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Crafting with Kids: Letter Hockey

Crafting with Kids: Letter Hockey

The ice on the pond has melted, but you can play hockey year-round with this fun homemade learning activity using recycled materials!  This can easily be used to “work on” so many different matching skills – words to pictures, upper case to lower case letters (like in the video), numerals to amounts, a dot of color to the corresponding word, etc…. You can even build up to make the activity more challenging depending on their skill level. You are only limited by how many paper towel or toilet paper tubes and bottle caps you have in your home at any one time.

Children’s teacher, Nicole and her son, Connor make learning FUN using items that you are sure to have in your home. As our community is starting to open up a little more, you probably have a lot of each of those waiting to be recyled, right? Dig them out of the recycling bins and get shooting and scoring!

LETTER HOCKEY

Materials:

  • Toilet Paper Tubes or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Any Bottle Cap (larger caps like milk containers are better for smaller children)
  • Empty Squirt Bottle (dish soap bottles work great!)
  • Permanent Marker
  • (Additional materials you may need are paper, scissors, tape)

If you do this activity, feel free to let us know what you come up with by tagging us on Instagram using #TheRiverCenterCraftingWithKids!

CRAFT TIME: Dyed Paper Easter Eggs

It’s Easter time and you want a quick dyed Easter egg activity that you can do with your kids. Maybe you didn’t buy enough eggs during your last visit to the grocery store. Maybe you want to decorate your home! Well, Mackenzie, our home visitor and moms’ group facilitator, shows you a fun craft you can do with your kids at home with items you probably already have in your home and a little help.  For this craft you will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Scraper
  • Skewers
  • Cookie sheet

Got your supplies together? Watch and craft alongside Mackenzie and her helper!

 

Play and Learn Links

Play and Learn Links

Schools are closed, you are working from home and you have had many hours spent bonding with your children in the great outdoors or doing non-techie activities. Sometimes, though, there are things you can’t show your kids or games you can’t play so you turn to the World Wide Web, but how do you know which sites are even worth looking at?

Well, worry no more because our Family Support staff has some links that even you might enjoy looking at with your children. Everything in moderation! Check back as new links will be added often.

 

 

PHYSICAL

Cosmic Kids Yoga – Popcorn and the Pirates
Arrr, mateys! Git your land-lubbin selves over here even if yer sun is shinin’ outside.

Monadnock Gymnastics Center
Monadnock Gymnastic Center in Peterborough has a lot of great ideas and plans for the coming weeks to help keep the kiddos active! They will be posting gymnastic and ninja videos on their YouTube channel, MWF story time live on Facebook, a B-I-N-G-O board for the kids to complete, as well as some other ideas. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

BOOKS

Activities and Resources for Kids | Barefoot Books
Fun downloadable activity kits covering topics from managing anxiety to yoga to global indoor games and more! Their books are great too.

Scholastic Learn at home
Daily lessons and projects for the next few weeks, arranged by grade. There is a story acted out, you read a story, watch a short video and then do an activity. About 20 minutes long!
The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities
What fun to have the actual author reading the books they wrote!

ART-RELATED

Pigeon Presents
Pull out your pencils and some paper and get ready to learn some doodling with artist/author Mo Willems himself every day at 1 pm.

Art for Kids Hub
Fun art lessons!

ANIMALS

Home Safari Resources
Safari fun everyday at 3pm!

 

 

Conversations: Meet Heather, A Happy Tax Filer

Conversations: Meet Heather, A Happy Tax Filer

Happy tax filer

Heather is a tax filer who reached out to us in February after she had her tax return prepared at our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.

How did you hear about The River Center’s free tax prep program?

Through the Keene Public Library.

How long have you been coming to have your taxes done here?

5 years

When you think of doing your taxes, how do you feel about it?

AWESOME! The River Center makes the whole process friendly and not scary.

Tell us about your experience in our VITA program.

I got lost and Janine was very patient and kind on the phone when I called to say I was going to be late and VERY reassuring. She told me to “take my time” when I found myself completely frazzled. I showed up 30 min. late for my appointment and she was kind enough to come into the living room, where I sat, and help me with any questions that I had on the confusing paper I needed to fill out. I loved her energy!

Geoff and Fran both wore striped shirts and I began our interaction with pointing out that I must have “missed the stripe memo” as I didn’t have stripes on. They were patient and clear and calm and professional. I loved the story Fran told me as well.

What did you think of the volunteers who prepared your taxes? 

AMAZING! They looked like twins both wearing striped shirts that day….

What do you wish people knew about our tax program?

It is FREE and available! Free things “go away” when not “used”. Take advantage!!

Do you feel that this tax program is a benefit to the community and if so, what do you think it brings to the table for people? If not, what do you think could be done differently?

Definitely benefit. I am a single Mom, I don’t itemize and I can’t afford the $200 fee [elsewhere] just so a computer program can do 90% of the work…

If you plan on coming back here, what draws you here vs going elsewhere?

FREE and friendly atmosphere.  I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!  I tell everyone about you guys!

Consider us during the statewide 24 hours of giving event, NH Gives so that we may continue to support people like Heather in our Money Matters program which includes Money Coaching and Free Tax Prep.

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Conversations: Meet Tara, Tax Time Saver and SaveYourRefund Winner

Conversations: Meet Tara, Tax Time Saver and SaveYourRefund Winner

VITA Tax Filer QuoteHow did you hear about The River Center’s free tax prep program? 

I was looking for free or low cost tax filing assistance online and found the River Center’s free tax prep program.

How long have you been coming to have your taxes done here?

3 years.

When you think of doing your taxes, how do you feel about it? 

I used to dread it, but I don’t anymore.

Tell us about your experience with our tax program. 

When I get my taxes prepared at the River Center, the volunteer tax preparers are very thorough and then a [quality reviewer] checks the final draft of the tax return before it is filed. I feel confident that I am getting the best possible refund.

What do you think of the volunteers who prepared your taxes?

Everyone is very personable and they are happy to answer all of my questions.

What do you wish people knew about our tax program? 

Besides being an easy and stress free process, if you save part of your tax refund, you are eligible to enter a contest to win $10,000.

Do you feel that this tax program is a benefit to the community and if so, what do you think it brings to the table for people? If not, what do you think could be done differently?

Yes, I feel that the tax program is a benefit to the community. You have more money to go towards your financial goals and the opportunity to establish or build savings. The River Center even offers resources on how to save money.

If you plan on coming back here, what draws you here vs going elsewhere?

I like getting my taxes done by people I’ve come to know and trust. I’m not just a number.

Tara was one of  SaveYourRefund‘s 2018 Grand Prize Winners. Tara started by putting some of her refund that year into savings and when she won, she also put those winnings into savings. She tells us that having this cushion to fall back on has given her the confidence and the freedom to make life choices she wouldn’t have made otherwise! Kudos to Tara for saving for a rainy day, for saving for emergencies, and for saving for her future!


TARA’S WINNING 2018 SAVEYOURREFUND ENTRY

SaveYourRefund 2018 Grand Prize Winning Entry​I am teaching her the value of saving money every week for:

The future

Her education

My retirement

An emergency fund

That vacation…

Every little bit counts. So start small. Think big. Create the life you want – one dollar at a time.

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