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Life is full of patterns and the more exposure kids get with practicing, following and identifying them, the better! Studies have shown that hand clapping games, an organic summer camp & playground activity, provide that educational access to learning patterns and are a great brain boost. When you think of it, it makes perfect sense! Hand clapping is something we’ve done from even when we were in diapers, spurring motor skills that help us find simple and complex rhythms.

Clapping games are terrific summer time fun that can be done in the car on long road trips, in the sand at the beach, while waiting in line for your favorite ride at the amusement park, and so on! Read on about the different clapping games you can introduce into your child’s learnscape. We’ve include resources to show you how!

This summer, libraries across the state are offering an innovative summer reading program to young readers. Titled “Fizz, Boom, Read!,” the program supports the development of reading and literacy skills, while also allowing participants to explore the intersection of science and the humanities. By combining science with reading, libraries are encouraging children to explore the world of non-fiction writing- opening up endless possibilities for learning and satisfying science-based curiosity. Read on to see what resources are available to you and your children as you support their interests by engaging in your community this summer…

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