There are lots of benefits to collecting. It teaches children about sorting and grouping, it encourages caring for possessions, and it builds a sense of pride. The key is to start with your child’s interests. Then consider these ideas:

  • Go on collection outings. A child who loves flowers might go on a nature walk. Or a child who loves planes might attend an air show.

  • Visit museums. Look for displays that involve your child’s interests. Sometimes museums have exhibits designed just for kids.

  • Make a mini-museum. Help your child sort collectibles by color, shape, size or function. You can write labels that describe each group.

  • Do some research. Find books at the library about your child’s interests. See what new things you can learn by reading.

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