Rainbow Painting craft

Miss yesterday's Micro Angelos class? Here's how you can make your own rainbow paintings at home!

Spring showers are still covering our little section of the world, and that means rainbows are sprouting up all around us! To celebrate, we learned how to paint our own rainbows at the PRC using reflected light. Kids loved seeing the rainbows created by the reflective CDs and painting their own interpretation of what they saw. 

We did this activity inside; if you do the same, it's a good idea to use flashlights with very bright LEDs in a dark room for the best results. Or, you could also do this outside on a bright sunny day! Let the sun be your light source and paint the reflections that it creates.

Learning Through Play:

  • Vocabulary: Rainbow, color names, prism, reflect.

  • Science: Explore what happens when  light bends and reflects.

  • Fine motor: Pincer grasp — using small brushes, holding flashlights.

Supply list

  • Old CDs, or a prism if you have it.

  • Flashlights (w/ bright LED)

  • Small paintbrushes.

  • Tempera paint in various colors.

  • White paper.

  • White sheet (optional).


  1. OPTIONAL: Drape a white sheet over the table.  This helps the rainbows show up better.

  2. Show children how light reflects off a CD to reflect a rainbow on the sheet/paper.

  3. Give kids flashlights and CDs and let them experiment with their own reflecting.  Notice how shapes, sizes, and colors change as children move flashlights closer to/farther away from the CDs.

  4. Have children try to paint the rainbows they see.  (OPTIONAL: Have children work in pairs—one can hold the flashlight while the other paints the rainbow; then switch places.

Gravity painting craft


Miss yesterday's Micro Angelos class? Here's how you can make your own gravity paintings at home!

What's better than dripping paint all over the place? Dripping paint all over the place on purpose! March's Micro Angelo lesson with Julie Waltz-Stalker focused on just this, while teaching children about gravity and the pure joy of artful messes.

If you missed out on the fun at the PRC, here's how you can do it at home.  


  • Early literacy skills like a pincer grasp and vocabulary such as gravity, hypothesis, and color names. 
  • A scientific intro to gravity and experimentation with color mixing.
  • Art expression through color theory and abstract expression.
  • Fun sensory-focused ways to paint!


  •  Liquid watercolor paint
  • Eyedroppers
  • Watercolor or other thick paper
  • Tape
  • Tarp, sheet, or drop cloth to catch drips
  • Book:  Gravity, by Jason Chin (optional)


  1.  Tape sheets of watercolor paper to the edges of a table so that they hang vertically.
  2.  Lay a tarp under the table to catch drips (You will thank yourself later!)
  3.  Read the book, Gravity, by Jason Chin.  Discuss how gravity makes everything fall to earth.  Make hypotheses about how this will affect paint.
  4.  Give children paint and eyedroppers and let them experiment with dripping paint at the top of their papers and letting it drip down to make different designs and colors.
  5.  Discuss what is happening as children paint.

**PARENT CHALLENGE:  Try to avoid giving feedback like “That’s pretty!”  Instead, describe what your child is doing.

“That drip went all the way to the bottom of the page!”
“When you dripped red onto the yellow you made orange.”
"You used bright colors!"


We're ready for warmer weather this month at the PRC!

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A look at what's coming up this March at the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center.

If this week's storm is any indication, March has decided to come in like a lion. Let’s just hope it leaves like a lamb so we can start looking forward to nicer weather!

March is another busy month at the PRC, and there is plenty to celebrate. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we’ll have themed decorations around the center and many of the month’s crafts are based on works of the famed children’s author. We’ll also be having some special St. Patrick’s Day surprises when the holiday approaches, so keep an eye out!

To start the sensory table this month, staffers Julie Waltz-Stalker and Angela Smith put together a fun Green Eggs and Ham themed play-set, complete with spatulas and felt green eggs and ham. Be sure to stop by and check it out; we think you’ll like it, Sam I Am.

We’re also excited to announce that our calendar has moved to a Google Calendar format, meaning you can easily add it to your personal calendar or sync it with any number of other services. Additionally, you can always download and print your own calendar designed by our Center Manager, Amanda Stuart.

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour on March 11!

Here’s a look at what we have coming up this month at the PRC. For more information check out our calendar or Facebook events:

On Wednesday, March 7, the Science & Discovery Center will be here to teach us about graphing. If you’ve never been to a session with the Science & Discovery Center, now is the perfect time to try it out! Their hands-on approach to learning math and science is as fun as it is educational.


Every Tuesday, don't forget to stop by after Story Time with Miss Sue at the Southeast Stueben County Library for related crafts and activities! 

Also on Wednesday, March 7, the Conscious Discipline Book Study kicks off with Karen Sweeney. This reading and deep dive into Dr. Becky A. Bailey’s book “Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline” will give you the tools to help you and your child through the often difficult journey of childhood. You’ll learn about interactive songs and activities to promote emotional development, encouragement,  empathy, positive intent, and so much more! This is a four-week class every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required so call us soon to reserve your spot.

The wonderful Jen Carlson will be back with her Music Development class on Thursday, March 8! Join us for an hour of music aimed at pre-school aged children to shape and grow standard development skills such as communication, cognitive, social, motor, and language functions! She’s always a hit with all kids, no matter how outgoing or shy. Everyone is welcome, but pre-registration is required.

If you missed the first Me Time of March last week, you’ll have another chance on Thursday, March 15! Drop your little ones off for two and a half hours of childcare with Miss Amanda and Miss Julie – perfect to get those mid-week errands done or just to get some quiet time at home while your kids play, socialize, and make fun take-home crafts!

After a couple cancellations due to snowy weather, our own Julie Waltz-Stalker is excited to host another Micro Angelos class on Wednesday, March 21. This messy bit of fun will be gravity painting, which is exactly what it sounds like – painting with gravity! Not only will kids get the fun of dripping paint all over the paper and floor (with a tarp, of course), but they’ll be learning about gravity itself with the book “Gravity” by Jason Chin. No pre-registration is required, just drop in and get painting. 


The Science & Discovery Center will be back on Wednesday, March 21, for a lesson on buoyancy! Will it sink or will it float? You’ll have to stop in and find out!

The only Kids Night In of the month will be on Friday, March 23. Three hours of childcare on a Friday night with staffers Matt Lyons and Julie Waltz-Stalkerz – what could be better? Drop your kids off at the PRC and enjoy a night out on Market Street.

We are very excited to announce that Kelly Sidari is bringing back the popular Music & Movement to the PRC starting on Tuesday, March 27, at 4:00 p.m! You’ve probably already heard of all the fun that is had at Kelly’s events, but if you haven’t, get ready for dancing, dinosaurs, and a whole lot of laughs!


Please also note that the PRC will be opening late on Thursday, March 29, as the staff holds a quarterly team day to improve and better serve families in our community.

Love is in the air this month at the PRC!


A look at what's coming up this February at the PRC.

January is over, and we've finally gotten used to writing 2018 on our papers. Time to have some fun at the PRC!

Last month, we debuted our new hours, which include Tuesday nights and opening Mondays for the first time in over half a decade. They've been huge hits as families have enjoyed the extra day to play at the PRC and more ways to plan a night out during their busy weekdays. We hope to keep seeing more of you on Mondays and Tuesday nights! 

But now it's time to look ahead to February, where we'll be hosting a slew of fun, family-oriented events. Being that it's the month of Valentine's Day, the theme of many of our activities is love. Winter Camp 2018 will be themed around Valentine's Day, and be sure to keep an eye out for a heart-themed Together Tuesdays craft. 

Here's a look at what we have coming up, and be sure to check out the calendar for more details

Every Tuesday stop by after story hour at the Southeast Steuben County Library for some related crafts and activities! Construction is still underway downstairs, so Miss Sue's Tuesday story times will continue to be in the upstairs lobby. 

Micro Angelos with Julie Waltz-Stalker returns on Wednesday, February 7! Explore with paint and color -- be prepared to get messy!

The Science & Discovery Center will be joining us on Wednesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 21 for hands-on lessons about Measurement and Healthy Choices, respectively.

Our popular Music Development class is Thursday, February 8! Join Music Therapist, Jennifer Carlson, for an hour of wiggly and giggly  music fun to shape and grow communication, cognitive, social, and motor skills. 

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Elizabeth Moses is back for another Family Yoga class on Friday, February 9! If you've never attended these classes made just for kids, you're missing out! Kids of all ages love doing the pre-planned poses with Elizabeth, then showing showing her their own ideas! 

On Thursday, February 15, we'll be hosting another Family Zumba class with Nithya! Whether you've never been to Zumba or you're a certified Zumba master, there's never a bad time to jump in and get dancing! The event is free and you're welcome to stay afterwards to play until we close. 

Our two Kids Night Ins this month are on Friday, February 9 and Friday, February 23. As always, the cost is $22 per child with a bounce house, pizza, snacks, and crafts included. 

Have you signed up for Winter Camp yet? From Tuesday, February 13 to Friday, February 16, attendees will have two hours of fun per day with our incredible staff. Kids can look forward to socialization, crafts, snacks, and a bounce house while parents can enjoy a few mornings to themselves! $50 per child. 

Clay slab holiday ornament craft


With the holidays right around the corner, Julie Waltz-Stalker showed us all how to make these adorable little clay slab ornaments. Best of all, they're easy and fun to make at home! 


  • Fine motor development: rolling, stamping, painting, and using cookie cutters.
  • Sensory development through texture exploration: clay, fabric, etc.
  • Vocabulary: learn definition of “slab”; “transfer”.
  • Awareness of different cultural holidays and traditions.




  1. Begin with a small amount of clay—a ball ~3” diameter.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll the clay into a flat, even pancake, or slab.  It is important that the slab be thick enough to remain sturdy after drying.  I recommend about ¼” thick.
  3. If desired, add texture to your slab by laying a piece of textured material on top of it and lightly rolling to transfer the texture from the material to the clay.
  4. Alternately, choose a stamp and press gently into the slab to transfer the image onto the clay.
  5. If you want to live a little, do both!
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape from the clay slab.  This will be the shape of the ornament.
  7. Make a hole for hanging by pushing a straw tip into the clay near the edge of the ornament.
  8. Clean up rough edges by dipping a finger in water and gently smoothing the clay.
  9. Move ornament to a flat area where it will not be disturbed and allow to fully dry.  Depending on the type and thickness of clay this will take 24-48 hours.  After 12-24 hours, flip your ornament over to help dry the other side.  If available, lay ornaments on a wire cookie rack to dry more quickly.
  10. When ornament is completely dry, paint with acrylic paint and let dry.  
  11. Seal your ornament by painting it with Mod Podge and allow it to dry.
  12. Finally, slip a ribbon through the hole in the ornament and display it proudly in a prominent place!

More open hours at the PRC starting in January 2018


You asked, we listened!

The PRC is happy to announce that expanded winter hours are coming in January 2018! This is by far the most popular request during our annual fall surveys, and we cannot wait to share the PRC with more families who could not attend previous hours.

Starting January 3  through the end of February, the Nonnie Hood PRC will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and from 9:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Not only does this give families another weeknight to play, learn, and meet with other families right here in Corning, but by opening on Mondays it means the PRC is officially open six days a week for the first time in over five years!

Our new winter schedule is as follows (tentatively through March):

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

These additional hours were made possible through the hard work of our staff, the diligence of our board of directors, and generous donations from local families and businesses. If you'd like to make a donation to the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center, follow this link and contribute through Network For Good, or stop by in person and drop off any monetary or non-monetary donations. 

Holiday fun this month at the Nonnie Hood PRC


A look at what's coming up this December at the PRC.

Weather you're ready for it or not, the holidays are here! Christmas is a mere 25 days away, Hanukkah begins in 12, and Kwanzaa begins in 26! When you're not busy running around making travel plans and doing some last-minute shopping, stop by the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center for some fun! Our open hours remain the same, but we close later in the month for our yearly deep clean.

This month, our focus is on the holidays and giving families a safe, warm place to play with the kids while the rest of the world hustles and bustles. All throughout the month, families are invited to shop at "Santa's Workbench" right here at the PRC! All items in the store are priced under a dollar and proceeds go towards funding our Holiday Party later in the month!

Here's a look at what we have coming up, and be sure to check out the calendar for more details

Every Tuesday stop by after story hour at the Southeast Steuben County Library for some related crafts and activities! 

Our always popular Love Languages class begins on Wednesday, December 6! This is a special "For Children" variation of the program focused on understanding the link between successful learning and love languages to build a foundation of unconditional love for your child! 

The Science & Discovery Center will be here on Wednesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 20 to teach us about Magnets and Patterns. These hands-on workshops are great for ages three and up, but all children are welcome to drop in and attend.


Me Times this month will be on Thursday, December 7 and Thursday, December 21. Drop-off your children with Amanda and Josh for two hours of fun, crafts and learning through play!

Due to the shortened month, we'll only be having one Kids Night In on Friday, December 15. Two hours of childcare with Matt and Julie Waltz-Stalker! Lots of fun, including the bounce house!

On Wednesday, December 20, our annual Holiday Party will kick off for anyone interested in attending! Crafts and treats will be provided, but the PRC graciously accepts peanut-free snacks and beverages for the event. 

In addition to the Holiday Party, Linda from Pro Action will be here for her annual Book on Every Bed event. Come wrap a free book and start a new tradition with your young readers. 

Please note that the center will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Saturday, January 2 for our winter deep clean. 

Tree stamp craft


Following Miss Sue's reading of 'Colors of Fall' at the Southeast Steuben County Library, we had these simple stamp crafts ready for families at the PRC! We hand-drew the trees beforehand, but feel free to allow your child to make their own fun tree shapes before they get into stamping the colorful leaves! 

We also used small wine corks for the stamps, but just about anything would work -- let your imagination run wild!


This craft is a great way for children to practice colors, identify parts of a tree, and learn about the changing seasons! The act of stamping also engages fine and large motor skills.


  • Paper (we recommend card stock or construction paper, as regular printer or notebook paper will become wrinkled with the paint)
  • Tempera paint
  • Something to stamp with (we used wine corks)

Fall paper mache lantern craft

Fall is well under way, in our latest Micro Angelos class, Miss Julie Waltz-Stalker showed families how to make a paper mache luminaire. We pre-cut the paper and found the leaves ahead of time, but if you're doing this craft at home, those are great opportunities to explore the world around you and work those fine motor skills!

Learning Through Play

As with every Micro Angelos lesson, today's craft is full of learning opportunities for children of all ages! They explore different materials and textures and learn investigation science by hunting for leaves, discussing changes of seasons, and experimenting with light shining through an object. Their fine motor skills are put to the test when they apply the strips of paper and glue to the balloon with a paintbrush, and they engage their large motor skills by collecting the leaves beforehand. 

Supply List


  1. Blow balloon to desired size (3-5 inch diameter is good for tea light).
  2. Tape balloon into paper cup, tied side down. This will provide stability while you apply the paper-mache to the balloon.
  3. Paint a light layer of Mod Podge or white glue over the balloon.
  4. Add strips of tissue paper, alternating with more Mod Podge/glue as need to make the tissue lie flat. 
  5. Once the balloon is covered with a thin layer of tissue paper, begin adding leaves, covering each leaf with strips of tissue paper and Mod Podge/glue so that it lies flat along the balloon.
  6. Continue with leaves, tissue paper, and Mod Podge till balloon is covered according to preference.
  7. Allow to dry for 24 hours or until dry to the touch.
  8. When completely dry, remove balloon from cup, pop balloon, and place the light in the balloon. 

The Nonnie Hood PRC annual fall survey is under way!


Throughout the month of November, the Nonnie Hood PRC will be conducting its annual fall survey, which is meant to give families a chance to make their voice heard and help us do whatever we can to better serve our communities. 

The surveys themselves are simple 5-minute questionnaires consisting mostly of 1-5 rating questions and optional comments. The are two important sections at the end asking why the PRC is important to families and what families feel we can improve at the center. 

Responses to previous years' surveys have lead to direct changes within the center. For instance, we have added more sensory and science materials, more center events, and greener cleaning practices as a direct result of past feedback. 

Feedback from the surveys is also used for our funders, most notably the anonymous quotes supplied throughout the comments sections of the surveys. It's important to those who graciously fund the PRC to know how we serve families in our communities, and these surveys are one big way of showing just that! 

If you'd like to participate, physical surveys can be found at the front desk of the PRC, or you can take the digital version here. We thank you for your time and dedication to helping us make wonderful things happen for families in our community!

Art, yoga, music, and more this month at the Nonnie Hood PRC


A look at what's coming up this November at the PRC. 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it -- hopefully -- some colder weather. If you're a family who has never played at the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center, now is the perfect time to stop by for open play, or to check out some of the special events we have going on every week. Or, if you know a family that could use a warm, friendly place to play when the leaves turn and the thermometer drops below 40, let them know their first visit for open play is free!

This month, our focus is on giving families one last chance to recharge their battieries before the Holidays really get going. Whether it's Family Yoga, a messy art class, cooking together, or drop-off childcare, there is plenty for stir crazy families looking to get out and do something fun without freezing their noses off!

Here's a look at what we have coming up, and be sure to check the calendar for more details

Every Tuesday stop by after story hour at the Southeast Stueben County Library for some related crafts and activities! 

On Thursday, November 2, Nithya will be back for another cooking lesson. This time she'll be showing us a dish called 'dabeli' -- a type of hearty, vegetarian sloppy joe!

Kids Night Ins this month are Friday, November 3 and Friday, November 17. If you've already been to one, you know the drill -- three hours of fun, crafts, a bounce house, pizza, and snacks with our incredible staff! If you're a first-timer looking for a Friday night to yourself, give us a call with questions or to sign up today!

Micro Angelos with Julie Waltz-Stalker.

Micro Angelos with Julie Waltz-Stalker.

Miss Julie will be back for another Micro Angelos on Wednesday, November 8. She'll be showing us how to make paper lanterns, complete with battery-operated faux candles and personal designs!

The Science & Discovery Center will be here for two more Wednesdays this month, November 1 and November 15. The classes will be on counting and animals in water, respectively. While these are geared for ages two and up, anyone is allowed to join the sensory learning fun. 

If you're looking for some downtime during the day, our Me Time this month will be on Thursday, November 9. Similar to Kids Night In, Me Time allows for parents to drop their children off with our staff for crafts, fun, and activities. Me Time is perfect for parents with younger children not yet in school who need some time to run errands, or just have some well-deserved alone time!

Family Yoga with Elizabeth Moses.

Family Yoga with Elizabeth Moses.

Just in time for that pre-Thanksgiving stress, Elizabeth Moses will be here for another Family Yoga class on Friday, November 17. These are always well attended and we find that kids of all ages are loving them every time they come! 

And finally, on the last day of the month, Thursday, November 30, Music Therapist Jennifer Carlson will join us for another wonderful session of Music Development. These spots fill up incredibly fast, so if you want to get one you should call us at 607-936-3837 ASAP. 

Please also note that the PRC will be CLOSED from Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 so the staff can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. Additionally, the PRC will be CLOSED on Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day. 

Haunted house coloring/sticker pages


Another Tuesday, another craft in collaboration with Miss Sue from the Southeast Steuben County Library! Since today is Halloween, we went with a fun house craft that included coloring and peeling off fun foam stickers to make spooOooOoky haunted houses. 

We pre-cut the pictures and put them on construction paper just to be on the safe side, but if you're doing it at home, your children would probably love to cut out the house in silly shapes! After it's cut, glue it to colored construction and get coloring and stickering!

Learning Through Play

Along with the creativity that comes with coloring, children enhanced their fine motor skills and pincer grasps with the colored pencils supplied, as well as the ability to peel with the easy-to-use foam stickers. 

Supply List

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Printable haunted house coloring pages
    (Anything from Google will work, but we used these)
  • Foam stickers
    (There are all kinds of options on Amazon or your local craft store)


Welcome to the new Parent Resource Center website!


The Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center is proud to present a fresh new look for nonniehoodprc.org! As part of our goal to better serve families in our community, we hope this new design will help raise awareness of our services and let parents know that the fun of the center exists just around the corner!

If you have ever visited nonniehoodprc.org in the past, you will notice a lot of the same information in this new design, just laid out in a more accessible way. Here's something fun: If you're not already looking at the site on your phone, give it a shot! The new design also has a smooth web interface similar to version on your desktop. 

Here's a quick look at what you'll find on nonniehoodprc.org, and a glimpse into what we hope to see here in the future. 

Navigation Bar


Keep an eye on the top of site and you'll never get lost! The PRC logo brings you back to the home page, while the rest of the links take you to the various pages around the newly designed site. 

Home page

On the home page, you'll find a summary of Play & Center Events, Parent Education, and our Nuturing Connections program. We consider these three components to be the driving forces behind what we do. We give parents a place to play with their children in a fun and safe environment, we provide education for parents in the form of interactive classes, and we help parents who need supervised visitation. 

Give it a quick scroll and take a look at everything we offer!


You're already here! On our blog, you'll find news and update posts (like this one), as well as detailed looks at the fun of the center, fundraising campaigns, and anything we think might interest local parents and families!



As great as we believe the PRC is, we know we can't provide everything families need. For everything you can't find at the PRC, you'll find it on our Resources page, from various centers and agencies you may need the assistance of, to our Scholastic Book orders. If you have anything you think should be added, please feel free to send us a message through our contact form or message us on Facebook. 

Speaking of...

Contact *NEW*

Looking to reach out to the PRC with questions regarding any of our programs? The Contact page is an easy-to-use form that sends an email directly to PRC staffers. On this page you will also find a staff listing and our open play hours. 

Calendar *NEW*

The Calendar is one of our most exciting new features! While marking your interest on our Facebook posts is still the best way to keep tabs on our fun upcoming events, our website Calendar has everything laid out in a simply format, and you can even add it to your personal Google Calendar so you don't miss a thing.