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March 21st, 2012

Nature’s Day Traders

As a follow-up to the Cincinnati Museum Center’s recent craft class, I had to share one more related post. There is a super groovy room within the museum of natural history and science called Nature’s Trading Post, where kids can bring in cool nature finds for points that accumulate in an online system. These points can then be deducted from a child’s account to “buy” something from the stocked shelves of the Trading Post. Perhaps you’re in the market for a cow skull, antlers, coral or an unusual rock? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Where to begin? There’s so much to check out! (I’m just glad I don’t have to dust the place!)

Yikes! Looking up might be the place to begin. I’m glad these are skins without the snakes!

Think you’ve seen everything? There’s no telling what you’ll find when you open the many drawers!

Let the shopping begin! There’s no shortage of petrified wood, geodes, stones and crystals to choose from.

This is such a great rewards system, which inspires kids to be curious, observant and budget-conscious. Not only do kids get points for bringing things in, they also accumulate more points when they can talk about their finds. Not to mention, there’s a monthly scavenger hunt in which kids can also collect points for correct answers to fill-in-the-blank questions which relate to the museum’s exhibits.

I can’t think of a more fun way to learn about nature and natural history!


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