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Provoke Play. Invite Wonder.
Provoke Play. Invite Wonder.

 Issue 11 

The children of the future need stories to wonder & learn so that they can be curious." —Chloe, Age 11
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
One of the most powerful ways humans connect, even across time and space, is through STORYChildren often overflow with stories, which they innately share through play.
A story is an invitation to stand in the shoes of another. Narratives nurture empathy and help us to SEE, HEAR, and FEEL in new ways. They link us to the past and transcend the present.
This week, invite your child to explore storytelling through play.
TOOLS FOR TELLING
ALPHABET OF MATERIALS
Loose parts, or alluring, found objects that children can move and manipulate through play, enhance curiosity and support storytelling.
Using the ABCs as your guide, gather materials for an Alphabet of Loose PartsExplore what's in the house, the great outdoors, or the recycling bin:
Check out all 26 letters & add your finds!
A: Acorns, Aluminum Foil, Aquarium Kelp 
B: Beans, Bottle Caps, Buttons, Bark

C: Cardboard, Clay, Cork, Coral

TREASURES FROM A–Z
LOOSE PARTS PLAY
Materials have a little present inside of them! When you get used to one material a bit, BAM, you find out a little surprise." —Amelia, Age 6
BUILD, INVENT, MAKE!
Now that you've assembled an alphabet, your child is ready to (metaphorically) put "letters" together to form "words" and build stories through materials!
Define a Space for Storytelling:
Find an open place on the floor or table, or use a piece of felt.
Invite Your Child to Play:
Time to explore the materials.
Ask About What's Happening:
"Tell me about your story!"
Return Materials to Their Homes:
Now you're ready for next time.
CONSTRUCT, TINKER, EXPERIMENT!
"You can’t really make a good decision without empathy. It requires you to think of everyone’s perspective." —Olive, Age 11
STORY NURTURES EMPATHY
Whether telling or listening, human beings make meaning through story.
Our latest Blog Post explores how we care for one another and discover the delicate balance of give and take through storytelling. Plus, enjoy Storybooks on Story!
Barry Lopez writes in Crow & Weasel: "Stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them & learn to give them away where they're needed."
STORIES ON STORIES
WORLD PHOTO DAY
Pictures are worth a thousand words...and contain an endless number of stories!
World Photography Day will be here in a FLASH! Join us this Wednesday, Aug. 19, in celebrating how children see the world.
* Invite your little shutterbug to take a photo using a phone or camera.
* Post your mini photog's image on social media & tag the Museum.
* Use the hashtag #PDXcmAtHome for the chance to be shared!
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“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”Muriel Rukeyser 
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