Thoughts from Fun Van

Pinal Parent Education July 2020

Casa Grande Alliance Speaker Series:
Various Parent Education Classes Register: https://conta.cc/3eUjyBc
Questions? (520) 603-6126

Apache Junction Public Library Fun Van
View Schedule: https://www.ajpl.org/funvan/
Register and ask questions: (480) 474-8559

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Where Does Your Money Go?:
https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2020-06-02/where-does-your-money-go-online-class

Positive Discipline: https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2020-06-25/positive-discipline-virtual-parenting-workshop
Register and ask questions: Sybil Peters sybilpeters@email.arizona.edu

Plan, Shop and $ave: Get Moving and Make a Change
Register and ask questions: Esmeralda Castillo (520) 836-5221 Ex. 244 ecastill@cals.arizona.edu

Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
Cooking Matters: via Zoom
Register and ask questions: (866) 960-0633

United Way of Pinal County Family, Friend and Neighbor Program
Various Trainings for Program Participants
Register and ask questions: (520) 836-0736 x13

Father’s Day

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Celebrate the Father’s in your life with this adorable book and gift idea!

Animal Books

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Ms. Kat shares two fun books, Click, Clack, MOO Cows that Type and Duck, Rabbit

Strong Social Connections

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During these times of social distancing, First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency, reminds families that there are ways to reach out and find places to make social connections, including use of video chat.

Train Story and Craft

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Mrs. Amber Shares one of her son’s favorite bedtime stories Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld  (Illustrator).

There are many fun craft ideas that can be paired with a train book. Below are two examples, a shape train and a tape resist train.

Creating a train out of cut out shapes and glue is a fun way to let your child’s imagination grow. Set out a variety of shapes in different sizes and just see where their imagination takes them.

Shape train craft

A tape resist craft can be made by putting down tape or contact paper and coloring over it, making sure the area around the tape is colored or painted. In this example we used Kwik Sticks a great tempura paint stick that is low mess. Then one you have finished covering the page let your kiddo help pull off the tape to reveal your picture (this is a good fine motor activity).

Tape resist train craft

If you do a cookie craft with your children…

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…they will want to read a story with you too!

Ms. Kat reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff  and Felicia Bond (Illustrator). Sharing also a cute cookie craft to try with your young children.

Calming Toddlerobics

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Try some calming toddlerobics activities with your little ones. Ms. Ryanne shares some great ideas to help you and your children reduce stress.