Change It Up! Art of Elysium

jess donates to Art of ElysiumAs a creator of polished sketches with a penchant for calligraphy, Jess’ choice for Change It Up! this past month was easy breezy. Her goal was to raise money for The Art of Elysium for the Change It Up! program, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change.

Founded in 1997, The Art of Elysium is a non-profit organization that encourages actors, artists, and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.

The Art of Elysium allows children to be creative and explore a wide range of artistic mediums, such as acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting, and creative writing, with the help of Volunteer Artists. The volunteer artists work with children, adolescents and families in both small and larger group settings for 90-120 minutes in various inpatient and outpatient medical environments.These activities were designed to:

• Help children cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization
• Promote opportunities for growth and development
• Encourage socialization
• Provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines.

Find out how you can help Jess donate to The Art of Elysium, HERE.

Free Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco Game™ Coloring Page

Make your little learner’s long weekend more exciting with this super cute coloring page inspired by Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco Game™ coloring page! Coloring is a great way to enhance fine motor skills and sharpen hand-eye coordination.
Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game™ Coloring Activity
The page pictured above was colored by hand by one of our talented designers (Hi Chrissy!). So, parents this proves that coloring is still fun for big kids too.

Download yours here: Frankie Coloring Page

Ask Nancy B: How can I get my child interested in science?

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Question: How can I get my child interested in science?

Nancy B’s Response: Most children are naturally curious about science. Many adults assume kids will find nonfiction boring, but in fact, the opposite is true. I would suggest checking out a variety of children’s nonfiction books out from the library. Topics might include: space, sharks, earthquakes, the body, baby animals, etc. (If possible, have your child help with making the selection at the library.) Read the books together and see what sparks his/her interest. Then, plan other activities or trips to museums with those interests in mind.

Depending on the age of your child, you can do some fun experiments that follow naturally from your conversations. For example, you’re picking out paper towels at the grocery store. If your child asks which is better, then buy two brands and do a test (an experiment!) at home to find out for yourselves which is more absorbent. The process of designing the test is an excellent way to teach science skills, and the measurements involved reinforce math skills. Many people mistakenly think that science is not creative, but in fact, designing an experiment (in this example, a fair and accurate test of the paper towels) is a very creative endeavor. And your child is likely to be motivated by an interest in the results.

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