Doodle for Google Project

For the past three weeks, some of the children at Senior have been working tirelessly on their Doodle for Google projects.  This a nation wide contest hosted by google promoting children across Canada to answer this question:

However, the catch is their answer has to be illustrated through a Google Doodle.  Below are some examples created by the professional doodlers at google.
Lantern Festival 2017

Seven Earth-Sized Exoplanets Discovered!

Doodle for Google 2017 Winner - US 
Cole's First Draft

To get the children on board with this project I started off by showing them a few videos featuring doodlers from google.  These videos seemed to inspire the group to participate in the contest.  Soon everyone was doodling "google" over and over trying to create the best design.  Some of the children wanted to see past winners because they were curious.  

Cole's Second Draft
Over the past 3 weeks everyone has been making draft after draft until they were satisfied with their work.  Some of the children like Emma and Cole are using a digital sketch program to draw their final project while others like Andrew and Trenton are using professional markers to color their final copy.  The due date for this project is Tuesday, May 2nd and I can't wait to see how everyone's turned out! 

Stay turned for final images. 

Cole's Third Draft

Emma's Final Draft

Trenton's Final Draft

Andrew's Final Draft

Doodle for Google Canada


Egg-cellent Afternoon Activity

Hello OSC families, 

Tegan recently organized an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. There were over 70 eggs filled with all sorts of candy such as sour keys, Hi-Chews, and Skittles. As an added challenge, there were two golden eggs which contained a huge amount of Starbursts. While the kids were kept busy outside, Tegan and Sarah hid the smaller eggs while Carolyn had the task of hiding the golden eggs. The eggs were hidden all over the multi-purpose room, the nearby hallways and the equipment room. Carolyn hid one of the golden eggs in lego table and another in a case of girl guide cookies. To make it challenging to find, Carolyn placed a sheet of cardboard over the golden eggs and then covered it up with either the lego or girl guide cookies. Therefore, when the kids went looking in those areas, they often stopped when they reached the cardboard thinking that they hit the bottom of the box. 

During the hunt, the kids had a lot of fun running around and grabbing as many eggs as they could while also keeping an eye out for the golden eggs. While many of the kids got close to the golden eggs, it was Emma (grade 6) and Trenton (grade 3) who finally found them.

It was great to see all of the kids enjoying the activity and I know that the leaders definitely enjoyed watching.

Hope everyone had a egg-cellent  long weekend!


Spring Break Fun at Terra Nova Park!

Spring Break flew by so quickly, however, the two weeks were filled with creative themed in-days such as Colour Wars and Fantastical Beasts to exciting out-trips to Eileen Dailly Pool and Science World. On the last day of our Spring Break camps, we had a bike trip to Terra Nova Park. On our way to the park, we saw a Heron on the dyke and the kids were amazed to see this beautiful bird. 
Despite the chilly weather, this did not stop the kids from having a blast. Even though the big slide is always a hit, the most popular attraction at the park was the zip line. The kids spent at least an hour, taking turns going down the zip line and every time I would look over, I saw the biggest smiles on their faces. Instead of the kids asking the leaders to pull them on the zip line, Cole, Emma and Andrew made up their own airline called C. E. A.  Together, they pushed countless children and even some of the leaders! Our kids also like to stand at the end of the zip line and when a child gets to the end, they all fall over like dominos. It was great to see all the kids playing together and having a lot of fun.

The bike ride back to Gilmore OSC was a little harder because the kids were tired from playing at the park for so long. But with some inspirational Disney music playing, we did not “give up until we reached the end.”

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Spring Break!

Until next time,

Sarah A 

Mad Libs with Tegan

Recently at OSC all the kids were talking about how excited they are for spring break. They talked about all the adventures they were going to have, so I thought that I would get their imaginations going with a game of Mad Libs.  Mad Libs is a fill in the blank game where the children provided me with random words.  We then fit these words into pre-made sentences.  Below is the results!

In Canada the mascot is  a rotten lady bug then you totally messed up on the 18th day of school in  English.

Jennifer Lawrence accidentally poked herself with grapes and then the worlds best rubix-cuber  messed up by   89   days.

On  Thursday, Michael Jackson danced and the silliest music artist won 200 Grammy's.

One day Jutin Bieber went to USA to audition for frozen.

He had 1 million callbacks but instead he just kicked his legs.

Kids comments on the activity.

"I really liked the activity but I don’t like the name Mad Libs I think it should be called fill in the blanks."

"I thought the activity was fun and one of the best arts but I agree the name should be changed."


I loved that I could bring something brand new to the table and even with the kids having absolutely no idea what Mad Libs meant they were willing to give it a try and were actually very clever at creating them. We had a blast and hopefully can create more in the future. 

Have an amazing Spring break OSC families. 


Cookie Making with Damian and Alicia

So Many Treats!
Hey, Everyone! An exciting start to the month of March, through all the rain and clouds there has been a light! Through the power of sweetness and love, Alicia and I have planned some awesome sugar cookies that the kids took part in for our art project! We took a bunch of children to join us in the kitchen to learn the safety and rules of what to do and not do in the kitchen. We learned the dangers of not eating raw cookie dough, because of the chance of getting salmonella. We also enjoyed learning the correct way of rolling and measuring the ingredients to prepare such a yummy treat!

Not every cookie has to be perfect.
While waiting for these bundles of sweetness to bake, many of the students such as Theodora, Max, and some leaders (Carolyn and I) were improving their reading skills, by reading out kids plays (Green eggs and Ham, Pippi Longstocking) and trying to create funny voices to make reading so much more fun!
 Even though it was a messy task fitting so many chefs in a little kitchen we found a way to express our creative minds, in the art of forming shapes and cutting out animals. Even if the edges were rough or the dough was too dry, we all learned an important lesson. Following the rules and recipes, so we can take these skills to help our parents around the kitchen for dinnertime!  Talk to you later Alligator,

Damian L

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