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  • Heads In, Hearts In: Full Family Engagement Activity Book

    Published on September 30, 2020
    The Heads In, Hearts In family enrichment program encourages families to use their minds as a tool to expand their knowledge around a variety of topic areas. This packet contains all 16 family engagement activities.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: The Feelings Song

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will teach the child a song about feelings. While singing the song, they will practice naming emotions and talk about some strategies for managing those emotions or ways to calm down.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Why I Love You

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will think about all the reasons you love the child and share those reasons with them. Communicating how you feel is a way to show the child that you love them unconditionally and will help the child understand their self-worth

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Signs & Gestures

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will teach the child signs or gestures to communicate. Then you will encourage the child to communicate using those signs. Young children are often frustrated when they can’t communicate what they need.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Matching Feelings

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will help the child match “Emotion Cards.” This is a great opportunity to talk about feelings and emotions with the young child and to label or name the feelings and emotions that they see.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Calming Scavenger Hunt

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will help the child go on a hunt for calming techniques. Teaching the child lots of ways to help them feel calm and connected when they feel overwhelmed and out of control will help prepare them to handle their big emotions.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Guess What Feeling

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will use a feelings chart to help the child identify and name their emotions. This is a great opportunity to talk about feelings with the young child and to label or name the feelings that they see.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Feelings Puppet Show

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will create feelings puppets with the child. These feelings puppets will allow the child to practice identifying and acting out emotions.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Copycats

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will practice modeling with the child by being copycats. They will practice copy in and following you, and you will practice following and copying them as you do various activities.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Feelings Fort

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will make a feelings fort, a quiet space where a child can calm down when they feel overwhelmed or feel a strong emotion.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Calming Jars

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will make a calming jar with the child. As you make the calming jar, let the child choose the colors and add the ingredients.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Ready, Set, Go!

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, the child will practice taking turns and waiting. While you roll a ball back and forth, the child will practice waiting for their turn in small stretches of time.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Head to Toe

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will teach the child a technique for feeling calm by doing a head-to-toe body scan. A body scan is like a check-in with your body to see if you are holding tension in your muscles.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Peekaboo Feelings

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will play a game of peekaboo with the child while practicing expressing various emotions. This will give the child the opportunity to learn the emotions so they can learn and practice their emotional literacy.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Stop and Go

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will help the child practice important skills for self-regulation, inhibitory control, or stopping and going.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Reading with Emotions

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will read a book with the child and practice identifying and naming the emotions you see from the characters in the book.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Building Encouragement

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In this activity, you will build something with the child and encourage their efforts along the way. Practicing encouraging your child can help you build a strong, supportive relationship with them while developing a positive emotional connection.

  • 4-H Online 2.0 Family Guide

    Published on September 1, 2020
    The first step to becoming a 4-H member, volunteer, or participant is creating a profile in the 4-H Online data management system. Michigan 4-H uses the 4-H Online system to manage 4-H membership, clubs, projects, activities, and communications.

  • Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit

    Published on June 10, 2020
    MSU Extension offers this document to help put your financial recovery puzzle together after recovering from a disaster.

  • Family Routines

    Published on April 1, 2020
    A routine is a sequence of actions that are regularly followed. While every family will have different routines, routines are important for all families to provide a sense of safety and security and to promote expectations and positive behaviors.