Arthrogryposis Awareness Day

The Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has recognized June 30 as Arthrogryposis Awareness Day, to promote greater understanding of the condition and those affected by it. http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2015/health/0630n03.aspx

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is described as congenital (from birth) joint contractures in two or more areas of the body. A contracture is a condition in which a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position, completely or partially restricting the movement of the affected joint.

Our friend, Ava was born with a type of Arthrogryposis called Amyoplasia, which is characterized by severe joint contractures and muscle weakness. You can read Ava’s story here – http://www.throughthetulips.ca/2015/06/tulip-tales-ava.html

DSC_8608On June 30th, we wore blue to show our support for Ava, and all other families who are affected by Arthrogryposis!

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Bugs!

Spring is here! The weather is finally warming up and our little ones are enjoying spending as much time as possible outdoors. We are getting ready to plant some flowers in our garden, and have been doing some activities focused around plants and insects and all of that fun stuff!

We have a bug matching game – a set of colourful cards with bugs with different colours and patterns. Our kids love to find the bugs with the same colours, with the same number of spots, and with the same shape antennae!

DSC_8021sToday, we did a bug dress-up activity. We made a felt cape with wings, decorated it with felt shape stickers and made a headband with antennae to complete our bug costume!

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DSC_7914sDSC_7934sDSC_7984sDSC_7943sOur little ones loved learning about bugs, and we love to encourage hands-on imaginative play.

These “Bug” activities were from Koala Crate.

Snow Days

After the late Winter storm we just had, and with more snow on the way, we have to find creative ways to enjoy it! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives us 50 cm of snow.. we eat it! That’s right! Today, we made Snow Ice Cream!

DSC_6199sI found this recipe HERE.

recipeThis is an easy, quick and super fun activity to do with kids.

You need just four simple ingredients, and a big bowl of fresh snow!

DSC_6160sMake sure to get the snow from a clean, untouched area. There’s tons of it out there!

DSC_6219sMix all ingredients until it’s a nice “ice-cream-ish” consistency.

DSC_6147sThen top with sprinkles, and serve to the little ones – and yourself!  Enjoy!

DSC_6156sDSC_6153sDSC_6189sOf course, we were also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today! We all wore green and danced jigs and reels to some fabulous Irish Newfoundland tunes. Erin go Bragh!

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May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Day Care Dance-A-Thon

On Friday, February 13, Little Tulips Family Child Care participated in the 16th Annual Kids Helping Kids Day Care Dance-A-Thon!

Proceeds from this event go to the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre to help provide our province’s sick and injured children with the best possible care.

Our little group danced their hearts out and raised an incredible $650.00!!!

We want to thank everyone who sponsored our children. On behalf of Little Tulips, the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre and the many families that will benefit from your gift, thank you for your kindness and caring.
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

It is another magical holiday season, and at Little Tulips Family Child Care, we are celebrating in a big way. Our little ones have been busy getting into the holiday spirit, baking cookies, decorating the tree and making Christmas crafts. This is such a fun time of year, and we appreciate being able to spend this time with such a wonderful group of children.

Santa came to visit this week, bringing toys and goodies and Christmas cheer to our home. It is a hectic time, but we hope that you will all be able to rest and relax and enjoy the holiday with your families. It’s been a very full and exciting year for us, and we look forward to 2015, as we prepare for a new year full of blessings.

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Get Outside!

TMODay_WebsiteOctober 29th is Take Me Outside Day 2014, and at Little Tulips Family Child Care, we are committed to spending at least one hour outside!

Take Me Outside Day, in partnership with The David Suzuki Foundation and The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, is an opportunity for schools across Canada and around the world to show the importance of getting outside.  It’s a day to support education extending beyond four walls and a desk!

Last year, Take Me Outside Day had approximately 500 schools participate. This year, David Suzuki will be supporting this initiative and joining along with hundreds of schools across the country and around the world to help raise awareness about the importance of spending more time outside.

Research shows that outdoor play in a natural setting makes kids healthier and happier, and we love healthy, happy kids! Children are naturally drawn to active play outdoors. It allows them to explore their environment, develop strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. The outdoors is the very best place for preschoolers to practice and master physical development skills like running, jumping and climbing. Outdoor play also contributes to social / emotional development, when children are free to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way.

Aside from the physical, social, and health benefits that we know to be true, playing outside is FUN! So, get out there!

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