May 20, 2015 • By Cynthia Pardo • First Things First
FLAGSTAFF – Catapults made out of marshmallows, harmonicas made out of Popsicle sticks, planting flowers and stilt walkers were some of the fun and creative things that kids and families recently experienced at the 5th Annual Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair at Coconino High School.
The April 18 event, themed Help Me Grow, focused on providing community resources and ways to help kids, ages birth to 8, develop early skills in STEM or STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The event attracted more than 400 parents, children and providers. More than 40 organizations were represented, providing information and showing how play and fun interactive activities can help kids develop early skills like imagination, creativity, exploration and problem solving.
First Things First, a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten co-sponsored the event along with Alliance for Children’s Early Success.
“This was by far the best early childhood fair yet,” said Sylvia Johnson, Flagstaff Unified School District Director of Educational Enrichment. “It seems to grow every year with more families attending.”
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