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Children enjoy Christmas at Interpretive Center

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas crafts were enjoyed by 18 children, and their parents and grandparents on Wednesday morning, December 14, at the Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center’s preschool program. The preschool program is led by Teresa Rody, full time naturalist at the center; one Wednesday morning each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Marvin McNew is the director of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, which coordinates the program.

Rody began the morning by welcoming the children and presenting a Christmas letter game. Children were to name as many words as possible that begin with the letter C. This was followed by a Christmas craft time which included creating an ornament that was a suet treat for the birds, decorating donated angel ornaments, creating a Santa on paper plates with a countdown to Christmas, sack decorating, making a Santa’s bells wind chime and Christmas card lacing.

Rody explained that each month’s program is different and may include a craft, story, song and a hike. Some programs have featured interaction with a live animal. All preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, are welcome and need to be accompanied by their adult caregiver. The cost of each session is $2 per child payable that day.

The next program will be Wednesday, January 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and reservations are appreciated. Call the center at (260) 468-2127 or visit the website at www.dnr.in.gov/uwis. The Salamonie Interpretive Center is located in the Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, eight miles south of U.S. Hwy. 24 on State Road 105. The preschool program also has a Christmas wish list including ideas people would like to see for children’s programs, washable markers, washable paints, crayons, glue bottles and sticks.

In the photo above, Patricia Sieberns and grandson Ethan create an ornament that will be a treat for the birds at the Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center’s Christmas preschool program on Wednesday, December 14.