall skills (memory)
  • Predict patterns and outcomes
  • Technological understanding
  • Fire Safety

Ways to Engage

0 - 4

  • Toddlers and preschoolers are not too young to begin learning about fire and life safety practices. Take advantage of the inviting atmosphere of Dalmatian Station to introduce things like the color and size of a real fire truck or what a firefighter wears. Fire can be scary, but learning about it doesn’t have to be.
  • Engage the youngest of visitors by identifying colors, shapes, and other stimulating objects in the exhibit. Play a game of “I Spy” to find all the colors in the rainbow.
  • Help them put on a fire jacket and explore the inside of the fire truck. Role playing broadens perceptions and encourages imagination.
  • Climbing the stairs, pressing buttons, crawling through the tunnel or even being assisted for a slide down the fire pole build motor skills and encourage self-confidence.

5 - 7

  • Explore the inside of the firetruck with your child. Inside you’ll find fire jackets for the kids to wear, and videos about real firefighters. Ride with your child in the front of the truck on an imaginary call to rescue.
  • Join in on the Rookie Fire Fighter Training interactive that explains different types of fires and proper procedures for extinguishing them. Use this opportunity to emphasize that even extinguishing fires should be done in a safe way.
  • Participate in the Escape Artist interactive with your child. At the conclusion, ask them what they learned. Ask them which part they enjoyed most. Dialing 911? Using the hand plates to crawl? Ask if they remember why those things are important.
  • Take a seat with your child in the “Home Safe Home,” 4D theatre show. After the show, ask them what kind of things you could do at home to prevent fires from starting.
  • Help your child email a fire escape plan home from the Make an Escape Plan interactive. At home, review all of the information and help them draw a floor plan of where you live to use in creating a safe escape plan.

8 - 12

  • Encourage your child to role-play in the exhibit. Start with receiving the fire call from the dispatcher, putting on the fire equipment, driving to the fire, sliding down the fire pole, and crawling safely through the smoke tunnel. All in a day’s work for a firefighter.
  • Join in on the Rookie Fire Fighter Training interactive that explains different types of fires and proper procedures for extinguishing them. Use this opportunity to emphasize that even extinguishing fires should be done in a safe way.
  • Participate in the Escape Artist interactive with your child. At the conclusion, ask them what they learned. Ask them which part they enjoyed most. Dialing 911? Using the hand plates to crawl? Ask if they remember why those things were important.
  • Help your child email a fire escape plan home from the Make an Escape Plan interactive. At home, review all of the information and help them draw a floor plan of where you live to use in creating a safe escape plan.

EdVenture at Home

0 - 4

  • Turn the life-saving actions of “Stop, Drop and Roll” into a game. Start with moving to music. Stop the music, just like in musical chairs. Shout “STOP. DROP. And ROLL” doing each action with your child. Applaud a successful and safe escape! Reverse roles and let your child stop the music and call out the drill.
  • Show your child how different noises alert us to things. The beep of the microwave when the food is done. The ring of the doorbell or the buzz of the alarm clock. Include the sound of the smoke detector in this exercise to show it is very loud, but just another sound to get our attention.
  • Teach your child about potential “hot spots” in your house that they should never play with or touch. Potential “hot spots” may include: a stove, an oven, outlets, candles, irons, matches, lighters, or a fireplace.

5 - 7

  • Plan a visit to a local fire station. Ask the firefighters to show your child their gear, a fire truck, and other things they use in their work. Seeing an actual firefighter in a fun way will help your little one feel more confident and not afraid of firefighters in case of a true emergency.
  • Show your child where smoke detectors are located in your home, and what to do when one goes off. Let them help when its time to test or replace the batteries.
  • Go outside and, using what was learned at EdVenture, decide together where the best meeting place would be for everyone in the household in the event of a fire emergency. Go back inside and walk through a drill to decide the best exits to get out of the house or apartment quickly and safely.

8 - 12

  • Plan a visit to a local fire station. Ask the firefighters to show your child their gear, a fire truck, and other things they use in their work. Seeing an actual firefighter in a fun way will help your little one feel more confident and not afraid of firefighters in case of a true emergency.
  • Show your child where smoke detectors are located in your home, and what to do when one goes off. Let them help when its time to test or replace the batteries.
  • Go outside and, using what was learned at EdVenture, decide together where the best meeting place would be for everyone in the household in the event of a fire emergency. Go back inside and walk through a drill to decide the best exits to get out of the house or apartment quickly and safely.

Literacy Resources

0 - 4

  • Arthur’s Fire Drill
    By Marc Brown
  • Curious George and the Firefighters
    By Margret & H.A. Rey
  • Spark the Firefighter
    By Stephen Krensky
  • STOP, DROP, and ROLL
    By Margery Cuyler
  • The Fire Engine Book
    By Golden Books and Tibor Gergely
  • Sparky the Fire Dog
    By Don Hoffman and Todd Dakins
  • Clifford the Firehouse Dog
    By Norman Bridwell
  • Firefighters A to Z
    By Chris L. Demarest
  • Firefighter Frank
    By Monica Wellington

5 - 7

  • Big Frank’s Fire Truck
    By Leslie McGuire
  • Fireboy to the Rescue!: A Fire Safety Book
    By Edward Miller
  • Sparky the Fire Dog
    By Don Hoffman and Todd Dakins
  • No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)
    By Jean E Pendziwol

8 - 12

  • The Stikmens Family Learning Fire Safety & Gets Something New
    By C Franklin Holmes Jr
  • Fire! Fire!
    By Gail Gibbon

Little Spot Diner

Little Spot Diner

There’s a line of little chefs preparing a big menu of fun in this busy, kid-sized diner. Cook a pizza in the oven or whip up an imaginary ice cream float using the soda fountain. Food and desserts are always spot on at the Little Spot Diner!

What are we learning?

0 - 4

  • Sharing and cooperation
  • Sorting and counting
  • Recognizing letters, colors, shapes and numbers
  • Imaginative play/role playing

5 - 7

  • Sharing and collaboration
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Imaginative play/role playing
  • Classification of objects

8 - 12

  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Social skills and collaboration
  • Analytical skills
  • Abstract thinking

Ways to Engage

0 - 4

  • Role-play with your child to help build imaginative play skills.
  • Engage basic math concepts by asking for two of an item, then three, then four, etc. Then, ask for combinations - one slice of bread with two tomatoes.

5 - 7

  • Role-play with your child to build imaginative play skills. Play once then reverse roles to encourage creative thinking.
  • Discuss the different roles there are in a restaurant and what they do, such as a cook, a server, customer, and hostess.

8 - 12

  • Have your child create a balanced meal for you by preparing a plate that includes on item from each of the food groups - grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and protein.
  • Discuss the different jobs there are in a restaurant and why each is important.

EdVenture at Home

0 - 4

  • When you and your child are sitting in a restaurant, practice using your 5 senses. What do you see? What can you hear? What do you taste? How does that feel? What do you smell?
  • Practice counting and color recognition at mealtime with food items on plate.

5 - 7

  • Have your child help you prepare meals at home. Talk about the foods being prepared and which main food group they belong to - grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and protein.
  • When at a restaurant with your child, practice reading the menu together. See which words or food items your child knows or recognizes.

8 - 12

  • Have your child help you prepare meals at home. Teach your child kitchen safety when it comes to slicing, chopping or grating. Model safe usage of appliances like the stove or the blender.
  • When at a restaurant with your child, go over the menu together. Ask your child which meals are balanced meals. Which are high in protein? Which contain grains?

Literacy Resources

0 - 4

  • Happy Belly Happy Smile
    By Rachel Isadora
  • Blueberries for Sal
    By Robert McCloskey
  • Dinosaur Diner
    By Annie Kubler

5 - 7

  • Bee Bim Bop
    By Linda Sue
  • Blueberries for Sal
    By Robert McCloskey
  • Growing Vegetable Soup
    By Lois Ehlert

8 - 12

Home Safe Home

Home Safe Home

This 4-D multimedia experience is not only entertaining but also teaches families to be better aware of fire prevention methods and how to react in home emergency situations. Due to the nature of this exhibit, Home Safe Home is recommended for ages 5 and up. Free with admission.

Presented by:

Essex Homes

Neighborhood Market

Neighborhood Market

Grab a cart and start shopping for perfect healthy meals. Weigh fruits and vegetables grown locally at the Busy Bee Farm and when you’re finished head to the checkout counter and calculate the cost at the register! Put on your work vest and get to work as a shelf stocker or cashier.

Presented by:

Publix

What are we learning?

0 - 4

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Classification of objects
  • Sorting and counting

5 - 7

  • Spatial awareness
  • Vocabulary development
  • Cognitive development
  • Classification of objects

8 - 12

  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Social awareness and collaboration
  • Analytical skills
  • Cause and effect

Ways to Engage

0 - 4

  • Ask your child to find specific food items based on color – a red apple, a yellow banana, etc.
  • Role-play with your child and become a stocker straightening the shelves, a store manager, a cashier, etc.
  • Have young walkers use the shopping cart to balance and practice pushing the cart down the aisle.
  • Have your child name each food as it goes into the cart. Ask them why they are choosing. Is the milk for the cereal? Is the apple pie for a picnic?

5 - 7

  • Help your child learn the main good groups using the My Plate graphic on the wall. Make it a game to see if they can find foods from each group and put them in the cart.
  • Role-play with your child and become a stocker straightening the shelves, a store manager, a cashier, etc.
  • Practice math skill with your child with the items in the grocery cart. Ask them how many items are in the cart. How many are there if you add three more?
  • Discuss the farm to table concept with your child. Ask them if they know where tomatoes come from? Where do eggs come from?

8 - 12

  • Review the main good groups with your child using the My Plate graphic on the wall. Make it a game to see if they can find foods from each group and put them in the cart. Can they find items to create a balanced meal for under $10 at the checkout?
  • Discuss the farm to table concept with your child. Ask them if they know where tomatoes come from? Where do eggs come from?
  • Talk about the different jobs people have working at a grocery store. Ask which job they would pick for themselves. Get them to think about the jobs and people that make having a market in the community possible. Who grows the food. Who transports the food to the store? Who makes sure the market has electricity to operate?
  • Discuss the farm to table concept with your child. Talk of fruits and vegetables grown in our state.

EdVenture at Home

0 - 4

  • Take your child with you to the grocery store. Point out different shapes and colors you see at the store. Practice counting with the items in your cart.
  • Use mealtime to talk about things that are salty, sweet, sour, or bitter. It’s also the perfect time to learn where things grow – in trees, on a bush, in the ground, etc.

5 - 7

  • Take your children grocery shopping and point out the different areas of the store. Discuss the types of foods found in each section. Will there be meat in the produce section? Why not?
  • Help gather grocery store advertisement from the newspaper or magazines and have your child create their own My Plate poster. Draw a big circle and divide it by food group and then cut out and glue pictures of food to the correct section of the plate drawing.

8 - 12

  • Before shopping, have your child help plan a meal that covers all of the main food groups. Help them make a list of all the foods and ingredients the meal will take and shop to find them at the store. This is a great time to learn about purchasing the right quantities needed, foods priced by weight, bulk packaged foods, expiration dates, etc.
  • While shopping, your child can read package labels to find out things like salt or sugar content, how many servings are in a container and where the food is packaged or shipped from. Make it a challenge to spot items grown, packaged or produced in South Carolina.

Literacy Resources

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5 - 7

8 - 12

Busy Bee Farm

Busy Bee Farm

Try farming and fruit picking on for size. At the Busy Bee Farm there’s work to be done for everyone! It’s never too early to plant the seed of farming education. Learn about the different types of crops grown in South Carolina. Send the dairy off to the factory for bottling. Gather eggs from the chicken coop where hens make eggs all day, every day. Pick delicious peaches from the trees and put them in a basket. Don’t forget to carry the fruit and crops to the loading dock so it can be sold at the neighborhood market. Farming fun is always buzzing at Busy Bee Farm!

What are we learning?

0 - 4

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Sorting and counting
  • Recognizing colors and shapes
  • Communication skills
  • Imaginative play
  • Developing the five senses

5 - 7

  • Gross motor skills
  • Large muscle building
  • Social awareness and collaboration
  • Spatial awareness
  • Farm to Table Concept

8 - 12

  • Gross motor skills
  • Large muscle building
  • Social awareness and collaboration
  • Analytical thinking
  • Patterns and outcomes
  • Farm to Table

Ways to Engage

0 - 4

  • While picking peaches with your child, talk about their size, shape and color. Have them count the number of peaches they pick.
  • Trying to milk the cow develops fine motor skills. Ask your child if they understand what is happening and make the connection that the milk we drink comes from cows.
  • Point to the cow, and the chicken, the tractor and the busy bee. Have you child make the sounds of each.
  • Develop your child’s senses. Have them touch different textures in the exhibit and have them describe how they feel - hard, soft, rough, smooth?.
    Ask your child what sounds they hear. What noise does the cow make? Ask them to look for things that are green or orange or yellow.

5 - 7

  • Start a conversation about the top cash crops of fruits and vegetables grown in SC, including peaches, sweet potatoes, peanuts and soybeans.
  • Have your child milk the cow and collect chicken eggs. Discuss other foods that animals (livestock) provide us. Discuss how food gets from the farm to our tables.
  • Climbing up on the tractor engages both gross motor skills and imagination. Ask your child what they think would be the most exciting thing about being a farmer.
  • Head over to the vegetable garden and plant vegetables with your child. Start a conversation with your child about what plants need to live and grow - light, water, soil nutrients, air, etc.

8 - 12

  • Start a conversation about the top cash crops of fruits and vegetables grown in SC, including peaches, sweet potatoes, peanuts and soybeans.
  • While your child is milking the cow, collecting chicken eggs, or picking peaches, start a discussion about the farm to table concept. Talk to your child about how the farm, grocery store, and diner are all related.
  • Discuss how important tractors are to farming. Talk about the many ways a tractor can be used on a farm – plowing, harvesting, pulling other equipment.
  • Start a conversation with your child about how important it is to buy local fruits and vegetables to support South Carolina farmers.

EdVenture at Home

0 - 4

  • Plant a vegetable garden in your yard or in a flowerpot with your child. Show them how to care for a plant and talk about all of the things a plant will need to grow and be healthy.
  • Practice learning colors and counting with different fruits and vegetables. Ask your child to find the red fruit or the green vegetable. Then ask your child to pick up two fruits or vegetables, then three, and so on.
  • Walk with your child at the park or down the street and point our all the different types of plants that grow everywhere. Point out that some have flowers and some just have leaves. Help collect a variey of leaves and then have your child sort them by size, color, etc.

5 - 7

  • Make a trip to a local farmers market to see how vegetables are transported, unloaded, sorted and sold.
  • Use an egg carton as a small planting container where your child can grow their own crop of their choice. Fill each hole with soil and help them plant seeds in each. Allow them to water and care for the seedlings.
  • Plan an excursion to a real farm. SC has many farms for the public to pick their own fruits and vegetables. When you are there, ask what parts of the farm are like Busy Bee Farm at EdVenture.

8 - 12

  • Visit a local farmer’s market at different times of the year. Talk with your child about how the fruits and vegetables available change with the seasons.
  • Encourage healthy eating by letting your child choose vegetable from the market they would like to try. Involve them in the cooking and serving of the vegetable. Take this opportunity to talk about vitamins and other nutrients found in vegetable and fruits.
  • Plan an excursion to a real farm. SC has many farms for the public to pick their own fruits and vegetables. When you are there, ask what parts of the farm are like Busy Bee Farm at EdVenture.

Literacy Resources

0 - 4

  • John Deere Touch and Feel: Tractor
    By Parachute Press, DK Publishing
  • Tremendous Tractors
    By Tony Mitton
  • Farm 123
    By Parachute Press
  • We’re Going to the Farmer’s Market
    By Stefan Page
  • On the Farm
    By David Elliot
  • Farmyard Beat
    By Lindsey Craig

5 - 7

  • Apples
    By Gail Gibbons
  • Milk: From Cow to Carton
    By Aliki
  • A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver
    By Aliki
  • Corn
    By Gail Gibbons
  • To Market, to Market
    By Nikki McClure

8 - 12

  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
  • By Kelly Jones
  • Farmer Boy
    By Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Harris and Me
    By Gary Paulsen
  • Seedfolks
    By Paul Fleischman

Richland Library

Richland Library

Put together a puzzle, watch a puppet show and show off your flair for the theatre. Open a book and transport into a world where eggs and ham taste better green, dinosaurs still walk the earth and caterpillars are always very hungry. The library has more than 200 books for kids of all ages available to check out with your Richland County Public Library Card. 

What are we learning?

0 - 4

  • Print awareness
  • Picture/story association
  • Word sound recognition
  • Listening Skills
  • Vocabulary

5 - 7

  • Letters and letter sounds
  • Building of words and sentences
  • Sight words
  • Comprehension skills
  • Vocabulary

8 - 12

  • Comprehension and Fluency
  • Sentence structure/grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal skills
  • Written skills
  • Critical thinking skills

Ways to Engage

0 - 4

  • Get comfortable and choose a book to read aloud. Point to words and pictures. Begin building the idea that reading is fun.
  • Show your child how turning pages reveals new words and pictures.
  • Sit with your child on your lap and open a book. Help them point to pictures and words, building an understanding of language.

5 - 7

  • Explain to your child that the library has books about many, many things. Show them that books are grouped by subjects and ask them to pick a book they would like to read. Get comfortable in a chair or sit on the floor and read it together!
  • Read a story of your child’s choosing. Then, use the puppets to tell the story again. Repetition is an important element in learning to love reading.
  • Show your child how the card scanner works and explain the purpose of a public library and all the things you can do and see there.

8 - 12

  • Explain to your child that the library has books about many, many things. Show them that books are grouped by subjects and ask them to pick a book they would like to read. Get comfortable in a chair or sit on the floor and read it together!
  • Encourage older children to act out stories or plays they have read in the library’s theater.
  • After visiting other exhibits in the museum, encourage your child to locate books relating to those exhibits to further their knowledge on those topics.

EdVenture at Home

0 - 4

  • Provide books, magazines or other print materials for your child to hold, turn pages - all part of learning to love reading.
    Read aloud to your child and talk about what your are reading. This helps young children develop language and thinking skills. Visit your neighborhood library with your child. Check out books regularly to help your child understand the importance and wonders of reading. Reading daily with young children builds a strong foundation for early literacy. Reading with your young children on a regular basis will help them develop a love of reading that will support their education throughout elementary school and beyond!
  • Young learners love repetition. Repeated sounds, phrases and even entire stories add another layer to the love of reading.

5 - 7

  • Help you child learn the alphabet and phonetics by making an alphabet poster for their room. Print or draw letters they can color and paste to a poster board.
  • Make regular trips to your local library. Model the process of locating a book in the library and checking it out. During another trip to the library, assist your child in completing the process themselves.
  • Build you own child’s library. A single shelf of books will allow You and your child can sort your books by theme and create their own library system.

8 - 12

  • Visit your neighborhood library with your child. Check out books regularly to help your child understand the importance and wonders of reading.
  • Model the process of locating a book in the library and checking it out. Then allow your child to complete the process independently. Helping your child practice the skill of locating and checking out books, will give them confidence to continue using libraries as a resource as they get older.
  • Build you own child’s library. A single shelf of books will allow you and your child to sort books by theme and create a library system.
  • Research a topic of interest alongside your child at the library. Make your research a project you will work on and learn from together.

Literacy Resources

0 - 4

  • Corduroy
    By Don Freeman
  • The Cat in the Hat
    By Dr. Seuss
  • Goodnight Moon
    By Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Little Engine That Could
    By Watty Piper
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    By Dr. Seuss
  • The Snowy Day
    By Ezra Jack Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    By Maurice Sendak
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    By Eric Carle
  • Guess How Much I Love You
    By Sam McBratney
  • Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom
    By Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    By Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • The Runaway Bunny
    By Margaret Wise Brown
  • Dear Zoo
    By Rod Campbell
  • Pete the Cat Picture Books
    By Eric Litwin

5 - 7

  • The Giving Tree
    By Shel Silverstein
  • The Cat in the Hat
    By Dr. Seuss
  • The Rainbow Fish
    By Marcus Pfister
  • The Little Engine That Could
    By Watty Piper
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    By Dr. Seuss
  • The Snowy Day
    By Ezra Jack Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    By Maurice Sendak
  • Stone Soup
    By Marcia Brown
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    By Eric Carle
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    By Judith Viorst
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    By Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Caps for Sale
    By Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    By Judi Barrett

8 - 12

  • Charlotte’s Web
    By E.B. White
  • Shiloh
    By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Nancy Drew book Series
    By Carolyn Keene
  • Holes
    By Louis Sachar
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    By Judy Blume
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8
    By Beverly Cleary
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Series
    By C.S. Lewis
  • Frindle
    By Andrew Clements
  • The Giver
    By Lois Lowry
  • Black Beauty
    By Anna Sewell
  • Jumanji
    By Chris Van Allsburg
  • James and the Giant Peach
    By Ronald Dahl
  • How Much is a Million?
    By David Schwartz

Auto Works

Auto Works

Hop in a real, full-size Chevy Spark car. Roll up your sleeves and get to work practicing your driving, climb a mountain of tires and learn about auto safety with Bill Nye the Science Guy. See South Carolina's largest safety belt.

What are we learning?

0 - 4

  • Motor Skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Muscle and bone development
  • Cognitive development

5 - 7

  • Recall skills (memory)
  • Concrete learning experiences
  • Muscle development
  • Pattern recognition

8 - 12

  • Analytical skills
  • Recall skills (memory)
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Mechanical understanding

Ways to Engage

0 - 4

  • Encourage your child to play with the ball ramp on the wall. Have a race with them and ask which ball will win.
  • Sit in the car with your child and let them ask questions. Explain what different parts of the car do, and what keeps them safe while on the road like the seatbelt.

5 - 7

  • Encourage your child to play with the ball ramp on the wall. Have a race with them and ask which ball will win. Encourage your child to ask questions.
  • Sit in the car with your child and let them ask questions. Explain what different parts of the car do, and what keeps them safe while on the road like the seatbelt.
  • Explore the gears on the wall with your child and try to build a section of linking gears together.
  • Show your child the area where you can raise the car on the wall and take off the tires. Let them ask questions.

8 - 12

  • Encourage your child to play with the ball ramp on the wall.
  • Have a race with them and ask which ball will win.
  • Ask why some balls are faster to finish than others.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions.
  • Sit in the car with your child and let them ask questions. Explain what different parts of the car do, and what makes the car run (such as gas, oil, coolant, etc.)
  • Explore the gears on the wall with your child and try to build a section of linking gears together.
  • Show your child the area where you can raise the car on the wall and take off the tires. Let them ask questions.

EdVenture at Home

0 - 4

  • Go over car safety with your child. Explain to them the importance of seat belts.
  • Explore your method of transportation with your child. Show them the main parts of the car and explain what they do like the wheel, pedals, seatbelts, etc.

5 - 7

  • Go over car safety with your child. Explain to them the importance of seat belts.
  • Use a bicycle as an example to change a tire or clean the gears (maintenance).
  • Show your child how gas is pumped into the car.

8 - 12

  • Go over car safety with your child. Explain to them the importance of seat belts.
  • Use a bicycle as an example to change a tire or clean the gears (maintenance).
  • Show your child how gas is pumped into the car.

Literacy Resources

0 - 4

  • Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks from A to Z
    By Richard Scarry
  • Toot Too Beep Beep
    By Emma Garcia
  • Maisy’s Race Car: A Go with Maisy
    By Lucy Cousins
  • And the Cars Go…
    By William Bee

5 - 7

  • Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that Go
    By Richard Scarry
  • Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!
    By Patricia Hubbell
  • Cool Cars (Amazing Machines)
    By Tony Mitton
  • Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem
    By Jennifer Oxley

8 - 12

  • Car Science
    By Richard Hammond
  • The Car
    By Gary Paulsen
  • Giant Vehicles
    By Rod Green
  • Construction Vehicles (How Machines Work)
    By Terry Jennings
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