As a mom and educator, I know how challenging the past year has been to keep kids busy. One night, while scrolling through my neighbourhood Facebook group, I noticed an ad for the Neighbourhood Small Grant and thought that this was a perfect opportunity to reach out and connect with other families who might be getting tired of keeping their kids busy. I drew on my knowledge of early literacy and combined it with the recent trend of sensory bins to come up with a kit that would be offered to families with children between the ages of 2 and 5. After my grant was approved, I got to work sourcing the things I needed to put in the kit. A few trips to the store later and I had everything I needed to put together the sensory and literacy activity kits. I was able to make 20 kits and provide a resource of over 10 different activities to do with the kit. I advertised it on the neighbourhood Facebook group and had people sign up via a Google form. To my surprise, I had over 37 people sign up in less than 2 days. I had to close the link to the form and offered the kit to the first 20 people. On Saturday, May 22, I set up a table in the community garden at Hastings Community Centre and had people pick up their kit in a two hour window. Everyone was very gracious and so happy to receive the kit. It was a wonderful venture and I am proud to have been part of it.
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