Are you part of a parent* group?
I’d love to come out and talk with you about the importance of PLAY!
Play & Grow™ is here as a guide for parents—with play ideas, learning activities, toy reviews and toy rentals—with the goal of making play more accessible for children. All of that within the context of a supportive community.
My PLAY presentations include hands-on examples for parents; outlining ways they can enrich and extend the play so their child reaps the most play value out of their experiences.
Play is the way young children were meant to learn—let me tell you the many, many reasons why you want to insure your child plays…every day! Contact me to arrange the date!
Yours in Play!
Be sure to come chat with me at the following events!
March 29th 2018 Pop-Up PLAY Date for Preschoolers —Held at the Kingsgate Library. Bring your kiddo out to PLAY & GROW and learn! Creative art and sensory activities, building blocks and an interactive Story time…all FREE! The library requires a minimum number to hold the reservation so email me at TeacherKaren@PlayAndGrow.com to confirm your attendance.
March 10th 2018 Play & Grow Workshop —Held at the Bellevue YMCA. The mission of the Y of Greater Seattle is: Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. We live our mission daily, one person and relationship at a time. This workshop’s title “The Whys & Hows to Unplug” emphasizes the many benefits of hands-on PLAY for parents as well as gives them information and ideas to create alternatives to screen time for their young child. Children are encouraged to participate in an interactive group time followed by sensory activities. It’s all about experiencing and participating for both parent and child–sign up now!
January 25th 2018 PEPS–The PEPS experience strengthens families, increases family wellness, and prepares families to cope with life stresses by creating social, thriving neighborhood-based parent groups. I’ll be meeting with the Seattle group of newborns to talk about play, temperament and share some activities to do with baby based on temperament.
October 28th 2017 Harvest Festival —Hosted by the Bellevue YMCA. The mission of the Y of Greater Seattle is: Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. We live our mission daily, one person and relationship at a time. Undoubtedly there will be many out for the Harvest Festival! I plan to have a couple Autumn-themed sensory activities for the kiddos to do and I know there will be treats available too–sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon event for families!
September 28rd 2017 Little Readers Cafe — Hosted by Bellden Cafe and LA-MAD in the PNW
Looking forward to heading out to the Bellden Cafe for an hour of books and activities. What a fantastic Cafe to open its space to serve the community and how awesome that Laura Delmendo of la-mad arranges it! Movin’ and groovin’ askin’ and thinkin’ talking, singing, listening,…DOING! JUST the kind of things YOU can do when you’ve got your own set of Go PLAY Activity Cards™!
September 23rd 2017 BabyFestNW—Hosted by KidFest. Pregnancy means big changes are a-coming! It’s definitely an exciting time–especially for grandmas like me! But it can be tough time for future siblings….come on out and see what I’ve set up for those special (little) BIG sisters and brothers-to-be.
August 23rd 2017 Little Bookworms—Hosted by Seattle Nanny Network. Well there’s not much I like to do more than engage and interact with kidlets and I get to do that PLUS read stories for the Little Bookworms program at the Bravern! I already have in mind fingerplays, songs, books and follow-up activities I want to do with the kiddos…JUST the kind of things YOU can do when you’ve got Go PLAY Activity Cards!
August 19th 2017 Ultimate Women’s Celebration—Hosted by RozeeCheeks Organic Baby Boutique. I’m excited to be part of the 20 small, women-owned businesses that are coming together to celebrate all things women and family! What makes this event even more special is that it’s raising money to support an amazing non-profit organization, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission program HOPE Place. All vendors donated a portion of the vendor fees to support the women AND CHILDREN of HOPE Place. In addition, you’ll have the option to direct a portion of the sale of Go PLAY Activity Cards to HOPE Place…so be sure to come on out!
August 6th 2017 Northwest Family Fest—Hosted by MamaCon in collaboration with The Perfect Push. This is the perfect summer outing for families! I am looking forward to chatting with parents and kidlets—and will have free, hands-on activities for the kidlets to do as well as a free raffle for a book. Plus there’ll be a SPECIAL PROMOTION for my Go PLAY Activity Cards…You don’t want to miss this event!
June 3rd 2017 Child Safety Day—Co-sponsored by Savvy Parents Safe Kids and the Bellevue Police Department. I’m very excited to be participating in this event as supporting the health and safety of children and our communities is very important to me!
April 29th 2017 MamaCon—MamaCon’s Signature event is sure to be a hit! It can be a girlfriend, getaway full of pampering and fun or a treat for that special Mother to recharge and connect with others offering encouragement and inspiration, but most of all it’s about building a strong and connected community of women.
April 10th 2017 PEPS–The PEPS experience strengthens families, increases family wellness, and prepares families to cope with life stresses by creating social, thriving neighborhood-based parent groups. I’ll be meeting with the Seattle NW moms-only group of PEPS to talk about play and share some activities to do with baby.
March 21st 2017 Encompass NW—Encompass NW serves children and families who live in the Snoqualmie Valley with early learning programs and pediatric therapy services available to all Snoqualmie Valley community members.
March 20th 2017 SnoMoms—SnoMoms is a group for parents of multiples. It offers comprehensive support to families during all stages of their multiples experience.
December 14th 2016 Women’s Business Incubator—The Women’s Business Incubator is an organization to help women entrepreneurs. It offers co-working and an on-site, drop-in preschool; though originally conceived as a space for mompreneurs, dads are more than welcomed too.