Patterns

Sorted crayonsPatterns are all around us and help children learn about the world around them. Patterns can be found in letters and numbers, shapes and sizes, daily routines, music and much more. By helping children see and learn patterns, you can help them with literacy, math, science and other skills. Try these fun activities to emphasize pattern building.

Sort! Help your child sort items in the house. Have different shapes and sizes of blocks? Sort them! Try everyday items like coins, stamps and playing cards. Which items are the same? Which items are different? Get them interested in food and nutrition by sorting food into colors or classifying them as fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. Check out library books featuring different kinds of animals – which ones are mammals, and which ones are reptiles? Have a child who likes to help around the house? Sorting laundry is just the thing for learning patterns and categorization.

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Yummmm! Snacking It Up at the Library

Assorted fruitsStrawberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas, cherries…mmmm. These are just some of my favorite fruits. I used to be a very picky eater, but even in my pickiest days I still loved to eat many foods from the fruit group. When kiddos are begging for cookies or candies, try to offer some fruit suggestions instead – not only will the sweetness help satisfy the cravings for sugar, but your child’s dentist will also probably thank you too. Keep in mind that fruits do contain their own naturally occurring sugars, and too much of a good thing can become, well, not so good. (I’m sure many of us know a tummy ache story or two from too much fruit).

On August 9, the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will visit the Columbia Public Library and show how to make a nutritious snack with fruit. The program does require registration, so make sure to give us a call at 573-443-3161 if you’d like to attend.

Make a Yummy Summer Snack
Saturday, August 9, 2-3 p.m., Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Learn how to make a nutritious and refreshing summer snack using fresh fruit. We’ll practice measuring, chopping, mixing and arranging before we eat our treats. You’ll also get some yummy recipes that you can try at home. Presented by the registered dietitians and students from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ages 3-9 with adult. Registration required. Continue reading