Newsletter Summer 2014
Make a Summer Memory Print E-mail

Summer days invite memory making. Help your child make some memories this summer.  Family time, walks on the beach, picnics at the river or putting up a tent for play in the backyard are summer activities that provide opportunities for your child to make memories. As a young child growing up in Humboldt myself, two of my favorite memories are sitting on a rock with my brother in a creek eating watermelon spitting out the seeds, and swimming with my cousin pretending we were mermaids. The combination of a new experience and your child’s imagination are the ingredients for memory making.

-Wendy Rowan
Executive Director, FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT

Keep Your Child Safe Print E-mail

Sun, Water, Playground and Product Safety

How Children Play - Part 2 Print E-mail

Ages & Stages Part 2, by Meg Walkley

In Beth’s column she discussed how very young children play. The next stages of play emerge sometime between three and four years old. You will notice children beginning to play the same game, talking to each other, watching each other and imitating each other. This is called “Associative Play”. In this stage, each child has his or her own version of what is happening. For example, if you try to play a board game like “Candyland” with this age group, each child might have rules that lead him or her to winning the game. Or, in a dress up game, each child might be a character from the same book or movie, but they are not connecting their “scripts” into one.

THINGS TO DO Print E-mail

Here’s a list of inexpensive, fun things to do with your child. Do you know of an event that should be in this section? Email Jennifer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How Children Play - Part 1 Print E-mail

Ages and Stages Part 1, by Beth Heavilin

Children come into the world ready to investigate, explore and socialize through their play. There are predictable patterns of play in a child’s development. Although, each child will have their own unique timing as to when and how they pass through these stages of play influenced by their individual temperament and personality traits.

Potter the Otter’s Healthy Tips! Print E-mail
  1. Skip the soda and drink water
  2. Get active for at least one hour a day
  3. Start the day with a healthy breakfast
  4. Eat fruits & veggies at every meal
  5. Limit TV time to an hour each day


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