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This is what hands-on learning is all about.

on May 31, 2013

I am a huge advocate of hands-on learning. I think it is important for kids to be able to get out there and actually experience things for themselves. I’m not saying there isn’t a time and place for classroom/home learning, but I strongly believe kids learn more by doing.

If you live anywhere near the Chicago-land area and you are teaching your kids about dinosaurs (or they just have a love for dinosaurs), I recommend taking your kids to the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit at Brookfield Zoo. My husband and I took our daughter to the zoo last week, and Kayla loved the dinosaur exhibit. She wanted to be held because she was afraid the dinosaurs would eat her, but it still ranked as one of her favorite attractions. She’s been talking about it non-stop for the past week, and playing with her new (and old) dinosaur toys. Even as an adult, I was impressed by the details on the dinosaurs. This was hands down my favorite part of our visit.

We can all use books, fossils digs, and videos to teach our kids about dinosaurs, but nothing beats taking your child to see detailed replicas. Trust me, it was worth it. Just a simple walk through the exhibit inspired Kayla to ask us questions, and made her want to learn more about dinosaurs. We’ve been to the library twice this week and both times she got books on dinosaurs. She’s only 2 1/2 years old. Imagine if you have older kids with a passion for dinosaurs. They will love it.

By the fountain near the front of the zoo.

By the fountain near the front of the zoo.

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