All babies 24 months and younger (no older siblings, please) and their caregivers are invited to drop by the library’s Jones Meeting Room on Friday, March 22 from 9:30-11 a.m to play with repurposed everyday materials in a creative way.
This is our repackaged version of the sensory play day, so if your children enjoyed those events, make sure to come to this too. Angela Stanbrough, JCPL’s youth services library assistant, says any child can benefit from this program. “It’s all about exploring with your senses. There are things kids will be able to hear, touch, and see. We always do a lot with recycled materials – cardboard boxes, cans, and beans, to name a few.”
Youth Services Librarian, Donna McCalman, says one goal of the program is to inspire caregivers to use found materials for children’s play at home. “You don’t have to buy expensive educational toys! Just set the stage with some ‘loose parts’ and then the child will run with it.” Angela adds, “One of our most popular stations at the event is just banging on pots and pans! All our activities can be recreated at home, such as stacking boxes, making bean shakers with cans, and saving bubble wrap for kids to walk on.”
Angela says that the event also provides a fun way to interact with other parents and kids. “This has always been a really popular program, in part because it’s a chance for little kids to play together.”