Hello and Happy Monday! Powell River has tons of accessible camping; but, you can also create a remarkable adventure at home!
You don´t need to pack and plan, instead just step out your back door. Here are some ideas to make backyard camping extra special!
No backyard or grey weather? Bring the outdoors in with these fun projects.
Here are some yummy ideas for kicking your campfire cooking up a notch! Even if it is in your own kitchen, or on your bbq, and heading to a blanket in the backyard or deck!
There are so many benefits to getting outside and breathing fresh air (even just opening a window), including reducing stress, improving sleep and overall feelings of wellness. Check out Outdoor Play Canada, a network of organizations working together to galvanize outdoor play movement across Canada.
Big news! qathet Regional District playgrounds have re-opened! Just in time to stretch, climb, run, and play in the sun!
As of June 1st, restrictions on the use of playground equipment have been lifted. The public is urged to follow the physical distancing and hand washing recommendations provided on posted signage. Parents are reminded to bring hand sanitizer for before and after their children use the playground equipment. You can find updates on the City of Powell River Facebook page.
Do you have a little one that loves unicorns? Check out these printable activities, coloring, and learning!
Here, here and here are some books to begin a conversation about multiculturalism and tolerance, with your child.
These are challenging days for parents and children alike. Are you relying on screen time to keep your child occupied and then feeling guilty about it? Us too! Here are some ideas on managing screen time and here are some age appropriate (and screen free!) ideas your kids can do on their own. Have a good week!
Hello! Wow! June 1st today! This season will look a bit different for us; but, that doesn´t mean we cannot get outside and enjoy the sunshine!
Check out this Bird Themed Exploration, including: how to make your own binoculars (*hint: save your toilet paper rolls), backyard bird watching tips, bird themed Simon Says, songs, and yoga!
This is a fantastic list of 39 Fun Ways Kids Can Play Outside this Spring!
Are you looking for a new snack idea? Why not try edamame? They are found in the freezer section of major grocery stores. When tossed with a bit of sea salt, our gang loves them! Here is more info.
Caregivers, are you feeling overwhelmed? We found this article helpful.
Hello friends! We hope you had a great weekend! We have some fun ideas for you:
Get those bodies moving! We love Cosmic Kid´s Yoga videos, as they encourage the imagination and movement! This one is called Outside in the Woods!
Do you have school age children in your family?
The Powell River Public Library invites kids to join the 2020 Mission Remote BC Summer Reading Club: Explore Our Universe! This year, it is as a FREE pick-up-and-go package jam packed with seven weeks of out-of-this-world fun designed to engage school-aged children, ages 5-14, with libraries, reading, and STEAM activities throughout the summer! Click here to register and for more info. Registration closes June 12th.
Are there fans of Sesame Street at your house? Why not make some simple Sesame Street puppets? You can find instructions here.
Here are some ideas on managing children´s behavior during and following quarantine. Have a lovely week!
Hello everyone! We hope you are enjoying the long weekend. We have a few fun ideas for you this week!
Studio 305, a Miami-based exercise studio is posting free Dance Party Cardio classes! On Wednesdays at 9am, you can tune into their YouTube Channel for a Disney themed 30-minute class. Here is the link to last week´s class. Here is the link for Wednesday, May 20th. It is fun for parents and kids - get moving!
Check out London´s The Little A Theatre YouTube Channel. We especially loved the puppet show ¨I Want My Hat Back!¨, based on the story by Jon Klassen.
Are you looking for a good reason to get out in your yard? The Powell River Public Library is hosting a Backyard Photo Competition, the deadline is June 5th. Find the details here.
For the caregivers: five questions to ask yourself this week! Have a great one!
Hello! We hope you had a lovely weekend! Here are some ideas for this week:
Could you use some new music on rotation at your house? Try this list by the CBC.
Do you have an empty shoe box around? Why not make a puppet theatre, as seen on the blog Almost Makes Perfect? See full instructions here. And, you will also find a link to the printable puppets.
Are you looking for a new healthy snack idea? How about ´ants on a log´? We learned to make them last Monday, with Strongstart at Home.
We cannot wait to welcome you back on the ORCA bus, in the future! Have a great week, friends!
Hello friends! We hope you are having a good start to the week! Here our some ideas to keep you busy:
Have you heard of Growing Chefs? They do fantastic work in Victoria and Vancouver, by having chefs go into classrooms and help students learn more about growing, cooking, and eating healthy food! With the current situation, they have switched to online learning, here are the first three lessons:
Do you have toilet paper rolls headed for the recycle? How about turning then into some toilet roll crafts? See some fantastic ideas here. Image from Alisa Burke.
Check out the Dance Parent 101 youTube channel for some motivation to get the whole family moving!
Discover ´little listeners´ stories read on Audible here.
Have a good week everyone!
Hello everyone! Happy Monday! How are you holding up? We have a few fun ideas for you this week:
image from Momtastic.com
Who has milk cartons ready for recycling? Why not transform them into some neat crafts! Here are some ideas. We love the little houses, the animal planters, and bird houses!
Join Dolly Parton, a longtime early literacy advocate, as she reads from her Imagination Library. Live times are at 4pm PST; but, all videos are available here.
Do you need to move? The National Ballet School is offering free online dance class for kids aged 3-6 years old, you can find them here. Plus adult ballet classes can be found here.
Hello friends of the ORCA Bus! We have some new ideas for you to keep busy and have fun this week!
School District #47 has launched Strongstart at Home; as well as an Instagram account. Live Strongstart sessions take place at 1pm PST M-F. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with Parent Name, Child Name and Age for the Zoom login info.
One of our favorite authors and illustrators, Oliver Jeffers, is reading a book a day (11am PST) on his instagram account; but, you can also catch all of the videos here. An animated short film of his book, Here We Are, has just been released on Apple TV.
Learn more about Local Food Literacy with School District #47´s Learning at Home with Food. There are tasty recipes and ideas for you to get growing at home.
Watch live animal cams from the San Diego Zoo. We especially love the apes and baboons!
Got ants in your pants?! How about trying a Cosmic Kid´s Yoga video.
And for the adults, local yoga studio Elements Movement is offering a free community yoga class on Sundays at 9am, email Andrew for the Zoom link: ElementsMovement1@Gmail.com
Hello! Welcome to our first Weekly Round-up blog post. Here we will list a few ideas to keep your ´littles´ having fun and learning!
The lovely Sonia Zagwyn, Children´s Services Coordinator, at the Powell River Public Library has continued with Preschool Storytime on Youtube. You can find the first four here:
A Place to Call Home
Cutlery & Cooking & Food & Foolery
Little Big People Big Little World
Not sure how to talk to your kids about the current health situation? Put the Coronavirus in kid´s terms with this Printable Coloring Book.
Make a batch of homemade Playdough. We use the small batch recipe and make creatures with googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks. They are left to air dry and can be painted later.
We love to whip up these No Bake Energy Bites with the kids. These adapt easily with ingredients you have on hand (ie. any seed or nut butter, maple syrup instead of honey...you get the idea).
Oh! And, if trying to plan activities, cook, clean and stay calm is exhausting and overwhelming...remember you are enough.
Take care and stay healthy.
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