Playing and Learning Together!

SUBMITTED BY: Holly Parsons, Victoria Recreation

Victoria Recreation continues to develop Recreation programs for people of all ages in our small community. We understand the importance of such programs in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. In the fall of 2014, we started a small WeePlay group for new moms to come and bring their children-newborn to 2 year olds. In our program, babies were given the opportunity to explore and play with other children and it was a social time for the moms. Our group had a consistent number of little ones, but we felt that we were missing a very important age group. We did not service children ages 2-4 year olds and knew this is possibly one of the most crucial ages for social development. We decided that we needed to add to our program and include those kids ages 2-4 years old but knew we needed some help. As an Eastern Wellness Coalition member, we knew they could be the answer!

With the financial support from the Community Grant Program, we were able to make this a reality. We purchased a wide variety of stimulating books, puzzles, blocks, and games. We also now have a play kitchen, play food and shopping cart, a play tool bench, and a globe for the children to learn lots of fun new stuff. We truly believe that because of this funding we are now offering the younger residents of our community and neighboring communities an improved and healthier place for our children to learn and grow together.

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