Trees are starting to bud and flowers are beginning to bloom, and just in time for our Preschool Spring Fling! On Wednesday, April 3 from 10-11:30 a.m., children ages 18 months to 5 years old and their caregivers are invited to drop by the library’s Jones Meeting Room for a spring-themed exploration of their five senses.
The Spring Fling is similar to the annual Fall Celebration in that it encourages sensory experiences for children through hands-on activities and free play. Angela Stanbrough, JCPL’s youth services library assistant, says that events like these “are great for kids to socialize, use their imaginations, and practice their fine motor skills.” Along with spring-themed crafts, this event’s activities will utilize items such as a water tub with floating ducks, colorful “lava lamp” bottles, bags of color gel for practicing tracing letters and shapes, and a sticky wall.
Angela says that the Spring Fling is also an opportunity for kids to learn from their caregivers. “For example,” she explains, “when kids play and create with their grownups they often have conversations using vocabulary that they might not otherwise use. Being able to connect a new word with a hands-on experience means that a child will be more likely to understand and retain that word.”
For more information on the Spring Fling and other Youth Services events, email Betty Cobb or call 423-434-4458. Keep up to date on Youth Services programs by following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.