Community Spotlight: Day Dreams Foundation

Day Dreams Foundation logo

Founded in September 2014, the mission of the Day Dreams Foundation is to eliminate financial barriers to participating in extracurricular activities and promote healthy life styles, goal setting, academics, team work and respect for others.

Children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at Columbia Public Schools can apply for scholarships from the Day Dreams Foundation to pay for the fees associated with extra curricular activities.

In 2015, the Day Dreams Foundation awarded $8,635 in activity fees and equipment costs to 42 kids in Columbia!

The following is a list of extracurricular activities for which the Day Dream Foundation will provide scholarships. Continue reading

Make Your Own Messy Time

Kids playing during Messy TimeOur annual Messy Time at the Columbia Public Library commences tomorrow, May 24th. We’re having two squishy sessions in the Gene Martin Secret Garden at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. During this program, kids ages birth to five get to squeeze, scrunch and smash all sorts of textured edibles. Make sure to dress for a mess and bring a towel. Cancelled if raining.

Want to make your own Messy Time at home? Try out some of our recipes.

Goop

What you need:

½ cup cornstarch
½ cup water
food coloring
mini foil pans

What you do:

Combine all ingredients into the foil pans and stir. When ready, it will look wet. Kids can experiment with this by touch. Continue reading

Gardening for Kids

Photograph of girl gardeningDid you know that you can grow celery, radishes and even pineapple in your own kitchen? As we wrap up spring and dive into summer, you might be looking for fun and educational activities to keep those young minds engaged. As the old adage goes “Make hay while the sun shines!” Or, in our case, make celery!

Worried about your green thumb? Don’t be. Gardening can be as simple as planting the tops or bottoms of plants in a small container and watching the magic happen. Gardening is a great way for children and adults to come together and learn something new. Here are some simple ways you can get the plants rolling.

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Step Away From the Screen: Video Game- and TV-Themed Crafts and Activities

Photograph o Video Game RemoteIn our technology-based society, it’s easy for kids to get caught up in their favorite video games and TV shows, resulting in too much screen time. However, there are many fun ways to enjoy our favorite video games and TV shows while actually reducing screen time.

  1. Bead Art

Bead art is a great entry-level form of crafting, especially when it comes to the classic 8-bit style of video games. It only requires a few materials: Perler beads, an iron, ironing paper, tweezers and a Perler pegboard. Bead art is as simple as placing the beads next to each other and then melting them together.

  1. Minecraft Crafts

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Take a Color Walk!

Two people walkingThis is an exciting time for young ones to be outside, observing how Mid-Missouri shifts from winter to spring. Plants are changing from little green sprouts to blooming flowers or trees within a few days’ time. Would you like to enhance your time spent outside? Try a color walk.

A color walk is very simple. As you walk around outside, look for different colors. You can use a log to keep track of the colors you have seen and where you saw them.  I’ve created a sample log you can view and print by clicking on this link. The log can be filled in with simple marks to show you have seen that color, or it can be more detailed with a word or picture describing where that color was seen. You can also create your own log, which is a great way to get your child involved and excited about their color walk adventure. If your walk is in a safe (and mud-free) area, you can also add texture to your walk by asking your child to look for textures such as smooth, bumpy, rough or soft. All of these tasks will help your child develop their vocabulary and sharpen their observation skills.

For more resources about colors, search our collection for books and kits on the topic!