A north Phoenix family, inspired by the Children’s Museum of Phoenix exhibits, created a “Kind Cart” to uplift their friends and neighbors.
Maggie and Bjorn Olsen, the parents of a 5 and 7 year old are longtime members of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, according to a press release, noting that the couple recently shared about how the museum inspired their family to create the “Kind Cart during this unprecedented time in our history.”
The father and kids built the “Kind Cart” when they had what was described as a “shop day with Daddy” a couple of weeks ago, detailed the release.
This project was inspired by the Museum’s 10-foot-tall robot that lives in the museum’s art studio as a centerpiece that has taken on different forms through the years including being a house, castle and rocket.
Children are encouraged to paint the structure, which helps children cross their body’s mid-line, an important developmental skill promoting the coordination and communication of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, the release said.
Since the couple is homeschooling their children while schools, like most parents now while schools are closed, and the whole family missed their friends and neighbors, the kids wanted to make something that would help connect them to their friends while practicing social distancing.
So, the “Kind Cart” on wheels was created, the release noted about how the cart has visited numerous houses already and will continue on traveling through the neighborhood.
Each family gets to paint the cart for a couple of days and then Mr. and Mrs. Olsen move it to the next house for other kids to enjoy, the release said, describing how it has reminded some of the neighbors of the robot at the museum.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, according to the release, “is thrilled their engaging Art Studio became the inspiration for connecting friends and neighbors during a time of social distancing and uncertainty.”
The Museum remains closed until it is safe to reopen again but during its closure continues to engage with visitors by sharing fun projects and resources on its social media platforms, the release noted.
For a library of projects and resources, see: childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/exhibits-and-experiences/educational-value.