Simple Service: Color Paddles for preschoolers

Service Project: help a local preschool get ready for the upcoming school year

Prep time: 10 minutes to get in contact with the preschool to see what their current needs are

Cost: $5, depending on the project

Duration: 1 hour, depending on the project

Lesson(s) learned: We can help younger children

How we did it:

Schools of all kinds can benefit from a little extra help to get things ready for a new school year.  That includes preschools.  We had a lot of fun with some great kids making items for Early Childhood CARES, which has preschools locally for children with developmental delays or disabilities.  This will be the first of two posts on projects we made for Early Childhood CARES.  

Early Childhood CARES told us that they could really use some color paddles to help their preschoolers learn colors.  10" diameter circles of red, blue, white, green, yellow, and black heavy paper glued to wide craft sticks.  We used 2 pieces of construction paper for each paddle with the stick sandwiched in the middle.

The request was simple but a little too exact for our little kids.  We enlisted the help of three 10 year olds.  You might recognize them from Hi! It's Jilly as being Jilly's triplets.  They are awesome.  We had those color paddles done in no time.

My favorite part?  The conversations we had while making them.  We talked about preschools, we talked about kids that might need some extra help learning things, we talked about them, and we talked about service.  I could not get over how eager they were to help others!  What great kids!

Contact your local preschool or elementary school to see what your family can do.  I guarantee the teachers will love the help!