Language and literacy skills development is the focus of UCI’s Jumpstart Chapter which services nearly 300 low-income pre-school students in the Santa Ana area. Sunday, April 28 is the program’s annual Spring Literacy Fair where those interested in the program can come for a day of fun with story telling, arts and crafts. Themed around science, technology, engineering, arts, math and music, the day-long event will feature a visit from PBS characters Ready Jet Go and Clifford the Big Red Dog and balloon story telling with Annie Bannanie.

Additional activities include:


  • Make your own Robot Wigglebot
  • Race propeller cars
  • Play with cardboard TVs


  • Balloon Experiments
  • Make a popsicle catapult
  • Create a storm in a jar


  • Build an extended grabbing claw
  • Compete to build the tallest tower
  • Race propeller boats


  • Design your own mosaic art
  • Create a still-life painting or sculpture
  • Make an interesting watercolor painting with salt


  • Come play Life Size Jenga and practice geometry!


  • Make paper plate drums to take home
  • Come play on our Music Wall and learn about percussion instruments

About Jumpstart:

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. The organization’s proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Get involved today by visiting


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