Exposing children to arts and culture is a rather powerful tool that parents and caregivers have at their disposal. In fact, there’s no shortage of research that speak to the benefits of museum visits for children. Museums can provoke the imagination, provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter and allow for quality time with family.
There is plenty of joy to be had while doing the patch activity but don’t forget to instill pride when celebrating the accomplishment of earning a patch. It need not be elaborate, it can be simple as treating your child to an ice cream cone.
I grew up in a coastal town so anytime we visit the grandparents we always plan a little beach time. My son was very interested in the Tide Pool Investigator Patch so on our last visit we checked the tide calendar to see when the pools would be at low tide for optimum viewing of the rocky shore.