Let's Explore with Mr. Scott Let's Explore with Mr. Scott

Discovery, Imagination & Learning

Let's Explore with Mr. Scott

Exploring with Mr. Scott, a short subject program featuring WQPT's own Scott Brouette, designed to help encourage children ask questions, try different ways of using materials, and offer them a wide range of new experiences. The series presents parents and and caregivers with easy, inexpensive or free ways to interact with children and help them discover the wonders surrounding them. Whether it be a new way to look at trees or a fun new way to spell their names.

Whether at home or in preschool, children need extended periods of time to really get involved in activities and to experience the "engagement" that is such an important foundation for learning. Learn more

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“Young children learn through exploration and play. When children are encouraged to explore the world around them with the people they love, learning becomes a very powerful principal of their life.”

— Mr. Scott


Download instructions to make your Own Exploration Kit. Also includes information
about the places Mr. Scott explored in the Quad Cities. (PDF document)

Letter Search

Gildea's Pocket Park, Davenport

Parks like Gildea's Pocket Park are filled with letters. In this episode, Mr. Scott searches and finds the letters in his name by looking in trees, under his feet, and everywhere in between. Use the materials in your exploration kit to find and write the letters in your name.

Materials: Notebook and Pencil

Ground Exploration

Gildea's Pocket Park, Davenport

There are so many exciting things you can find on the ground when you're at a park like Gildea's Pocket Park in Davenport. In this episode, Mr. Scott finds all sorts of interesting things in just a handful of pea gravel. Use the sorting tray in your exploration kit to sort all the amazing treasures you find.

Materials: Sorting Tray



Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport

Insects are everywhere you look, but there are way to many for just one person to count —unless you choose a single plant and count the insects that land on it. In this episode, Mr. Scott visits Vander Veer Botanical Park and counts the number of butterflies and other insects that land on a plant.

Materials: None


Non-Traditional Measurement

Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport

Mr. Scott shows how you can use traditional measuring tools (like a tape measure) or non-traditional items (like cicada shells, your hands, and even your own feet) to measure all sorts of things while you're at places like Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport. You could use anything in your exploration kit as a unit of measure.

Materials: Tape Measure, Tongs, Brushes, Magnifying Glass, Rolls of Tape, and Notebook


Adopt A Tree

Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline

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Trees (like children) are always changing and growing. In this episode, Mr. Scott visits Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline and shows how you can adopt a tree and observe it year-round to discover some interesting things. Pick out a tree near you and observe it closely as it changes with the seasons.

Materials: Notebook, Pencil and Camera


Leaf Sounds

Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island

Leaves come in all shapes and sizes, but do they make sounds? In this episode, Mr. Scott encourages you to explore the leaves around you and make grass whistle while you visit places like Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island.

Materials: None


Nature Bracelet

Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline

It doesn't take much to create a beautiful nature bracelet when you visit places like the Black Hawk State Historic Site. In this episode, Mr. Scott shows how you can turn a simple piece of tape into an amazing nature bracelet with things you can find all around you.

Materials: Wide Tape


Number Walk

Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline

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Give your body AND your brain some exercise when you visit places like Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline. In this episode, Mr. Scott shows how you can find and count numbers while out on a walk.

Materials: None


About Mr. Scott

Scott BrouetteScott Brouette received an Associate of Arts degree from Moraine Valley Community College and has earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology, Mass Communication and Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University. He also holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University. Scott has strived to create a safe, caring and educational environment for young children as a Lead Teacher at Illinois State University Child Care Center (1989–2005) and Western Illinois University Infant and Preschool Center (2005–2013). Scott is currently Assistant Director for Western Illinois University-QC Student Affairs and Program Director for the Western Illinois University-QC/WQPT AmeriCorps Early Childhood Literacy Project. AmeriCorps members serve in early childhood classrooms expanding and improving literacy skills for children at risk for failure, as well as under-served young children in the Quad Cities area.