March 2021 Newsletter

March 24, 2021

EI Spotlight

“Chelsea is the definition of a team player! She is a hard worker, always up for a challenge, and is willing to go the extra mile to help a child or family in need. Chelsea's kid's always look forward to her coming for her visit and seeing what creative and fun activity she has with her that week. Chelsea is such an asset to our team and we are so happy to have her!!” Thank you Chelsea for being such an asset to our team!!

-EIS Elizabeth

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Child Spotlight

“Rylan has progressed so much in the time that I've been seeing him. He is a ball of energy and constantly keeps me on my toes! He is always enthusiastic and ready to play. Rylan is such a joy to see, and I always look forward to working with him each week!”

-EI Amber

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Extra-Mile Award

“Meet Kayla everyone!!!! Kayla has been with About Play for a year now. Within this year, Kayla has definitely stepped up to the plate to ensure she provides quality services to the families served. Kayla is an outstanding achiever that goes above and beyond! Good Job Kayla! Thank you for always keeping our mission at heart and being the hands and feet of About Play!”

-EIS Felecia

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Community Resources

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The Camp & Activities Fair

Tune in March 19-21st on Facebook to learn about a variety of fun summer options for your kids! The Camp & Activities Fair will be hosted over a three-day period (Fri, Sat & Sun) with all content posted to the Midlands Camp & Activities Fair event page.

Discover cool programs and learn how to get in touch with camp representatives. Enjoy fun demos, giveaways, princess & superhero appearances, and a cool virtual photo booth!

Registering for free tickets enters you into the giveaways! The best part is that you can tune in from the comfort of your home anytime during the event and scroll through to keep updated.

Hosting a fun activity or camp this summer? We'd love to have you! Email for more information.

Sponsored by Columbia Mom, It-oLogy and Usborne Books.

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St. Patty's Rainbow Sensory Bin

We all know that kids really enjoy putting their hands into different sensory bins and feeling the different textures. Sensory play experiences provide children with opportunities to practice fine motor skills


  • Cooked Pasta Noodles
  • Zip-seal bags
  • Handy Scoopers
  • Food Coloring
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Tweezers


First, cook the desired amount of pasta noodles as instructed on the box. (you can use any type of noodle) Then, rinse the spaghetti under cold water until cool throughout. Divide the noodles into bags, using one bag for each color of pasta that you wish to make. Add several drops of food coloring to each bag along with a small drop of vegetable oil. (The oil just helps to coat the noodles in color while allowing you to use less of it.) Seal the bags tightly. Then, give them to kids to shake and squish. Have kids continue to mix the bags until the noodles are fully saturated in color. Once saturated open the bags and allow the noodles to dry for 20-30 minutes. This gives the dye time to seep into the pasta while also preventing stained skin. Once dry pour the spaghetti into a bin for PLAY!

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6-9 Month Milestones

Social and Emotional

  • Socializes with strangers
  • Establishes eye contact
  • Responds to you by looking toward you or smiling at you when you say his name



  • Babbles
  • Imitates sounds you make


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Bangs objects on table
  • Plays with toy/object for 2-3 mins


Gross/Fine Motor

  • Sits up on his own -- without being propped
  • Transfers objects from one hand to the other



  • Holds own bottle
  • Feeds self crackers

We are Hiring!

We need energetic, creative, motivated and passion driven professionals with great time and organizational skill managements.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood, social work, psychology, sociology, family & consumer science, or any related field
  • At least one year of experience working with children birth to six years old

Positions are available in the following counties:

  • Charleston
  • Kershaw
  • Richland

If you or someone you know is interested, visit our job application page at

For more info and questions, you may also email

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