Play & Chat is a play group, held at Seward Public Library Resource Room. It is open to children ages birth through five years and the people who love them!
What is there to do at Play & Chat?
The group meets for an hour and a half consisting of 30-45 minutes of parent/child play. During the last 45 minutes, an optional parent discussion/education session is offered. The topics will be parent-driven and will guide parent discussions. Healthy snacks are offeredâ€”whole grain, gluten free options will be offered. You are welcome to bring a snack that fits your childâ€™s unique nutritional needs. We are happy to be allergy friendly.
Activities may include:
- Story Time
- Gross and Fine motor activities
- Puppet shows
- Art projects
- Sensory tables (rice, sand, water)
- Dramatic play
- Songs and dance
"Why do you come to Play & Chat?"
When asked, "Why do you come to Play & Chat?" parents said:
- Our kids are making friends, learning and becoming social
- I am connecting with other moms and dads
- For Jake to interact and try new things
- To get out of the house
- There are different toys/crafts here than what we have at home
- Great ideas for parenting
"My 7 1/2 month-old LOVED the song time. He was enamored the whole time. I wasn't sure he would get much out of this, but we'll definitely be back."
"It was nice talking to other mothers and to have some time for my daughter to socialize with other children. She enjoyed playing with new toys."
What does Play & Chat offer my child and me?
The playtime provides developmentally appropriate activities and encourages parents to play with their children. Parents also have a chance to meet other parents and discuss concerns and issues that relate to raising young children birth to age five offering a Natural Support Group. ILP offers the Ages & Stages questionnaires at each Play & Chat and a newsletter to take home that lists community resources, activities and child development information.
Play & Chat is a collaborative effort between the Infant Learning Program, Parents as Teachers and the Seward Community Library.
Please call the Infant Learning Program for dates and more information at 422-1053.