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.
3 months ago, Emily Forrester
Car Seat Trade-In Flyer for Target.
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.
3 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Fruit Loop Rainbow Threading - pictures a rainbow made from Fruit Loops threaded on a pipe cleaner. A marshmallow is on each end of the pipe cleaner representing clouds and assisting the rainbow to stand. abcdeelearning.com
Wear BLUE on Friday, April 1st, 2022 and show your commitment to preventing child abuse!! original posting www.preventchildabuseillinois.org
3 months ago, Bright Futures Program
whit background with blue lettering suggesting to wear blue to show your commitment to child abuse prevention.  Image shows pinwheels and kids that are blue showing support of awareness.
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!!
3 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
North Greene Elementary Steam Night April 6th 5:30-7PM at North Greene Elementary. Concessions will be available and we will have door prizes.
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 .
3 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Animal Actions. Pictures of animals and descriptions of their action. Have your child hop like a frog, flutter like a butterfly, buzz like a bee, march like an ant, fly like a bird, wiggle like a worm, slide like a snail, crawl like a caterpillar, and waddle like a duck.
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.
3 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Happy St. Patricks Day
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
3 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Neighborhood Forest giving trees to children. We give free trees to kids every Earth Day.
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!
3 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
7 Minute HIIT Workout for Kids. Set an internal timer for 45 sec of work and 15 sec of rest.  It shows pictures of each animal and gives a description of each exercise.  Frog jump- hop, hop, hop up and down like a frog. Bear walk- with your hands & feet on the floor, hips high, walk left and right. Gorilla Shuffle- in a low sumo squat, use your hands to balance and shuffle around the room. Starfish Jumps- Jump up and down spreading your arms and legs wide (jumping jacks). Cheetah Run- Run in place as fast as you can, just like the fastest animal in the Sahara. Crab Walk- Sitting down, place your palms on the ground behind you, lift your hips, and crawl on your hands and walk. Elephant Stomps- March in place, stomping your feet as hard as you can.
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.
3 months ago, Emily Forrester
Prenatal/Postnatal group connection flyer. Tuesday, March 15th at 5:30PM at the North Greene Elementary School. We will be covering WIC, breast feeding, infant massage, car seat safety, safe sleep, and postpartum. One lucky family will win a car seat.
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
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
#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.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Image of care giver and toddler helping each other sweep an outside sidewalk. It reads Toddler Chore Chart.
Chore chart that shows images for getting dressed, brushing teeth, combing hair, picking up clothes, picking up toys, and making bed.
Chores checklist. This lists get dressed, brush hair, brush teeth, make bed, pick up/put away clothes, pick up toys, help switch laundry, help sort clothes, sweep, dust, help vacuum, help load dishwasher (no breakables), put dishes away, help cook (with supervision), help fold clothes, put away shoes, help clean up messes. There are two spaces left open to add your own ideas in, along with a notes section.
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.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Drive-Up Food Giveaway Flyer. 250 E Sherman St, White Hall, IL 62092. Wednesday March, 9th 2022.
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.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Homemade necklace with rainbow colored cereal on a string with a shamrock cut out of construction paper. The shamrock says "I'm so lucky".
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.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Egg My Yard Flyer for the Walden Family Adoption Fundraiser. Eggs can be filled with candy or mixture of candy and small toys. Egg My Yard is available in Greene County. Pre-filled eggs are available to anyone to pickup at designated times/places. This event is sponsored by Chris Lyons: Country Financial.
Children learn so much from books.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Picture of Cat In The Hat reading a book. Beside him it says, the more that you READ, the more things you will know. The more that you LEARN, the more places you'll go.
Drive-Up Food Giveaway
4 months ago, Bright Futures Program
blue background with fruits and vegetables and details explaining that there will be a drive-up food giveaway on March 9, 2022 at 250 E. Sherman St.  in White Hall, Illinois 62092
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.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Shows a child's hands touching spaghetti noodles that have been dyed pink, orange, green, blue, and purple.
Shows a child's hand reaching into a bin to touch dried beans that have been dyed red, blue, green, yellow, and purple.
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
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Why routines are important for kids flyer. Shows a child brushing their teeth.
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.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
Prenatal/Postnatal Workshop Flyer. Thursday, February 24th at 5:30PM at the North Greene Elementary. We will discuss WIC, Breast Feeding, infant massage, car seat safety, safe sleep, and postpartum.
Research has shown that reading, singing, and talking to your baby while they are in the womb promotes brain activity and can promote early literacy skills and language development. Literacy skills continue to develop while continuing this with your baby after they are born. Even though a baby is not able to speak, they are learning about the world around them.
4 months ago, Bright Futures Family Program
"When Can My Baby Hear Me in the Womb" flyer. Shows a pregnant mother singing to her baby in her womb. Pictures babies at different stages in pregnancy. At 9 weeks, ears begin to develop. At 16 weeks, some sounds are detected. At 24 weeks, your baby will turn head toward voices.