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ASPEN COMMONS FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK HUBS NEWSLETTER

Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing precautions, both of the Aspen Commons Family Resource Network Hubs are phyically closed, however the team has created a variety of videos to help bring programming online!

Early Childhood Development Crafts, Activities & Story Times

This story time, Dorothy reads the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". To participate in a live story time on Monday Mornings starting April 27th contact our intake worker Shelina (403.689.1403) sbata@aspenfamily.org.

Miss Rhonda has a story to help your child learn a bit about the COVID -19 coronavirus in a friendly way. Let's make this time more understandable and less scary for our little ones! COVIBOOK, by Manuela Molina.

Join Miss Leonor and learn how to make some sounds like the jungle animals!

Join Miss Rhonda for a story about how a bunny named Nicholas celebrates the seasons. I am a Bunny, by Ole Risom!

Join Miss Leonor to learn how to make a Spring Flower, practice some fine motor skills and have a lot fun!

Early Childhood Development Sensory Play

Sensory play is fun! Children love to experience new things – they stop to look at flowers/insects while walking, put their hands into the bubbly dishwater or their nose right into your mug to smell the coffee 😊. All of these, seemingly little, actions help to increase your child’s understanding of the world, build their brain and add a little fun and mindfulness to the day!

The beginning of an eight part series, this video will introduce you to the importance of this play and provide a couple of ideas to increase your child’s exposure to sensory experiences while going about your days at home together.

Focusing on the sense of touch, this will give you simple ideas for how you can easily set-up a fun sensory activity at home!

Materials required: plastic storage bin, large bucket or mixing bowl; dish soap (optional); measuring cups, sieves, etc; different types of paper, small toys which can get wet, towel (or 2!)

Sample words to learn: warm, cold, soapy, suds, full, empty, soggy, squishy, deep, shallow, etc.

Sensory Play for Everyday!

Focusing on the sense of sight, transform a walk into a sensory learning experience!

Activity: Neighborhood (or even backyard) Walk

Materials Required: List of possible questions and plenty of time to explore!

Sample Words to Learn: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, bright, tiny, blurry, distance, shiny, dull, clear, familiar, big, small, alive, bud, flower, shadow, etc.

Focusing on the Sense of Hearing, this video will show you an easy activity you can do with materials around your home. Plus a fun song to sing with you little ones!

Sensory Song to Sing

Activity: Sound bottle/rain stick

Words to Learn: loud, quiet, musical, high, low, whisper, gentle, noisy, etc.

Materials required: plastic bottle/container with removable lid, sticks, pebbles, beads, rice, etc. which fit inside the bottle.

Sensory Play for Everyday: Body Awareness

Have you heard of Proprioception? Most people haven’t!
Click here to learn about this sense and for some simple ideas to help you understand and begin to support “heavy work” with your child.

Activity: Help with “Heavy” Housework
Materials Required: Anything around your house which is a little bit difficult for your child to lift or push.
Sample Words to Learn: push, pull, heavy, light, tired, muscles, large, difficult, strong

Focusing on increasing your children’s ability to balance (a vestibular sense), this video will show you how to easily create an obstacle course for young children in your own backyard using everyday items.

Activity: Obstacle Course

Materials Required: plastic bottles, broomstick, laundry basket, stuffies or bean bags, yardstick, piece of cardboard and anything else you have handy!

Sample Words to Learn: balance, slow, fast, bend, hop, jump, under, over, around, careful, etc.

Youth Crafts & Activities

For any and all ages, slime is super fun to make and play with!
To make slime you need three things:

• Liquid glue (clear, white, or glitter)
• Liquid laundry detergent
• Food coloring (optional)
All items can be purchased at a grocery store.


Tours from Around the World (Zoos & Museums)
It can be hard to find ways to keep yourself entertained and keep the cabin fever from setting in. Here is a list of museums and zoos from around the world that are offering virtual tours of their facilities. Tour one or tour them all but either way, we are confident that you will find hours of entertainment with this list!

Crafts & Activities for ages seven to twelve! This week Leonor shows you how to create a paper-cut-out nature inspired picture. Check in every other Wednesday for a new craft or activity.

Cloud Dough

Recipe #1 Soap: 1/2 cup Cornstarch, 1/3 cup Dish Soap, 1 Tablespoon of water
Recipe #2 Lotion: 2 parts cornstarch, 1 part lotion
Recipe #3 Conditioner: 2 parts cornstarch, 1 part conditioner

Slime Dough Ingredients:
Liquid glue
Liquid laundry detergent
Cornstarch

Youth Exploring Feelings & Emotions

These videos are for children, youth, and their caregivers to get a better understanding of feelings and emotions in themselves and others. This first video covers ages 7-18.

Sources and Resources:

Worksheets:

These videos are for children, youth, and their caregivers to gain a better understanding of feelings and emotions in themselves and others. This second video is for ages 7-18.

Content adapted from:

Illustrations from Journey to Wellness
https://instagram.com/journey_to_wellness_?igshid=1knt9n4usot0m

Empathy Illustration
https://liberationist.org/empathy-is-an-essential-leadership-skill-how-to-cultivate-it/

This weeks video has an activity for each ages group (7-12 & 13-18)
The illustration for processing emotions is from Journey To Wellness.
https://instagram.com/journey_...

Parenting Support for Children, Youth & Families

Supporting your children with school at home? Are your children struggling to focus? Discovering your children’s learning preferences and your family’s needs might help! During uncertain times (and always) it is important some of our world feels predictable, establishing a routine tailored to your unique family will create a some certainty in your family’s daily life.