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Your Child's Social Skills Development

KID94 3A child's ability to fit in and navigate the world around them is highly reliant on their social skills.  Social skills are important to a child's future success, happiness, and acceptance. Children with good social skills are more likely to show resiliency in the face of future crisis and stressful life events. They have a better sense of personal responsibility, are better able to make good choices, and understand how to properly behave in social situations.

Social rules and relations are established, communicated, and altered in both verbal and non-verbal ways so it's important that a child has the social skills needed to facilitate communication with their peers in order to learn these things.

Social skills, or lack thereof, can influence academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities. An inability to communicate effectively with peers can affect a child's emotional health and well-being.  Chidlren may have difficulties with interpersonal relationships and show signs of depression, anxiety, and depression.

Social skills range from being able to share, waiting one's turn, apologizing, working out a conflict, dealing with losing, handling peer pressure, practicing good listening skills, and following directions. Some children have no problem developing these skills and can do so with little help.  But other children, like those who are shy or children with Autism or Asperger's Disorder, often need extra assistance. Social skills are something that can be learned and practiced. So, if your child is having difficulty with their social skills there are things you can do to help!

Here are some tips:

Teach the importance of a friendly greeting 
A nice greeting helps one appear open, approachable, and friendly. This is the first step in meeting new people and facilitating a conversation.

Expose children to many different social situations starting at a young age
This gets children used to social interactuions in various settings and lets them learn how to interact with each other. Being involved in social activity can also counteract a shy child's instinct to isolate themselves.

Practice and role-play social situations using social communication skills
Practicing these skills regularly can help a child gain conversational experience that will help them feel more comfortable communicating with others in future situations.

Read books and watch movies that center around topics like social interactions and friendship and discuss the social components of successful interactions.

Please read our
Blog on social skills development and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  We've also added books, links and downloads in our Resources section to help guide your undersatnding of of social skills as it realtes to Asperger's Disorder and High Functioning Autism.

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Community Events

Whales in our Midst Exhibit
June 2nd - September 1st
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
State Capital & Outreach Center

This exhibit offers a great chance to learn about the orca whale populations that inhabit our home of the greater Puget Sound region!

Pond Life Safari
June 23rd
Starts at 2 p.m.
WET Science Center, Downtown Olympia

Experience a slideshow and hands-on "bug lab" to learn all about the aquatic insects found in Northwest ponds.

Slug Fest
June 23rd - 24th
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Learn and celebrate the banana slug! have fun watching human slug races, getting up close and personal with slug specimens, joining in on hands-on crafts and activities, and even more! Tons of learning opportunities! 

You can even earn a Ph.D. is slug-ology!

Lacey Children's Entertainment Series
June 26th - August 7th
Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Huntamer Park in Woodland Square

This 7-week series offers great entertainment from interactive storytelling to comedy for kids. This series offers GREAT activities for the entire family!

Please check out the "Arts & Events" section at the
Lacey Parks and Recreation for more information on upcoming events.  You'll be glad you did.

Lacey In Tune
Summer Concerts in the Park
June 27th - August 8th
Wednesdays at noon & Saturday July 14th, 21st & 28th at 7 p.m.
Huntamer Park In Woodland Square

Concerts incliude local and regional acts from a variety of musical generes.  You and your family can experience a new sound every week.

Please call the Lacey Parks & Recreation for more information, 360.491.0857.


Family Fun

Handprint Eagle T-Shirts

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With the 4th of July just around the corner it's a great time to start preparing to show your patriotic side! You want to know the best way to
do this?  Make handprint eagle t-shirts for the whole family!

What you'll need:

Brown, white and black fabric paints
Plain T-Shirts (works better on lighter or brighter    colors)
Piece of cardboard


Step 1:
Place a piece of cardboard in the shirt.  This will keep the paint from bleeding through.

Step 2:
With the paintbrush, paint your child's right palm and fingers (not the thumb) brown. Then have them press their hand onto the shirt to form the eagle's left wing.

Repeat with the left hand for the right wing, overlapping the palm prints. (This step may require a second coat once the paint is dry).

Step 3:
To make the tail feathers, paint your child's index middle, and ring fingers white.  Turn the shirt upside dpwn and have them press their fingers down on the shirt underneath the wing prints.

Step 4:
Now for the head! Have your child make a fist and then paint the pinkie side white.  Have them press their fist down on the shirt.  For a featherly look slightly smudge the print.

Step 5:
Use your finger to make a black dot for the eyes and then dab on a yellow beak.  Let dry according to the directions on the paint.

Now you have a festive and creative way to show your patriotic side this Independence Day!

Featured Activity for Kids & Families

Bayview School of Cooking

Parents, grandparents, and youngsters cooking together in the kitchen, sharing family recipes and secrets passed from one generation to the next are just a few of the benefits of having your children learn about cooking.

Helping kids help in the kitchen also encourages kids to try healthy foods and feel like they are accomplishing something and making a positive contribution to the family.  It's also a great way to spend quality time with your children.

There are some long-term benefits as well which include teaching your child valuable skills that they can use for the rest of their lives, teaching them the value of eating healthy foods not to mention how positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.

Since we are such fans of highlighting healthy activities that bring caregivers and children together, we just had to let you know about the
Bayview School of Cooking located at the Bayview Thriftway in downtown Olympia.  The Bayview School of Cooking offers a variety of cooking classes and experiences for kids and teens a like.

The "Le Petite Chefs" Summer Camps are in full swing. The opportunity to learn cooking skills, tricks and tips and to prepare tantalizing dishes are abundant during these camps. They offer their "Little Cooks in the Kitchen" camps beginning in July.  These camps are specificly designed for young chefs between the ages of 5 & 8yo.

The "Mix & Match" summer camp for junior chefs (9 - 13yo) begins in the last week of June. Junior chefs will learn all they need to know to cook anything on their own.  Apart from learning how to saute, broil, boil and baste they'll learn how to read a recipe, measure accurately and shop for the best deals on locally grown produce and other ingredients.

The fee for camps developed for youngrer chefs are $75.00 and & $175.00 for older chefs.

Please check out their
website or call to register, 360.754.1448.

You can also check out our weekly Blog on our sister site, Go-GyroGo, titled Kids in the Kitchen to learn more about fun and easy recipes that you and your child can prepare and enjoy together.

Kids in the Kitchen

Steamed Breakfast Cake
Hi! My name is Dwenlynn.  I'm 6 years old.


My Mom and I are going to show you how to make a really easy breakfast cake.  But instead of baking it in the oven, we will be baking it with steam!

Here's what you'll need:
- 1 egg
- 3 cups of water
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of Bisquick


Break the egg into a medium sized mixing bowl.


Then add the milk, sugar, Bisquick and...

whisk it all together until it's well-blended (or not bumpy).

Next pour the mixture into a pie pan. I like to scoop mine with a measuring cup, but I still needed a little help!

Next, put three custard cups upside down in a large pan. Fill the pan with water.

Slowly and carefully lower the pie pan into the larger one so that it rests comfortably on the upside down cups.

Cover the pan with a lid and bring the water to a boil.


Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

After it is done cooking you may top it with whatever you like.  I love chocolate chips!


Isn't that cool! I never knew you could make cake with water!


Kids in the Kitchen Learning Corner:

What other types of heat are there?
There are lots of different types of heat.

The heat that's most often used in the kitchen is call "heat energy." Heat energy is the movement of energy from one object to another. Another name for heat energy is thermal energy. Thermal or heat energy can move in three ways; through conduction, convection, or radiation. Conduction occurs when heat moves directly from one object to another.

What happens when a car is left out on a hot summer day? The heat of the sun passes directly through the metal of the car and heats the air (and seats) on the inside.

Why does the steam cook the cake?
Convection is the movement of hot liquids or gases.

For example, when you boil water, the liquid nearest the flame heats up first. As it gets hot, it rises and can be used to cook vegetables and other things like breakfst cakes.

Check out the
Expoloration Station to learn more about different types of energy and how they're used.

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