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Parks and Playgrounds: Preschool

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Speaking and Listening Age Level Preschool (0 to 4 years old)

Use these pictures to help your child make careful observations of their world and use words to describe what they think and wonder about.  This collection is meant to stimulate curiosity and develop vocabulary with the youngest learners. There are conversation starters among the images, but be sure to let the child's interest and your own questions drive the discussion. 

Combine these images with real-world examples from your child's books, toys, or your own community. If you're interested in learning more about an individual image, click on the "i" icon located in the top left to view the museum description. 

This has been adapted from the Project Zero's “See Think Wonder" Visible Thinking routine, meant for exploring works of art and other interesting things.

A free printable version is included at the end of the collection. 





Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Central Park

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Kid-Folks Touching

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tompkins Park, N.Y. City

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Children at Nursery School

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Jungle Gym Bears

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Sidewall - sample

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Swing Girl [photomechanical print]

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

City Park

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Untitled (colored-chalk, hopscotch)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Children around Sprinkler, Harlem

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Herman Miller Summer Picnic, 1985

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum