Program updates for school age kids

Program reopening
It is our plan to resume the after school program when schools are allowed to open again. We will let you know if we hear of any new guidelines that would prevent the re-opening of our program at that time. 

Virtual Programs: 
We are sad to say that we have to put a hold on our virtual programs for now. 
This was not an easy decision but we hope to be able to bring back full programming in the near future. 

March Break & Summer Camp: 
It is our hope that it will be safe for us to run in person March Break and Summer Camp programs. Depending on the situation, we may consider offering Virtual Programs as well. 

Our team is currently working on outlines for various scenarios, depending on what safety guidelines are in place at the time. 

Although we typically offer registration for March Break in January and summer camp in February, this will not be possible this year. We will have to wait until we have some idea of what the provincial and municipal positivity rates and restrictions are looking like before we can make a plan. We will keep you posted by email, social media and our website as to when registration will be available. 

We hope you are staying healthy and safe! We look forward to being together again as soon as possible.

Stuff to do with kids over the holidays.

We may be closed over the holidays, but we’re not leaving you totally stranded! Our staff have put together some ideas to help keep those kiddos busy over the next two (hopefully!) weeks.

Watch our staff!  Youtube Playlists: 

(The Preschool staff made these videos during the lock down to help families keep children entertained at home!)

Toddler age playlist

Preschool age playlist

Kindergarten Playlist

EarlyOn playlist

Fun winter activities!

Go sledding or hiking

Make chores cheerful – throw a housecleaning party – with music and snacks!

Make blanket forts

Try a new recipe: Easy (healthy) Sugar Cookies

Fun winter crafts

Cut and paste collage from magazines

Make homemade pizza

Make an Edible Ice bird feeder

  • Fill a bundt pan with bird seed and then add water. 
  • Sit the pan outside in the cold and let it freeze. 
  • Once it’s frozen, hang a ribbon through the hole and hang it on the porch.

Outdoor scavenger hunt (click to enlarge and download)

Alphabet A – Z Challenge

The great part about this challenge is it can be played anywhere! Try calling friends and family members on Zoom or FaceTime to play as a group.

The goal of this challenge is to be the first person to produce 26 items, one item representing each letter of the alphabet.  You can also make it a team effort and have multiple people work together to get it done!

For example, in the house, you may find an Apple, Basket, Cotton ball, Dice, Envelope, Football…

 Q-Tip Painting

 Materials:

  • Q-Tips
  • Paint
  • Imagination!

Circle Challenge 

A fun easy distraction for kids to keep them busy and using their imagination 

  • Draw 30 circles on a piece of paper 
    • They can be different sizes if you want to create more of a challenge
  • Use each circle as the starting point of an object or image
10 creativity exercises to train your artistic mind - 99designs

Homemade Playdough 

Materials:

  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbs of cream of tartar
  • 1 tbs of oil
  • Food colouring
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients except the boiling water together into a large mixing bowl
  • Slowly mix in the boiling water.

Fruit Pancakes

For pancakes:

  • Pancake Mix
  • Water
  • Or your own homemade pancake recipe!

For toppings:

  • 1 tub of Yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
  • Pineapple
  1. Have each kid design their own pancake pizza with Yogurt as “sauce”, and fruit as “toppings”
  2. Encourage creativity (i.e. bananas are “pepperoni”; make smiley faces, etc.)
Fruit Pancake Pizza - Recipes From A Pantry