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Active Play! Dr. Diane Craft Returns to Downeast Maine

Healthy Acadia and Let’s Go! 5210 are thrilled to welcome Dr. Diane Craft back to Downeast Maine for her incredibly popular, “Active Play: Fun Physical Activities for Young Children” interactive workshops this month.

Three workshops are scheduled:

Monday, June 18, 6-8 pm at Machias High School, 1 Bulldog Lane, MACHIAS

Wednesday, June 20, 6-8 pm at Wabanaki Cultural Center, 39 Union Street, CALAIS

Thursday, June 21, 6-8pm at Moore Community Center, 133 State Street, ELLSWORTH

Participants will learn fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate physical activities that use inexpensive equipment, small spaces, and work well in center-based and home-based childcare settings. These physical activities enable toddlers and preschoolers to play together while developing their fundamental movement skills.

Diane H. Craft, Ph.D., is a professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland. She has co-authored four books on developmentally appropriate, inclusive physical activity for young children including Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children and has given over 230 highly-acclaimed presentations, workshops and keynotes on preschool physical activities to audiences across the nation. She is currently consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the subject matter expert on Early Childhood Physical Activity.

“The Active Play Workshop has my whole team excited about going back to work and sharing the inventive ideas with the children.” said Penni Theriault, owner, Lots of Tots, Princeton, Maine. “The games not only promote physical activity put offered ideas for group games with no winners and no losers just plain cooperative fun. The proof of success for me was the constant giggles and bright smiles of not just the children but the childcare team as well.”

This training is FREE and open to anyone working with children ages 0-6, including childcare providers and teachers pre-K & K. Two credit hours will be available for all attendees. A healthy, light supper will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as this is an active, hands-on, and super-fun workshop.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Georgie at 255-3741 georgie@healthyacadia.org OR Katie at 667-7171 katie@healthyacadia.org to register.

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