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April 2015

Making Musical Instruments at Home

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Does your child love music? Or maybe they just like crafts. No matter their interest, here ae some fun ways to make musical instruments at home.

For Drums:

  • Take any cylindrical shaped container.
  • Cover the opening with fabric and put an elastic band around it.
  • If it is a container that is not needed for any other purposes, allow your child have some fun decorating it with paint, marker, crayons or collage materials.
  • Give them some wooden spoons and let them play!

For Shakers:

  • Use film containers, water bottles or plastic eggs
  • Experiment with different sounds by putting different materials inside the container of choice (ex. Dry beans, macaroni, rice, buttons, craft beads, etc.)
  • Tape the container shut in the appropriate manner depending on the container
  • Let them shake away!

Source: Petersen, Sandra H., and Donna S. Wittmer. Infant and Toddler Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions, 2012. VitalBook file.



The Importance of Play

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Parenting young children takes a lot of time and attention. They always want to be playing, and they often want you to be playing with them. This can be tough though with our busy lives, and sometimes the repetitive nature of their play tests our patience. But playtime can be an important part of fostering social and intellectual growth in children. It allows them to use their imaginations in novel ways, and explore their abilities to create.

The book Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell offers some insight on this very subject.

Here is an excerpt on a few ways you can adapt play activities to meet your child’s developmental needs:

  • Think about the environment in which they are playing
    • A less stimulating environment may be helpful if your child seems uncomfortable or unhappy during play
  • How does your child respond to new things?
    • Different children respond differently to new situations, be attentive to how your child responds and cater play to their needs
  • How does your child react to different textures, smells and tastes?
    • Sensory development is important for young children
  • Involve peers
    • Try to get your child’s social skills developing. This is important at age

For more information on the importance of play see the book: Parenting from the Inside Out by: Daniel J. Siegel, Mary Hartzell


Featured Book – The Giving Tree

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Developing a love of reading is an important part of early childhood education. There is a multitude of great books that kids love and so do educators. Children’s literature can convey universal themes, and illustrate some of the values we all want to instill in our kids.


This week we chose to highlight The Giving Tree by, Shel Silverstein. The Giving Tree is a picture book about the simplicity of love and generosity. Shel Silverstein’s unique illustrative style depicts the story of a large tree that cares for a boy unconditionally as he grows up.


For an animated reading of the novel (based on Shel Silverstein’s illustrations) visit:


Daily Physical Activity

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Don’t know what to do with all that energy your child has? The Ministry of Education has a few suggestions! Daily Physical Activity (DPA) For Families is a collection of guides for keeping the whole family, healthy, happy and active.


“The Daily Physical Activity For Families booklets are designed to help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Each booklet includes basic information about Daily Physical Activity (DPA), safety tips, and age appropriate suggestions for getting more physically active. Inside you’ll also find activity pledges and games (Grades K-9), and tracking tools and details on the Graduation Transitions requirements for DPA (Grades 10-12) . The booklet series is available in 13 different languages and includes grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.”


Visit for links to guides and more information.


Brain Power Snacks

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Sometimes thinking of what to pack in your kid’s lunch is difficult. You run out of ideas or children get sick of the same thing everyday, and you just want them be eating healthy, and fuelling up for all the activities they have in their day.


Here are some great snacks for kids that are both healthy, and tasty:

  • Yogurt dip apple slices
  • Cheese cucumber sandwiches
  • Frozen blueberry yogurt bites
  • Blueberry almond trail mix
  • Autumn apple oat bars


Visit: for more details, pictures and recipes.


Spring Scavenger Hunt

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The weather these days has been fantastic! In a previous blog post we mentioned that one way to engage in the springtime environment was to go on a scavenger hunt.


The above photo is one example of a fun scavenger hunt that is kid friendly. Head to your local park, or maybe even your back yard and see if your children can find these items.


(Here’s the list again):

  • Bird nest
  • Worm
  • Moss
  • Frog
  • Ants
  • Ball
  • Lady bug
  • Sprinkler
  • A stick
  • Bunny
  • Feather
  • Spider web
  • Clouds
  • Puddle
  • Yellow flower
  • Grass
  • Sunshine
  • Dandelion
  • Green leaf
  • Fruit tree