Learning in the Spirit of Wonder And Joy

Category: Parent and Child Activities

Here you will find an assortment of child centred play ideas to enjoy alongside your child

Making bubbles with Teacher Beth!!

Teacher Beth works as a StrongStart Educator at Second Street Elementary School
For video click Here

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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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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Picture from a StrongStart child


I am so excited to receive this photo from a StrongStart friend. Just look what they made!! I hope my stick people can meet this one, one day. What bright colour clothes it has on. I really like the leaf accessory!

I’m wondering if this stick person has a name?

I wonder what adventures it will go on?

What does it like to eat?

Where does it like to sleep?



When you send me your pictures let me know if you would like me to add your child’s first name only to it



Stay safe


Ms. Roz

Family Services of Greater Vancouver


Offers lots of support to families. Many of you will remember Anita Olson, the Early childhood consultant that would come in to visit us at strongstart. She is currently offering zoom sessions. If any of you are interested in having a virtual coffee with her and I please let me know and we can schedule something. If you would rather meet her more privately her contact information and website information is as follows:

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



Tips on how to talk to our kids about covid-19 Poster click Here

I hope everyone is doing well. Today I have attached a little poster from Fraser Health giving tips on how to talk to our kids about covid-19 – the seven tip are below but take a look at the poster for more of a description. 

1. Don’t be afraid to talk about it.

2. Be age-appropriate.

3. Follow their lead.

4. Check yourself.

5. Focus on actions you can take.

6. Stick to a routine.

7. Keep talking.

  • The Psychology Foundation of Canada offers an interactive stress management tool on their website. This tailored tool takes your personal stressors and links strategies to help construct a plan to combat your stress. Check it out here https://www.stressstrategies.ca/ if this sounds helpful for you or pass it along if you know someone you think it may help! 

  • I’ve already been thinking about the weather this weekend is suppose to bring – and I bet some of you are as well. Here’s an idea to ready for some excellent weather – kite making! This site https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/kite-crafts-for-kids-4126872 has different home-made kite models from classic diamond shapes, paper plates and even plastic bags! For little kids, flying a kite usually requires a lot of running room, so find a wide open space for them to run wild with the wind.  

  • Burnaby Family Life is hosting a virtual parenting group for fathers, starting today! Check out the description below and sign up for the first session at 6pm this evening.

  • Fatherhood, a journey: A virtual group for fathers with an opportunity to connect with other fathers and also to learn about raising children in today’s world. Topics include modern parenting techniques, how to notice and provide encouragement, modeling affection through communication, and age-appropriate expectations. We will also look at some effective strategies for positive discipline and communication. Other topics may be included to meet the specific needs of the attending fathers. 

This 8 session group will be led by Roland Boutin, MA, CCC. 

When: May 6, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Have a wonderful day!

Best to you and yours,


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