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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

01/02/2023

This week’s area of focus is SCIENCE, we will make floating hearts.

You’ll need:
– Dry-erase markers
– Large shallow-sided dish (white works best)
– Water (room temperature)
– Straw

Instructions
1. Draw some hearts with your dry-erase markers on the bottom of your dish
2. Once the artwork is complete, carefully pour the water into the dish over the hearts. Pour slowly and steadily near the designs.
3. Now your artwork should lift and float around!
4. You can use a straw to gently blow the hearts around the dish too.

How do the hearts magically float? Dry-erase markers are designed to easily wipe off and are made with little adhesive. The ink is insoluble in water, so it won’t dissolve, but it is lighter than the water so it will float!

Craft Source: STEAM Powered Family 
Picture Source: Happy Hooligans

SHOP FEATURE 5

30/01/2023

(For the week of January 30, 2023)

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Big Gem Diamond Painting – Magical
Price: $23.99 each

Explore the world of diamond painting with this Magical-themed Big Gem Diamond Painting Kit! Combines two diamond painting activities in one – stickers and suncatchers. No glue, no mess! Self-adhesive stickers and suncatchers makes applying gems easy. Diamond dots are larger in size which makes them perfect for younger art enthusiasts. Handy plastic gem tray and stylus makes it easy to keep your gems organized and easy to pick up and place onto your project. Learn the basics of diamond painting and move on to create your own unique diamond art designs! 12 holographic stickers include printed dots for guided gem placement and 2 suncatchers offer an open-ended design experience to create your own diamond art design. Once completed, you can apply your Magical stickers to journals, cards, notebooks, pencil cases, and so much more. Display your suncatchers using the stands or included suction cups.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Big Gem Diamond Painting – Sea Friends
Price: $23.99 each

Explore the world of diamond painting with this Sea Friends-themed Big Gem Diamond Painting Kit! Combines two diamond painting activities in one – stickers and suncatchers. No glue, no mess! Self-adhesive stickers and suncatchers makes applying gems easy. Diamond dots are larger in size which makes them perfect for younger art enthusiasts. Handy plastic gem tray and stylus makes it easy to keep your gems organized and easy to pick up and place onto your project. Learn the basics of diamond painting and move on to create your own unique diamond art designs! 12 holographic stickers include printed dots for guided gem placement and 2 suncatchers offer an open-ended design experience to create your own diamond art design. Once completed, you can apply your Sea Friends stickers to journals, cards, notebooks, pencil cases, and so much more. Display your suncatchers using the stands or included suction cups.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Big Gem Diamond Painting – Sweets
Price: $23.99 each

Explore the world of diamond painting with this Sweets-themed Big Gem Diamond Painting Kit! Combines two diamond painting activities in one – stickers and suncatchers. No glue, no mess! Self-adhesive stickers and suncatchers makes applying gems easy. Diamond dots are larger in size which makes them perfect for younger art enthusiasts. Handy plastic gem tray and stylus makes it easy to keep your gems organized and easy to pick up and place onto your project. Learn the basics of diamond painting and move on to create your own unique diamond art designs! 12 holographic stickers include printed dots for guided gem placement and 2 suncatchers offer an open-ended design experience to create your own diamond art design. Once completed, you can apply your Sweets stickers to journals, cards, notebooks, pencil cases, and so much more. Display your suncatchers using the stands or included suction cups.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Big Gem Diamond Painting – Woodland
Price: $23.99 each

Explore the world of diamond painting with this Woodland-themed Big Gem Diamond Painting Kit! Combines two diamond painting activities in one – stickers and suncatchers. No glue, no mess! Self-adhesive stickers and suncatchers makes applying gems easy. Diamond dots are larger in size which makes them perfect for younger art enthusiasts. Handy plastic gem tray and stylus makes it easy to keep your gems organized and easy to pick up and place onto your project. Learn the basics of diamond painting and move on to create your own unique diamond art designs! 12 holographic stickers include printed dots for guided gem placement and 2 suncatchers offer an open-ended design experience to create your own diamond art design. Once completed, you can apply your Woodland stickers to journals, cards, notebooks, pencil cases, and so much more. Display your suncatchers using the stands or included suction cups.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Big Gem Diamond Painting Light
Price: $23.99 each

Create YOUR way with this Big Gem Diamond Painting Light kit! Stellar light-up art offers open-ended diamond painting fun. No glue needed. A great fine motor activity. Peel the clear cover off the design to reveal the adhesive, then place colourful, transparent gems to create your design. Cast radiating light patterns on the ceiling with two fun shadow disks. USB cord with integrated on/off switch powers your light. Contents include: 700+ colourful transparent 5mm gems, diamond painting stylus, wax square, gem tray, diamond painting light wrap, lid with LED light and attached USB power cable (USB power adapter not included), plastic jar (16 cm x 9.1 cm), shadow disks, shadow disk cap, sticky putty, and instructions with gem placement guide.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SHOP FEATURE 5

23/01/2023

(For the week of January 23, 2023)

Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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 Create With Clay – Mythical Creatures
Price: $29.99 each

Bring three mythical creatures to life with vibrant clay! This complete art and craft kit includes everything you need to create three mythical creatures – a Dragon, Unicorn, and Phoenix. Working with clay is a great sensory activity, helping to build fine motor skills, creativity, and imagination. Contents include: 3 plastic creature skeletons – dragon (6.3” w x 4.3” h), unicorn (4.33” w x 4.72” h) and phoenix (4.72” w x 3.94” h), 5 blocks of clay (non-drying) in yellow, orange, violet, jade, and blue (60 g each), modeling tools, feathers, and wiggly eyes.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Make Your Own Water Globes – Sweet Treats
Price: $36.99 each

Create 3 sweets-themed water worlds using the included sculpting tools and bright modeling clay in neon pink, neon yellow, neon violet, bright blue, and white. You can even mix colours together to create new ones! Accessorize your water globes with 3 sweet figurines – a birthday cake, milkshake, and an ice cream cone. Sprinkle glitter to create the perfect dessert topping. Also includes a handy funnel for filling, 3 display trays, and waterproof glue to seal your globes.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Quick Knit Charm Bracelets
Price: $26.99 each

Create 10 soft and vibrant charm bracelets with this trendy and fashionable bracelet making kit! Express yourself by using colourful yarn, beads, and charms to make DIY bracelets that match your mood, personality, or style. These friendship bracelets are easy to make with a traditional knitting spool. Great for beginner knitters, simply use the wooden tool to weave and braid soft yarn. The included step-by-step illustrated instructions will help you to create colourful friendship bracelets with ease! Kit includes 5 colours of knitting yarn, a reusable wooden knitting tool, and fashion forward charms and gems.

Suitable for ages 9+

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Sticker Suncatchers
Price: $21.99 each

Perfect for preschoolers! Little ones can practice colour and shape recognition, develop fine motor skills and foster creativity with these no-mess, peel-and-stick shapes. Decorate the 5 woodland animal templates with colourful translucent sticker shapes. Layer them together to create new colours and patterns. Display finished suncatchers on your windows with the included clear suction cups. Kit includes materials to make 5 suncatchers with printed animal acetate shapes, each measuring approximately 4.25”W x 4.75”H.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Deer Diary
Price: $26.99 each

Keep your notes, secrets, and stories safe in a super-sweet, deer-shaped diary! This 100-page locking diary comes with a heart-shaped lock, 2 heart-shaped keys, 5 neon highlighter markers, a glittery pom-pom pen, 80 glitter stickers, 100+ assorted pearls, craft glue, instructions, and ideas. Unlock your diary to discover positive aspiration art, writing prompts, and plenty of punny pages to colour and bring to life. Add your style to every diary page with colourful stickers, highlighters, and more! Express yourself with writing prompts such as “what makes you smile.” Use the blank pages in the cute diary to write your stories and secrets. Writing is a positive way for kids to express their thoughts, emotions, and feelings. It’s also a fun way to encourage penmanship, storytelling, and creativity.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SHOP FEATURE 5

16/01/2023

(For the week of January 16, 2023)
Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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 Sparkle N’ Grow Butterfly Terrarium
Price: $23.99 each

Craft, plant, water, and GROW! Whether you have a budding botanist, an aspiring artist, or both, this activity combines indoor gardening and creativity, so it is great to do together. Decorate your garden with butterfly wings, sparkling stickers, feather butterflies, flowers, and more. Quick grow chia and wheat grass seeds sprout in 3 to 4 days. Includes: 5″H x 3.25”W jar, decorative lid, potting mix, chia and wheat grass seeds, plant mister, and craft accessories.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Grow N’ Glow Terrarium
Price: $23.99 each

Explore the world of botany science with the Grow N’ Glow Terrarium! This science exploration kit allows you to craft, plant, water, and grow your own terrarium mini ecosystem. Add dimension to your terrarium with translucent glow-in-the-dark star and constellation stickers that will light up your terrarium garden at night. Comes with everything a young scientist needs for two full plant life cycles! Contents Include: Plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, vermiculite potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones, plant mister, and translucent and glow-in-the-dark stickers.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Plant & Grow Woodland Forest
Price: $23.99 each

This whimsical mushroom-shaped terrarium comes ready to decorate, plant, and grow. Just add water! Create your own fantasy forest habitat complete with a friendly gnome, easy-to-grow chia seeds, potting mix, water dropper, stickers, colourful sand for layering, a snail, and mini-mushrooms. Kids will love watching their garden come to life in as little as 3-5 days. Finished garden measures 5.5”H x 5”W.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Mini Garden – Unicorn
Price: $15.99 each

Decorate, plant, and grow your own unicorn-themed Mini Garden in an egg-shaped mini environment! Complete with everything you need to grow your own mini garden, each kit includes: plastic egg terrarium, potting mix, water dropper, sticker sheet, coloured sand (red, blue, orange), white gravel, unicorn figure, rainbow figure, adhesive back rhinestones, and quick growing chia seeds. Chia seeds start sprouting in 3-5 days. Finished gardens measure 5.25”H x 3”W.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Mini Garden – Mermaid
Price: $15.99 each

Decorate, plant, and grow your own mermaid-themed Mini Garden in an egg-shaped mini environment! Complete with everything you need to grow your own mini garden, each kit includes: plastic egg terrarium, potting mix, water dropper, sticker sheet, coloured sand (red, blue, orange), white gravel, mermaid tail figure, clam shell figure, self-adhesive mermaid scale rhinestones and plastic pearls, and quick growing chia seeds. Chia seeds start sprouting in 3-5 days. Finished gardens measure 5.25”H x 3”W.

Suitable for ages 6+

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NEW YEAR READING LIST

06/01/2023

It’s a New Year & we have a new reading list.  Explore the pages of these lovely books as they highlight the themes of family, being together, embracing the past, and looking forward to the future.


Snow Horses
MacLachlan, Patricia and Archer, Micha

From Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a cozy picture book of love, light, and community during New Year’s and taking the past with us as we step into the future, brought to life with tender and intricate cut paper illustrations.

On the very last evening before the new year, when the snow is falling soft and thick, two black horses wait for the jingle of their sled. As they ride about town, they will spread light to their beloved neighbors, bidding farewell to the last night–and saying hello to the first morning.

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The Tray Of Togetherness
Leung, Flo

A delicious ode to food, family, and togetherness that celebrates Lunar New Year

A little girl and her family are hosting a New Year party, an event marking the Lunar New Year. There’s a lot to do before the guests arrive! First, a trip to the market to fill up the Tray of Togetherness, a special candy box for the partygoers. Each of the eight lucky snacks in the Tray has an auspicious meaning: peanuts for a long life, pistachios for happiness, candied coconut for strong family ties…As the family returns home, they pass out delicious good wishes to the friends and neighbors they meet along the way.

After the tray has been prepared and the decorations set up, it’s time for the party! A diverse group of relatives and friends gathers, ready to celebrate the New Year with the Tray of Togetherness.

This sensory, food-focused story is brought to life with eye-catching illustrations and a little girl’s cheerful narration. Debut author/illustrator Flo Leung encourages readers to explore culturally specific Lunar New Year practices, while offering a universal message about carrying on traditions and creating community.

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A Sweet New Year For Ren
Sterling, Michelle and Ho, Dung

Celebrate the Lunar New Year through a young girl’s family traditions in this charming picture book featuring illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Dung Ho that also includes a recipe for pineapple cakes!

Little Ren looks forward to the preparation for and festivities of Lunar New Year, but she is always too little to help make the delicious pineapple cakes that are her favorite. She watches family members rolling out the dough and loves the mouth-watering smell. Watching and waiting, when will Ren be old enough?

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Freedom Soup
Charles, Tami and Alcantara, Jacqueline

Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year’s soup — and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be.

The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.

Ti Gran’s feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from. In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Jacqueline Alcántara’s lush illustrations bring to life both Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution. Tami Charles’s lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that readers will enjoy to the last drop.

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Our recommended reading is made possible by our partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit your nearest McNally Robinson Bookstore in person or online to secure a copy of the titles listed above.

 

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

04/01/2023

It’s 2023 and we’re celebrating the new year all month in our STEAM posts. This week’s area of focus is ENGINEERING. For the New Year, we are creating do-it-yourself party poppers!

You’ll need:

  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Paper straw
  • Ruler
  • Elastic band
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut out 2”x 8” strips of wrapping paper.
  2. Fold your strips, on both ends, lengthwise so they meet in the middle.
  3. Tape the strip down the middle and at the top, but leave the bottom open.
  4. Roll your paper up tightly and secure it with an elastic band. Let it sit for a few hours so it forms the rolled-up shape.
  5. Cut your straw in half.
  6. Take the elastic band off the paper and insert your straw about one inch into the end that was left open.
  7. Fold down the sides of the paper and tape them together to secure the straw.
  8. Try it out!

Children will learn about how to construct their own party blower and the engineering behind them as they test it out to celebrate the New Year!

Source: Happy Healthy Farm 

SHOP FEATURE 5

02/01/2023

(For the week of January 2, 2023)
Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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 Wooden Top
Price: $1.99 each

Are you ready to get spinning? Pick up one of these Wooden Tops and get started! Perfect for playdates, compete with siblings on a family game night, or even to keep fidgety fingers and a wandering mind occupied through the day. How to play? Place the animal-themed Wooden Top on any smooth surface, gently hold and turn the top, and watch it spin, spin, spin! Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Foam Solar System Ball
Price: $1.99 each

These Foam Solar System Balls are out of this world! Squishy balls come designed to look like the eight planets of the Milky Way, the Moon, and the Sun. Measure 2.5″. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Puzzle Car Kit
Price: $1.99 each

Use the fun blocks in this mini Puzzle Car Kit to create your own toy car! Each kit contains a set of plastic building blocks to create one of three themed vehicles measuring approximately 3”. Contents vary. Each kit sold separately. 

Suitable for ages 6+

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Growing Aquarium
Price: $5.99 each

Watch this aquarium grow right before your eyes! Just add water and the plastic fish in this Growing Aquarium will expand up to 5 times their original size. Measures 3”. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Twist Slime (Large)
Price: $5.99 each

Everyone will be doing the twist with this fun, stretchy Twist Slime. Great for goodie bags, stocking stuffers, or sensory play any time! Measures approximately 4″. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SHOP FEATURE 5

26/12/2022

(For the week of December 26, 2022)
Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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Create With Clay – Dinosaurs
Price: $29.99 each

Bring three dinosaurs to life with vibrant clay! Art, adventure, science, and fun all combine for the perfect STEAM experience. Dinosaurs allow children to learn and fantasize about prehistoric times through creative play. Fun dinosaur facts are also included to learn while creating! This complete art and craft kit includes everything you need to create three dinosaurs – T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops, including: 3 plastic dinosaur skeletons, 5 clay colours in red, blue, green, yellow and purple (50G each), modeling clay tools, and wiggly eyes. This craft kit includes plenty of clay so you can use the leftovers to create even more creatures or plants to create a complete dinosaur land. Kit features non-toxic art materials that are safe for kids. This open ended craft kit allows kids to use their creativity to inspire their dinosaur creations. Develop fine motors skills while creating with clay!

Suitable for ages 5+

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Sensory Bin – Bake Shop
Price: $33.99 each

Pretend you are a baker while engaging your sense of touch and smell with a bakery-themed sensory bin! Play with scented dough, pom poms, and cookie cutters to build fine motor skills and promote sensory development. Parents and children can enjoy hours of imaginative play together – complete cognitive tasks found in the illustrated instructions like “Call out the colours of the items” to encourage thought, perception, and knowledge in your child. Place your self-contained bin on a towel to prevent mess while you are rolling, shaping, and decorating with the included sensory materials! Contents include: Bin, scented dough net wt. 11.64 oz (330 g) total, rolling pin, 4 cookie cutters, dough mold, decorations, colourful clings, mini pom poms, and instructions.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Glow In The Dark Turtle Lagoon
Price: $36.99 each

Create your own play and pretend Turtle Lagoon! Complete set includes a habitat, sea turtles, starfish, clay, tools, and accessories. Cover 2 turtles and a starfish with clay. Also includes glow-in-the-dark clay, rocks and plants, plus a printed seascape to design the lagoon. Finished habitat measures 10”L x 8”W x 1.75”H.

Contents include: Modeling clay, (5 colours: violet, green, red, yellow, and glow in the dark), clear tray, plastic animal shapes (turtle, starfish), glow in the dark rocks, glow in the dark grass, trees, wiggly eyes, clay tools, and instructions.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Pom Pom Pictures
Price: $21.99 each

Introducing a no-glue, no-mess pom pom craft for preschoolers. The perfect sensory activity designed with little fingers in mind! Each kit includes enough materials to create 3 tactile boards. Simply insert pom poms into the pre-punched, sturdy felt. To make a new design, just push out the pom poms and start again. Creating Pom Pom Pictures helps develop fine motor skills, colour-matching, and hand-eye coordination. This simple activity also builds creative confidence and encourages independent, quiet-time play – great skills to get your little one ready for kindergarten. Proudly display them with the hanging strings provided. Contents include: 3 Pre-cut Felt Designs, Assorted Pom Poms, 3 Hanging Strings, Wiggly Eyes, and Instructions.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sensory Stickers Playset – Undersea
Price: $18.99 each

Take playtime underwater with an assortment of undersea adventure-themed special Sensory Stickers with 3 included play scene mats – all in one convenient travel-friendly activity! Sticker activity kit includes 100+ squishy, sparkle, scratch and sniff, rattle, foil, and puffy stickers that engage all senses during independent or group play. Just add imagination for endless fun! Hands-on sensory play with the undersea stickers develops motor skills, promotes sensory development, builds creative confidence and fosters imaginative storytelling and creative play. Includes: 100+ textured stickers in multicolour undersea designs and cardstock playscape with 3 scenes.

Suitable for ages 3+

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CHRISTMAS READING LIST

23/12/2022

This week’s reading list explores how people celebrate during this season. Dive into these books with your little ones and gain insight into celebrations worldwide and how we can respect those traditions.


The Little Toymaker
Min, Cat

We all know about the guy in the red suit at the North Pole. But what if the world’s toymaker was a little boy?

From the author and illustrator of Shy Willow comes the adorable little Toymaker, who makes wonderful toys… not for children, but for their grandparents and other older folk. (People often forget that they, too, like toys!) But it isn’t always easy.

One morning, an old woman brings the little Toymaker a candy tin she played with as a girl.

The little Toymaker takes the tin and TA-DA! comes back with a sparkling new toy for the old lady. But it seems that what she truly wants was lost a long time ago. And it will take all the Toymaker’s skill, magic, and empathy to bring it back for her.

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Lonely Planet Kids; A Time To Celebrate
Baker, Kate

A follow-up to A Place Called Home, this beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap book explores and celebrates different people, places, cultures and traditions from across the world. Featuring eight festivals – at least one from each of the inhabited continents – this title provides a glimpse into diverse traditions, customs and beliefs. By lifting the flaps and reading the gentle, educational text, readers can find out about New Year in China, Christmas in Germany, Carnival in Rio, the Day of the Dead in Mexico and much more.Â

Celebrations include:

  • The Garma Festival, Arnhem Land region, Australia
  • Chinese New Year, Beijing, China
  • Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilÂ
  • Ramadan in Morocco, Africa
  • Day of the Dead, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Diwali, Mumbai or Jaipur, India
  • Tu Bi’Shivat Festival, New York, USAÂ
  • Christmas in Frankfurt, Germany

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Happy All-idays
Jin, Cindy and Sayegh, Rob

All Season’s Greetings and Happy ALL-idays! Learn how different families celebrate the winter season with this holiday card-inspired board book that captures the meaning of Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and more!

The time has come

to send holiday cheer

to family and friends

far and near.

 

We all celebrate the season

in our own special way.

Let’s look at how families

prepare for each holiday!

 

Whether it’s putting up the Christmas tree, lighting the menorah, or getting ready for Kwanzaa, this story proves that the holiday season is a special time for everyone and a great way to learn about different winter holidays and send cheer to everyone you know!

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The Shortest Day
Cooper, Susan and Ellis, Carson

So the shortest day came,

and the year died . . .

As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!

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A Coyote Solstice
King, Thomas and Clement, Gary

Trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to a shopping mall — a place they have never seen before.

Coyote gleefully shops with abandon, only to discover that filling your shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods — somewhat subdued — though nothing can keep Coyote down for long.

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The Lights That Dance In The Night
Zommer, Yuval

From tiny specks of dust to gleaming rays in the dark, the northern lights travel across the Arctic, uniting every creature in a celebration over land and sea.

In this wonderfully festive picture book, Yuval Zommer imagines the northern lights’ fleeting journey from space to Earth and how they weave a special magic for the animals and people living in the frozen lands below.

With its heartfelt themes of kinship, curiosity, and the wonders of nature, it’s a perfectly cozy story for families to read together.

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Green Is For Christmas
Daywalt, Drew and Jeffers, Oliver

In this Christmas story starring the crayons from the #1 New York Times bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit, Green Crayon is certain that he is the only Christmas color in the box. Of course, Red, White, Silver and even Tan have something to say about that…

When Green Crayon claims that green is the only color for Christmas, other crayons let him know that there would be no Christmas without them either. No candy canes or Santa without Red, no snow without White, no bells or stars without Silver, and no cookies or reindeer without Tan! The crayons agree that they all need to come together to make Christmas special.

This humorous, small hardcover Christmas story is the perfect stocking stuffer and a great gift for fans of The Day The Crayons Quit–and all kids who like to color.

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Our recommended reading is made possible by our partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit your nearest McNally Robinson Bookstore in person or online to secure a copy of the titles listed above.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

21/12/2022

This week’s topic is MATH. Make math fun (and tasty) with this marshmallow counting activity.

You’ll need the following:

  • Pictures of mugs (or actual mugs)
  • A marker
  • Marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Lay out pictures of hot chocolate mugs
  2. Write numbers on them with your marker
  3. Ask your child to match the same number of marshmallows to the number on the mug
  4. If they answer correctly, they can eat them as a bonus treat!

Learning how to count can be difficult for children. This homemade counting activity can make it fun! Children will learn how to match numbers and count out the correct number. Motivating them with a game is a good way to start learning about math.