Melissa Cherney and her daughter Kendra Cherney, 4, make a penguin during the Partners in Fun art classes at 577 Foundation.
Many parents know they can help their children's development by doing art projects.
They also know that means they have to gather all of the supplies, wrangle their child through the project, and clean up the mess afterward. And if they aren't crafty themselves, parents just might not try.
Enter Carole Jambard-Sweet, leader of the Partners in Fun class that meets Tuesday mornings at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg.
"I designed it so that parents would have the time to come in and do these things," she said.
Recently the class learned about penguins and then made puppets and construction-paper crafts of the black and white feathered friends. Upcoming projects continue the winter theme with snow and polar bears before hitting a perennial kid favorite: dinosaurs.
Ms. Jambard-Sweet said the Partners in Fun classes also serve as a social setting for both parents and children.
"Plus I have fun," she said.
Retired from running the day care center at the Summit YMCA branch in downtown Toledo, Ms. Jambard-Sweet still teaches some art classes with the Y as well as for homeschooled students.
In January, the Partners in Fun class meets from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the 577 Foundation, 577 East Front St. Children aged 3-4 are invited to participate with an adult for $5 per child.
To register, call the foundation at 419-874-4174 or visit 577foundation.org.
Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at 419-356-8786, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @RebeccaConklinK.