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“We all live in a…!”

May 8, 2017
Written by: Sarah

Octavia the Octopus in her natural habitat.

Meet Octavia the Octopus, host of Wednesday’s Music Makers class. She’s an octopus with a heart of gold, two bulging eyes, and a musical soul. Her eight tentacles are usually busy with instruments: drums, harmonica, guitar, french horn – you name it, Octavia can play it!

Wednesdays this spring, Octavia has been helping the Big Kids build an octopus’ musical garden. They’ve added instruments – drums and tambourines – and are working on a very special project.

The first major project on the Big Kids’ agenda is a submarine to explore the depths of Octavia’s ocean home. What colour is our submarine, you ask? Yellow, of course!

We’ve had a blast working on the outside of our submarine so far. Everyone can help out with its bright yellow paint job! After nap time, the toddlers have been participating in the Big Kids Club fun and joining in on the chorus of Yellow Submarine while they paint.

Earlier this month, the kids created portholes that will adorn the sides of our under-the-sea vessel. They made ocean scenes complete with a sandy ocean floor, fish, bubbles, and various rocks and treasures…but mostly a lot of sand. As it turns out, there are few things in life more fun than sprinkling sand on a glue-covered page! Just ask Big Kids Sylvie, Emily, and Archie, who spent the better part of an afternoon working on their portholes.

Looking at the state of our submarine so far, you might see little more than a pile of yellow boxes; however, this state of affairs hasn’t curbed the Big Kids’ excitement one bit. Agreeing with Crosby that “It needs a roof! It needs a floor,” his body wrapped in yellow cardboard, Mattis spent the better part of last Wednesday scooting around the centre exclaiming “Submarine! Submarine! Submarine!” His excitement was contagious, and the other kids hopped in the sub soon after.

This week, Octavia and her two-armed compatriots will get into the construction phase of their submarine project. The pieces are painted and in place, the yellow duck tape has been purchased, and the crew is ready! Stay tuned to see how it all comes together.

Join us next week for an extra-special, extra-long field trip to the Vancouver Maritime Museum on May 17th from 1-5pm! We’ll be examining the museum’s kid-friendly displays to see how our yellow submarine compares to the real thing!

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