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First Steps camp mixes fun, learning
Effingham County Extension agent Bill Tyson talks to the campers at First Steps Preschool about what Georgia farmers grow. He also brought peanuts for the kids and helped them plant squash. - photo by Photo provided

First Steps Preschool held its annual four-day camp for 3-and 4-year-old children. The children enjoyed crafts, games, special visitors and most important, Bible stories.

On the first day the children learned all about Adam and Eve and the First Garden. Jay Collins helped them make a stepping stone for their garden, and they made fruit kabobs for a snack. They also painted a flower pot and made a wooden spoon flower.

On the second day, preacher Scott Tageson taught them the parable of the Sower. He used soil, rocks, grass, weeds and seed while telling the story. The children planted a sunflower seed to take home.  They also enjoyed snacking on the seeds.

Bill Tyson, Effingham County Extension agent, brought the children Georgia peanuts and also helped them plant squash. He also taught the children what farmers in Georgia grow.

Other activities included painting and decorating a farm frame and having their picture taken for it wearing a bandana and farmer hat.

Lynn Mock taught the parable of how “God gives us good food” on the third day. Michelle Schuman taught the children about bread making in all stages.  She showed them raw wheat, ground grain, yeast and bread dough, and they enjoyed several delicious baked loaves. The children also enjoyed painting with vegetables, making homemade playdough and making a pretend meal using all of the food groups with pictures from magazines.

On the fourth day, the children learned the parable of “God gives us water.” The children learned all about water and swimming pool safety. They had fun decorating a canvas water bottle coozie before heading out to swim. They enjoyed watermelon for a snack and pizza for lunch.

First Steps Preschool is a ministry of the Rincon First Christian Church at 5835 Highway 21 South in Rincon. For more information call 826-9738.