Summer program combines expressive arts, treats for kids

A treats store and an expressive arts expert have teamed to offer unique summer programs for kids that will highlight spiders and super heroes, jewelry making and public speaking — among a host of other options with such titles as “White Gloves & Silver Spoons” and “Chill-axin” for Tweens.”

Allison B. Spitzer, MA, of Trumbull-based Periwinkle Health, will lead the July programs in conjunction with Grandma Josie’s candy store at 477 Main St, Monroe. Each day a theme will combine crafts, games and often performing arts, as well as candy, cookie or treat making.

The first session, running July 6-10, will have options for children in kindergarten through Grade 3 that will include fairytales, super heroes, “cozy creators,” masks and “robots and princesses.” For Grades 4 through 8, that week will feature sessions on “bling,” creative drama, “scrappy kids,” and “flower power.” The sessions for Grades 6 through 9 will begin with “bling” and then move on to public speaking, “Hopes and Dreams,” Image Work and “Stress Less.” Other sessions in July will include “Messy Crafts,” Improvisation, and “A Girl’s Guide to Being a Lady.” The campers will make treats with Grandma Josie’s owner, former teacher, Donnelle Toner.

“Children and adolescents gain much more than ‘playtime’ or relaxation through creative self-expression opportunities like this,” Spitzer said. “Self-esteem, communication skills, social skills and independence are fostered in the midst of so much fun.
“It’s rare today that there is a chance for kids to simply enjoy the process of making, creating and doing, rather than working towards a final product to be view and judged,” Spitzer said.

The fee is $200 per week or $375 for two weeks or any 10 days. The registration form is available at Additional information is available at
Spitzer has spent nearly 40 years working with children and teachers to improve communication, leadership, and self-expression skills in children of all ages. She also offers Social Skills group sessions for Tween Girls as well as support groups for “twenty-somethings.” Additional information about the summer programs or individual counseling is available at 203-218-2200.