Newsletter Spring 2016
From the Executive Director Print E-mail

Greetings, First 5 Humboldt families! As the new Executive Director of First 5 Humboldt, I’m getting to know our many community partners and will make my first visit to playgroup soon! I feel so fortunate to be able to work with First 5 Humboldt, an organization that has been working to support Humboldt’s youngest children and families for more than 15 years.

FIRST 5 Humboldt sponsored Playgroups Print E-mail

FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT Sponsored Playgroups:
Grupos de Juego Patrocinados por FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT:

Managing Your Own Emotions: Print E-mail

The Key to Positive, Effective Parenting

Tune in to your feelings.
Feelings are not right or wrong. It is what you do with your feelings that can be helpful or hurtful. What’s most important is that you tune in to and own your feelings so that you can make a conscious decision—versus a knee-jerk reaction—about how best to respond.

Playdough Time Print E-mail

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Food coloring in two colors
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar (optional for better elasticity)
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 2 saucepans
  • Mixing spoon

This Activity Helps Your Child’s Brain Develop:

  • Creativity
  • Sense of Touch
  • Fine Motor Skills

Combine all ingredients except the food coloring in a mixing bowl. Blend the dough smooth and place half in the second bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix with a spoon. Pour each bowl of dough into its own saucepan. Stir over medium heat for a couple minutes until dough becomes thick. Remove from heat. When dough is cool, pick it up, place it on the table, and knead until smooth.

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Ask Omi & Beth! Print E-mail

By Meg Walkley & Beth Heavilin

Supporting Children when they Feel Sad

It is so hard to see a loved one feeling sad, especially a young child. Parents sometimes feel helpless or uncomfortable. It is tempting to want to try and “fix” whatever we think is causing the sadness. Yet, sadness is a normal human emotion. It is one of the five emotions that can be seen from birth (along with happiness, distress, interest and anger). It is an important emotion for parents and other caregivers to better understand and support. Let’s look at one parent’s experience:

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aquí está una lista de cosas divertidas y económicas para hacer con tu hijo. ¿Sabes de algún evento que debería anunciarse aquí? Envía un email a This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it