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In-person at StrongStart & Community Supports

Good news! We are returning to in-person StrongStart sessions for all those who are registered. Thank you for joining me here and in our zoom circle times during our virtual period. I will try to pop back in here from time to time. If you’re subscribed, you will get an email notification when there is a new posting. All past posts-videos and activities will still be available for you to revisit at anytime.


Also….from our Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson:

  • Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a hands-on, play based, child-centered program? Join Lisa Murphy in collaboration with the CCRR for an interactive workshop on March 12, 2022 from 9:30-11 am via zoom. There is a small fee to attend this workshop ($5). If you would like to register, check out the attached poster, call 604-931-3400 or 604-294-1109, or register online at www.myymca.ca
  • Social and emotional health is so important in the early years and there is so much to know! Feelings First has begun to create podcasts filled with great information about this critical domain. Check out the ‘Where You are Podcast – New Episode for Parents and Caregivers on the Benefits for Life: Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years, just click here and enjoy!
  • Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society is offering an online Mother and Child Emotional Power program. Starting February 28th families can learn about developmental stages, community resources, emotional well-being, healthy expressions of emotions and more! If you would like more information or to register, check out the attached poster or email/call Liliane, Mae, Ramzia or Sophie at cwwa@vlmfss.ca / 604-436-1025

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



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Create a City with Toilet Paper Rolls

Fun with Toilet Paper Rolls    

You can make all sorts of things using toilet paper rolls. Here is one project you can try with your children. Thanks to Ms. Minhas’s kindergarten students for drawing these wonderful pictures for this project!



Gather some supplies: Paper, felts, crayons, glue or tape and scissors. You can also use photographs of the people in your family.


Use these for role playing, making up stories and retelling past events. This is a simple activity to encourage story telling and fostering your child’s imagination. Have fun with it!



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.


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.


Fun with Egg Cartons

Reuse, recycle and create with egg cartons. Save your egg cartons and try some of these projects with your children.

Egg cartons for sorting and counting:


This is a perfect time to start planting seedlings in an egg carton.


Gather some art supplies:  paints, glue, felts, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, toothpick, buttons and some paper. See what kinds of creatures, insects, monsters or even flowers can be created out of egg cartons.


Lastly, get out some paints and cut up those egg cartons for “Stamp Painting.”

These are just some ideas using egg cartons. Start collecting them, add supplies such tape, glue, paints, felts, buttons and paper, whatever you may have on hand and see what your child can create using their imagination.


Community Resources

I hope you’re all keeping safe. As we’re all being asked to stay close to home, there are still some resources that you can access from the comfort of your own home.

Information Children:  

Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers: April 16-May 21, Fridays from 1-3pm; Starting this Friday we will be exploring the unique challenges that parents of children under 5 ncounter as their little ones move through the toddler and preschool years. Registration via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuf-yurDguEtC9MZx4cnvblhiic_-1Vc5Q

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Online Family Storytime: April 1-29, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6pm. Registration via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvcO6ppjkjHtIbjkhXpDLV2pJI5kCpOCe7





Resources and a message from Anita Olson, our Early Childhood Community Consultant:

Another beautiful sunny day for us to enjoy! Remember to stay sun safe out there:

Use sunscreen with UVA and UVB SPF of 30 or more

Keep the babies out of the sun as best you can – babies 6 months and under are not recommended to use sunscreen

Stay hydrated – drink lots of water.

For more sun safety information, check out The Parenting Place Blog!

Family Services of Greater Vancouver is offering some great virtual community programs – check out the attached poster for all the details. Children’s programing , parenting groups and single mom’s group – if you are interested and would like to register call 604-368-2154 or email ceds-nw@fsgv.ca

Purpose Society is offering a Digital Inclusion Hub with 1-on-1 support, access to the internet and devises every Thursday from 1-4 PM. Book an appointment to secure a spot by calling 604-526-2522 or email Sydney.andrews@purposesociety.org – check out the attached poster for all the details.



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






Magic with Tape!

Here are a few activities to try with TAPE.  I used masking tape with these activities. It’s easy to rip apart and remove from surfaces.

Making roads or tracks: You can make the roads as big or small as you like depending on the size of the toy cars you have. You can make these roads on the floor or even on a table top.  To extend the play, you can make signs for stores, buildings and businesses that are in your community. Additions of animals, rocks, boxes or greenery are other ideas to support the play.







Tape resist art: Gently tape a pattern, lines, or even letters on paper. Let your child paint over the entire paper.  When it is dry, slowly remove the tape to see what appears.








Making lines: Tape lines, zig zags or curves for your child to jump from line to line or follow along the curves/zig zags. This is a great activity for gross motor play, balance and coordination skills. These lines can also be used to place “loose parts” such as rocks, pinecones, toy cars, animals, buttons, sticks and lids, just to name a few.




Stick and Remove: Tape down a bunch of toys on a table top, wall or floor. Let your child try and take the tape off and free the toys. This is a great one for young toddlers to practice their fine motor skills.




Free Art: Give your child a roll of tape, paper, toilet paper rolls and other art supplies you may have and see what your child can create.  Tape is a great alternative to glue. It encourages children to take their time to peel and stick and use their imagination to create 3-D art.



Painting on Ice

Invite your child to try painting on ice! Fill a plastic container with water and freeze overnight. Fill with water with at least 2 inches of water so children have time to paint and explore before it fully melts.  I took the ice out of the container and placed it in a tray with a folded paper towel underneath the ice to prevent it from slipping around.

Try painting with regular tempura paint or even food colouring.  Observe the difference between painting with tempura paint and food colouring.  Include different painting tools: paintbrush, sponge brush, toothbrush and an eye dropper for the food colouring.

Watch how the paint pools on the tray as it melts and takes the colour with it. See how the food colouring freezes as soon as it hits the ice. What happens if you add salt? How long will it take for the ice to melt? What new colours can we make? How does the ice feel? There are so many questions when exploring ice. If your child loses interest, leave the activity for a while. Let your child come back later to re-investigate what happens to the ice and paint. What happens if we put the rest of the ice in the sink under running water.

This is a messy exploration but a fun one that supports language development, science, fine motor skills and sensory play.


Community Resources & Support:

Here is information on affordable dental options, tooth brushing video and links to Fraser Health website for more dental related inquiries.

If you have questions or need assistance, connect with the Burnaby Public Health unit #604-918-7605 and ask to speak with dental.

UBC Program:  free dental offered for children 12yrs old and under. If interested, please fill out attached medical form (one for each child) and fax the form back to:

Chris Inkster:

Ph: 604-507-5446

Fax: 604-507-4617

Em: chris.inkster@fraserhealth.ca


Healthy Kids Program: Families eligible to receive MSP supplementary benefits, may be eligible for the Healthy Kids program.  More information and to apply in link.



Fraser Health Fluoride Varnish Program:  Families with children 36 months and under and who are not under the regular care of a dentist, may book an appointment for our Fluoride varnish program.  Children will be seen by a hygienist, they will assess child’s teeth to determine if the child requires fluoride.  Dental health information and assistance accessing dental care will be provided.  To book an appointment, families can call 604-476-7087 or their local Public Health unit.



Brushing tips Knee to Knee You Tube video:



Fraser Health resources:








Creating with Pinecones!

Start collecting all those pinecones when you’re out on a walk.

After all the wet and windy weather, pinecones are everywhere!  This huge basket of pinecones was from a backyard!  We can use them for counting, sorting, sensory play, building, stacking and more.


We can also create with them!

Using glitter, sequins and glue, let your child decorate a pinecone!


For a painting activity, you’ll need a cardboard box lid, paper, paint and pinecones.  Place the piece of paper inside the box lid, add some paint and then the pinecones.  Tip the box left, right, forward and backwards to make the pinecones move through the paint.  Watch how the paint mixes and how the pinecones leaves tracks all over the paper.  After you are finished, you’ll have a cool painting and a decorative pinecone!




Another activity to try is weaving pinecones.  You will need some yarn, string, ribbon or even pipecleaners.  Simply let your child weave the yarn in and around the pinecone scales.



And lastly, I glued some eyes onto the pinecones with a hot glue gun just to start the project.  I simply ask the children….”I wonder what can this become?”  I tried this activity at StrongStart after reading a story about Owls.  Some children made monsters, owls, themselves and other birds.

I supplied an assortment of materials for the children to create with.  Here, there are pompoms, feathers, pipe cleaners, yarn bits and wire.  You can also add moss, twigs and sticks, more eyes, fabric/ribbon and paper for them to create with!



Two Ways with Paints!

Here is a mess free way to paint.  Add a few tablespoons of paint into a ziplock bag.  This is a sandwich size bag.  You can even try a larger freezer bag style for a larger surface area.  Make sure it’s zipped up.  You can add tape to the opening end for extra security.  Let your child squeeze, press, smoosh and mix the paint without getting their fingers and hands messy.

What will happen if these colours mix?

I wonder what this looks like, what do you see?

How does it feel?

What happens if….?


Another adaptation is to tape it up onto a window.  Let your child explore how the light shines through the paint.  Does it look different?  What happens to the paint being taped up like this?

Painting with Q tips!

All you need is paint, ice cube tray or egg carton and Q tips.  What can you create with dots?  This is a great activity for developing children’s fine motor skills and eye hand coordination alongside their creativity and imagination.

If you are hesitant to let your child paint at home, you can lay down a garbage bag to make it an easy clean up.  Use little portions of paint to start.  Let your child wear an old T-shirt and have a cloth on hand for a quick cleanup.  Have fun with mixing colours and see what you can create together.








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