Learning in the Spirit of Wonder And Joy

Month: June 2020

Making bubbles with Teacher Beth!!

Teacher Beth works as a StrongStart Educator at Second Street Elementary School
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Recipe for Giant Bubbles:   

  • 6 cups of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of blue Dawn original dishwashing detergent
  • 1 TBSP of corn syrup (or glycerin, if you happen to have some)

Mix all of the ingredients gently. Here is the secret: The bubble liquid gets better the longer it sits! It should marinate overnight at least.  This solution gets better with age and should last awhile! Tip: Just dip wands into the solution don’t stir or swish. It creates small bubbles and stops working. Enjoy


How to Make a Giant Bubble Wand

A DIY ‘Tri-String’ Giant Bubble Wand Making a giant bubble wand is the easiest thing in the world, and all you really need are a few sticks and some string! These kid-made tri-string wands make the biggest bubbles I’ve ever seen – the kids won’t be able to resist playing … Continue reading How to Make a Giant Bubble Wand

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Resource Newsletter from Anita Olsen

Good Afternoon!

Rain is falling down – SPLASH!

Rain is falling down – SPLASH!

Pitter, patter, pittet, patter.

Rain is falling down – SPLASH!

v  Many parents know this little rhyme for babes – and if you don’t, check it out here. Not only do babies love the sound of your voice research shows that singing to them benefits cognitive development by increasing their attention. Keep on singing!

Please join Burnaby Family Life this Thursday, June 11th, at 3pm for a talk with Emile Lopez, Social worker and Individual & Family Therapist with the BC Children’s Hospital. This talk will focus on “How to support the mental and physical well-being of your teen “.  Register in advance for this webinar:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YVNDT7JbTL608poUzACZdg After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Please check out the Parenting Place blog for more children’s activities, self-care ideas and information on parent education.



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


Will’s Jams sports day live

One of my favourite children’s entertainers, Will Stroet  will be hosting a live performance on Friday June 12th at 1-1:40 pm

Many of you have seen Will at the play to learn event at Forest Grove (in the gym)

He is also a Juno nominated singer/ songwriter and appears on CBC KIDS

Join Will’s Jams for his last Friday Facebook Live this month, called “Sports Day!” Sing along to all your favourite Will’s Jams songs about sports. His 5-yr-old daughter June will also teach kids how to draw an imaginary animal sports game.

You can vote on what June should draw here: https://forms.gle/ZQV26d76QyfK3rFv7

Kids should have a piece of paper and pencil during the Livestream. To join, like, follow and visit Will’s Jams Facebook page at 1 PM PT/4 PM ET.

You can leave a tip online at https://willsjams.square.site.



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Sensory Play from Anita Olson

Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant


As I have mentioned before, sensory play is not only super fun for children, it’s also crucial for brain development, motor skills, language, encourages problem solving and involves practice in mindfulness. Here’s a simple two ingredient recipe for Soap Silly Putty keeping those learning little hands busy.

Mix together

o   2 tablespoons of Cornstarch

o   1.5 tablespoons of Dishsoap

If the putty mixture is too runny, add a little more cornstarch – if adding food colour, a drop will be plenty. Make as many batches and colours as your little one enjoys the exploration.

 If you have any questions, concerns, or curiosities about your little ones – I will be in the doxy room for one on one consultations today between 3-4 pm; just click https://doxy.me/earlychildhoodcommunityconsultant and wait for me to let you in! If this time isn’t convenient to you – let me know and we can schedule a different time that does work for you. See you soon!

Be sure to check out our blog for more ideas and information!

Enjoy your day!


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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Talking to children about corona virus

This is a gentle reassuring tool for parents that also has some strategies to assist in answering difficult questions. I like it because it reminds us to be age appropriate in our answers so as not to cause further concerns for our little ones
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, many parents are wondering how to talk to children about the impacts of the virus in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

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