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In Search of the Red Ripe Strawberry!

In Search of the Red Ripe Strawberry!

The Minden OEYC would like to thank Abbey Gardens for another great program - looking for wild strawberries, storytime, visiting the animals, and enjoying a yummy snack we helped to make.

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CKL- PICNIC-in-the-PARK

CKL- PICNIC-in-the-PARK

Our June PICNIC-in-the-PARK was so much fun! Over 230 attended a fun morning of play, face painting, ice cream making, spinning demonstration...and bubbles...can't forget the bubbles!

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Dream Acre Whitetails!

Dream Acre Whitetails!

Haliburton OEYC visited Dream Acre Whitetails recently. What a great opportunity to get up close to feed, hug & learn about the whitetail deer. Jack the buck was very friendly & photogenic! Everyone enjoyed a pizza lunch & play at the Kinmount park afterwards.

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Minden OEYC Party in the Park!

Minden OEYC Party in the Park!

Another Minden OEYC year end tradition - our park day. Bubbles, water play, painting, parachute fun & juicy watermelon to cool us down! This year we also had a story and animal scavenger hunt to go along with it. Thanks for a great morning!

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Eggcellent Activities!

Eggcellent Activities!

It's been a week filled with EGGcellent Easter activities.  We hope you enjoy some family time together this holiday weekend.

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StoryWalk with the Haliburton OEYC!

StoryWalk with the Haliburton OEYC!

The Haliburton OEYC offered some March Break fun today! StoryWalk inside the school halls for Jenny's Winter Walk Yoga story, followed by a warm yummy soup to share with everyone. Thank you, Bev!

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Stacking & Sorting!

Stacking & Sorting!

We were building, stacking and creating an obstacle course during our Fabulous Friday at the Minden OEYC. Stay tuned for Fit Kids at the Minden Community Centre starting March 17.      

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Stacking & Sorting!

Stacking & Sorting!

We were building, stacking and creating an obstacle course during our Fabulous Friday at the Minden OEYC. Stay tuned for Fit Kids at the Minden Community Centre starting March 17.

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Fun With Snow & Ice!

Fun With Snow & Ice!

Having a great time with snow, ice and an indoor pom pom snowball fight! Join us on our next Fabulous Friday on February 24 at the Minden centre in Archie Stouffer Elementary School.

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Enjoy OEYC programs, or have ideas for changes?

Enjoy OEYC programs, or have ideas for changes?

The City of Kawartha Lakes will be operating OEYCFC’s in 2018 and are holding community consultation meetings. • City of Kawartha Lakes: Monday, February 6, 2017 Victoria Room at City Hall - 26 Francis St, Lindsay 1:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 • Haliburton County: Monday, February 13, 2017 Pinestone Resort  - 4252 County Rd 21, Haliburton 1:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 Please consider attending and have your voice heard.  

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Literacy - Learn At Play, Every Day!

Literacy - Learn At Play, Every Day!

ABC Life Literacy Canada encourage families to "Learn at play, every day." Engaging in literacy activities as a family improves a child's skills and also helps adults keep their skills sharp. Check out the attached resources to get your family started. 

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Family Literacy Day - January 27, 2017

Family Literacy Day - January 27, 2017

Celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27.  Here's an idea to help you celebrate in a fun way... Read a book under a blanket or in a fort!

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Summer Time Fun at the OEYC Drop-In!

Summer Time Fun at the OEYC Drop-In!

We have been having some fun in the Lindsay Early Learning Drop-in on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings. Summer drop-in runs from 9:30 – 12:00 until August 11.  We had some fun ideas for a “Make It Box” & “Pick-a-Stick” shared by Jennifer… The Make It Box Get a box…any size…Large boxes can become boats, cars, trains, forts.                                                                                                       Add a variety of items to the box…paper, tape, scissors, glue, sticks, yarn, fabric, shoelaces, pipe cleaners, paper plates, bags, tissue, markers, feathers….whatever...

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Art in the Park - Minden OEYC

Art in the Park - Minden OEYC

Rainy weather moved our Art in the Park program indoors, but that didn't stop us from getting creative with clay, paint, bubbles and natural material.  

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Our Community

Our Community

Our participants enjoyed learning about community services during The Wings of Discovery Science Program at the Lindsay OEYC during the month of April. Ambulance, Fire Rescue, City Bus and Recycling trucks all made visits to the Lindsay OEYC.

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Train Day at the Minden OEYC

Train Day at the Minden OEYC

What a great morning we had at the Minden centre for Train Day! So many families came out and enjoyed the model trains featuring Thomas the Tank engine, as well as a pancake breakfast and train books, puzzles and crafts. It was great to see all the fathers enjoying time at the OEYC with their children!

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Today is Family Literacy Day!

Today is Family Literacy Day!

Today is Family Literacy Day! This year’s theme is “15 Minutes of Fun”. Early Literacy does not mean learning to read early; it means helping our children be READY to LEARN. Having fun with literacy as a whole family is a great way to connect with each other and learn together. Be face-to-face with your infant, toddler or pre-schooler and sing, read and play together. It’s easy to incorporate literacy into your life. So have some fun learning together today….and every day! Here are some resources which offer loads of ideas for songs, books, games and activities: /uploads/Learning can happen...

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Salad Anyone?

Salad Anyone?

It's December 7 and our United Way Community Garden garden plot is still looking good! There is enough lettuce, parsley, cilantro, oregano, rosemary and a bit of dill left in the garden for a healthy salad. Our OEYC participants enjoyed planting, cultivating and harvesting from 2 garden plots this past season. The produce was incorporated into meal planning for several of our programs with great success! We're looking forward to next year's growing season.

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Dental Morning in Minden

Dental Morning in Minden

Debbie Dean, from the HKPR Dental Department, came with her friend Ally the Alligator to the Minden centre on November 18. The children learned how and when to brush their teeth, as well as what food is good or bad for their teeth. Each child received a toothbrush to take home and there were lots of great tips for the parents too. Dental care is so important, starting good habits from an early age will help your child have healthy teeth for life!

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National Child Day - Friday November 20

Today, Friday November 20, we celebrate National Child Day! Check out the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Child Day website, it has interactive activities and resources to help celebrate the day. www.childday.gc.ca

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Exploring Paint on Tin Foil

Exploring Paint on Tin Foil

Children were having fun exploring tin foil art today at the Haliburton OEYC! Painting on tin foil gives children opportunities for sensory experiences and develops vocabulary and motor skills. Tin foil can be secured to an easel, or laid flat on a table. The tin foil can be left smooth which provides a canvas that is shiny and reflective or crinkle it up for a ‘bumpy’ canvas. Paint with paint brushes, cotton swabs, or allow children to use fingers and hands to paint with. Adding a few drops of dish soap to the paint creates a nice slippery feeling paint and aids in clean up as well. So get...

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October Activities at the OEYC

October Activities at the OEYC

OEYC participants enjoyed lots of activities this week. Scooping & measuring corn, playing with goop, slime...and pumpkins! OEYC staff mindfully plan and set up sensory play so that children have opportunities to explore, discover and simply have fun. Why not create a fall sensory bin to enjoy at home? Corn, leaves, acorns and pine cones are great items to add...use your imagination to create your own unique sensory bin. Pumpkins are great for sensory play....get out your potato masher, scoops, cups or just use your hands. Let your child reach in to that pumpkin and scoop and discover what's...

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Fun at the Pumpkin Patch!

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch!

OEYC participants and staff recently visited the 'Pumpkin Patch' at Buckhorn Berry Farm. Everyone enjoyed a wagon ride, the barnyard animals, play area, straw bale maze and the pumpkin cannon. Every child went home with a pumpkin...picking out just the right pumpkin was serious business!

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Come & Visit our Early Learning Drop-In Programs!

Come & Visit our Early Learning Drop-In Programs!

Welcome back everyone! Our early learning drop-in programs in Minden, Haliburton, Fenelon Falls and Lindsay are open this week (August 31 - September 4) with regular program hours. The Early Learning/Drop-In welcomes children 0 – 6 years along with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Through play, adults and children have the opportunity to explore, discover and create together.  The environment is set up to offer opportunities to enhance age appropriate skills in social, emotional, physical, communication/literacy and cognitive development.  It’s a friendly meeting place for adults...

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We Are Blogging!

We Are Blogging!

We’re blogging here at the OEYC!                                                                                                                                                                     Our beautiful new website is live and we’ll be keeping you updated on what’s happening at all of our sites in Minden, Haliburton, Fenelon Falls & Lindsay.  Everyone enjoyed ‘Picnic in the Park’ at Memorial Park in Lindsay this past June. The fun included face painting, bubbles, parachute activities, water play, old fashioned ice cream making and the creation of a beautiful art canvas. We have lots...

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