Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of baking with our friends at Buddings. Looking through the pantry, we decided to make use of the bag of beetroots we had. The challenge was to somehow incorporate beetroots into baking. We eventually decided on a chocolate beetroot muffin recipe that turned out amazing. If you try this recipe at home, you don’t need to add chocolate chips for it to be amazing! We left out the chocolate chips since we ran out of them in our pantry.
Going through all the supplies we stumbled upon doughnut pans, so why not make them doughnut shaped?
This brought the excitement to another level. One of the bigger friends would explain to the parents and other teachers what we were making. She would say something like this:
“We’re making muffins! Muffins shaped like donuts! Made with beets! And we worked together as a team!”
Excitement grew when we decided that the doughnuts needed to be decorated with chocolate icing and sprinkles! The icing gave the doughnuts the right amount of sweetness since the doughnut itself was a bit on the conservative side of sweetness.
The donuts were a big hit with everyone at the daycare and with the families that came for orientation day. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it, especially the ones who helped finish them!
Join us on Saturdays at Buddings for more baking surprises!
Hop! Hop! Hop to! It’s Spring, and there’s so much to do!
Spring planting, spring cleaning, spring planning… This list goes on and on, and this season we’re bringing to-do in-house:
It’s DIY Spring 2017
Introducing: The Big Kids Do-It-Yourselfers, led by the Buddings Pros
Our afternoon programs of play and learning feature group activities, monthly fieldtrips, social engagement, cooking, art, music, and more, for Big Kids of all ages. They all run from 1 – 4pm, every afternoon, but under the guidance of our creative educators, each has a unique (and beautiful) story to tell:
Johanna Peters presents: Story Builders
Johanna continues her crusade to bring worlds to life through story-telling, play, acting, and art, as she continues the mysteries of the 1001 nights into the Spring season. The story unfolds, and on Mondays, from 1 – 4pm, Johanna introduces the children to the elements that make this tale timeless.
Ehlssie Tecson: Ready, Seed, GROW!
The season of awakening is upon us, and as the plants begin to rise and shine, Ehlssie and the Tuesday kids will be learning all it takes to make them healthy and strong. From seed to stem, garden friends, and earthy explorations, this nature-based program is a Buddings spring staple, and our teacher Ehlssie is digging in. Shovels are waiting. Join her Tuesdays from 1 – 4pm.
Music Makers, with Sarah MacDonald
Sarah leads her band of merry makers through the music and of some of the world’s most magical musicians. Take a ride in the yellow submarine, as the kids experiment with sounds, strings, and making their own instruments. This season’s Wednesday class is music to our ears, running from 1 – 4pm until the end of June.
Sharmila Mardhani: Bugs and Babies
Sharmila presents the second half of our spring nature club, with a focus on the fluffiest, cutest, sweetest spring babies – and how they change! There’s no topic more attuned with the preschoolers’ own seasonal metamorphosis, and no teacher more ready to share the story. Sharmila led our Saturday-care program through the winter, and we’re so glad to have her handling a weekday Club class. Join her, Thursdays from 1 – 4pm.
invent! with Talia Erickson
How can we meet our needs without draining our resources? Imagining solutions to the world’s heaviest problems is easier when you have open eyes and open minds. This season, Talia introduces the kids to the idea that everything is not only as it seems, but could be anything at all. By learning about some of history’s most ingenious inventors, framing their questions, and creating designs, Friday afternoons will be all about tracking down that most important moment: The Ah-Ha!
DIY Spring runs from Apr. 3 – June 30, 2017.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the kids we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Party time!
It’s the day of the heart, and we’re wearing them on our sleeves.
… so get dressed! Wear something red!
As long as it’s red, anything goes! Shoes, shirts, bottles and barrettes! Bring your red stuff on Vday for an all-day party, all about love.
Come to Buddings in PJs on Friday January 20 for bed-bouncing monkeys, pop corn and hot chocolate for snacks, and an all-day jammy party that makes getting ready for bed the same as getting ready to dance the night away. 😉
Now, wherever we go, we can feel Vancouver blossom with the holiday spirit.
Fancy enchanted lights to jolly Christmas songs in almost every store we walk into, and with the beautiful blanket of snow as a bonus (…well some of us Vancouverites might think otherwise) it’s no wonder that many people all over the world wait for the holidays with so much anticipation.
But taking a step back from all the hustle and bustle of our own holiday season, we ask ourselves:
- Do cultures from other parts of the world experience the holidays in the same way we do?
- Do houses all over the world have beautiful light shows and evergreen trees with ornaments?
- Is it cold during the holidays in other parts of the world?
- Does everyone have a white Christmas?
The overall answer to the questions above is no.
About 10,500 Km away from Vancouver is a country called the Philippines. In this country, comprised of more than 7,000 islands, the majority of the people are Christians, so Christmas is a huge celebration in the Philippines. So huge in fact, that the celebration of Christmas starts from the “ber” months, i.e. September, October, November, and December!
From the month of September, we could already feel the holiday spirit in the Philippines!
Christmas light decorations, called Parol, hang in almost every house in the Philippines, so for the first class with the Big Kids, we made our own, starting with the frame. After gluing shiny paper, and the ribbon streamers, it was ready to hang!
Signs reading “Maligayang Pasko” (or Merry Christmas) hang in almost all public spaces, so we can feel the spirit of Christmas when most of us are just settling into the school year here in Vancouver!
But that’s not the only difference between the celebration of Christmas in Canada and the Philippines. Are you interested in learning more? Join us for Big Kids Club on Tuesdays from 1-4pm to learn more about the holiday spirit in the Philippines! Here, we will learn all about Christmas decorations, the special Christmas eve feast, called the Noche Buena, door to door carolling, and much more!
The holidays are a cause for excitement, and our multi-cultural city has tons of celebrations to explore, which raises some questions…
Why are there so many holidays in December, anyway?
What do all the symbols mean?
And what traditions can we all share, without creating waste, to make the season special?
This month, we’re putting the holidays under a microscope, and looking for the true meanings behind a modern “Christmas Season.”
Is it religious? Is it magical? A time to give, or a time to shop?
#DecemberMysteries – Dec. 5 – 23
Each day, our Big Kids Club teachers will lead an afternoon adventure into the reasons behind some of the season’s most important traditions, through fieldtrips and storytelling, cooking and crafts.
On Thursdays, Isabel and the kids will take to the streets, with a fieldtrip class to interview Vancouverites about holiday ideas that are fun and free. And to try some out, as well!
Ehlssie takes over Tuesdays and deep dives into her Philippine traditions, here in Canada, and on the archipelago. Did you know there are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines? Do you know anything about the Philippines? Get ready to learn, as our newest Big Kid leader introduces her native land.
Johanna, Sarah, and Talia will be tackling their own burning questions, including what’s up with reindeer? What are sugar plums? And what if life really was a box of chocolate? Who would eat it?
Who wouldn’t? People love chocolate, and we love to share.
#DecemberMysteries is a fun and fact-filled ride through the questions of the season. So sign up! Big Kids Club runs every afternoon from 1 – 4pm, until Dec. 23.
Birthday Swap 2016 went down last weekend, and a good time was had by all who came (according to instagram ;)) Check out some pics:
Almost 250 items found new homes, and we loved the chance to try the sweet treats from Nourish Cafe.
The winners of our clothing swap door prizes are: