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IdeaLabs: Amazing Collections
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Collecting can open new worlds for children. Historical objects can illuminate important events, great heroes, and everyday life in the past. New objects reflect today’s cultures, values, materials, and technology. Plant, animal, rock, and mineral specimens teach us about the natural world. In the Smithsonian’s Kids Collecting IdeaLab, students can explore the riches of the Smithsonian’s collections and read about how curators got their passion for collecting. They can also get advice from the pros about starting their own collections.
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