Last week at Sweet Dreams Story Makers we made glitter glue art. Just drizzle glue on paper, fold and press, and open it up to see what happens. This activity strenghtens tiny hand muscles by squeezing the glue bottles and it develops fine motor skills when we encourage the child to gently hold the ends of the paper to open it up. It develops literacy skills as we engage in conversations and stories about the art. Is it a bug? A butterfly? An umbrella? Why do you think that? What happens if we add more paint? Let's do another. Parents and children participated together in this activity for a half an hour. It took me a while to wipe the glitter glue off the tables, but it was worth it. -Lisa
De-Stress & Enjoy! Lunch time parent workshop on 12/5 right after Musical Story Time Jam! Bring a lunch and bring your children!
De-Stress & Enjoy! Practical tips and strategies to reduce stress in your family during the winter holidays. This lunch time parent workshop is on Monday, 12/5, at 12:15pm at Hamilton-Wenham Library. Bring a lunch and bring your baby, toddler, or preschooler. We will have blocks, books, and other toys in the same room as the workshop so that you can bring your child. RSVP REQUIRED! Call or text Lisa at 978-468-5489, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or RSVP online by clicking the button below.
Gentlemen, please join me for an opportunity to get together and get to know each other while our children ages 0-5 play under our watchful eye!
Moms, you can join us and sit off to the side in lawn chairs. It's a win-win! Tired moms can socialize and share tips, while dads can do the same while the kids play together. I don't know about you, but it comes across as a surprise often when a dad spends time with his child alone and has fun! Let's get some like minded dads together who value this time with their children and also rarely have any time for the "guys." I hope to see you there. Let's set the standard for dads who love to play!
-Jason L (Wenham, MA) dad to Emma Grace
The next Dad's Night Out is on Friday, 7/15, at Patton Park on Bay Road, Hamilton, from 5:15pm to 6:45pm. Participation is FREE! Click on the picture of Jason & Emma Grace to learn more. Bring blankets, toys, a snack, and come and hang out. This is a drop-in and casual gathering, but if you think you will make it, please give us a shout out on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter. This group is new and we could use your help in getting the word out! Dad's Night Out is a lead by Local Dad's, and coordinated with the assistance of Early Childhood Partners, and the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department.
This group will be in Beverly at the McKeown School and it is run by a neighboring CFCE that serves Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton. Check it out! You can't sign up for this with me. You must sign up at the link on the flyer. Every town and city in the Commonwealth has a CFCE that offers many programs for families and children. You can also find statewide events at www.BrainBuildingInProgress.org.
We had a great time on Monday at Music, Books, and More at the Memorial School in Manchester. We read Hands Can by Cheryl Hudson, we Somewhere Over The Rainbow and The Alphabet Song (both by special request), recited poems, and we made fun art!
First, the children traced their own hands and then practiced cutting out the shape. We then decorated them using tissue paper, glue, crayons and markers. Scroll to the end of this post to see the original art.
By the way, the group is open to all. It is in Manchester, but families from Hamilton-Wenham are welcome to attend. Friends from other towns, too. It is open to all. We meet on Mondays at 1:45pm. Send me a note if you want to join. Email Lisa at email@example.com
We are changing the ending time of Music, Books, and More at Memorial School in Manchester to 2:30. This change will allow us to leave the school parking lot before dismissal and school busses. Since there is so much construction going on in the area this will make things much easier.
Music, Books, and More is a parent/child playgroup geared for children ages 3-5. We sing, read stories, and make messy, process-based art. Afraid to spill glitter on the floor at home? We have that covered. This group requires registration and we must meet a minimum enrollment to run. If you wish to join us, please register! We hope this time change will make it easier for people to attend. Call Lisa at 978-468-5489 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Hope to see you there!
Save the date! Monday, April 13th at 6:30pm is our Second Annual Brain Building In Progress Family Fun Night! Meet members of the community, schools, friends, arts, crafts, music, books and more!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.