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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

03/03/2021


Source: assiniboinepark.ca/zoo/zoolights

Embrace winter and see the Assiniboine Park Zoo in a whole new light at Zoo Lights! Zoo Lights is an outdoor, walk-through experience. Each evening, the focus of the Zoo experience will shift from viewing animals to viewing stunning light displays. The lights are up for viewing until March 28 – see the event’s hours of operation and buy tickets.

(Assiniboine Park Zoo has made modifications to the Zoo Lights experience to ensure they are in compliance with public health orders and that all in attendance can follow public health guidelines and advice.)

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

02/03/2021


Source: sasksciencecentre.com/real-science-real-fun

The Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina has an online archive of science activities for kids and families that are accessible anytime. Discover recent posts about the Mpemba Effect, the phases of the moon, a whole series dedicated to exploring the elements, and much more!

SHOP FEATURE 5

01/03/2021

(For the week of March 1, 2021)

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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Alex Little Hands My Tape Town
Regular Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $14.99

Little Hands My Tape Town lets your little urban planner create an entire 3D city complete with buildings, cars, trees, road signs and more, all with colourful adhesive tape and stickers. Use your imagination to make streets, ponds and grass, too! Includes 6 rolls of tape, 2 paper landscapes, 4 paper cups, 68 stickers and paper shapes, and picture instructions.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Klutz Make Your Own Washi Tape Stickers
Regular Price: $23.99
Sale Price: $11.99

This book teaches kids how to turn strips of this pretty little tape into even prettier little stickers. Simply trace any of the supplied art (and there’s tons) on the backing paper and cover it with the washi tape. Then cut it out, peel it off, and you’ve got a perfectly shaped, perfectly adorable sticker. Includes 42 pages with super-clear instructions and more than 130 pieces of traceable art, 108 feet of colourful washi tape, 25 sheets of backing paper, and a felt pen.

Suitable for ages 8+

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Tapefitti 60-Piece Caddy
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $7.99

Fashion and craft endless creations with this 60-piece Tapeffiti Craft Tape Caddy by Fashion Angels. Featuring designs and colours for any occasion, this set is a dream for crafters looking to create cool gifts or reimagine everyday objects like phone cases or school supplies. This tape sticks to any surface, but easily lifts without leaving any residue for repositioning.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Tapefitti 10-Piece Tear-and-Shares
Regular Price: $3.99
Sale Price: $1.99

Perfect for parties and Valentine’s Day, this 10-pack of fun printed cello tape features 10 different graphics. Simply tear off a perforated section and distribute to classmates or party goers. The back of each section includes a “to and from” fill-in-the-blank for easy gifting.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Creativity For Kids Duct Tape Water Bottle
Price: $13.99

Stay hydrated in style with a personalized, decked-out duct tape beverage bottle. Decorate your bottle using the 6 rolls of duct tape (that’s 12 yards of tape!) and fun foil stickers. Includes other ideas for designing with duct tape. Safety-tested and BPA-free, this cold beverage bottle is made from break-resistant plastic and includes a carabiner clip for easy carrying.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SUPER SPEECH BUBBLES

27/02/2021

Celebrate I Love to Read Month by making some speech bubbles you can use over and over again!

Materials

  • Dowels
  • Cardstock
  • Packing Tape
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Washi Tape
  • Dry Erase Marker

Directions

  • Draw a speech bubble on a piece of cardstock.
  • Use the scissors to cut it out.
  • Cover the entire front of your speech bubble with packing tape. Use the scissors to cut off any extra packing tape from around the edges.
  • Tape the dowel to the back of your speech bubble.
  • Use the washi tape to decorate the dowel.
  • Write a message on your speech bubble using the dry erase marker. When you’re done, erase it and write a new one!

Spark Creative Learning!

  • Explore different languages! Choose a simple message or greeting and write it (or learn to write it) in as many different languages as you can.
  • How many different ways can you end a sentence? Practice writing sentences using different kinds of punctuation marks.
  • Tell your own tale by creating your own comic. Select actors or characters for your story and take pictures of them saying different things. Print these pictures out and arrange them to create your own comic book!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FAMILY READING LIST

26/02/2021


Source: londonchildrensmuseum.ca

Celebrate Black History Month by reading together as a family! The London Children’s Museum has compiled a list of children’s books that honour Black history, culture, achievements, and experiences in Canada and around the world. 

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

24/02/2021


Source: safeathomemb.ca

There’s a huge variety of online and winter/spring activities for families to discover as part of Stay At Home Manitoba‘s grant supported programming. Check out Portage la Prairie Library’s Kids Activity Kits, Wildlife Haven’s That’s So Wild mini series, Sport Manitoba’s Fit Kids Healthy Kids resources (pictured), Bibliothèque Taché Library’s What Happens Next? storytelling sessions, and much more!

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

23/02/2021


Source: babbledabbledo.com/science-engineering-kids-tensile-bubbles

Did you know you can make a square bubble? Learn structural engineering by building 3-dimensional bubble wands and making an inverted bubble cube that mimics a tensile structure.

Click here to learn more and to find instructions for making other bubble wand shapes.

Materials

  • Straight straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Bubble solution
  • Tall plastic container

Directions

  • Cut your straws. First cut each straw in half, then cut in half again. You will get 4 straw sections from each straw.
  • Thread a pipe cleaner through one straw and bend the end of the pipe cleaner to secure it at the end.
  • Thread three more straws onto the pipe cleaner.
  • Bend the long end of the pipe cleaner back to meet the starting point and twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner around each other. You will now have a square shape.
  • Add three more straw sections onto the end of the long pipe cleaner.
  • Thread the pipe cleaner through one of the adjacent straw sections.
  • Add two more straw sections.
  • Bend the shape to form two sides of a cube and thread the end of the pipe cleaner through one of the straw sections on the edge of the cube.
  • Repeat the previous step to form another side to the cube.
  • Add one final straw section to complete the cube. Thread the pipe cleaner through an adjacent straw section to secure the final shape. If desired, add a straight section of straw onto the end of the pipe cleaner to form a handle.

Now it’s time to make a square bubble! To make your square bubble, have a tall container full of bubble solution. Carefully dip your wand into the solution – some frothy bubbles will form on the top of the solution as the straws are submerged. You can scoop them away with a spoon. Now lift the wand out of the solution SLOWLY. You should see a bubble cube with multiple faces! If you don’t, dip the wand into the solution again until you get an inverted bubble cube.

Spark Creative Learning!

Tensile structures are formed when a material or cable is stretched and held in tension between two or more anchors. Think suspension bridges or shade sails. They are often used to make roofs or tents. Tensile structures themselves are not always suitable for carrying large loads but they are perfect for covering large areas with a minimal amount of material and are extremely light.

This square bubble has similarities to tensile structures because they are formed as the soapy solution is stretched both between the rigid edges of the wand and the joints that form in the bubble solution itself. For more examples of what can be done with tensile structures, be sure to check out the work of designers and architects Felix Candela, Antonio Gaudi, Santiago Calatrava, and Frei Otto.

SHOP FEATURE 5

22/02/2021

(For the week of February 22, 2021)

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!

From February 1-28, 2021, save 50% off select Melissa & Doug merchandise, or while supplies last.

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Melissa & Doug First Play Peek-A-Boo Panda
Regular Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $5.99

This wooden panda baby toy loves to play peekaboo! Hear the click and clack as its paws flap up to cover the cheerful face, then push them down again to say, “Hello!” Even babies can bring about a big visual change with just a simple motion, so they’re encouraged to keep exploring as fine motor skills grow naturally. First Play Peek-a-Boo Panda would make a heartwarming baby-shower or newborn gift.

Suitable for ages 9 months+

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Melissa & Doug Jewelry Made Easy Press-a-Pendant Necklace-Making Set
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $7.99

Enjoy crafting these incredible, professional-looking pendants for friends and family! Quality materials and step-by-step instructions means you’ll be producing beautiful jewelry in no time. This kit includes 5 metal pendants, 5 metal ball chains, 11 decorative stickers, 5 dome stickers, 10 metal ball chain caps, 5 clasps, and easy instructions/design tips. 

Suitable for ages 8+

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Melissa & Doug Alphabet Peg Puzzle
Regular Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $5.99

This wooden peg puzzle includes a piece for each of the 26 letters in the alphabet. A colourful picture under each piece shows an image beginning with the same letter, helping to develop letter recognition and pre-reading skills! Also encourages hand-eye, fine motor, and visual perception skills.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Melissa & Doug Farm Touch & Feel Puzzle
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $8.99

Feel the wooly lamb and the feathery duck…just two of the exciting textures to explore on these animal-shaped puzzle pieces! The four wooden pieces of this colourful puzzle will help stimulate sensory discrimination and hand/eye development.

Suitable for ages 2+

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Melissa & Doug Lace & Trace Activity Set (Farm)
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $8.99

With charming farm animal art on both sides, it’s fun to practice lacing and tracing skills. This wooden set contains 5 sturdy, double-sided lacing panels, plus 5 colour-coordinated laces! Develop hand-eye coordination and attention skills with this great activity.

Suitable for ages 3+

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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

18/02/2021


Source: bhmwinnipeg.com

Come and learn some theatre skills from local Black talent this weekend! Black History Manitoba and the ANANSI School for the Performing Arts are hosting two drama workshops on Sunday, February 21, open to children and youth ages 4-16.

Two groups will happen: the 3:00 to 3:45pm time slot will be for children aged 4-8 years and will be led by Reena Jolly. The next group will be from 4:00 to 5:15pm and will be for youth 9-16 years. The second group will be taught by Ray Strachan. No theatre or acting experience is necessary. The workshop is sponsored by ANANSI School for the Performing Arts. Learn more about Black History Manitoba’s programming here and register for the drama workshops here.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

17/02/2021


Source: idtech.com/blog/black-history-month-stem-activities

For Black History Month, try an internet scavenger hunt that focuses on Black trailblazers. Our modern world has been shaped by so many Black scientists, mathematicians, doctors, inventors, and other trailblazers in STEM fields. This Black History Month, let’s honour their achievements, reflect on their legacies, and celebrate those creating the future.