Aug. 31, 2015 at 8:00am

Copy Cats & Cognitive Benefits

The Power of Leaning Through Imitation

We have all seen babies put phones to their ears, pretend to feed stuff animals and mimic facial expressions. Young children imitating adults is not only adorable; it is also an important learning tool. With imitation babies can communicate, expedite trial-and-error learning, learn from everyone around them and understand about intentions and goals.


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Aug. 24, 2015 at 8:00am

Community Award: KidsQuest Children’s Museum

KidsQuest Children’s Museum will receive a solar energy system for its new downtown Bellevue location in September!

The system is a donation from A&R Solar as part of the Solarize Bellevue campaign, which provides discounted community pricing to city residents on solar systems for their homes and businesses. A&R Solar’s installation crew will dress in superhero outfits to install the 16 solar panels on the steep metal roof of the museum. The public is welcome to drop by, take photos, and learn more about the museum and solar. We hope to see you at 108th Avenue NE and NE 12th Street.  The 4.5 kW solar energy system will serve as a powerful environmental teaching tool, and help offset the museum’s overall energy costs. 


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Aug. 17, 2015 at 8:00am

Ready, Set, September!

By Tamasha Emedi, Primary School Teacher

 On almost every social media site I’ve visited, I’ve come across lists: 10 ways to cut an apple, 47 different responses to Season 5 of Lost, 18 ways you are pouring milk wrong. That being said, I hope this list is a little more helpful! Here is a list of four ideas to prep your primary (K-3) kiddo and yourself for September.

School Bus mother & child

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Aug. 10, 2015 at 8:00am

Summer Camps at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

By Chauntae Richardson, KidsQuest Children's Museum Educator

Summer Camps at KidsQuest Children’s Museum are in full swing, but just a few months ago camp instructors were thoughtfully creating their curriculum and anticipating all of the rich learning and fun exploration that will be taking place. As the Science Explorers summer camp instructor, I planned each of my camps (from Chemistry and chemical reactions to creating explorative lessons that combined Physics and art) knowing that in addition to learning about science, we would also focus on learning “soft skills” and executive function. These skills promote social and emotional development, along with encouraging Kindergarten Readiness. 

Dino Camp 2012

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Aug. 3, 2015 at 8:00am

New Program: Parents’ Night Out

By Alison Luk, Associate Director of Education, KidsQuest Children's Museum

When we develop new programs at KidsQuest Children’s Museum, our education team considers a lot of factors. What needs in our community are not being met? Which new curriculums and methods align with our play-based educational philosophy? What can we do to better support parents in their role as educators? Will everyone have fun?

The parents that we serve are amazing advocates for their children. They seek out exciting educational opportunities, make sure their kids get plenty of time to learn through play, and they read everything they can about how their kids learn. It looked to us like these parents might need a break!


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Jul. 27, 2015 at 8:00am

Why the First 2,000 Days Matter

Information for this blog post came from The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), at University of Washington.

When holding a new baby, it is hard to imagine them starting kindergarten. However, it only takes 2,000 days before the average child is heading off on the school bus. Clearly, a lot needs to happen in those 2,000 days. Let's reflect on brain development in those first five years and what parents can do to help.

The brain is busy growing each day. When babies are born, their brain is only one-fourth the size of an adult's brain. By age three a child’s brain has grown to 80 percent of its adult size. By age five the brain is 90 percent of adult size. That’s right; your child’s brain will increase by 65% in the first five years of life!

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Jul. 20, 2015 at 9:09am

7 Summertime Games To Play With the Whole Family

By Jane Blanchard

Mid-summer is here and hopefully you have not yet heard the dreaded phrase ‘I’m Board’. Keep boredom at bay and encourage outdoor physical fun. Here are seven games that the entire family can play!


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Jul. 13, 2015 at 8:00am

Supporting Nonprofits with Pride

By Christopher Bean

I am a homegrown Washingtonian from a small town in Kitsap County. Though I was not raised in the big city, I was raised with a big heart. I grew up with an influence in the importance of education and philanthropy as my mother was (still is) an extraordinarily patient teacher and my father always encouraged me and my brother to donate our time to causes we believed in such as church, school, the local Special Olympics chapter, Lions Club, and other community organizations.


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Jul. 6, 2015 at 8:00am

Let Your Kids Play in the Mud

By Janelle Durham, MSW, Parent Educator for Bellevue College and author of

It’s so easy to find excuses for not letting your child play outdoors. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. It’s too sunny. It’s raining. They get so dirty. They could get hurt. Parents worry they’ll get bored when “stuck” outside with the kids. It often seems easier to stay indoors.


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Jun. 29, 2015 at 8:00am

Learning the Sounds of Language

Language Development with I-Labs

This week we are wondering how young children learn a language. Turns out language learning starts before a baby is even born! From the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy, a baby can hear language. An infant’s exposure to their mother’s native language while in the womb allows them to identify their own “home” language right when they are born. 


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