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    Play foam activity

    Good morning my friends! This is a simple activity that will keep your little ones busy for hours. All you need is a bowl, a 1/4 cup of water, a tablespoon, an electric mixer, (you can mix with a whisk it will just take longer) some dish soap and food colouring. Add 1/4 cup of water, two tablespoons of dish soap and a tiny bit of food colouring. Mix until the foam is thick. Let you children make foam muffins! Put out an assortment of spoons and little toys and see what they do! Have fun ❤️

  • Art Activities,  Outdoor Activities

    Stone Puzzles

    I don’t know about you but I love collecting stones… there are so many shapes, sizes and colours! I want you to find a bag or basket and go for a walk outside.  Your job today is to find some beautiful rocks and bring them home.  Ask your children questions… how do the rocks feel? What shape do you see? Do you see lines in the rock? When you get home you might want to set your child up at the sink so they can wash and dry their stones. Once they are done find a piece of paper, a pencil, a marker and a small bowl to hold the…

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    Grab your flashlights! It’s Time for a Safari!

    So, it’s too dark to play outside after dinner but your kiddo’s energy is high and bedtime isn’t for another hour, what do you do? Here’s a simple game called, Night-time Safari, that is perfect for this moment. All you need are toy animals (stuffies work well) and a flashlight. Parents hide the stuffies in the living room, turn off the lights and have your little one find all the animals using the flashlight! For more information about the safari https://medium.com/parentingplace/night-time-safari-game-d655c73a0e87 Activity provided by Anita Olsen-Early Childhood Community Consultant

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    The Wonder of Nature

    Nature – the magic bullet? Since the pandemic began many changes have ensued steering families to make decisions they never thought they would ever make. Working from home with little children banging on the door demanding fishy crackers may not exactly be what you thought going back to work would look like. The low level anxiety people are faced with everyday as the pandemic lingers on, just shouldn’t be – and yet, here we are. Children feel stress too and are really good at letting parents/caregivers know through their behaviour. Play dates are postponed, grandma and grandpa need to stay safe and can’t help out like they use to. Parents…

  • Stories and songs

    Circle Time

    Come and sing with me my friends! This was back when we could all be together ❤️ Have a beautiful day in the sunshine ☀️ https://sd41-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/e19689_burnabyschools_ca/EXMEQdw3lXFLuuCxVT7Gi3kBMeqY2YcnmroG4pI9-iHqrw?e=fAzRM4 https://sd41-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/e19689_burnabyschools_ca/ER0mkOxOmEJJjj3DupqdSlMBxH8_H-ryxioniQ0Vf9sOiQ?e=kBdbcx https://sd41-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/e19689_burnabyschools_ca/ERWb3plliXBOrpa_AygOHykBPPTnfu9Gp6W-lqckkwKjsQ?e=xdwPcb Let’s make some Fall playdough for the weekend! 2 cups of flour 1/2 cup of salt 2 tablespoons of oil 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar cinnamon 2 cups of boiling water Stir flour and salt together. Add the cream of tartar. Add the cinnamon. Stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Add oil and then slowly add the second cup of water. Let it sit for a little bit and then knead the dough. Store in a ziploc bag! Try making…

  • Stories and songs

    Happy Halloween!

    It was so nice seeing a few of my friends on Wednesday outdoor class and I can not wait to see more of you as the weeks go by! Happy Halloween! Two of my kiddos carved their pumpkins… did you carve a pumpkin? We also roasted the pumpkin seeds…so good! I am going to invest in a tripod so that I can read the stories myself! For now enjoy one of my favourite Halloween stories here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQDHXTZhc00 The Little Ghost Who Was A Quilt by Riel Nason  

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    Mental Health Workshops

    FamilySmart – In The Know In the Know provides expert speakers on topics important to families and/or those working to support the mental health of children and youth. PARENTING WHEN OUR KIDS CAN’T GO TO SCHOOL Parenting when our kids won’t (or can’t) go to school is hard for everyone; mental health challenges can be what is creating the barrier to them attending. This is hard and complex – we talk about the pieces we have some control over, remembering how much relationships matter, and who we can look to for support. Registration Required: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/intheknow Communities: Burnaby, New Westminster & Richmond Cost: Free of Charge Date: Friday, October 23, 2020…

  • Outdoor Activities

    Let’s Go on a Treasure Hunt!

    The sky is blue.. the air is a little cooler… let’s go outside and go on a Fall Treasure Hunt! If you can, print this https://www.cbc.ca/parents/content/pdf/autumnscavengerhunt_pdf_tmurphy.pdf out to take on your adventure. You will need a marker to check off what you find, a basket or bag to collect your treasures and a clip board if you have one… Tell me what you see…. feel…. smell…. taste… I can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂 Ms Gael    

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    Information Children Programming

      Parenting help when you need it is available 24hrs at 778-782-3548 Programs offered: Support group for new parents with babies ages 0-6 months old. Pre-registration is required.  Tuesday Sept 22nd-Oct 27th weekly from 10:30am -12:00 Parenting the Middle Years Supportive and educational parenting series for parents with children 6-12 years.  Topics covered include socio-emotional development, temperament, parenting styles,stressors of parenting in a pandemic. Pre-registration required. Tuesday Sept 29- Nov 3rd- weekly from 1-3:00pm. Circle of Security Evidence based parenting series based on attachment theory. Online ( in collaboration with Parent Support Services BC) Tuesday Oct 6th to Nov 12th weekly from 10:00am to 11:45am. Pre-registration/questions daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca or call 669-1616 ext…

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    Family Programs available through Burnaby Family Life

    For anyone looking for other suitable family programs available for children up to 6 years of age that have already started or are ongoing: Circle Time Online  Mondays ongoing from 10-11:30am Mother Goose Online  Tuesdays 10-11am Sept 15th- Nov 17th and Thursdays 10-11am Sept 17th -Nov 19th Small group with safe distancing indoors/outdoors   (Learning together through play) Indoors (masks are mandatory for adults)  Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm starts Sept 15th McKercher Centre (6140 McKercher Avenue, Burnaby) In person small group with safe distancing measures Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am, starts Sept 16th Location is Edmonds Resource Centre (104-7355 Canada Way, Burnaby) Masks are mandatory for adults Registration is on a weekly cycle, watch for an…