EC3 Newsletter – 7/1/16

Published: 2016-07-01

EC3 Closed on July 4th

EC3 will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.

4th of July Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Children love Independence Day. There are hot dogs, beach parties, baseball games, and fireworks. But for young kids, there may also be questions about the significance of July 4th — for starters, “What does ‘Independence Day’ mean?” Your answers to these questions can give them some great reasons to love their country, on the Fourth and all year-round. Check out these great books to help foster your little one’s excitement.

National Council on Fireworks Safety Urges Parents to Be Sparkler Smart!

Using sparklers on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades. And it can be quite safe if a few common sense rules are followed, says Nancy Blogin, President of the National Council on Fireworks Safety. But she notes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 16% of all consumer fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority of sparkler injuries occurring on young children. These injuries are preventable with close adult supervision and by following some basic safety steps. Please check out the safety steps before using sparklers with your young children.

Mud: Explore and Learn

June 29th was International Mud Day! This is a day for children and early childhood professionals all over the world to celebrate nature, the earth beneath our feet, and the joy of making a mess by getting really muddy. But you can play and learn with mud all year long! Here are some fun ways to celebrate mud.

Mud play: Offer shovels, buckets, plastic animals and figures and water. Ask: what would happen if you dig a deep hole and fill it with water? A shallow hole? Let your child explore and see what they discover.

Mud paint: Fill a cup with dirt and water and mix to create mud paint. Use sticks or paintbrushes to paint on paper or the sidewalk. Construct mud objects: Shape mud pies or sculptures. Children can decorate with pebbles, or other found objects if they like. Ask: what would happen if you add more water? More dirt? Leave it to dry in the sun?

Mud books: Read books about mud! Try: Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by: Lynn Plourde; Mud Pies and Other Recipes by: Marjorie Winslow; Stuck in the Mud by: Shana Corey; Harry the Dirty Dog by: Gene Zion

Playing it Safe in the Sun

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.

Sunscreen comes in a variety of forms – lotions, sprays, wipes, or gels. Be sure to choose one made especially for kids with a SPF of 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection. For most effective protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips and the tops of feet which often go unprotected. Take sunscreen with you to reapply every two hours, or after your child swims or exercises! This applies to “waterproof” and “water resistant” products as well. Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow your kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Sunscreen reduces damage from UV radiation, it doesn’t eliminate it.

While sunscreen is an important first defense, it doesn’t protect your child’s skin completely. Try combining sunscreen with other options to prevent UV damage, including protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises that sunscreen use on babies less than six months old is not harmful on small areas of a baby’s skin, such as the face and back of the hands. But your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

Weekend Family Fun

Family Day – MSU Broad Art Museum
Saturday, July 2nd 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Come to the Education Wing of the museum to: create colorful projects based on different pieces in the exhibition, participate in creating collaborative drawings with other kids, go on an interactive scavenger hunt on an iPad, and enjoy a museum tour designed especially for families at 1pm. Free and open to the public.

Nature Story Hour – Fenner Nature Center
Saturday, March 5th at 1:00 p.m.
Fenner’s volunteer librarian will be leading a nature story in the Visitor Center that is geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 6. After the story, they may participate in a craft and watch a family friendly video.

Independence Day Parade - Lansing
Monday, July 4th at 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate Independence Day with clowns, antique and specialty automobiles, musicians, dance troops, community groups, and military units.

Lansing 4th of July Fireworks
Monday, July 4th
Bring a blanket and your family and enjoy the patriotic performance by the Lansing Concert Band followed by the fireworks display at Adado Riverfront Park. Enjoy live music before the fireworks, which will start at 10:00 p.m.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 7/4: EC3 closed for Independence Day
* Tuesday, 7/5: Tuition Invoices Emailed
* Friday, 7/8: Tuition Due

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