News 12 Connecticut, 12 on Health, Stepping Stones MuseumToday I was interviewed for News 12 Connecticut TV at the Stepping Stones Museum to comment on how to encourage language development as your child visits the museum. Aside from my comments on talking about what your child is experiencing using rich vocabulary–the swirling, whirling water circling in the tank, and participating in pretend play with your child as he dons the different coats and costumes for each exhibit, a dentist’s coat, tool belt for “Build It” or an explorer’s vest in “The Rain Forest,”  I learned about the expansion and upcoming plans for the museum.

I enjoyed meeting Carol Brennan-Smith, Director of New Ventures at Stepping Stones Museum as well as Kim Kuta, Content Specialist for the Exhibits and catching their enthusiasm for the new building project and expansion at the museum. Infants and Toddlers will walk down “Alphabet Alley,” being introduced to their letters and sounds before entering the newly expanded area for children 36 months, and under. Taking off from a world of nursery rhymes, this new space will have a bus (Wheels on the Bus), farm (Old MacDonald), Jack and Jill slide and Mary Mary Quite Contrary’s Garden.

It’s always fascinating to watch Jillian Neff get the best story. She was particularly adept at hearing from some 3 and 5 year olds as they experienced the exhibits.