06 May Learning Through Play
Communities for Children Gladstone is used to running three playgroups a week out of the Child & Family Centre but with schools, kindergartens and playgroups closed for a few more weeks educators are coming up with creative ways for students to access their programs from home.
To change with the time’s playgroup facilitators had the bright idea to craft take-home activity packs for the children who are no longer able to attend their usual playgroups and programs. To accompany the activity packs facilitators will be uploading instructional videos to the playgroups Facebook pages, teaching the children how to complete the activity from home. This also allows parents and children who might not necessarily belong to the playgroup join in provided they have the resources for the activity at home.
Between two playgroups; Save the Children and Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours, Communities for Children service a total of 80 families across the region. They are crafting an initial 100 take-home activity packs and aim to have them out and in homes within the fortnight. Project Support worker Shakira Raymond said:
“It’ll be good fun, we want families to post and share their creations with us online and we are all really excited to see all the fantastic work the kids have done.”
The packs will include fun activities like Australian animal scratch art and paper fan/umbrella-making kits, some of which were sent out to indigenous families in the program to be decorated with amazing Aboriginal art for the upcoming NAIDOC week celebrations.
The online sessions can be found at: