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“We all live in a…!”

May 8, 2017
Written by Sarah

Octavia the Octopus in her natural habitat.

Meet Octavia the Octopus, host of Wednesday’s Music Makers class. She’s an octopus with a heart of gold, two bulging eyes, and a musical soul. Her eight tentacles are usually busy with instruments: drums, harmonica, guitar, french horn – you name it, Octavia can play it!

Wednesdays this spring, Octavia has been helping the Big Kids build an octopus’ musical garden. They’ve added instruments – drums and tambourines – and are working on a very special project.

The first major project on the Big Kids’ agenda is a submarine to explore the depths of Octavia’s ocean home. What colour is our submarine, you ask? Yellow, of course!

We’ve had a blast working on the outside of our submarine so far. Everyone can help out with its bright yellow paint job! After nap time, the toddlers have been participating in the Big Kids Club fun and joining in on the chorus of Yellow Submarine while they paint.

Earlier this month, the kids created portholes that will adorn the sides of our under-the-sea vessel. They made ocean scenes complete with a sandy ocean floor, fish, bubbles, and various rocks and treasures…but mostly a lot of sand. As it turns out, there are few things in life more fun than sprinkling sand on a glue-covered page! Just ask Big Kids Sylvie, Emily, and Archie, who spent the better part of an afternoon working on their portholes.

Looking at the state of our submarine so far, you might see little more than a pile of yellow boxes; however, this state of affairs hasn’t curbed the Big Kids’ excitement one bit. Agreeing with Crosby that “It needs a roof! It needs a floor,” his body wrapped in yellow cardboard, Mattis spent the better part of last Wednesday scooting around the centre exclaiming “Submarine! Submarine! Submarine!” His excitement was contagious, and the other kids hopped in the sub soon after.

This week, Octavia and her two-armed compatriots will get into the construction phase of their submarine project. The pieces are painted and in place, the yellow duck tape has been purchased, and the crew is ready! Stay tuned to see how it all comes together.

Join us next week for an extra-special, extra-long field trip to the Vancouver Maritime Museum on May 17th from 1-5pm! We’ll be examining the museum’s kid-friendly displays to see how our yellow submarine compares to the real thing!


Wednesdays this Spring: Beatlemania at Buddings!

April 3, 2017
Written by Sarah

You say yes, I say no
You say stop and I say go go go, oh no!

I say high, you say low
You say why and I say I don’t know, oh no!

If you spend a lot of time with young children, you can probably empathize with these words, penned by The Beatles in their 1968 song Hello Goodbye.

Did John, Paul, George, and Ringo have toddlers and preschoolers in mind when they came up with lyrics? Probably not, but they sure do ring true!

The Beatles’ catalogue is chock-full of fabulous children’s songs. With Yellow Submarine, Paul McCartney tried in earnest to create rock ’n’ roll with kids in mind.

John Lennon wrote Hey Jude for Paul’s young son Julian, hoping it would help him deal with his parents’ divorce. Dear Prudence begs the childhood refrain, “won’t you come out to play?” The list goes on and on!

As a kid, I was lulled to sleep (albeit reluctantly) to the gentle tune of Yesterday; these days, I  stay up late singing Good Day, Sunshine with my dad. The music of The Beatles – it’s poignance, it’s depth, and often its unabashed silliness – is perfect for all ages and stages of life, which is why I am so excited to share it with the Big Kids of Buddings!

On Wednesday afternoons this spring, the Big Kids and I will embark on our very own Magical Mystery Tour, bringing to life kid-friendly Beatles classics like Eight Days a Week, Yellow Submarine, All Together Now, and many more! We’ll be making our own instruments, building our very own Octopus’ Garden, and working on our harmonies in preparation for a celebratory sock-hop at the end of the season.

Band practice is in session on Wednesdays from 1-4pm!


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