learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

Month: January 2021

There Was a Crocodile

Join me in singing, “There Was a Crocodile.”

This is a fun one where we practice our memory and listening skills.  Each time we restart the song, we will drop “singing” the animal but still do the actions for them.  It’s tricky but really fun!

Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.


Community Resource and Support with Anita Olson:

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is facilitating an online English Language group focusing on self-care! If you would like to practice English, learn about self-care and meet new folks mark Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8 PM February 9th – March 16th . For more information or to register check out the attachment or email volunteer@burnabynh.ca.

If you like dumplings, this workshop is for you! Learn about nutrition and healthy eating on Zoom with Mosaic between Jan 25th and Feb 10th– Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 – 11 AM. Try different recipes and meet friends from different cultures. This workshop will be about: healthy snacks and beverages, savvy shopping and dumplings and wraps from around the world! Please email Lily at lfung@mosaicbc.org to receive an online invitation.

The Power of Play – Book a Wednesday morning one-on-one play session with me, Anita – Enjoy a private play space with your little one as I coach and model child-led play, establishing healthy boundaries, turn taking and so much more with parents/caregivers and their child. Call/text or email, 604-723-9548 or email aolson@fsgv.ca to see availability.

Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd, Early Childhood Community Consultant


A HUGE Thank you to Anita for providing us with all of these great resources!

Cloud Dough

Two ingredients are all you need to make this wonderful cloud dough (scented oil is optional).  I used a few drops of Rosemary oil in this recipe.  This is a great recipe to get your children involved in measuring and stirring. Simply add the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil to the 4 cups of flour. Stir together until the oil is mixed in well. Once the oil is absorbed, start using your hands to finish blending in the flour and oil until there are no more lumps.  You will end up with silky, soft and airy dough.  This dough is different from the regular play dough.  Yes, it is a bit more messy but the texture is worth it.  You will love running your fingers though it.  This dough will hold its shape when squished together or using moulds and can easily break apart.

Cloud dough is great on its own just for sensory, hands on play or you can also add other elements to it such as small animals, cars, rocks, twigs, little cups, spoons and so much more.  Store the dough in an airtight container and keep for up to 2 weeks.  You can also turn this mixture into playdough by adding boiling water, salt, cream of tarter and colouring (playdough recipe found in past blog posts).

Hello 2021!

2021 is here! My continued hopes for everyone is to stay safe, healthy and to continually find little bits of joy in our everyday.  I look forward to reconnecting with you all here and back in our classroom.  For more information about registering for in class StrongStart sessions, you’ll find more information HERE.


Who is ready to sing-a-long with me?  Over the winter-break, I remembered a very old song called, “We Built this City”. I first learned this song in my first year as an Early Childhood Educator, over 20 years ago!

Click HERE to sing with me.

We Built This City

We built this city, yes we did!

We built this city, yes we did!

We built this city, yes we did, all with human hands.

Black hands, white hands, yellow hands, brown.

All together we built this town.

Black hands, white hands, yellow hands, brown.

All together makes the world go around!


Community Resource:

Information Children is offering “New Parents Group,” a 6 part series for new parents.  Click HERE to find more information.

Also available through Information Children is “Online Family Storytime” for ages 18 months – 5 years old.  Click HERE for more information.