Here Comes the Sun!

We are just loving all of the sunshine and warm temperatures we’ve been getting lately! Our little ones are having so much fun exploring, and we all feel so much happier after a good dose of fresh air! Here are some photos of what we’ve been up to recently!


Every Child is an Artist

We recently had a very special visitor to our Family Child Care Home! Julie Lewis, of Sassy Tuna is a trained animator and designer who teaches art classes to adults and children. She teaches and demonstrates drawing in a very personalized and patient way, and was wonderful with our children, going through the process step-by-step.

We painted self-portraits, and our little ones loved it!

Art plays an important role in early childhood education. Art fosters sensory perception, offers children a chance to experiment, create, and build, strengthens their ability to think and make decisions, and helps children make sense of the world around them. And art is fun! Children have a natural tendency to create. We see this daily in their play, and art is one medium through which children can satisfy this need to create and express themselves.

As always, with children’s art activities it is more about the process than the final product, but we think our children are pretty talented!


We Danced for the Janeway

On February 12th, our group at Little Tulips Family Child Care participated in the 17th Annual Kids Helping Kids Daycare Dance-a-Thon!

We are always excited to show our support for the Janeway, and to help ensure that the children of our province receive the best care possible.

The Daycare Dance-A-Thon was a great opportunity to show our children how we can have fun while helping others.. plus it’s an excuse to dance in the middle of the day!

This year, we raised $400.00 for the Janeway!!


On behalf of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre, the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation and the many families that benefit from fundraising initiatives such as the Daycare Dance-a-Thon, we thank you for your support!

Happy Christmas

The end of the year is always a very exciting time for us at Little Tulips!

We are thankful for all that we have been privileged to experience over the past several months, and we are very proud of all that our children have accomplished.

We celebrated this week with our annual Christmas party, and we were happy to welcome parents and siblings to our Family Child Care home. We had a wonderful visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and our little ones were thrilled to see them!

DSC_2291sDSC_2284sIMG_0721sIMG_0724sDSC_2297sThanks to all of you for your continued love and support.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Little Mummers

The holidays are just around the corner, and we are getting in the festive spirit! Leading up to Christmas, we have been learning about the distinct cultural tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mummering was more common years ago in the smaller communities around the island, when people would disguise themselves in funny clothing and go door to door, making surprise visits to their friends and neighbours. It has been making a comeback in recent years, with the introduction of the Mummers Festival in St. John’s.

This week, we looked at lots of pictures of people dressed up as Mummers. We listened to The Mummer’s Song (on repeat), and we learned how to play an ‘ugly-stick’! Our little ones had so much fun putting on silly outfits, with sheets covering their faces. We danced and sang and had a grand old time!

Mummering is a wonderful tradition that has been passed down through generations, and we are keeping it going!


Jamarama 2015

Jamarama15On Friday, October 16th, Little Tulips Family Child Care participated in Jamarama, in support of the Janeway Children’s Hospital. We had so much fun wearing our pajamas, and we were happy to be able to donate to such an important cause! Wearing pajamas is a sign of solidarity and support for the brave little ones in the hospital who don’t get to change out of their pajamas. It lets them know that we understand what they are going through and that we are fighting for them. Our children use the services of the Janeway on a regular basis, and so we know how important it is to offer our support.

Little Tulips Family Child Care raised an incredible $823.00 for the Janeway through Jamarama this year! Thank you to all who donated, for your participation, and for helping to make a real difference. It is because of engaged and caring community members – people like you! – that the Janeway can continue to provide the best possible pediatric health care in the province. Remember, every little bit counts!

DSC_0883DSC_0859“There’s a lot of money in here! You’ve got to give it to the doctors so they can make people feel better. The doctors will be so happy and they will smile at us!”

DSC_0876JamaramaCollageDSC_0915*Update*  This week, we presented our cheque to the Janeway Hospital Foundation!