First Things First Partners Focus on the Power of Play

Activities for children ages 0 to 5 occupy First Things First room at Summit For Kids Expo

the importance of play for children“Go Fish,” “Candyland,” a sensory pool and cup stacking were just a few activities in which young children could participate in the Summit County First Things First “The Power of Play!” room at the Summit for Kids Expo on Aug. 19.

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) joined Summit County First Things First partners in providing this fun, play-based activity room for children ages 0 to 5 to enjoy with their families during the event. The activities were designed to help children learn and relax through play.

The other organizations involved with coordinating “The Power of Play!” room activities included Akron Area YMCA, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron Summit Community Action – Head Start, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Greenleaf Family Center, Info Line, Inc., State Support Team Region 8 and Summit County Public Health.

A few also organizations brought paper materials to distribute to families who visited the First Things First room during the Expo. These resources focused on play-based learning, the importance of play, etc. Click here to view a flyer titled, “The Importance of Play and How to Make It Meaningful and Fun,” which SEI distributed during the Expo.