Your kid will go bananas for this recipe

There’s definitely a holiday out there for everything, but this one was too good not to pass up. January 21 is National Banana Bread Day! Banana bread is a great way to use up overripe bananas and it makes a great snack or breakfast item. Celebrate this little-known holiday by rolling up your sleeves and spending some quality time in the kitchen with your toddler. This also makes for a fantastic rainy day activity. Make sure to share photos of your banana bread on our Facebook page if you and your kids make one!

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

*Recipe via


3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
¼ cup melted butter
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt


Step 1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Step 2 Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and butter together in a bowl. Mix flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl; stir into banana mixture until batter is just mixed. Stir salt into batter. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Step 3 
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.

January Book Club

Happy New Year! To kick off 2021, we’ve got a great list of good reads for your littles. This month’s book picks will transport you to snowy landscapes and warm you up with delicious meals and cozy classics. 

1. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

Originally published in 1962, this book became the first picture book with an African-American protagonist to win a major children’s award. The story features a young boy named Peter who ventures outside after the first snowfall in his bright red snowsuit and discovers the joy of playing in the snow. 

2. The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Written and illustrated by one of the foremost children’s authors, Jan Brett, this heartwarming story is about a missing mitten that is transformed into a cozy home for a bunch of woodland creatures. Once you’ve read the story, your little can try their hand at colouring in the mitten and its creatures by printing off this fun colouring page.

3. Spaghetti and Meatballs for All, by Marilyn Burns

There’s nothing like a hearty meal of spaghetti and meatballs on a chilly January day. This book is not only a fun story but also an early introduction to the math concepts of area and perimeter.

4. There’s a Giraffe in my Soup, by Ross Burach

Soup is another great meal for this time of year. But what if there was a giraffe in your soup? Read aloud as another hairy or scary animal pops out of each course at the restaurant. Parents, you’ll enjoy the puns just as much as your kid enjoys the fun illustrations. 

5. Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Storybook Collection

January 18 marks National Winnie the Pooh Day! Dive into these 11 classic stories where Winnie the Pooh and his friends learn about topics such as friendship, respect and caring for the environment. 

What are your family’s favourite books this month?

7 Simple chores your preschooler should help with

Chores are a daily fact of family life. Indeed, for the first few years of their life babies and toddlers seem only to contribute an endless mountain of laundry, mess, and cooking. The good news is that once they hit preschool age, children can finally start to take on some basic household responsibilities.

It’s nice to know that there’s light at this endless tunnel of domestic duties. But, according to child development experts, it’s also good for children. 

Psychologists believe that chores can help children develop a sense of self confidence, a feeling of contribution, and competence as they hone useful life skills.

So if you want a little extra hand around the house while helping your children grow into competent and considerate young people, consider tasking your preschooler with some of these chores:

#1: Tidying up their toys – Tired of stepping on stray Lego pieces? Make it a habit to get your kids to clean up their toys at the end of the day.

#2: Putting their dishes in the dishwasher – You might need to help them rinse their plates but your children can easily learn to put their own dishes in the dishwasher.

#3: Emptying the utensils from the dishwasher – They probably can’t reach all the cupboards for the plates and cups but emptying the utensil holder into a drawer is an easy win.

#4: Putting their own laundry away – How little children generate so many dirty clothes has always been a mystery to me. Reduce your workload by getting them to put their laundry back in their drawers. Bonus points if you teach them how to fold it themselves too.

#5: Sorting the recycling – Good for the planet and a good sorting task for them. Just make sure that you haven’t recycled a bunch of artistic treasures when you ask them to go through it!

#6: Vacuuming – If your child likes power tools, what better one is there than a vacuum cleaner? Let them loose on a room with a powerful cleaning machine and sit back and enjoy the results.

#7: Hanging up their own jacket – Do your kids leave piles of crumpled, wet clothes on the floor at the front door? Get a couple of coat hooks hung low enough for them to hang up their own jackets (and encourage them to use it every time they come in the house).

Diana Davis, LVPPP President

What other chores do you get your preschooler to help with around the house? 

Holiday Craft: Salt Dough Ornaments

December is the perfect time for indoor crafts. These easy salt dough ornaments are sure to keep your little ones busy from kneading the dough and cutting out fun shapes to painting and hanging up their unique creations.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water


Mix the flour and salt together in a medium bowl until well blended. Slowly start adding the warm water while stirring. Use your hands to knead the dough until it is smooth.

Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper, and roll it out until it is 1/8″ thick. Use any shape of cookie cutter to make the ornaments, remove the excess dough (leave the shapes on the parchment paper to bake). Use a straw to poke a hole at the top of each ornament.

Get creative and use a fork, straw, rubber stamps or other tools to create textures on the surface.

Bake the ornaments in a 170°F for about 2 hours until they start to brown. Let them cool before decorating with glitter, acrylic paint or stickers. Finally, add some ribbon to hand out as gifts, hang on a tree or display in a window.

Year End Letter from our Teachers

Well here we are in the first week of December. Who would have guessed life would be like it is, this time last year! First and foremost, our children and families need praising for their perseverance and support each day. We, as teachers, see those faces come to the playground and we automatically smile within.

During the past four months, we have seen ourselves evolve into a very creative group. Our outdoor play has become the usual but with a sense of imagination. Our perimeters are there but we have been able to work together and encourage the children, to extend their imagination and interest and be able to see the best of what we can offer. Our space has been used to it’s potential and if we must, then we can still work on improvement and change.

Let us hope that by January some things will be coming back to normality and we can continue on with seeing the groups grow and become more independent. With this, they then can show us how they have learned from our ideas and their own interactions with each other. The New Year will bring changes for us all. Let us hope for continued enthusiasm from us all. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Teacher Libby and Teacher Liz 

2020 Parade of Trees

Every year our preschool sponsors and decorates one of the Christmas trees in the Lynn Valley Village Parade of Trees. Our kids and teachers have been working hard on tree decorations for our LVPPP tree.  Our tree is #47, right outside Nourish Market.

There will be no opening ceremony festivities this year, but you are welcome to peruse and enjoy the festive trees in Lynn Valley Village anytime.

December Book Club

Hello, December! It’s hard to believe the last month of the year has arrived. December is the perfect month to get cozy and curl up with your little one and a book. This month’s book picks highlight holidays, snow, and celebrating our differences. 

1. Dream Snow, by Eric Carle

You’ll recognize this author and illustrator’s work from the classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar. The story of Dream Snow is about a farmer who takes a nap on December 24 and dreams about a snowstorm, only to wake up to real snow and a memory of putting on a red suit and delivering gifts. 

2. The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs

While this picture book doesn’t contain words, the story will be sure to keep your little one riveted. The Snowman follows a little boy who builds a snowman that comes to life and flies him high above the countryside. 

3. We’re All Wonders, by RJ Palacio

December 3 is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. We would be remiss to not highlight at least one of the awesome books for toddlers featuring central characters with disabilities. We’re All Wonders features Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his dog, Daisy. This book is a great starting point for discussions around inclusion, empathy and kindness. 

4. Hanukkah Bear, by Eric A. Kimmel

December also brings about Hanukkah celebrations. The Hanukkah Bear is a lively picture book that provides a great introduction to the traditions of Hannukah. It also includes some facts and a recipe for Latkes. 

5. Olivia Helps with Christmas, by Ian Falconer

This book is part of the Olivia book series, which follows the adventures of an adorable little pig. Olivia is very helpful, especially at Christmas when she waits for Santa, watches mom make dinner and ensures dad sets up the tree. 

6. A World of Cookies for Santa, by M.E. Furman

Follow Santa as he travels around the globe and tries all sorts of treats on Christmas Eve. This multicultural and festive journey is sure to leave your mouth watering. But this book has a solution for that – cookie recipes are included in the back!

What are your family’s favourite books this month?

A Preschool Christmas for Lynn Valley Care Centre

So 2020 didn’t exactly go as planned. Who would have thought that this year would see a once in a century pandemic and the shutting down of society as we know it? It certainly wasn’t predicted in any fortune cookie I was eating.

It’s been a tough and strange year for all of us but our senior citizens have been particularly hard hit. They have the dual problem of being most at risk from the virus and also most impacted by the restrictions put in place to protect them. 

This Christmas we would like to show our love to these wonderful members of our community who have been so adversely affected. Our preschool will be preparing a packet of Christmas cards and art from the children for residents of Lynn Valley Care Centre, the first care home to be hit by the devastating impacts of the Coronavirus.

We will be delivering the cards on Friday, December 11 and staff will quarantine the cards and art before distributing them to the residents. As it’s such a nice time of year to think of others, we’d like to open it up to preschool alumni and families in the community who want to get involved. 

If you’d like to submit a card or artwork from your children, please place it in an envelope marked “Christmas art project” and drop it through the mail slot (3220 Mountain Highway) by 9 am on Friday December 11.

Thank you,

Diana Davis, LVPPP President

Scavenger Hunt: Holiday Edition

How many of these seasonal things can you and your little one spot? Print off this checklist and try to find each item!

Celebrate National Cookie Day

December 4 is National Cookie Day! Celebrate this little known holiday by baking some of your favourite cookies with your little one. If you’re looking for a new recipe to try, why not give these fun ones a whirl:

1. Leaf cookies

Let those little hands create seasonal masterpieces. These fall cookies are just as tasty as they are pretty to look at. This recipe uses pre-made tubes of sugar cookie dough and a bit of food colouring.

2. Earth cookies

These cookies are out of this world! These globe themed cookies are perfect for inspiring a bit of wanderlust or talking about Santa’s upcoming travels. 

3. 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

This 3-ingredient cookie recipe is an instant classic and a great intro to mixing and baking. 

4. Brownie mix cookies

This one is for all the chocolate lovers! This 4-ingredient cookie recipe uses a box of brownie mix. To make this extra festive, try adding some crushed candy cane to the mix. 

5. Candy cane cookies

These cookies are perfect to leave under the tree for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. 

6. Thumbprint cookies

Thumbpint cookies are another seasonal classic and those little fingers are perfect for making the little indents for the jam!

What are your favourite cookie recipes? Share them in the comments!