A special exhibit designed to meet the developmental needs of children age 4 and younger.
Pocket Park provides sensory-rich and developmentally-significant activities for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children that reflect milestones recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as state standards for early learners. The exhibit’s pretend urban park setting offers research-based features that support a child’s academic, physical, social and emotional growth during the most critical phase of their development. Caregivers will find tips for maximizing learning while playing together, as well as information presented in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to support the ages and stages of a young child’s development, including the importance of fostering a child’s early literacy and school-readiness skills, and other critical health and safety messages that contribute to a child’s overall wellness and lifelong success.
- Climb up into the tree house puppet theater, then slide down and crawl below to discover animal sounds
- Visit the groundskeeper’s cottage to try vertical gardening, care for pretend animal friends and create sounds using pots and pans
- Dig and plant in the garden bed, learn about shapes at the potting station, pick apples, and mow the grass
- Steer the kid-sized sailboat, fish in the pretend pond and walk on the bridge
- Take your pretend baby for a wellness visit or roleplay as the doctor in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin primary care office
- Try on footwear at the shoe store, sort shoes by color, number and style, and practice tying, lacing and zipping
- Visit the pretend kindergarten classroom to learn about numbers, the alphabet, colors and the class pet
- Sift, scoop and pour at the sandbox and help customers at the lemonade stand
- Explore books and listen to audio stories in the library’s summer reading area
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