Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019

 
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Arkansas
                           Children’s Week
                           2019
                           Planning Toolkit
Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More!
April 8 – 12, 2019

                      Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Welcome to the Arkansas Children’sWeek PlanningToolkit!
Toolkit Contents:       This toolkit was developed to help children’s programs
                        across the state celebrate Arkansas Children’s Week.
 Planning an
  Arkansas Children’s   Use the materials in this booklet to guide your planning and
  Week Family Event     to inform your families, the media, and community about
 Contacting Local      your events and the value of this type of messy play. You
  Media                 will find explanations and samples that you can either copy
 Social Media          or customize to fit your needs.
 Supporting Families   Let us know about the special events you conduct during
  in Creating a Sand    Arkansas Children’sWeek and any additional events you
  Kitchen               plan that was inspired by Arkansas Children’s Week! A link
 T-Shirt design and    to an electronic form is available at the end of this toolkit.
  T-Shirt day           Use it to share with us the amazing events you hosted for
 “Tell Us!” Link       your program, your families, and community!

                        Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
 Each county/community in our state is unique.
                  The celebration of Arkansas Children’s Week will
                  differ from community to community. In some
                  areas there will be big events hosted by a
                  collaboration of organizations. In some parts of
Planning and      our state, the celebration will be in an individual
                  child care program, family child care home, or
Conducting an     school. No matter the size of the celebration,
                   we are celebrating our children!
Arkansas         Be sure to congratulate and to celebrate those
Children’s        who work with children in your area – give them a
                  bonus, send flowers, order lunch, have a surprise
Week Family       party including your families, do something special
                  and fun for your program staff!
Event            Reach out to colleagues and others in your
                  community and encourage them to become part
                  of Arkansas Children’s Week!

                Hands-In Learning: Exploring Sand, Water, Mud, and More!

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
How to pull together collaborative
                groups within your region or community
Planning and     Identify several key people in your region or
                  community with contacts/influence; people that
                  you know will support the project; and people
Conducting an     who are in-the-know about what’s going on in
                  your community.

Arkansas         Include representation from a variety of early
                  education programs: private, Head Start, ABC,
                  faith-based, school-age, family child care, public
Children’s        school, etc.
                 Schedule an initial planning meeting with only
Week Family       a few key people (6 to 10 at the most)
                       Develop an outline for the event
Event –                Brainstorm ideas for partners –
                        individuals, agencies, organizations,
                        groups
                       Brainstorm locations for the event
                       Identify possible dates
Who?                   Develop a timeline of what needs to be
                        done by when
                       Develop a projected budget for the event
                       Decide on person(s) to coordinate the
                        event

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
How to pull together collaborative groups
                within your region or community
Planning and     Schedule an expanded meeting, inviting
                  representatives from the identified partners. Be
Conducting an     specific as to the purpose of the meeting. Ask for
                  commitments from those who plan to attend and
                  send them a reminder email.
Arkansas         Have an agenda for the meeting, including the

Children’s        event outline, possible locations, dates, timeline,
                  major tasks/sub-committees.

Week Family      Solicit additional ideas from those in attendance.
                 Identify sources of support, financial and other, for
Event –           the event.
                 Identify persons who are willing to be responsible
                  for each major task/sub-committee.

Who?             Additional meetings will be necessary. However
                  schedule only if there are specific things to
                  discuss/decide. You may decide to have the
                  leadership team meet and communicate with
                  partners via email.

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Selecting a site and date
                 Find out what is going on in your community
Planning and      that might conflict with the event.
                 Explore planned events with which you might
Conducting an     piggyback: kindergarten roundup, hospital
                  health screenings, or a community festival, for
                  example.
Arkansas         Look at the spaces available in your community
                  and consider the benefits or drawbacks of each.
Children’s        Consider the size of the space thinking of how
                  many people it will accommodate. Consider the
Week Family
                  location – do people know how to get there?
                  Think of the parking availability. Investigate the
                  set-up and clean-up hours and what materials
Event –           the site would provide.
                 Be sure to ask about restrictions for the space
                  you are considering, as in what can be displayed
                  or sold/not sold, food allowed/not allowed,
                  handicap accessibility, liability insurance.
Where? When?     Some possible sites include: local parks, church
                  hall/gym, school gym, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club,
                  shopping mall, community center, recreation or
                  event center.

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Insurance and Safety Precautions
                  Find out from the event site who is the liable party. Is event insurance
                   required and if so, who is the recommended carrier?
Planning and      Is there security at the site? Is your organization responsible fro
                   providing security and if so, what is required?
Conducting an     Individuals from your group should be alert during the event and report
                   concerns.
Arkansas          On all information provided to families, clearly state: KEEP YOUR CHILD
                   WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. Stress to workers that they are not to allow
Children’s         families to leave their children with them while they shop, etc., and that
                   they are to encourage family participation in the activities.

Week Family      Possible Community Support and Services Stations at Event

Event –           Educational programs from local museums, galleries, or parks
                  Volunteers from a local band, orchestra, or musical group
                  Health Department or educational outreach from local hospital

Considerations
                  Police/Sheriff/Fire Department/Ambulance
                  Screenings – Developmental, Vision, Hearing
                  Public Library
                  Area State Park

                 Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Everyone loves free stuff                                           Ideas for Door Prizes during the event:
                    and door prizes and goodie                                           Gift certificates/passes for a nearby
                    bags can be a great way to                                            community pool or aquatic center
Planning and        get people to attend!                                                Gift certificates from local merchants
                    However if you choose to
Conducting an       distribute goodie bags
                                                                                         Age appropriate games

Arkansas            and/or have door prizes,                                             Bubble solution with interesting bubble-
                                                                                          blowers
                    here are some things to
Children’s Week     consider:
                                                                                         Gift cards for downloadable music

Family Event –       Make sure door prizes are
                                                                                         Playdough ingredients with instructions

                      appropriate for children and
                      families.                                                         Ideas for Goodie Bags distributed at the
                                                                                        event:
Door Prizes          Avoid having door prized become
                      the focal point of the event.
                                                                                         Information about local happenings for

and/or
                                                                                          families and children
                      Focus on having children and
                                                                                         Brochures from your local public library
                      families playing and learning
Goodie Bags           together.                                                          Brochures from your local nature or garden
                                                                                          center
                     Establish in advance how door
                                                                                         Health and safety information for families
                      prizes are to be awarded and
                      share the door prize rules.                                        Information from your area state park

                  Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Collaborating with Local Partners
Planning and
Conducting an   When collaborating with local partners, a
                partnership agreement can be helpful to clarify

Arkansas        expectations and to avoid miscommunication.
                The partnership agreement should include the
                name, date, and site of the event, as well as the
Children’s      sponsoring group and the name of the partner.
                The agreement should list out what the partner
Week Family     will contribute to the event, such as money,
                volunteer service, product donation, sponsor a
Event –         station, etc. The agreement should also list out
                the responsibility of the sponsoring group to the
                partner, such as listing partner’s name in the
                publicity and acknowledging partnership during
                the event. Be sure to include a timeline if
Community       applicable. The agreement should state the
                address, phone number, and email address for
Partners        both partners. Give a copy to each partner so
                everyone is on the same page as to what is
                expected.

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children's Week 2019 Planning Toolkit - Hands-In Learning: Sand, Water, Mud, and More! April 8 - 12, 2019
Planning and    Suggested Timeline

Conducting an   It is suggested that you begin making
                contacts and planning your events for
Arkansas        Arkansas Children’s Week well in
                advance. Brainstorm everything that

Children’s
                you would like to happen during the
                week and set a schedule of events.
                Include a back-up plan for events –
Week Family     have a substitute in mind in case a
                special guest cannot make the date or
Event –         has to cancel. And don’t forget back-up
                locations for events in case of
                inclement weather. To insure a
                successful event, give adequate notice

Suggested
                to special guests, businesses, media,
                and families of your plans. Check the
                suggested sample timeline and adjust
Timeline        it to your own events.

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
January                                                             March

                                                                                     Attend an Arkansas Children’s Week workshop

Planning and
                 Enlist a planning team
                                                                                     Send out initial communication with families
                 Set a time for the first meeting of the planning

Conducting an
                  team                                                               Contact local officials regarding proclamations
                February                                                             Contact local businesses and organizations

Arkansas         Meet with the planning team to brainstorm ideas
                  for Arkansas Children’s Week
                                                                                      regarding their involvement

                                                                                     Meet with planning team for updates on team

Children’s
                                                                                      member responsibilities and additional tasks
                 Determine responsibilities of team members
                                                                                     Contact the media regarding publicity
                 Determine budget or funding source

Week Family      Keep a record of assignments that team
                  members volunteer to do
                                                                                     Send letter to the editor regarding awareness
                                                                                      issues

Event –          Confirm location for event
                                                                                     Send reminders to staff and parents

                                                                                     Meet with planning team to refine final details for
                 Contact individuals or groups whom you are
                                                                                      events or projects
                  inviting to speak or do special presentations
                                                                                     Continue publicity, especially with signs and
Suggested        Register to attend one of the Arkansas Children’s
                  Week workshops offered in various locations
                  around the state
                                                                                      banners, and social media advertisements

                                                                                    April
Timeline         Keep others at your program informed                               Enjoy your event(s)! Remember we are
                                                                                      celebrating children!
                 Check community calendar to avoid schedule
                  conflicts                                                          Honor your teachers and parents as well!

                 Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Planning and
Conducting an   The Week After Your Arkansas
                Children’s Week Celebration:
Arkansas         Have a get-together of the planning team to

Children’s        celebrate and to evaluate
                 Send certificates to individuals and businesses
Week Family       who participated

Event –          Pay bills
                 Keep a file on 2019’s activities for future
                  reference

Suggested
                 Tell us how your event went! Type this link
                  into your browser to access the form.

Timeline

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
When you have a special event in your
              program/community, we suggest you
              contact the local media to advertise your
              event. Send press releases to all local
              newspapers, and invitations to radio stations
              and local television stations. Check with local
              radio and television programs that will
              announce community events. Contact them
Contact       several weeks in advance. If they ask for a
Local Media   guest to appear on air, send someone
              knowledgeable about early childhood as well
              as the Arkansas Children’s Week event to
              speak on the program. Include special guest
              names, especially elected officials and
              sponsoring organizations or businesses. Use
              the letter to the editor to announce
              community events and draw attention to
              Arkansas Children’s Week.

              Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
Arkansas Children’s Week

Media
Invitation              [Name(s) of your Affiliate/Organization(s)] is celebrating Arkansas Children’s Week,
                        April 8 – 12, 2019! This is an opportunity to show what organizations in [your city] are
                        doing to help young children here in our community.
                        [Describe your event, highlighting any visual opportunities the news station can
(To send to your        video or the newspaper can photograph. This could include the reading of a
                        proclamation by a local official or it could be something visually interesting at your
local news or cable     event.]
television station to   [Name(s) and Title of your Affiliate/Organization’s Leader(s)] will be on hand to
                        discuss Arkansas Children’s Week and the local impact of important early childhood
cover your              education issues, including public child care subsidies and school readiness [or other
Arkansas Children’s     issues important to your community].
                        For more information about covering Arkansas Children’s Week events, please
Week event)             contact [Name(s) and Title of your Affiliate/Organization’s Leader(s)] at [email
                        address] or [phone number].

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 Sharing with others on Social Media is a great way to let the
                 community know all of the fantastic things you are doing in your
                 program!
                Some key considerations:
                        Make sure you have a media release signed for every child whose
                         picture you would like to share. And make sure parents or guardians
                         understand you could be using their child’s photo for social media.

Social Media            If you want to use a photo from a website, a blog, or the internet,
                         ask for permission first. Just because it’s on the internet, doesn’t
                         make it free to use.

                Follow and share from our social media accounts!
                        Our Facebook page can be found by searching for “Arkansas State
                         University Childhood Services”.
                        Our Instagram account can be found by searching for
                         “astate.childhood.services”.
                        We will be posting all week long – so look for our posts!

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Sensory                  •Sand and mud play awaken the senses! Children actively investigate through touch,
                                                             movement, and more. Sensory experiences can be both soothing and exciting,
                                Exploration
But what are
                                                             promoting concentration and focus.

                                                            •When children play with sand, mud, and water, they explore how natural materials
                           Understanding
children really               Our World
                                                             can be mixed and changed. This supports science learning. Our authentic kitchen
                                                             equipment also encourages children to notice the different properties of wood,
                                                             metal, and plastic.

learning when                    Physical
                                                            •Sand and water are heavy, but children are up for the challenge! Children use
                                                             muscles and motor planning to lift and carry pans and bowls. They also build hand-

they’re playing in           Development                     eye coordination and fine motor skills as they pour carefully and use utensils such as
                                                             spoons and spatulas.

the Sand                   Math Learning
                                                            •Sand kitchen play naturally encourages children to group objects, measure, count,
                                                             categorize, and compare quantities. Children are building important math sense

Kitchen?
                                                             that will be of benefit to them as learners for years to come.

                                                            • Children explore cause and effect and learn to navigate new tools. They use
                      Logical Reasoning                      observation and thinking skills to solve real problems and figure out how things
                                                             work.

Take a look at
                                                            •Children use their imagination as they play. They are learning to think symbolically,
                       Creative Thinking                     pretending that soggy sand is delicious bread dough or twigs are pretty candles for a
                                                             birthday cake. Adults notice how children improvise as they play.

this list!               Communication
                                                            •Children are eager to tell about their creative play. Adults can join in to support by:
                                                             •Participating in back-and-forth conversations as part of pretend play.
                                                             •Wondering aloud with children, asking open-ended questions about the child’s
                          and Language                        ideas and what the child thinks might happen next.
                           Development                       •Introducing and practicing new and interesting words such as ingredients, whisk,
                                                              and batter.

                     Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
1. Pick a perfect place
                   • Find a quiet corner of the yard where children can get messy and engage in long pretend play games.
                   • Many families find it helpful to place their play kitchen within easy reach of a water hose.

Some Tips to     2. Furnish the kitchen
                   • Commercial play kitchens are available, or Pinterest features many ideas for building a kitchen from scratch.

Share with         • Other possibilities include a child-sized picnic table, a weatherproof shelf, milk crates, or a kitchen area made of concrete
                     blocks and boards. A play kitchen doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun!

Families about   3. Add cookware and other kitchen gear
                   • Begin by thinking about the experiences you would like for the child to have. Instead of buying expensive toys, look for

Setting Sand         old, real cookware at garage sales or thrift stores.
                   • Match the materials to the ages and interests of the children. Avoid items that are rusty or have sharp edges.
                   • Cookware can be organized on hooks, shelves, or pegboards. You may wish to offer aprons, too.
(or mud)         4. Offer something to scoop and pour

Kitchen at         • Provide clean sand or plain dirt (not potting soil) at ground level or in an easy-to-reach container.
                   • Containers that can be covered – such as a lidded sandbox –can help protect from animal contamination and very bad
                     weather.

Home…            5. Patiently teach you child about their new kitchen.
                   • Which natural materials from your yard can be gathered for creative play? Do any kitchen items need to be handled
                     gently? How can your child go about tidying the space and washing hands when finished playing?
                   • At first, adults may need to provide special support before and after mud/sand kitchen use, but children will soon
                     understand the guidelines and exciting possibilities for their play!

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…Such as cake pans,
                                              Mixing                 Baking                 Bake           pizza pans, and
                                              Bowls                  Racks                 ware…           muffin tins

Potential Items
to Include in                      Pots and
                                                         Tea Kettle
                                                                                 Metal
                                                                                 Camp
                                                                                                      Whisks,
                                                                                                     spatulas,
Your Sand (or                       Pans
                                                                                 Mugs                and ladles

Mud) Kitchen                                                        Measuring
                                                                                          Canisters or
                                                                                           Baskets of
                                                                                                            …Such as acorns,
                                                                                                            flower petals,
                                             Colanders                                      Natural         pebbles, leaves, and
                                                                       cups
                                                                                            Items…          twigs

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T-Shirt Day April 11, 2019
With over 66%
of the vote,
the 2019
Arkansas
Children’s
Week T-Shirt
color is
“Splashy
Aquamarine!”                                   Join with others across the state and
                                                  wear your ACW shirt with pride!

                Arkansas State University Childhood Services - Arkansas Children's Week Planning Toolkit - 2019
You may take
this t-shirt
design to any
t-shirt vendor
to have your
ACW t-shirt
made.

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We want to
hear from you!    Type the link below into your
                   preferred internet browser. A
Tell us all        form will appear where you can
                   type in your answers.
about your
Arkansas          https://goo.gl/forms/ugITxl
Children’s         MgGP8GXElj2

Week event!

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Arkansas Children’s Week Events are a
         time to celebrate your families, to
         celebrate the children in your care, and
         to celebrate the amazing work you do
         each and every day!

         So don’t forget to have fun!
Enjoy!

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