learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

Month: May 2021

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 feelingsfirst.ca 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 feelingsfirst.ca on social media – choose what’s best for you!

 Instagram: @feelingsfirst.ca

 Facebook: @feelingsfirst.ca

 Twitter: @feelingsfirst.ca 

 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 communitykitchens@fsgv.ca, 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 feelingsfirst.ca 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: @feelingsfirst.ca here http://instagram.com/feelingsfirst.ca 

·       Facebook: @feelingsfirst.ca here https://www.facebook.com/feelingsfirst.ca 

·       Twitter: @feelingsfirst.ca here https://twitter.com/feelingsfirstca/ 

·       YouTube: Feelings First here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHmEbd76aF4HjAVmzSb97TQ 

·       LinkedIn: Feelings First here https://www.linkedin.com/company/feelingsfirstca/   


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 duyt@burnabynh.ca 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!


parentingplace – Medium

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



Fun with Shaving Cream!

Here are three ways to explore with shaving cream.

Let’s start with the messiest and most fun one: shaving cream with tempura paint.

Spray the shaving cream onto a tray to contain the mess. Let your child explore the shaving cream and paint with their hands. It is silky soft and mesmerizing as you watch the colours mix and swirl. You can add a paintbrush, fork, or a stick to mix it all up as well.



If you want a mess-free way, try putting the shaving cream into a large ziplock bag. Add some food colour or tempura paints and zip up the bag, making sure to gently press out most of the air. Your child can press into the bag and mix the colours without the mess. This is a great one for toddlers.

Lastly, fill a jar with water, leaving a few inches from the top free. Spray in the shaving cream. It will sit on top of the water. Let your child add food colouring with droppers. I save all the droppers from children’s medicine, just make sure to wash them clean before using. As you add colour, watch how the colour slowly makes its way down through the shaving cream and then into the water. The colouring will dance down and sometimes bounce back up.

Here’s what it looks like from the top of the jar. See how the food colour sits on top of the shaving cream.  How long will it take for all the colour to sink down through the shaving cream? Why does the colour bounce back up? What’s happening to each colour?  Will new colours appear? Why does the shaving cream sit on top of the water like that?

Have fun exploring shaving cream with your child!



Community Resources: Burnaby Family Life

Burnaby Family Life offers a variety of parent and child online group activities, from Playful Learning (now offered in Korean) , Healthy Families, Healthy Minds, Creative learning for Preschool children and so much more. Check out the attached Spring schedule or visit Burnaby Family Life (bflgrowscommunity.org) to register.