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John Janzen Nature Centre

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on June 2, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On this rainy Friday, we headed out to John Janzen Nature Centre. This is an amazing facility here in Edmonton that has a huge indoor playground, a real bee hive, many walking trails outside, a hands-on nature exploration room, and much more. It was the perfect place to burn off some energy on this springtime rainy day.


The children were so excited and eager to be here and play that I barely saw them the...

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on May 26, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Our garden is growing quite well, thank you! Every year I take a chance and plant outside well before May long weekend, and every year so far - it has paid off. Even the beans and corn, which tend to rot in cold damp soils, have sporuted yet again! We are especially excited about the corn this year, because instead of table corn (last year's delicious variety was called Cuppa Joe) we are growing pink popcorn! I really hope it works; it will be gorgeous and a high fibre whole grain tasty treat...

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Outdoor Enhancements

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on May 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring has limitless possibilities, and I am so excited to be rolling out some new ideas this season. I have redesigned our digging area, to make it more like a sand pit and less like a dirt/mud hole. Hopefully this is still just as fun for them as it is easy to clean for me; the last two times I have tried a digging area it just didn't work, either because huge holes were being lifted out of my turf or unmanageable amounts of mud were being tracked everywhere. I like to enjoy the yard just a...

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Spring Has Sprung!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on May 12, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Our days here are changing a lot, mainly because we are spending so much more time outside. I really enjoy living in a place where the seasons change, and the scenery, and the amount of daylight we get. Though sometimes it would be nice to live in perpetually sunny California, I wouldn't be able to trade our autumn leaves, winter snow, or spring buds for anything. For example, check out the gorgeous flowers coming up in the yard!

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Outdoor Easel!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on May 5, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to announce that finally, an idea kicking around my head for the last two or three years has come to fruition. Ever since I came across this neat idea for encouraging art and creativity outside, I have wanted to build one for everyone here to enjoy - and just this past weekend, I did. This is the outdoor easel now proudly standing in the side yard. Its design is very simple, but it's also super sturdy and should last for years.

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Unstructured Play Time

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on April 28, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

People that know this dayhome understand how important it is for us here to have a lot of unstructured, free play time. Children really do grow and develop best, across all areas of development, when they are allowed time and space to explore the world on their terms, following their own interests, and supporting learning through hands-on play activities of their own choosing. There are always many things I'd like to do with the children - baking, painting, nature walks, and more spring to mi...

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Seed Babies

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on April 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

With Earth Day coming up and many plants budding in the garden to match, this morning we all created seed babies. I ran across this idea in one of my gardening books, and and when I saw it I knew it was perfect for the gang here at Sunshine Dayhome! The best part is it becomes a portable, gorgeous, living necklace when the seed has sprouted, and you just need tiny baggies, paper towels, seeds, and water. Big seeds like beans and pumpkins are best because they sprout and grow fast, and their s...

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Easter crafts and treats

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on April 13, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It is wonderful having something to look forward to, and this spring is already bringing with it so many pleasures. From the plants budding again in the garden - hello rhubarb, tulips, and hollyhocks! - to the seeds we just sowed for later transplanting (mint, pumpkins, mirabilis, and gourds, we can't wait!) much good green pleasure and sweet anticipation is in store. For today though, we will share some of that spring sweetness in the form of a cake.

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Back to the farm!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on April 7, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, the time has come - the chicks and ducks have grown so much, it's time for them to return to the farm. The children cuddled them, cooed over them, helped feed them, bathed them and watched them grow. We have enjoyed them so much, but now it's time to say goodbye. Luckily, we had the opportunity to go on a field trip and see their forever homes.


It was wonderful to see full grown chickens, ducks, t...

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Chicks and Duckies!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on March 31, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This time of year is so incredibly awesome, because we like to start spring with a bang - or, rather, a crack. This year's cracking eggs include 7 cute chickies and 8 darling duckies! We have never had the pleasure of hatching ducks before, and they are amazingly cute. They wag their tails, wiggle their tongues, and make an incredible mess - I recently learned that this is why they are called "fowl". They foul up their breeder something awful!

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