Chinese New Year!


Our preschoolers have been spending the last few weeks learning all about Chinese New Year and its traditions!

Our Willows class was very curious about the Chinese Zodiac so we spent some time looking up which zodiac animal year we were born in. Most of us were born in the year of the Dragon, Snake and Horse! To celebrate this year, the year of the Dog, we all made our own paper bag puppets! Some of our Willows even practiced writing numbers in Chinese!

Lion dancing is also an important part of the celebration for Chinese New Year (done for good luck and to drive away evil spirits) - we loved watching videos of Lion Dancers! We were lucky enough to have a parent arrange for a volunteer from the Jing Wo Cultural Association Lion Dance Team to come talk to our preschoolers about Lion Dancing and the meaning behind it. He brought in instruments for us to try out and we even had a chance to try on the Lion costume! It was so much fun!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Fur or Blubber? A Science Experiment!

Our preschoolers conducted a fascinating science experiment during our Arctic animals week! The preschoolers tested to see if fur or blubber keeps Arctic and Antarctic animals warmer.

To do this the teachers created ziploc sandwich bag mittens to place into cold ice water.  The mittens were filled with either Crisco to simulate blubber or fluff to simulate fur. They then put their hands into the mittens while they were submerged in ice water to feel for themselves which kept their hands warmest.

The preschoolers concluded that the blubber kept their hands much warmer in the ice water! Hence why our Arctic water dwelling animal friends have blubber.


The experiment is fun and quick to do at home with kids! Here is how:

Take one ziploc sandwich bag and put a couple of spoonfuls of crisco into it, then take another ziplock bag, turn it inside out, and place it inside the first bag, then zip it together. You can also tape the top to keep it together if necessary. Follow the same steps and use cotton balls instead of crisco to make the fur. Try not to fill the bag with too many cotton balls.

Next, fill a bucket or large bowl with cold water and ice, then put your hands in the mitts, and put them in the ice water. Be careful not to put them in so far that the water goes into the mitts. 

Have fun!

Mindfully Me with Ms Lindsay

Our yoga teaching, outdoor enthusiast, and hockey loving Ms Lindsay is bringing Mindfully Me into the schools! 

Every week students get to learn and participate in gentle stretching, yoga, mindful meditations, and self-reflection. Through these practices and activities kids are building their skills and abilities for focus, dealing with difficult life situations with healthier emotional responses, and self care.

We could all learn to show more kindness and compassion to ourselves as well as others. And Ms Lindsay is one of our many teachers who is helping to bring more love into the world by teaching kids effective strategies for better choices.

We asked Ms Lindsay, 'what feeds your love of teaching?'

Knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of theses little kiddos is very rewarding! Helping them grow and learn is so fun to watch, knowing that they are learning about being present and mindful at such a young age is amazing! I learn new things from them everyday .


Settled Into Our New Home!

As of January 2nd we are now completely moved into our new space above the CNIB. We have so much more room and we are thrilled with how beautifully the space is coming together! Our nature preschool classes, playoga, and before/after care each have their own spaces to call their own. We are so grateful to our patient parents who were so kind and understanding during our long wait for the new space. All of us here at Wilder Kids Yoga Inc. look forward to a fantastic year here.

New Space Sneak Peek!

Thursday, December 14th we hosted a holiday concert / art show at our soon to be new location! The kids presented beautiful pieces of art work and the nature school children sang wonderfully. We are so grateful for the support of the families and our community. We hope you are looking forward to the new space as much as we are! Happy Holidays!

Halloween Fun For Families!

Looking for some Halloween fun to do with the family? Here are some ideas to help fill your weekend with plenty of spooky fun!



What: Spooky and fun science activities for the whole family

When: October 14th - 31st

Where: Telus Spark 

Cost: Adult (18-64) $19.95 + gst / Youth (13-17) $15.95 + gst / Child (3-12) $12.95 + gst

Ghouls Night Out

What: Heritage Park Halloween bash

When: October 26th - 29th

Where: Heritage Park 

Cost: Old Spirits (13+) $ 10.95 + gst / Little Ghouls (3-12) $6.95 + gst / Children 2 and under are free

Halloween Party at Westbrook Mall

What: Face painting and pumpkin decorating

When: October 28th & 29th

Where: Westbrook Mall

Cost: $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada


Making Healthy Eating Fun For Kids!

April 24, 2017 | Bryanna Chunyk - Written for Wee Wild Ones 

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Did you know that children develop their eating habits from a very early age. Studies show that children's eating habits are  formed at birth to approximately six years of age. The eating habits that are formed during this time frame can last a lifetime. Our initial relationship with food and healthy choices are learned and formed at such a young age and are often a result of watching our parents and caregivers. 

Here are some healthy ways to make healthy eating fun for children:

1. Offer a variety of choices. Offer a variety of choices for meals and snacks and always remember that you are in charge of the food supply kept stocked in the home. Offering choices in the fruits or vegetables served in a meal is a great way to have children included in the decision making process. Being involved empowers your child to make healthy food choices. Remind your child of why they are choosing these nutritious foods and keep the options colourful. Offer up some fun facts about the foods being served. Tell your child about the Vitamin K in carrots and how it helps with their bones, brains and eyes. Get creative and zest up their veggies with some creative dips, fun shapes and different textures.

2. Start a garden with your family. Children often learn from doing. Planting a garden is a great way to incorporate spending time with your family while growing your own nutritious foods. This is a wonderful way to educate and encourage children, demonstrating the importance of caring for the earth, where our food is sourced  and also teaching them about responsibility. This is a great opportunity to teach your child about the importance of eating healthy, clean, local and unprocessed foods.

3. Have dessert with dinner. Having dessert with dinner is a great way to take the reward out of your children eating everything on their plates or having dessert used as a bargaining tool. The novelty of having a dessert or treat after dinner will wear off if you include the dessert as part of their healthy meal. Fresh fruits, yogurt, chia seed pudding and banana bread are delicious examples of what can be offered as a compliment to any meal.

4. Grocery Shopping. Let children pick out a couple of healthy options at the grocery store that they would like to sample or include in a meal. It can take approximately 10-15 tries before a child accepts a new food. Introducing a new food into a meal that they already love can make this easier. Adding spinach to a wrap or chopped broccoli into their favourite casserole is a wonderful way to introduce a new vegetable without overwhelming your child with a new food. Making children feel a part of the process is fun for them. Let them participate from the grocery store aisles to the kitchen. 

5. Monkey see Monkey do. Children often role model what we do. Try to make healthy choices yourself, don't skip meals, drink plenty of water, eat at the table and take time to enjoy your meals. Our lives often revolve around busy schedules, eating on the run and social events. Try to be conscientious that food is not a reward. When food is introduced as a reward or sign of affection we may be teaching our child to cope with stress or other emotions with food. Try when possible to offer other means of rewards over food.

6. Lastly Remember Don't Stress. Remember that Rome wasn't built in a day and teaching our children about fueling their bodies with healthy choices can take time. Treats are okay in moderation. We all enjoy indulging in chocolate or cookies from time to time. Don't stress if your children aren't always reaching for the carrots or that apple. Often times coaxing, begging and bargaining can have the opposite affect of what we wanted to accomplish in the first place. We can win the healthy food fight by not stressing too much. If we act like healthy choices are the norm then often times they follow suit. Keeping your fridge and cupboards stocked with healthy food options is a great way to have your kids reaching for healthy choices on their own.

Thank you Mrs Katherine!

February 23, 2017 | Wee Wild Ones 

Our lovely Preschool teacher Ms. Katherine is leaving on maternity leave! We can't thank you enough for all your hard work with the preschool class of 2016-2017. We will miss you! And we look forward to a visit from you and your newest little bean in the Spring :)

Mrs.Kathrine Q&A

Q: Whats your greatest wish?
A: To make a difference in the lives of children
Q: What Super power do you wish you had?
A: To be invisible
Q: Who’s your favourite word, and why?
A: "Thank you"  It is such a great word to teach children about being grateful and a reminder for me to be thankful and grateful for all that people do for me.
Q: What is something your grateful for?
A: family
Q: What is something you would like to learn?
A: to teach yoga
Q: What’s your favourite Yoga posture and why?
A: triangle, love the stretch and it feels so good!
Q: What brings you back to your Mat and practice?
A: Whenever I am feeling stressed. I always forget how much of a stress relief yoga is for me and it helps keep me present.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: Completing my masters of education
Q:Whats the nicest/cutest thing a child/student has said to you?
A:  "I'm going to marry Miss Skrien one day"
Q: What’s something you want to learn to do?
A: to teach yoga
Q: Favourite outdoor activity?
A: skiing
Q: Favourite Food?
A: grilled cheese sandwich
Q: Favourite Treat?
A: popcorn
Q: How do you practice Mindfulness?
A: Breathing in and out and remembering to live in the moment!
Q: If you had to use three words to describe yourself, what would they be?
A: Creative, Organized and kind!