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Building through Play

August 2020 Happening NOW!

Each week, check in and see all the great kids videos that our Playful Partners have created for the Building through Play online event! These videos are wonderful for kids who need fun things to do while at home this summer -- plus, they will learn as they play! Plus, by completing the activity done in the video and sharing a picture of it, you will be entered into a drawing for great prizes including the grand prize of $150 gift card!

Create Process Art
Made by Playful Partner Sponsor: the Infant Toddler program at Child Care Action Council

Create PROCESS ART by using different combinations of paper, painting tools, and paint. What is PROCESS ART, you might ask? It’s art that is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials. There is no right or wrong way for your child to explore or create – let the experience be entirely up to your child and let them choose the materials and tools they would like to use!
Challenge: Kids create their own process art masterpiece, take a picture, and send it in to

While your child is creating their artwork, spend time with them and sit alongside them observing their artwork. You can even create your own masterpiece alongside of them as well! Ask them questions about what they are doing and talk about the new tools, colors, shapes, and textures that they see. This could include: 
  • Oh, what shape does that block make? 
  • When these two colors mix together, what new color do you see? 
  • Did you feel this paint with your fingers, what do you think it feels like? 

Plus, if you have multiple children using the materials at one time, they are learning collaboration and great social skills. Check out our list of painting tools here:


Finding Shapes in Nature
Made by Playful Partner Sponsor: Capitol Land Trust and South Sound Green

Capitol Land Trust and South Sound GREEN teamed up to bring you Shapes in Nature, an outdoor activity that challenges you to find different shapes outside. This activity was filmed at Capitol Land Trust’s Randall Preserve, but you can find shapes in any outdoor space! Download your shapes in nature activity sheet.

Learn more about CLT’s walking trails here: Find more activities from South Sound GREEN here:

Challenge: Send your picture of the shapes you find in nature to or post it to our Facebook event site: 

Helping out the Food Bank: Family Volunteer Project
Made by Playful Partner Sponsor: Caring Kids Family Volunteer program

Work together with your child and go through your pantry to select a few canned good items that you are able to donate. Tell them that your family is able to provide your child with everything you need and now we can share with others who are hungry. Then bring your canned good items to one of the locations listed below (please remember to wear your mask and stay six-feet or more away from people). 

Challenge: Send your picture of the items you donate to or post it to our Facebook event site: 

Items most needed: The Food Bank is seeking high protein canned food (examples include: ravioli, stew, tuna fish), Mac N Cheese, and also fruit pie filling (they are already working to put together over 5,000 boxes for Thanksgiving: usually this is done with thousands of volunteers the month leading up to Thanksgiving, but with COVID-19, they have to start now!). 

Where to drop off your donations: Bring your canned good items to one of the locations listed below (please remember to wear your mask and stay six-feet or more away from people). 
Thurston County Food Bank - Warehouse & Distribution Center
2260 Mottman Rd SW Tumwater, WA 98512 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Food Bank - Client Services Center 220 Thurston Ave NE Olympia, WA 98501 Haggen’s – 1313 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia Grocery Outlet – 8221 Martin Way, Lacey

Faux Stained Glass!
Made by Playful Partner Sponsor: Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group

Kids -- create your own faux stained glass masterpiece with items you can find in your own home! This is a great art project for children 1-5 years old and gives you a chance to talk about shapes, colors, and what happens when you mix colors. 

All you need are:

  • A clear container lid
  • Sewing thread
  • Items that are opaque (the light shines through them) such as:
    • Markers
    • Glue/glitter glue
    • Tissue paper
    • Stickers

Now we challenge you to show us your picture of your stained glass creation! Send your picture to or post it to our Facebook event site:


Make your own Rubber Band Band!

Made by Playful Parner Sponsor: Timberland Regional Library

Activity Challenge: Take a picture of your own Rubber Band Band!
Send your picture to or post it to our Facebook event site: 

Building through Play Kick Off Video

Challenge (this challenge is for the parents): Sign-up to receive weekly emails in August and get 5 extra entries into the raffle!


Activity Videos:

Make sure you don't miss any of the activities!
Sign-up for weekly emails this August featuring the videos!

Check out our nonprofit partners who will be showcasing their early learning and family support videos:

Thank you to our sponsors:  

Thank you to our presenting sponsor: Molina Healthcare; Community Sponsors: Caliber Home Loans of Olympia, MIXX96.1, Puget Sound, and Timberland Bank; and our Team Builder Sponsors: Neil Woody, McSwain &,  Rob Rice Homes, and Van Dorm Realty. Thank you for making this event possible and supporting our early learning programs!


Sponsorship and activity partnership opportunities are currently available! Download our sponsorship packet for more information. Please contact Melanie Kincaid at 360-522-3804 for more information or email



Past Events 

October 12, 2019 in Aberdeen: Read more
August 21, 2019 in Lacey: Read more

August 22, 2018 in Lacey: Read more



Updates & Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Agency Update

For a list of Child Care Action Council cancellations and postponed events, please go to our Health and Safety Updates page.
Child Care Appreciation Day, May 8th
**Nominate your child care provider!**

If you would like to nominate your child care provider for a chance to win a $100 gift card for their classrooms*, please submit your nomination by May 7th:
*Please note, this contest is for Washington State licensed child care providers in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties only.