The inaugural Play is Learning Kids Fair, presented by Arizona’s Children Association, was held Saturday, April 16, in celebration of Week of the Young Child. More than 100 young children and their caregivers filled Mohave Community College in Lake Havasu City to enjoy a day filled with interactive and educational activities.

   The fair was hosted by Parents as Teachers, a program within Arizona’s Children Association and supported by First Things First. By partnering with organizations in the community, the goal of the celebration was to highlight the wonderful resources, classes and groups available to our local families.

   Upon arrival, children were greeted with a goodie bag and a “Play Passport,”  where they earned stamps for each table they visited. Vendors presented activities to ignite learning and brain development for young children such as painting, sensory bins, bubble games, karate, yoga, story times, water tables and more.

   Miss Jackie, a Parent Educator with the Parent as Teachers program, was most impressed with the engagement she witnessed from parents.

   “When I shared with parents that critical development was being sparked in their child’s brain just by rolling trucks through sand, their eyes lit up in amazement,” shares Miss Jackie. Miss Misty, also a Parent Educator, noted that many parents commented on how such simple activities, like bins of rice, could keep their children entertained for so long.

   Empowering parents with the knowledge that they have the tools to support their child’s learning through easy, often homemade, activities, is a key component in the Parents as Teachers program.

   The Parents as Teachers program provides bi-weekly visits to families focused on learning through play, parent-child interactions and family well-being. Tailored to individual family needs, parents and educators create fun play activities that prepare children for success in school and life.

To join the free program, contact Shelley Fischer at 928.203.2035 or sfischer@arizonaschildren.org. To see all the organizations who participated and photos from the event, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/parentsasteachersmohavelapaz.

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