Cotton wool balls and eye balls made for some interesting craft fun during Merriwa Create and Grow Playgroup last term in Merriwa.
Children created paper bag puppets and magical mittens as part of the two hour playgroup held in Merriwa every second week.
While indoor crafts are a very popular part of playgroup, there is also plenty of outdoor action, music and story time according to Talitha McReaddie-Sawley who recently volunteered to become the playgroup coordinator.
“There was very little for young children to do in Merriwa, especially those not yet old enough to attend school or pre-school,” Mrs McReaddie-Sawley said.
“As a mother myself, I sincerely appreciate the establishment of the playgroup.
“It gives children an opportunity to play and socialize with other children, and a place for parents to catch up. It has definitely filled a hole in our community in terms of resources and facilities for parents and their young children.
“I look forward to helping to ensure such a vital service continues to grow in Merriwa,” she said.
As part of the development of the playgroup the committee has several outings planned for Term 3 to complement the fortnightly playgroup sessions.
“We will visit the local hospital to share a craft activity and story time with residents and St Joseph’s primary school.
“It’s a great opportunity for toddlers to become familiar with the local hospital and the school environment to learn more about the community they live in.”
Playgroup is on every second Wednesday in Term 3 from 3 August for children aged 0-6.
Playgroup is an initiative of the Merriwa Family Support Network and supported by Upper Hunter Shire Council.
For more information contact
Community Services Officer Tash Taaffe on 6521 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.