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This Summer, the UWSA Daycare Is Joined by the University of Winnipeg’s TOYBOX team

A fascinating collaboration is taking place at the University of Winnipeg this summer. The UWSA Daycare has joined up with the University of Winnipeg TOYBOX Team to increase the fun and pursue new strategies that improve literacy, wellness, and numeracy in daycare participants. 

UWSA Daycare is a daycare centre for more than one-hundred-twenty-five children. It is a not-for-profit, provincially licensed daycare. The University of Winnipeg TOYBOX team, on the other hand, is a team that was built as a “new at-home learning initiative,” led by UWinnipeg faculty. Its primary goal is “supporting parents as they facilitate their children’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

These two recently led an event focused on something all children enjoy in the summer; bubble-blowing. They wanted this event to be educational but, at the same time, entertaining for the kids, which led the event to become an opportunity to teach the kids about the science behind the bubbles. For example, why bubbles float, pop, and so on. While learning the science behind the bubbles, the children enjoyed their time blowing many tiny bubbles or making huge ones.

Grace Mateo, a participant of the TOYBOX, shared when asked about this event: “My first time with the TOYBOX crew, I got to see the community respond to us with curiosity, warm smiles, and like-minded concern for their children’s fun and well-being through the scope of education, the bubbles were a big hit. The simplicity and open-ended aspect of the activity intrigued the kids of all ages – including my inner kid!”

Many people enjoyed this event because of how great and organized it was. “I truly enjoyed being there and watching the kids have so much fun.” said one of the parents that attended the event. 

Early learning is something that Winnipeggers focus on, and it is essential to young children. Moreover, Winnipeg is putting the needed efforts for little Winnipeggers to get the best early education possible, and this event is an example of that. 


Sources:

https://news.uwinnipeg.ca/toybox-hits-uwsa-daycare/

https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/foundation/support-uwinnipeg/help-support-new-toybox-learning-tool.html#

– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.

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