11 S. White Street, Frankfort, IL 60423
Frankfort Fire Department and Lincoln-Way North Key Club Come to the Rescue of KidsWork!
The KidsWork Children's Museum Board was thrilled to have raised the funds needed to order a $20,000 interactive permanent exhibit called a 3D Full Body Pinscreen. The three perforated vinyl screens which comprise the exhibit each called for 66,000 clear pins and 66,000 end caps to be meticulously inserted by hand. The Frankfort Fire Department and Lincoln-Way North Key Club came to the rescue! All three exhibit panels were painstakingly put together by the two organizations in just a few short weeks and were delivered to the Museum.
Firefighters unloaded the 200 pound panels from the firetrucks and hauled them into the Museum with no mention made of sore fingers or the tedious nature of the job. Matt Jordan, Lincoln-Way North Key Club sponsor said, "With every little bit of progress the students got more excited to see the finished exhibit--they were having fun "testing" the completed portions. It was great for Key Club to collaborate with KidsWork and to know that their work was directly benefitting the Lincoln-Way community."
Did you see our Sensory Table on the Main Level and wonder, "What's with the beans?" As children experiment with different sized containers in the Sensory Table, they develop math skills such as counting, conservation, timing, matching, classifying and sorting. As children manipulate the materials they begin to understand concepts such as more/less, full/empty. Science concepts such as cause and effect and gravity (beans fall down from the cup - not up) are explored. As they use the materials, children also develop pre-writing skills as they pour, spoon, grasp, and work on eye-hand coordination tasks.
Carrie's Game Room is a child-size table-top interactive computer also known as a touchscreen SMART table. Your child can choose puzzles and games that teach math, science, reasoning and problem-solving that can be played by up to four children at a time. Electronic "painting" can be done by children too young to read.
Carrie's Game Room is a generous gift from Carrie's Fund. Carrie's Fund was created and funded by the family and friends of Carrie Hudek Chiuso to honor her memory by providing educational opportunities for children of all ages.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood."
- Fred Rogers
As visitors enter the new KidsWork Children's Museum, they will find lots of exciting exhibits filled with action and fun.
GO AHEAD - COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES!
We believe that all children are born artists. They are naturally curious, imaginative, inventive and intuitive. Art-making enables kids to use their imaginations and express their creativity. In the process, they develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, gross and fine motor skills, math and language skills. Our Art Room is always open and you never have to worry about staying in the lines!
Images of images of images can repeat forever. Get ready to discover reflections of reflections then add colored lights and make surprising discoveries. Exhibit was funded by the Lyndsey Whittingham Foundation.