A few things we learned along the way:
- Start with what they know! Name sticks were a regular part of each of our groups as a soft landing project. The kids would come in and work with their grownups on matching clothespins with letters on the ends to corresponding letters that spelled out their name on a colorful paint stick.
- Sensory bins keep us busy and engage our fine motor skills! The kids loved sorting and searching for colors and shapes in buttons, beans, shredded paper, and even snow! These sessions were always difficult to wrap up, in a good way.
- Boxes are the best! Our Found Object lesson led to trains, towers, tunnels, and more all made from boxes provided by area businesses. Paired with books like Meeow and the Big Box and This is Not a Box, it made for a very creative time.
- Offer odd hours! Two of our groups met in the evenings between 5:30 and 7pm. Late for many families, but those who made it were happy for the late times. Due to odd working hours they would have never made the other groups.