Family Fun Trips, Book Nooks, and Play Parties—Oh My!

By Carrie K. Tue, August 16, 2016
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a Family Fun Trip on July 9 for our Words at Play families. They had a chance to see the Creative Africa exhibit and make masks based on what they saw.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a Family Fun Trip on July 9 for our Words at Play families. They had a chance to see the Creative Africa exhibit and make masks based on what they saw.
Words at Play installed their newest Book Nook at Triangle Coin Wash at 1927 Ridge Ave.
Words at Play installed their newest Book Nook at Triangle Coin Wash at 1927 Ridge Ave.

The PNC Words at Play August Play Party series has started at The Advocate Center, located at 18th and Diamond streets. During the first session, families read The Listening Walk, made Listening Journals, and received binoculars to go on their own listening walks at home.

Vocabulary building strategies presented included:

LISTEN! Take a listening walk with your child. Even if your child is not speaking yet, he or she can hear sounds all around. Talk about all the different sounds you hear in the park, at home, and in the library.

WRITE! Make a journal about what sounds you hear. Use descriptive words like loud, soft, harsh, musical, etc.

PLAY! Get out the pots, pans, or plastic bowls and some spoons. Practice making quiet and loud noises. Practice making up songs—try one about a mouse, using very quiet sounds on your instrument.

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The August Play Party series continues on Saturdays in August from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at The Advocate Center. See you there!


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