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Creating Thanksgiving activities for kids

Find the Turkey Scavenger Hunt If you are looking for a holiday-themed hide-and-seek game, consider using turkey pictures. Print out several pics of turkeys, and dress them up in hats, goggles, an apron, and then hide them around the room. Next, print out a master sheet with all the pictures you hid, and have kids look around for them, and cross them off the list when they find them. First to find all the turkeys is the winner. https://www.playpartyplan.com/turkey-hunt/ Pin the Tail

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Sharing Our Thanks for Child Care Providers

In this season of thankfulness, the Imagine Institute is especially grateful for the child care providers we work with across Washington State.  Your time, effort, generosity, and love help so many children— along with their families and communities. All of us at Imagine are thankful for you and honored to provide programs and services to support you. To highlight our amazing child care community, we asked a few people who work with the Imagine Institute to share the things they love about

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Finding some fun Fall activities for kids

The weather is changing, and the leaves are turning, and that means Fall is here. There are many things providers can do with their kids, both inside and outside this season that will be both educational and fun! This is just a small list we have collected for you: 1. Paper Bag Puppets Small brown paper bags can be used for more than just lunches and snacks. You can use the bags as puppets that kids can decorate. You can give them

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Helping Your Kids Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

Helping Your Kids Adjust to Daylight Savings Time Twice a year, parents and caregivers must deal with a big schedule change for their little ones. We are about to “Fall Back” one hour as part of Daylight Saving time. This can be a major adjustment for kids and can sometimes come as a big shock to their sleep and playtime. However, it doesn’t have to be.   We have gathered a few tips to help you get kids on the correct time,

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Halloween activities

Easy and fun Halloween activities you can do at home

We are getting closer to Halloween, and what better way to celebrate than with a few activities for your kids. There is more to just decorating and carving pumpkins, as you will see below. The goal is to make Halloween a fun and memorable tradition, especially for kids who are experiencing it for the first time. Here are 4 ideas to get you started:            Hold a Halloween costume party. One of the most popular things to do

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A graphic with the text "Silly, Sweet & Spooky Books for Fall" and the covers of some of the books in this blog post

Silly, Sweet, and Spooky Fall Picture Books

Autumn is here! With rain, fog, winds, and smoke keeping kids inside this time of year, fall is the perfect time to cuddle up with a great picture book. These silly, sweet, and spooky books will captivate your little ones throughout the season. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak Gorgeous colorful illustrations are the backdrop for this cheerful story about a little girl noticing seasonal changes in nature. Pair this book with a walk outside to observe what’s changing in your

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Imagine Spotlight: Myra Ann Astronimo

This week, we’re proud to feature child care provider Myra Ann Astronimo, working in Western Washington. MEET MYRA ANN She started as an Intern with the Imagine Institute, but soon, Myra Ann Astronimo found herself as a Mentor with Imagine U, helping others reach their goal of becoming a licensed child care provider, just like her. becoming a provider Myra Ann was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2005. She and her family moved to Snohomish County.

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Imagine Celebrates Pride Month

Staff at the Imagine Institute share their thoughts on Pride month. Pride month celebrations are underway, and it’s an annual tradition showcasing individualism and diversity. There are celebrations all over Washington State, as people come out to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community. At the Imagine Institute, we wanted to show our support. Here are some thoughts from members of our staff about what Pride month means to us. What does pride mean to you? “Pride means we get to be and

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Imagine Spotlight: Mildred Van Wechel

This week, we’re proud to feature Mildred Van Wechel, serving as a child care provider in Western Washington. MEET MILDRED It started as a way to provide for her family, and now Mildred Van Wechel is coming up on 15 years of serving her community. Child care is something she became passionate about, and it’s all thanks to the help from The Imagine Institute. JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Marie Keller

This week, we’re proud to feature Marie Keller, Imagine’s Director of Career Pathways. Meet Marie Marie Keller knows how much skill and insight child care providers bring to their profession, because she’s experienced it from so many sides. Marie ran her own child care business for 21 years and worked with a child care union to listen to providers across Washington State. Now, she leads Imagine U, the Imagine Institute’s signature relationship-based mentoring program that has helped nearly 400 people open their

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Creating Thanksgiving activities for kids

Find the Turkey Scavenger Hunt If you are looking for a holiday-themed hide-and-seek game, consider using turkey pictures. Print out several pics of turkeys, and dress them up in hats, goggles, an apron, and then hide them around the room. Next, print out a master sheet with all the pictures you hid, and have kids look around for them, and cross them off the list when they find them. First to find all the turkeys is the winner. https://www.playpartyplan.com/turkey-hunt/ Pin the Tail

Read More
A cartoon image of a teacher playing guitar in a classroom full of children

Sharing Our Thanks for Child Care Providers

In this season of thankfulness, the Imagine Institute is especially grateful for the child care providers we work with across Washington State.  Your time, effort, generosity, and love help so many children— along with their families and communities. All of us at Imagine are thankful for you and honored to provide programs and services to support you. To highlight our amazing child care community, we asked a few people who work with the Imagine Institute to share the things they love about

Read More

Finding some fun Fall activities for kids

The weather is changing, and the leaves are turning, and that means Fall is here. There are many things providers can do with their kids, both inside and outside this season that will be both educational and fun! This is just a small list we have collected for you: 1. Paper Bag Puppets Small brown paper bags can be used for more than just lunches and snacks. You can use the bags as puppets that kids can decorate. You can give them

Read More

Helping Your Kids Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

Helping Your Kids Adjust to Daylight Savings Time Twice a year, parents and caregivers must deal with a big schedule change for their little ones. We are about to “Fall Back” one hour as part of Daylight Saving time. This can be a major adjustment for kids and can sometimes come as a big shock to their sleep and playtime. However, it doesn’t have to be.   We have gathered a few tips to help you get kids on the correct time,

Read More
Halloween activities

Easy and fun Halloween activities you can do at home

We are getting closer to Halloween, and what better way to celebrate than with a few activities for your kids. There is more to just decorating and carving pumpkins, as you will see below. The goal is to make Halloween a fun and memorable tradition, especially for kids who are experiencing it for the first time. Here are 4 ideas to get you started:            Hold a Halloween costume party. One of the most popular things to do

Read More
A graphic with the text "Silly, Sweet & Spooky Books for Fall" and the covers of some of the books in this blog post

Silly, Sweet, and Spooky Fall Picture Books

Autumn is here! With rain, fog, winds, and smoke keeping kids inside this time of year, fall is the perfect time to cuddle up with a great picture book. These silly, sweet, and spooky books will captivate your little ones throughout the season. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak Gorgeous colorful illustrations are the backdrop for this cheerful story about a little girl noticing seasonal changes in nature. Pair this book with a walk outside to observe what’s changing in your

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Myra Ann Astronimo

This week, we’re proud to feature child care provider Myra Ann Astronimo, working in Western Washington. MEET MYRA ANN She started as an Intern with the Imagine Institute, but soon, Myra Ann Astronimo found herself as a Mentor with Imagine U, helping others reach their goal of becoming a licensed child care provider, just like her. becoming a provider Myra Ann was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2005. She and her family moved to Snohomish County.

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Imagine Celebrates Pride Month

Staff at the Imagine Institute share their thoughts on Pride month. Pride month celebrations are underway, and it’s an annual tradition showcasing individualism and diversity. There are celebrations all over Washington State, as people come out to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community. At the Imagine Institute, we wanted to show our support. Here are some thoughts from members of our staff about what Pride month means to us. What does pride mean to you? “Pride means we get to be and

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Mildred Van Wechel

This week, we’re proud to feature Mildred Van Wechel, serving as a child care provider in Western Washington. MEET MILDRED It started as a way to provide for her family, and now Mildred Van Wechel is coming up on 15 years of serving her community. Child care is something she became passionate about, and it’s all thanks to the help from The Imagine Institute. JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States

Read More
A professional portrait of a woman with dark hair and a blue sweater

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Marie Keller

This week, we’re proud to feature Marie Keller, Imagine’s Director of Career Pathways. Meet Marie Marie Keller knows how much skill and insight child care providers bring to their profession, because she’s experienced it from so many sides. Marie ran her own child care business for 21 years and worked with a child care union to listen to providers across Washington State. Now, she leads Imagine U, the Imagine Institute’s signature relationship-based mentoring program that has helped nearly 400 people open their

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