Cascade Heights StrongStart

learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

Make Playdough with ME!

Let’s make playdough together. Gather your ingredients and supplies :

1 medium sized mixing bowl

measuring cups & spoons

1 spoon for stirring



1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tarter (found in the spice aisle)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

food colouring

1 cup boiling water


Once you have everything gathered:

Click HERE to follow along with me in making playdough together!

Let me know if you try making this and how it turned out. Have fun!

Community Supports

Anita Olson, our Early Childhood Community Consultant has put together more resources for you:

  • Bridges Preschool Program sessions are starting this month! This program is for families with children ages 3-4, who haven’t been to preschool, are new to the country or community and would like to learn more about resources and play. These sessions offer parents to connect with other parents and children to participate in fun activities with peers. If you are interested in joining, call Alba 263-889-5212 or check out the attached poster for more information.
  • The Family Support Institute of BC is hosting a virtual workshop for parents who have children 4-12 years old, who have experienced stress, worry, anxiety or trauma. This session offers trauma-informed approach to use creative journaling to help heal, build resilience, increase joy and connections for families. Join on January 25th at 10AM for this free session – for more details and to register, click here.
  • Establishing daytime and evening routines can help a child get a good night’s sleep. If they’re sleeping well, chances are you’ll sleep better too! Here are some tips on how to help a child get a full night of sleep (Source: Healthy Families BC). Learn more @ You can help young children get a full night’s sleep by

    • Keep regular sleep and wake times – a regular sleep schedule has been shown to help regulate emotions.

    • Relax before bed – soothing bedtime routines can help children relax and feel ready for sleep.

    • Help you child feel safe at night – some children may feel better with a night-light or a comforting object.

    • Spend time outside during the day – natural light helps produce melatonin at the right times in a child’s sleep cycle.

    • Get daily exercise though play – explore play as a physical activity to help children sleep longer and better.

  • If you are interested in a free one-on-one consultation about your child’s development, behavior, parenting tips, tricks and education please email or call  Anita, to set up either a virtual appointment or a socially distanced visit in the community. 604-723-9548


Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7

Welcome back to the blog!

Thank you for joining me here once again until we can see each other in person at StrongStart. You can revisit the blog and view past posts for activity ideas and sing-a-long videos too. If you subscribe, you will get notified of new posts via email.

Join me in singing this silly song about animals getting on a school bus with all the children.


Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.

The Hippopotamus:

The hip, the hip, the hippopotamus.

Got up, got up, got up upon the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Oh no, you’re squishing us!”


The cow, the cow, the cow got on the bus.

The cow, the cow, the cow got on the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Moooooooove over, moooooooove over!”


The sheep, the sheep, the sheep got on the bus.

The sheep, the sheep, the sheep got on the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Baaaaaack up, baaaaaack up!”


The snake, the snake, the snake got on the bus.

The snake, the snake, the snake got on the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Sssssssssssit down, sssssssssssit down!”


See you next time:)

Ms. Elizabeth

Welcome Back Everyone!

Welcome back everyone! Autumn is here and StrongStart is now open. Here’s a peek into what our classroom looks like right now. Safety protocols for StrongStart are still in place. You can find the on-line registration and more information on the protocols with this link:

If you have any questions about registering for in-class sessions, please email me at

A reminder that you can still access the Wednesday Sing-a-long videos and all the other activities previously posted.  To the right of the page, you’ll find them under “Categories.”  In future, the blog will be used for StrongStart updates and messages from our Community Supports.

I hope to see you back at StrongStart!


Community Supports:

Our lovely Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson, has the following to share:

Hard to believe that we are at the beginning of October already! Please check out the attached information from the Early Childhood Development Table – you will find free family programing and links to registrations for this fall in Burnaby. There is a lot to choose from, make sure to take a peek!

Meet me in the Park! Free one-on-one consultations at your favorite Burnaby Park with me, Anita. Ask your questions, concerns and curiosity about your 0-5 year old child’s development, behaviour, child – caregiver relationship, effective strategies, and parenting information. Call/text or email Anita 604-723-9548 or email to set up an appointment. Virtual appointments are also available!

Children learn from their parents, caregivers, community and elders. They will copy and follow adults’ actions, including how to interact with others. Caregivers and parents are very influential as they help kids understand this complicated, flawed and often unfair world. Your words and actions matter. Here are some ideas on how to talk about race, racism and anti-racism with preschoolers. Learn more @

What you can do to discuss racial equality with young children:

·         Don’t be afraid to talk about differences. “Did you know that people are born with different skin colours?”

·         Share how biases make you feel and why. “It makes me sad that rules allow certain groups of people to be treated differently.”

·         Frame things as fair and unfair. “This book included white inventors. That’s unfair because _______ invented things too.”

·         Distinguish between different and weird. “Just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s weird. Differences should be celebrated!”

·         Respect and encourage your child’s curiosity. “That is a good question…I don’t know the answer, but let’s learn together.”


Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7




Summer Break!

Dearest StrongStart Families,

Summer break is upon us and I am humbled and honoured to have been a part of your year. We got through it all together! It has been a year of adapting and adjusting to new routines to keep everyone safe. Thank you for joining me both here and in our StrongStart classroom. All our hard work has paid off and things are looking up. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. Good job everyone!!!

I wish you all a wonderful summer. Take advantage of the every day, rain or shine and enjoy the great outdoors….maybe I’ll see you out there!

Please check the StrongStart webpage for updates for registration and opening dates:



Community Resource:

From our lovely, Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson,  has more to share with you:

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is hosting a free workshop on June 25th from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM where you can learn all about library services and connect with your community! This workshop will be offered in English and Farsi and requires registration. Email or call (263)-877-2531 to register or check out the attached poster.

Online Story time every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6pm. Join Information Children for stories, songs, easy art activities, felt stories and puppets! Register here or check out the poster for more details.

It Feels Good to Talk about Feelings – Discussing emotions can be hard for both adults and children, but it is important. Paying attention to your child’s feelings from birth is key to helping them develop their own understanding of emotions, as well as the emotions they see in others. As children grow older, mealtimes and bedtimes are a great opportunity to ask them about how they’re feeling and how their day went. Learn more at

Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144                M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7

Twinka Linka and Bloop Bloop!

Join me in singing “Twinka Linka” and “Bloop Bloop Went the Little Green Frog.”

Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.



Also, the latest from Anita Olson, our Early Childhood Community Consultant has more resources to share with you:

Outdoor family programs are back at Burnaby Family Life! Check out the attached posterfor all the times, dates and locations. Registration is required and can be done here:

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Children learn and grow through all types of play, in all kinds of ways – from connecting with each other, to connecting with nature. Make time and space for play early and often, so your child can develop the social, emotional, mental and physical skills that are crucial for success later in life. Check out the attached clip! Learn more



Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7



Painting with Balloons

From left to right, the balloons are filled up with different things:

Small pebbles, sand, water and the last one, just air.

They all weigh and feel differently and when stamping into the paints, it’ll give a different impression. Listen to the sound as it hits the paper.  How are they different from one another?

If you double up on the balloons before filling them up, it would make a great sensory “squeeze/stress” balls if you fill it up with sand, rice or even beans.

***Always supervise your children when using balloons as these are a choking hazard. If you’re just playing with simple blown up balloons and they pop. Make sure to pick up all the loose pieces and toss them in the garbage so animals and young children don’t ingest them.


Slippery Fish

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Join me in singing “Slippery Fish!”

Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.



Community Resources:

We are so lucky to have Anita Olson, our Early Childhood Community Consultant, sharing what’s happening and available throughout our community.

Another lovely message from the social emotional development campaign. Check out this little video about being present, here.

Every child needs a trusting relationship with at least one dependable adult in their lives, so they can grow and develop in a healthy way as family and community members, friends, thinkers, and discover their connections to the natural environment. You don’t have to be a childcare expert – just being present to provide love, safety, security, joy, and paying attention to them is enough.

I highly recommend following on social media – choose what’s best for you!




 YouTube: Feelings First 

LinkedIn: Feelings First  


It’s really feeling like summer these days! Mark your calendars for summer camp registration – The City of Burnaby will be holding many summer camps this years!! Registration is May 31st for Burnaby families and June 3rd for other families. See a list of community centers here. There are also a couple outdoor pools open this month! Yay for summer!!


Starting June 8th join Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s virtual Kitchen to Kitchen! Learn new cooking skills, discover new recipes and cook with simple low-cost ingredients every Tuesday from 10 – 12 PM. If you are interested in joining this free cooking classcall 604-368-2154, email, or check out the poster attached!


The Family Support Institute of BC hosts a wonderful parenting group for parents raising children with extra support needs. This is a virtual space for parents to discuss, discover and build strength from one another. This is a weekly group starting today, May 25, at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in this supportive parenting group, register here.



Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7

Blowing Bubbles and Community Resources

I am so excited to share a creative and fun way to make your own bubble wand. Teacher Beth, the wonderful StrongStart Educator from Second Street Community School made a video about these bubble wands.


Click on this link for Blowing bubbles with Teacher Beth.

Supplies to make this special bubble wand:

Two sticks or dowels ( purchased dowels from Dollarama – package of 6)

Two eye hooks – attach to the end of the dowel to tie the strings through.

One metal washer – to use as a weight




I hope you try making this bubble wand and blow some giant bubbles!



Community Resources from Anita Olson, an Early Childhood Community Consultant:

I wanted to share more information about the social emotional development campaign. Social and emotional development starts early. From recognizing emotions to just talking and hugging, small things make a big difference. You can follow this incredible group and gain such amazing information by following their social media;

·       Instagram: here 

·       Facebook: here 

·       Twitter: here 

·       YouTube: Feelings First here 

·       LinkedIn: Feelings First here   


Check out the attachment for the New Neighbours Podcast facilitated by Burnaby Neighbourhood House and Immigration Canada. This is a new project focusing on community voices including newcomers who have stories and cultural knowledge, music, information, concerns or life lessons they would like to share – no experience required! If you have something you’d like to contribute, contact or phone (604)-396-6955 and see how you can be a guest on the New Neighbours Podcast.

For More parenting information, children’s activities and self care ideas, make sure to check out The Parenting Place Blog below!*yvNqF4W3VrxqaCEsSZghVA.png

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A resource for families focusing on activities for children, parent education and self-care. Our goal is to help strengthen the parent child relationship & ensure children are nurtured, youth find optimism, adults feel empowered and parents make choices that build strong families.

Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7


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