Don't forget to wear your blue today to show your commitment to preventing child abuse! No child deserves abuse. #GreatChildhoods #GoBlueIllinois
From April 18th-30th you can bring your expired or damaged car seat to a Target store location and redeem a coupon on their Target app or Target.com/circle. This event occurs twice a year.
Here is a cute snack/craft idea to do with your kiddos. Poke one end of the pipe cleaner into a marshmallow. Your child can then thread colored cereal rings such as Fruit Loops onto a pipe cleaner. Then place another marshmallow onto the other end of the pipe cleaner and bend the pipe cleaner into an arch. The marshmallows will allow the rainbow to stand up right.
Wear BLUE on Friday, April 1st, 2022 and show your commitment to preventing child abuse!! original posting www.preventchildabuseillinois.org
Come to NGE on April 6th from 5:30-7:00PM as Bright Futures teams up with the elementary school for STEAM NIGHT! Concessions will be available and there will be door prizes!! Hope we see you there!!
We recently posted an animal motion workout for kids and it seemed to be a hit. Here is another one with a spring them. Have your child do the actions of the animals. After going through all of the animals and their action at least once, ask your child which one is their favorite. Ask them why. You can even talk to them about the details of each animal. Talk about where each animal lives, what they eat, if they can fly or not, what color they are, etc .
Celebrate St. Patricks Day with your child while seeing if you can find 5 different things that are green. If that is too easy, try to find as many things that are green as possible. Not a lot of green items in your home? Go for a walk or even just walk around the yard. Talk about each item that you and your child find. Is it soft? Hard? Does it smell? Is it big? small? What shape is it? Is it light? Heavy? etc.
Earth Day is Tuesday, Feb. 22nd. Bright Futures has enrolled in Neighborhood Forest. Parents can sign-up to get a free tree for their child ahead of Earth Day. Trees for kids are distributed via Bright Futures to plant with their family during Earth Week (April 22-30). Follow the link below to sign up for your child's tree. https://www.neighborhoodforest.org/parent-registration/?school=27018&cyear=2022
Keep your kids having fun while keeping them active! Try to have them do this "workout". Your kids will love them and you can enjoy the laughter that it brings them!
Don't miss out on our Prenatal/Postnatal group connection tomorrow night where one lucky family will win a car seat! We are teaming up with the Greene County Health Department and Abby Moody. Come learn more about WIC, breast feeding, infant massage, car seat safety, safe sleep, and postpartum. Supper will be provided.
Today is Social Emotional Learning Day! Social/emotional skills are very important and benefit everyone in multiple ways. These skills can help one regulate emotions, manage stress, improve academically, improve mental health, etc. Parents can promote social/emotional learning in a variety of ways. For example, setting daily routines, asking questions, listening actively, using eye contact, talking about feelings, and even playing with their children. #SELday
Even though your child is young, giving them small chores can have benefits in more than one way. Small chores can teach life skills, foster independence, give them a sense of responsibility, and even help with building routines. When giving your child chores try to help make it fun and keep in mind that perfection is not the goal.
Today Feeding America will be at the North Greene Unit Office (Bright Futures Office) again at noon until supplies last. See flyer for more details.
Here is a simple St. Patrick's Day activity to do at home with your little ones. Have your child string rainbow colored cereal, such as Fruit Loops, on a string to make a necklace. You can even cut shamrocks out of paper to add to the necklace too! This is a great activity to work on pincer grasp and hand-eye coordination. Your child may like to taste test a couple along the way too.
Egg My Yard Fundraiser: Proceeds benefit The Walden Family Adoption as they are adopting a child from China. Any yard in Greene County is able to be egged! Pre-filled eggs are available to anyone. Pickup dates and places will be determined at a later time. All orders must be in by March 31st.
Children learn so much from books.
Drive-Up Food Giveaway
With St. Patrick's Day coming, consider putting a spin on a simple sensory bin. You can use food coloring to dye cooked spaghetti noodles or dried beans. Make all different colors of rainbow. You can even talk about the different colors with your child as they play with the noodles or beans.
Check out the link below to see why routines are import for kids. Hands On As We Grow gives good tips and suggestions like, Morning Routine: Wake up, watch a show, make breakfast, potty, eat breakfast, getting dressed, put shoes and coat on, and out the door. Nap time Routine: Make lunch, eat lunch, play a little, read a book and then nap time. Bedtime Routine: Take a bath, put pajamas on, brush teeth, potty, read a book, and then bedtime. https://handsonaswegrow.com/routines-important-kids/?utm_source=convertkit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=My+Favorite+Mom+Tips%21%20-%207676822
Come join us tonight at 5:30PM at the North Greene Elementary. We will discuss WIC, Breast Feeding, infant massage, car seat safety, safe sleep, and postpartum.