‘Play For Toddlers’: An Early Years Programme for the Hunt Museum

Parents and Toddlers Get Playful at The Hunt

In 2017 I was appointed by the Hunt Museum to develop and deliver a creative, multi-disciplinary and interactive early years programme that would make the Museum more friendly and relevant to the lives of young children and their parents.

‘Play for Toddlers’ aims to offer this important audience greater opportunities to discover, connect with and creatively respond to collections at the Hunt Museum through on site workshops and outreach sessions.

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Pilot session at the Museum

The project saw me design play resources and an activities programme inspired by the Museum’s prehistoric collection and using the Aistear and Síolta frameworks, develop a lesson plan for the programme and train Museum Docents in its delivery through the use of pilot sessions with toddlers and their parents/carers. This included the creation of a multisensory playscape ‘Erik the Viking’.

The Play for Toddlers programme was established using funding accessed through the Department of Culture, heritage and Gaeltacht’s cooperation with Northern Ireland scheme. The Museum continues to offer ‘Play for Toddler’ Sessions including outreach sessions with groups in community venues.

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‘Play for Toddlers’ – The Hunt Museum, Limerick
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