Volume 17

March 24, 2021

Neighborhood House’s Celebrating Asian Diversity some resources (below) from various organizations for our learning and taking action.

  • Report an Incident of Hate or Bias:
  • Advocate/Learn More

  • Bystander Intervention Training/resources to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment

  • Domestic Violence resources

  • Mental Health Resources

  • Support BIPOC-owned businesses

Colors All Around | Jack Hartman

Each year, on March 31 children and adults alike, pick up their favorite colors for NATIONAL CRAYON DAY.  Opening up a box of crayons opens up a world of imagination and hours of fun.

Wax and chalk-based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.

Toddler’s Milestones                                           

13 – 18 Months Milestones – Coordination

Key Abilities

  • Is frequently moving in and out of various positions (e.g. crawling, climbing, cruising, and walking) to explore and get desirable objects
  • Is able to turn head to look at objects without losing balance while standing
  • Crawls or walks to get desired item
  • Uses hands to help move from one position to another
  • Uses both hands equally to play with and explore toys
  • Maintains balance in sitting or standing while using two hands together to explore toys
  • Is able to take steps toward motivating item
  • Has adequate endurance and strength to play with peers
  • Is able to throw balls without losing balance
  • Seeks out various new ways to move and play

Language / Literacy

60 minutes

Learn the letter Pp | Jack Hartmann  




Learn letter J | Super Simple


Phonics Story J| English Singsing


Letter Pp Story

Pedro Pig ate pudding

and pumpkin pie for lunch

/p/ /p/ /p/

With lots of purple punch









The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Read By: Books Alive!


Sorry is about hilarious account of the revolt of Duncan’s misused and unhappy crayons.

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow

Author: Monica Sweeney

Illustrator: Feronia Parker Thomas

Read by: Sunshine Stories


A world without color is a world without joy. Join the crayons as they are on a mission unite the sun and the clouds to bring color back into the world!

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Author: Crockett Johnson

Illustrator: Crockett Johnson

Read By: Ginger Thongkham


Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.


Full of funny twist and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you.

Art / Writing

60 minutes

Make Straight and Curved Lines | Jack Hartmann



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Practice straight line and curve line using music and raise your pencil when the music stop.



Letter Pp song | Learning Dynamics


Letter Pp

Uppercase P – down, around, stop

Lowercase p – down, around, stop (through the line)



Write the letter P – ABC Writing for Kids





Materials: Any paper, crayons or colored pencil, scissors, glue


  1. Make a big letter P or upper case P in a paper and a tip of a pencil.
  2. Color your letter P and the tip of your pencil.
  3. Cut the letter P and the tip of your pencil.
  4. Glue in a piece of paper and write “P is for Pencil” and your name.

Math / Science

60 minutes

Count to 100 | Jack Hartmann



Color by Number

Materials: Paper and crayons or colored pencil


  1. Draw the exact picture in a piece of paper.
  2. Introduce to color the picture according to the color of the number.
  3. Start with 4 number colors which is the Ice Cream Picture.

1 PINK     2 YELLOW      3 GREEN     4 BROWN


  1. Level up the challenge for your child and draw the Butterfly which is 7 number colors.











World of Wonder Science Song | Jack Hartmann

Materials: used crayons, glue gun, hair dryer, iron, hard cardboard or an art canvas.


Parental guidance is very very important with this activity. Please check the video each picture before you start.


First Picture:


  1. Glue crayons using glue gun into your canvas or hard cardboard.
  2. Use hair dryer to melt the crayons down on your canvas or cardboard.


Second Picture:


  1. Using your cheese grater, grate crayons into pieces.
  2. Spread your grated crayons into your canvas or paper or hard cardboard.
  3. Cover with wax paper on top of grated crayons and using flat iron melt the crayons and dry.


Third Picture:


  1. Take out the paper cover of crayons.
  2. Use a lighted candle to create a melted crayon art dot.

Problem Solving

60 minutes

Problem Solving Song | Lisa Hermsmeier



 1. Move 1 crayon so that the donkey is facing the other way.

2. Move 1 crayon to make a square

3. Move 2 crayons to 3 triangles

4. Remove 2 crayons so that you are left with 2 squares.

5. Use 6 crayons to make 4 triangles

6. Move 3 crayons so that the fish is facing the other directions

Social Emotional

60 minutes

Emotions (Feelings) Song | ChuChu TV Nursery


My Many Colored Days

Author: Dr. Seuss

Illustrator: Steve Johnson

Lou Fancher

Read by: Kathleen Lu


  1. Each day draw the picture on the paper and ask your child to color picture.
  2. Let your child pick any color they want.
  3. Ask them why they choose the color and ask how they feel.
  4. Repeat what color they choose and connect it to their feeling.
  5. Let your child copy the sentence and help them with the missing words on the blank (colors and emotions ex. Happy, sad, surprise, angry, etc.)
  6. Encourage your child to write their name on the 3rd line.

Movement / Play

60 minutes

Handwriting Warm – Up Exercises | The OT Toolbox


These activities are fun and creative ways to “wake up” the muscles to let your kid’s body know they are ready for handwriting tasks, and get little muscles of the hands ready for small motor movements and ability needed for handwriting.


Handwriting Warms Ups with Pencil | OT Closet