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THURSDAY LITERACY RESOURCES

09/07/2020

(Source: playwilmington.org)

 

We are very fortunate to be a part of such strong Children’s Museum community. Over the past few months many Children’s Museums have continued to ensure that kids are getting the creative education they need. This week’s literacy resources are courtesy of Children’s Museums across North America.  

The Three Little Pigs has been a family favourite for generations, and thanks to Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City, you can enjoy a puppet storytime of this timeless tale.

Time to practice your writing (and drawing!) skills with this fun activity that is sure to put a smile on someone’s face! The Explore & More Children’s Museum has a variety of activities on their website including Nursing Home Mail. Make your own cards, fill them with positive comments and happy doodles. Once you’re done, address the cards to a local nursing home and spread the kindness!

Use these ABC Exercise Cards from The Children’s Museum of Wilmington to get your little ones moving and practicing their alphabet. Have them do the exercises that spell out their name, or go through the entire alphabet!

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!


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SWIMMING JELLYFISH ACTIVITY

08/07/2020

Swim along through the ocean blue with your own jolly jellyfish!

Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Cardstock
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Glue

 

Directions:

  • Draw your jellyfish’s body on a piece of cardstock. Use the scissors to cut it out
  • On one side, use the markers to draw your jellyfish’s face
  • Choose which colours of yarn you would like to use. Use the scissors to cut multiple pieces of yarn (we used a total of 25 pieces of yarn for our jellyfish). Once you have all of your pieces of yarn cut, you may want to line them up to trim them so they are approximately the same length
  • Turn your jellyfish over and apply glue near the bottom. Lay the strips of yarn over the glue. Press down firmly so they attach
  • Once all of your yarn is attached, leave your jellyfish to dry
  • Using the scissors, carefully cut a slit in the middle of the plate, about ¾ of the way down. You do not want to cut all the way across the bottom of the plate, as you still want your plate to be in one piece (in our picture, we cut a straight line between the ridges along the outer edge of the plate). This will allow your jellyfish to move back and forth across the plate
  • Use blue paint to paint one side of your popsicle stick, and one side of your plate. Leave both to dry
  • Once they’re dry, use tape to attach the popsicle stick to the back of your jellyfish so that the blue side is facing forward
  • Slide the popsicle stick in through the slit in your paper plate, so that the popsicle stick is on the back side of your plate, and the jellyfish and yarn are on the front side
  • Move the popsicle stick back and forth and up and down to let your jellyfish swim through the ocean!

 

How does this spark creative learning?

Kindergarten:
Practice making pretty patterns with yarn! Choose 2-3 colours, decide which order you’d like them to go in, and make them repeat as you add beautiful colours to your jellyfish!

Grade 1:
Have you ever compared yourself to a jellyfish? We might need similar things, but the way we get them is very different! What can we sense? How do we move? What tools and tricks can we use? Explore and compare the different ways that people and jellyfish get what they need to survive!

Grade 2:  
Imagine a day in the life of a jellyfish! Explore what it would be like to be one of these gelatinous gems as you research to learn fascinating facts about how they move, eat, and communicate! Quiz your friends and family to share your newfound knowledge!

Grade 3:
Did you know that jellyfish can make a tasty treat? There are places in the world that have been eating jellyfish for over 1000 years! Research to discover where jellyfish are commonly eaten. Later, practice locating those countries on a map or globe!

Grade 4:
What’s on the menu for a hungry jellyfish? Research to learn the kinds of things that jellyfish eat, as well as any predators they have to avoid. Expand your ocean by designing a complete food chain for a jellyfish and creating a representation of each organism in this food chain!

Grade 5:
Jellyfish’s umbrella-shaped bells pulsate to provide propulsion and help them move! Are there any modes of transportation that humans use which are powered by propulsion? Identify the simple machines present in these modes of transportation which work together with propulsion to help us go go go!

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!


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MINI MONDAY: HANDPRINT FISH PUPPETS

06/07/2020

Fill the ocean blue with some of your own personal flair with this handprint fish puppet! Once you’re done, put on a show and create your own amazing aquatic tales!

Materials

  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Markers
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue

 

Directions:

  • Ask your child to place their hand on a piece of cardstock or construction paper. Make sure that their fingers are spread out. Use a pencil to trace around their hand
  • Once they remove their hand from the paper, ask them to cut along the lines to cut out the shape of their hand
  • The palm of your child’s hand forms the head of the fish! Use the markers to colour in the fish and add features like eyes and a mouth
  • Grab some tissue paper and let your little one practice their fine motor skills by tearing or cutting the tissue paper into smaller pieces. Crumple the smaller pieces into balls or lay them flat, and use glue to attach them onto the fish. Allow your fish some time to dry
  • Once your fish is dry, flip it over and attach the popsicle stick to the back with glue. Allow this some time to dry
  • Once everything is dry, put on a fish puppet show!

 

Keep the fun and learning going! Can you…

  • Create a backdrop so your fish can float through a delightful ocean scene?
  • Create a whole cast of fishy characters?
  • Come up with a story for your fishy friends? What should they do? Where should they go?

 

ESSENTIAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are developed when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like the ones in their hands, fingers, and wrists. Fine motor skills are used for everything from picking up a utensil to eat, buttoning clothing, and holding a pencil when learning to write.

This craft helps to support the development of fine motor skills by inviting children to use their smaller muscles to manipulate the scissors, tear the tissue paper, and apply them to their fish puppet!

Dramatic Play

Dramatic play gives children the opportunity to step into someone else’s shoes and role-play a specific type of experience. Dramatic play helps to foster creativity, social skills, and language development.

This week’s craft helps to support dramatic play by encouraging children to use their completed pupped to create their own underwater tales!

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!


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SUNDAY FUNDAY: SOME JUST-FOR-FUN CONTENT TO MAKE YOU SMILE

05/07/2020

Time for Sunday Funday!

We all know that eggs are delicious and healthy, but who knew they could also be so fun? The Egg Farmers of New Brunswick offer up a few ideas of activities that you can do with your eggs like egg races, egg painting, and making bouncy eggs! Be sure to also check out their egg recipes for some exciting new meals.

How far can you throw a water balloon? How big can you blow a bubblegum bubble? No matter where you are, there are hundreds of world records that you can practice and attempt to beat! Check out the Guinness World Records family friendly activities and try them at-home, either alone or with others.

Funbrain has tons of online games for all grade levels, including Penguin Drop, Math Baseball, Grammar Gorillas, and more! They also have popular children’s books available on their website such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Judy Moody Gets Famous!, so dive in and get reading this Sunday.

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!

SHOP FEATURE 5

(For The Week Of July 5, 2020)

Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store, now with FREE shipping in Winnipeg on orders over $25!

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Build-A-Bot Unicorn
Build-A-Bot Unicorn
Price: $39.99 each

Channel your inner engineer by creating this colourful robot unicorn! An easy click-n-create system allows you to learn while customizing and bringing your own pet bot to life. Clap your hands to activate your unicorn, then…play! Package includes 20+ numbered pieces that snap together, stickers to decorate, and a build certificate to name your pet.

Suitable for ages 4+

(Ages 4-7 may require assistance; 8+ should be good to go alone!)

Get it here!


Pet Vet Clinic
Pet Vet Clinic
Price: $66.00 each
Sale Price: $32.99 each

When ‘Meow’ turns into ‘Me-ouch’, it’s up to you. This adorable Pet Vet set includes everything your little one needs to take care of all their furry friends. After playtime, collect all the pieces and store them inside the lockable clinic. Kit includes: 1 clinic, 1 key ring with 5 keys, 4 vet tools, and 2 small plush animals.

Suitable for ages 2+

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World's Smallest Perplexus
World’s Smallest Perplexus
Price: $18.99 each

Easy to play…hard to master! Enjoy this miniature edition of the original, classic 3D puzzle Perplexus maze toy. Race the internal ball through 100 numbered checkpoints to conquer this tiny labyrinth.

Suitable for ages 8+

Get it here!


Alphabet Blocks Wooden Truck
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Blocks Wooden Truck
Price: $30.00 each
Sale Price: $14.99 each

Sort, spell, and play! With this clever update of a classic toy set, wooden letter blocks are ready to roll. A cargo of 28 wooden alphabet blocks (featuring uppercase and lowercase letters) stows on the sturdy trailer of this wooden truck toy. Roll it along, unload the blocks, make a tower, build a castle, or spell your name. Promotes hand-eye coordination, letter-sound recognition, and imaginative play.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Calming Swirl Charms
Calming Swirl Charms Kit
Price: $17.99 each

Create 5 calming, swirling charms you can wear as a necklace or add to your backpack. Add beads, glitter, and swirl gel to small bottles and create a design that’s uniquely you. Shake it up, watch it swirl, and take it wherever you go! Kit includes: 5 small plastic jars, coloured glitter, beads, shimmer powder, glow-in-the-dark sand, swirl gel, stickers, glow-in-the-dark stickers, pom-poms, charms, metal bag clips, wax cord, break-away necklace findings, funnel, and glue.

Suitable for ages 5+

Get it here!

FEATURE FRIDAY: SUMMER STAY-CATION IDEAS

03/07/2020

Summer has officially arrived! Your summer plans may have changed this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some awesome stay-cations. We put together a list of activities that can be done close to home, but make you feel relaxed and entertained as if you’re on a vacation!

  • Check out the Travel Manitoba Inspiration Guide for beaches, parks, trails, and more that can all be found around our beautiful province. Take a little road trip with the family and see where the adventure takes you!
  • Be a tourist in your own city! It’s not often that we actually explore our own hometown – check out this list of Winnipeg landmarks and see how many you can go visit. What other Winnipeg landmarks can you go check out?
  • Grab some pool noodles, kiddie pools, hoola hoops, and other household items to make your own backyard obstacle course. Check out this DIY obstacle course video for some inspiration!
  • Since you can’t go to a concert, make your own at-home family concert! Get the whole family together to design and create your very own instruments and then put on a live performance in your living room. Check out this video for some easy-to-make musical instrument
  • Hunker down in your coziest pyjamas and your favourite snacks for an all day movie marathon! If your family has a tough time settling on a movie, write down all your family favourite movies on a piece of paper and put them into a hat and leave your movie-watching up to fate.

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!


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Your support of the Children’s Museum is more important than ever during these difficult times. If you are able, please consider making a donation today.

CANADA DAY POSTCARD

01/07/2020

Canada Day Postcard

Share the story of your Canada Day far and wide with this festive, personalized Canada Day postcard!

Materials

  • Cardstock
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Directions:

  • On one side of the cardstock, use a ruler and a pencil to outline the back of your postcard. Where would you place your stamp? Do you want to leave room to draw, or fill the entire back of your postcard with lines to tell your epic tale?
  • Once you have your back sketched out, flip your cardstock over.
  • Use paint and a paintbrush to make two red rectangles on either end of your cardstock.
  • Use the paintbrush to apply red paint to your hand.
  • Press your hand into the middle of the white space between the two red rectangles. Your Canada flag is now complete!
  • Leave your postcard to dry. Once it’s dry, turn it over and tell someone all about all the fun things you did on Canada Day. See below for our suggestions on how this activity can help support the English Language Arts curriculum from Kindergarten-Grade 5!

 

How does this spark creative learning?

Kindergarten – Grade 2:
How can we make sure people understand the stories that we’re telling? If you’re still learning how to write, use this opportunity to practice your storytelling skills! Tell an adult in your life all about your Canada Day adventures, and let them write them down. If you’re able to, practice writing on your own. Regardless of where you’re at, experiment with the layout of your postcard to combine your wonderful words and images to craft a terrific Canada Day tale!

Grade 3-5:
Let your voice be heard! What was your favourite part of Canada Day? Why? Use your postcard to send your personal thoughts and feelings to a friend, and tell them why your Canada Day was the absolute best!

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!


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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM!

30/06/2020

(Source: sdcdm.org)

Join the Museum of Life and Science for Lab@Home experiments! From No-Heat Kitchen Projects to Nature Soup, there are a ton of experiments to try at home. Head over to their website for bite sized activities for printable experiments and at-home projects.

Visit Colour School for some awesome educational colouring sheets that are available for purchase! Check out their geography sheets and learn about continents, landmarks, and maps as you colour. They also have history sheets available where you can explore the 1600s and 1700s.

Have a little one that loves robots? Check out this video activity from the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum! Release your inner engineer and build a robot with materials you can find throughout your house. Click here for other at-home activities from the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum.

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!


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Your support of the Children’s Museum is more important than ever during these difficult times. If you are able, please consider making a donation today.

2019 Impact Report Available Now

The Children’s Museum is pleased to announce the publication of its 2019 Impact Report. To view a PDF-version of this document, please click here.

MINI MONDAY: CANADA DAY PLAY DOUGH

29/06/2020

Create your own red and white play dough to celebrate Canada Day in sensory style!

Canada Day Play Dough

Materials

  • 1 cup of Flour
  • ¼ cup of Salt
  • ¾ cup of Water
  • 3 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • Food Colouring (Optional)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Pot

Directions:

  • Boil some water. Pour ¾ cups of boiling water into a pot.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and the desired amount of food colouring (optional) to the boiling water. Use those muscles to stir it with the wooden spoon and mix it all together!
  • In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of flour and ¼ cup of salt together.
  • Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing as you go.
  • Place the pot on medium heat on the stove and stir until the mixture thickens (depending on the age of your child, they may be able to help with this step, or you may want to stir this mixture on your own).
  • Take the mixture off the stove, and place flour on a piece of parchment paper. Scoop the mixture onto the parchment paper and roll it around in the flour. As you do this, talk about how it feels. Does it start off being very sticky? Does mixing it with the flour change how it feels?
  • Once your dough is firm, it’s time to play! Try making a variety of different shapes. Can you make something that helps celebrate Canada Day?

 

Keep the fun and learning going! Can you…

  • Make both red and white play dough for some extra festive Canada Day fun?
  • Make different shapes with the play dough?
  • Make the biggest ball of play dough that you can? What about the smallest ball?

 

ESSENTIAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Sensory Development
Sensory development allows children to make sense of the information being received by their senses. It includes touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. This week’s activity helps to promote sensory development and awareness by asking children to think about how the play dough feels – both as they’re making it, and while they’re playing with it.

Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are developed when children use their larger muscles, like the ones in their arms and legs. Gross motor skills are used for all kinds of movements – like crawling, rolling, running and jumping. This week’s activity helps to support the development of gross motor skills by allowing children the opportunity to use the muscles in their arms as they stir the ingredients for their play dough together!


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