Pop Art Fun

Nothing makes a statement better than BRIGHT, BOLD colours.  So last Thursday that is exactly what we did!


1.Using markers, paints and bingo dabbers our student create bright and bold backgrounds on cardstock and left them to dry.

2.While they were drying students then drew self portraits on separate paper and coloured them in bright and unusual colours.

3.We then cut out our portraits and glued them to our dry backgrounds with some striking results!


We would love to see some of your creations!


Jenn Sedor and Rachel Corrigan


Kenosee/Wawota Area La Leche League Meetings

They had their first La Leche League meeting at Kenosee Lake with Leader Penny Miles from Wolseley and it was a great night! They had 5 moms attend and Penny found it so successful, she has offered to drive down on a regular basis to hold meetings if there continues to be people interested. It will be a mom’s group meeting, as well as a breast feeding support and information meeting.

If anyone would like to attend, give Tamara a call at (306)577-9763.

Public Health Nurse Speaks at Playroom

On May 29th, Anita from Sun Country Health, will be coming to the second hour of playroom to weigh babies and talk about parenting. She will meet at the CFY playroom to weigh the babies and then we will go over to the library to talk about and answer any questions you have about parenting. Everyone welcome!

First Aid classes a success!

Pictured L-R Juanita McArthur-Big Eagle, Laurie Bouchard, Laura Lees, Anna Wagner and Katherine Leier

Pictured L-R Juanita McArthur-Big Eagle, Laurie Bouchard, Laura Lees, Anna Wagner and Katherine Leier

On April 6th and April 12th Katherine Leier from St. John’s Ambulance Regina came to the Carlyle Public Library to instruct 12 parents and youth about emergency first aid.  The Course covered everything from emergency scene management to CPR and AED rescue.  The highlight of the course was a chance to practice and learn emergency first aid specific for infants and children, something not as intensely covered in other first-aid courses offered in the area.

So far CFY has received many positive comments about the two courses held and will consider another first aid session for the community in the coming fall or winter months of 2014.  If you are interested in attending a course like this please let us know!!  Contact 306-453-2666 or cornerstoneprograms(at)sasktel.net



Last week at the Carlyle Public Library the Grade 2-3’s made some fantastic erupting volcanos!  To start each student was given a small glass bottle and some clay.  (Since we had a class of 33 we used a variety of clay to make different looking volcanos: Crayola Model Magic, Crayola Air Dry Clay and No-Name brand Modelling Clay.)


The Crayola Model Magic is such a great product to work with.  I really love it because it is as workable as clay but it is very lightweight and can be painted or coloured on with markers as soon as you are done modeling it.  It will dry overnight in open air or you can keep it in an air tight container and play with it as many times as you like.

Just look at the great volcanos the Gr 2-3’s came up with using their creative minds!


Now for the fun part:  The Eruptions!!!

The first eruption I tought the kids about was a very simple soap bubble and water recipe.  (Everyone knows this from blowing milk bubbles at restaraunts and having parents yell “STOP THAT!”


Water (Fill your volcano container half full)

Food Colour (Just a few drops)

Squeeze of dish soap (Play with the amounts to see what happens)


The next volcano eruptions we tried were a little more reactive.  The old stand-by: Baking soda and vinegar.  Of course I tried to go into the chemistry behind this reaction, but honestly, everyone was too excited to take in much science. 🙂  (Thank goodness for hand-outs!)

For those of you wondering: Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base, when the two are mixed they create a wonderful reaction that releases carbon dioxide (The same stuff that makes pop fizzy).

Recipe:  Baking Soda and Vinegar Eruption

1-2 TBLSP of Baking soda into your volcano

Food Colour (As little or as much as you like)

1/4-1/2 Cup vinegar

When the vinegar is added to the baking soda you will get a very fizzy reaction!!!  Kind of like this:


But nothing can beat my new favourite:  Elephant Toothpaste.   Why is it called elephant toothpaste… well, you’ll have to let me know if you find out… all I know is that the reaction is bigger, lasts longer and is exceptionally fun to play in when it stops.  Make sure an adult helps with the hydrogen peroxide!!


Recipe for Elephant Toothpaste

A clean 16 ounce plastic soda bottle

  • 1/2 cup 20-volume hydrogen peroxide liquid (20-volume is a 6% solution, ask an adult to get this from a beauty supply store or hair salon)  *NOTE we used regular 10-volume pharmacy brand at it still creates a great foam
  • 1 Tablespoon (one packet) of dry yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons of warm water
  • Liquid dish washing soap
  • Food coloring
  • Small cup
  • Safety goggles

NOTE: As you can see from the picture, foam will overflow from the bottle, so be sure to do this experiment on a washable surface, or place the bottle on a tray.

1. Hydrogen peroxide can irritate skin and eyes, so put on those safety goggles and ask an adult to carefully pour the hydrogen peroxide into the bottle.
2. Add 8 drops of your favorite  food coloring into the bottle.
3. Add about 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap into the bottle and swish the bottle around a bit to mix it.
4. In a separate small  cup, combine the warm water and the yeast together and mix for about 30 seconds.

5. Now the adventure starts! Pour the yeast water mixture into the bottle (a funnel helps here) and watch the foaminess begin!

Foam is awesome! The foam you made is special because each tiny foam bubble is filled with oxygen. The yeast acted as a catalyst (a helper) to remove the oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide. Since it did this very fast, it created lots and lots of bubbles. Did you notice the bottle got  warm. Your experiment created a reaction called an Exothermic Reaction – that means it not only created foam, it created heat! The foam  produced is  just water, soap, and oxygen so you can  clean it up with a sponge and pour any extra  liquid left in the bottle down the drain.

Family Literacy Day

On January 28th CFY and the Carlyle Public Library celebrated Family Literacy day (a day late) This years’ theme was 15 minutes of fun.  You can check out lots of ideas on the official site: here.

Our morning was reserved for the little guys and gals who played bowling, bean bag toss, treasure hunt, created bookmarks and all went home with a story book.

Our afternoon was a little more…challenging…. with the older kids playing “Minute to Win it”!  What silly challenges we attempted.  (I think everyone’s favourite was the face the cookie challenge… You place a cookie on your forehead and can only use your face muscles to get it to your mouth.  We all failed, but all ate our cookies anyway!)

Check out some more Win it to Minute Games here.  (Great for Family Game Night!!!)


Jenn Sedor, School Age and Youth Coordinator