Alabama Project LAUNCH and Help Me Grow, both part of The University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences, invite the West Alabama community to attend Read and Romp Tuscaloosa April 13, a free, fun-filled event that promotes literacy to children ages 3 to 5 and their families.
Read and Romp will include numerous fun, learning-based activity stations themed around popular children’s books. Children will leave the event with goodies they created from an activity at each station, along with a passport that will be stamped at each station and free books.
“Read and Romp allows children and families to engage with text in a unique way,” said Amy Crosby, child development specialist at UA. “Children will have opportunities to participate in activities and games based on books, igniting their imagination to look at books in new ways.”
By associating fun-filled activities with reading, parents will learn ways to engage with their child on the life-long journey of learning at an early age. This level of engagement at a young age will also help increase their children’s success in school.
Aside from learning activities, children and families will also enjoy face-painting, visits by several book characters and free refreshments.
Read and Romp Tuscaloosa will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Government Plaza.
Additional groups part of UA’s College of Human Environmental Sciences that are helping with the event include the RISE Center, Parenting Assistance Line and Baby TALK, among others.