Photo Friday: Chicago's Art Institute - Kraft Education Center

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In the basement of Chicago's Art Institute is a small children's museum, the "Kraft Education Center." The center does a great job of getting kids engaged with art. There are art projects, a reading room, sculptures that can be touched, and this... my kids' favorite exhibit.

Artist Joseph Cornell assembled collages inside segmented boxes using found objects. Just off camera, a real Cornell box sits in a glass case for kids to view. What my kids loved, though, was this kid-friendly large scale model. They could have spent hours assembling and re-assembling their box, and in fact, they only left when the museum finally closed.

In researching this article, I found this great toy-version on Amazon: The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds. Guess what the kids are getting for Chanukah!

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  1. jamie on November 6, 2008 at 10:22 p.m.

    Look at that rain gear! No wonder you guys were in a museum!

  2. CanCan (MomMostTraveled) on November 6, 2008 at 11:11 p.m.

    Fantastic! I wish we had access to great museums!

  3. Linda (minnemom) on November 7, 2008 at 4:33 a.m.

    Our kids had fun at the Kraft Education Center when we were in Chicago, too.

    I forgot to put the subject of mine in my link (too early and the morning and we woke up to snow!)--it's about following your dreams.

  4. Dominique on November 7, 2008 at 6:10 a.m.

    This looks like such a great toy! I like how it encourages the kids' own creativity :)

  5. Heather on her travels on November 7, 2008 at 8:59 a.m.

    It's great that museums have so much interactive stuff for kids these days.

  6. Debbie on November 7, 2008 at 11:55 p.m.

    @jamie My kids are in love with their rain gear (guess that's what I get for raising them in Seattle) once they have it on, it's tough to get off!
    @minnemom I think it was your post that sparked my interest in bringing the kids! We actually made two trips... a grown up trip w/out the kids & then another trip with them.