In a world filled with costs associated for everything, here in lies yet another opportunity for a community to participate in an engaging free activity. A summer that has already brought you Computer Programming for your Tweens, Summer Reading (upcoming for the kids), is Eat Play Grow for the youngest of our patrons. An interactive 7 week session that involves, learning, eating, and exercise, all in the beautiful space of Town Square Park. However a special program, needs a special facilitator and we’re fortunate to partner with Marii at Salmon Valley Local foods to bring you a passion infused hour of engagement with your kids.
Week 1: My Five Senses, saw an amazing turnout. With 25+ children strewn about blankets in the park with parents and caretakers on-looking, we explored the boundaries of Taste, Touch, Smell, Hearing, and Sight in what was a huge successful week 1. The fun didn’t stop there as Marii took to the main section of the park to incorporate sing-alongs to Ring Around the Rosie, Marching, Yoga, and even a little bunny hop. There were smiles, laughter, and excitement that was a symbiotic relationship between ring leader and crowd. Getting fully involved in everything from question and answer to starting the charge when it came to dancing, the energy was abundant. All the families left with a children’s book associated with My Five Sense’s courtesy of the grant provided by Idaho Commission for Libraries.
In next week’s session we’ll be exploring how to recognize foods that are the better choices for a healthy body using the “Go, Slow, Whoa” principle. As always all participating families will receive a book in association with the session.
We were also happy to receive Kim Olsen’s of Lemhi After School Promise, Summer Food Program. Perfectly timed after finishing up in the park, a free meal was provided to any of the children involved or that wanted to join at the park from our greater community.
Check out some of the highlights below, showcasing the singing, dancing, taste testing, and joy! (Photos courtesy of The Recorder Herald)