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SHOP FEATURE 5

15/08/2022

(For the week of August 15, 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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Building Blocks – Dinosaurs
Price: 3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one complete Dinosaur measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Mini Express Train Set
Price: $8.99 each 4.27 7

Choo-choo! This Mini Express Train Set is battery-operated* and sure to delight. Set includes: 1 Locomotive, 1 Tender, 1 Gondola, 1 Caboose, 3 Curved Tracks, 2 Switch Tracks, and 2 Straight Tracks. Measures approximately 6″ x 11″.  (*Requires 1 AA battery – not included).

Suitable for ages 8+

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Shoulderkins Tal Turtle
Price: $16.99

Shoulderkins are magnetic friends that rest securely on your shoulder and accompany you wherever you go! A magnet sits at the bottom of the plush, which allows it to attach to the fabric-covered metal base. Fun, stylish, and convenient, you’ll want to have a Shoulderkin with you at all times! Tal Turtle is green with a brown shell and is in a lying position. Measures approximately 6”. 

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Yay Kiji Slime Buddy
Price: $7.99 each

So squishing cute! This Kiji Buddy comes with its own slime. Use your imagination to have fun with the Kiji and its slime. If your Kiji gets dirty, simply wipe off with soap and water.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Building Blocks – Creator Train
Price: 3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one train car measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SUMMER READING: LASAGNA LOOKOUT

12/08/2022

Our Lasagna Lookout gallery is all about food and, more importantly, playing in it. If this is one of your favourite spots to visit in the museum, you’ll enjoy these books about food, how it’s produced, recipes to try, and how enjoying food with others makes the experience better.


Every Night Is Pizza Night
Lopez-Alt, J Kenji and Ruggiero, Gianna

Pipo thinks that pizza is the best. No, Pipo knows that pizza is the best. It is scientific fact. But when she sets out on a neighborhood-spanning quest to prove it, she discovers that “best” might not mean what she thought it meant. Join Pipo as she cooks new foods with her friends Eugene, Farah, Dakota, and Ronnie and Donnie. Each eating experiment delights and stuns her taste buds.

Warm and funny, with bright, whimsical illustrations by Gianna Ruggiero, Every Night Is Pizza Night is a story about open-mindedness, community, and family. With a bonus pizza recipe for young readers to cook with their parents, Every Night Is Pizza Night will make even the pickiest eaters hungry for something new.

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What’s Cooking in Flowerville?
Sala, Felicita and Recipes from Garden, Balcony or Window Box

Young cooks will learn about the edible gifts that each season brings in this warm and inviting collection of recipes from the author of What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street. In lush double-page spreads featuring Sala’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations, we visit the yards, balconies, and rooftops where the citizens of Flowerville grow their vegetables. Each month features a different member of the town and a delicious recipe inspired by a fruit or vegetable.

Kids will learn not only how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals but also how they grow and when they ripen. The book also includes charmingly illustrated tips and tools for growing your own food. A celebration of gardening, cooking, and community, this unique and beautiful cookbook is certain to become a perennial favorite in family kitchens.

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Dragons Love Tacos
Rubin, Adam and Salmieri, Daniel

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

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Our Little Kitchen
Tamaki, Jillian

In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourceful neighbours come together to prepare a meal for their community. With a garden full of produce, a joyfully chaotic kitchen and a friendly meal shared at the table, Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and people looking out for one another.

Includes two recipes and an author’s note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.

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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.

SHOP FEATURE 5

08/08/2022

(For the week of August 8, 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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Basketball Game
Price: $5.99 each

Develop your skills and have fun at the same time with this classic tabletop Basketball Game. Improve your hand-eye coordination and launch balls at the net with the touch of your finger – challenge a friend or play solo and see how many points you can score! Assembled measures approximately 11” high.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sticky Squish Star (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $4.99 each

You gliterally will not be able to get enough of these Sticky Squish Stars! Squeeze and watch them expand in your hand. They’re great for stress relief or tactile fun! Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Dinosaur Fossil Putty (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $4.99 each

Inside this gel-like putty lies a plastic dinosaur fossil. Assorted fossils and putty colours in a reusable 3.5″ diameter container. (Note: Colour choice does not indicate which dinosaur fossil will be inside.)

Suitable for ages 3+

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Die-Cast Pull Back Train Set
Price: $11.99 each

With cars measuring approximately 2” long, these mini Die-Cast Pull Back Train Sets make the perfect addition to a toy train collection. Available in a variety of colours and styles, pull back these vehicles and watch as they race across any smooth surface. 4 train cars per set, each set sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Building Blocks – City Construction Vehicle
Price: 3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one complete City Construction Vehicle measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SUMMER READING: TUMBLE ZONE

05/08/2022

Our summer reading fun continues with a Tumble Zone theme. If your little one enjoys building with blocks and operating the crane at Tumble Zone then they’ll love these stories focused on building, smashing, crashing and construction.



Build!
Red Nose Studio

Bulldozers, dump trucks, and cranes are just a few of the vehicles working together in these pages to build something incredible. The payloader makes the hole for the foundation, the semi-loader brings in the huge blocks, and the crane lifts them up. But is this a real construction site, or a boy’s backyard? And after the structure is done, what happens next? Yes, the inevitable: he makes it all tumble down and is ready to start all over again! 

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Road Crew, Coming Through
Rinker, Sherri Duskey and Ford, AG

The construction team is taking on their biggest challenge yet–building a brand-new superhighway! With the help of new rough-and-tough road-building machines, the crew gears up for an action-packed day of rolling, building, paving, painting, and all the jobs that go into making a strong new road that will get everyone home safe in time for bed! 

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What’s up, Construction Truck?
Reinhardt, Matthew and Leigh, Toby

Follow construction workers through a busy day on the job. Lift the flaps to open the bulldozer’s doors and peek inside; help a crew member put on his helmet; and lift up the shovel to help the driver prepare a new bike trail for paving. When the story is over, follow simple instructions to transform the pages of the book into a three-dimensional bulldozer! There’s so much to discover in this stunning interactive board book from Matthew Reinhart.

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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

03/08/2022

Source: STEAM Powered Family

Our area of focus this week is MATH and we’re going to explore it by making a pool noodle periscope.

The pool noodle periscope helps children learn about angles, reflections, and math while exploring their own neighborhood.

All you’ll need for this activity are:

  • A pool noodle
  • Scissors
  • 2 small round mirrors
  • Duct tape for this activity.

Kids will love playing secret agent with this craft and seeing how these simple items come together to make a fun tool. 

Once you have your supplies ready, find the step-by-step process here.

SHOP FEATURE 5

01/08/2022

(For the week of August 1, 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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 Stacking Chairs Game
Price: $5.99 each

An enthralling game where every move could be your last! The Stacking Chairs game breathes new energy into game night, gives little ones a great mental workout, and keeps both kids and adults on the ends of their chairs (pun intended!). The aim of the game is to stack the little chairs in turns, trying not to cause the tower to come crashing to the ground. It takes a mix of calculation and touch; a formula that ignites hours of fun. Kit includes 18 (2”) chairs and game instructions.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Stretchy Sand Dino
Price: $4.99 each

Stretch your imagination with a Stretchy Sand Dino! This super-stretchy dino is filled with sand and encased in non-toxic, extra thick rubber. Twist, squish, and stretch this dino in every direction! Measures 7.5”. Each sold individually.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sticky Squish Orbs (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $4.99 each

Squeeze and stretch these colourful confetti-filled Sticky Squish Orbs for sticky, sensory fun! Three sticky Squish Orbs included per blister card. Each orb measures 1.6″.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Wooden Train Whistle
Price: $4.99 each

All aboard! Now you can re-create the classic sound of a steam locomotive’s whistle with this fabulous Wooden Train Whistle. Its four chambers give it a rich, realistic-sounding whistle while its chunky design is perfect for little hands to grip. Measures 7.5”. Each sold separately. Individually shrink-wrapped.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Classic Number Puzzle
Price: $1.99 each

Train your brain with this Classic Number Puzzle! Slide the numbers up, down, and side to side until they are back in chronological order.

Suitable for ages 3+

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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

28/07/2022

Our area of focus this week is TECHNOLOGY and we’re learning by making bracelets!

These cute bracelets only need two things; beads and pipe cleaners!

Using binary coding, follow the pattern to make secret messages or write out your name! Choosing two colours works best for this activity, one colour representing the number 1 and one representing 0. Some kids have short names, they can create bracelets, but if your child has a long name, they can make a necklace.

Once you have your supplies ready, find the step-by-step process here.

SHOP FEATURE 5

25/07/2022

(For the week of July 25, 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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Crayola Craft – Texture Pots
Price: $10.99 each

Crayola Craft Sets offer kids and parents the all-in-one solution for simple, beautiful craft projects! With Texture Pots, kids can create sculpted, no-bake-clay works of art without an oven or ceramic kiln. The surface can be painted after it has fully dried.

Includes 2 (4 oz) Packs of Air Dry Clay, 6 Washable Paint Pots, Paint Brush, Sculpting Guide, 2 Texture Plates, and an Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Crayola Glitter Dots – Classic Colours (Refills)
Price: $6.99 each

Crayola Glitter Dots offer fun glitter play in a less messy way! The glitter is contained in each dot—no spills and sticky glue! Press dots into fun designs and shapes.

Includes 42 Glitter Dots in Classic Colours.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Noise Putty
Price: $3.99 each

Looking for something subtle, sophisticated, and elegant for your desk? Well, this Noise Putty is definitely not it! From its brightly-coloured, toilet-shaped container, to its cold clammy feel and very gross gastronomical noises, Noise Putty provides endless amounts of fun! Assorted colours available. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Dinosaur Mugs
Price: $3.99 each

Fun plastic mugs for your little dinosaur lover! Perfect for dino-themed parties and more. Assorted colours available. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Light-Up Train Clip With Sound
Price: $3.99 each

Wooo-wooo! This Light-up Train Clip With Sound makes the perfect clip-on accessory! Just press the button at the top and watch the front headlight shine while the train produces cool sounds.

Measures approximately 2” and includes plastic backpack clip. Assorted colours available. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SUMMER READING: ILLUSION TUNNEL

22/07/2022

Last week our books were based on our Engine House gallery. This week we dive into the world of illusions with stories based on Illusion Tunnel.



Jim Curious and the Jungle Journey
Picard, Matthias

In Jim Curious and the Jungle Journey, a young boy goes on an adventure in an old-fashioned diving suit. After waking up in bed (or is he really awake?), Jim walks through a mirror and into a shallow swamp that leads to a mysterious island. There, in the jungle, he encounters snakes, monkeys, and a giant turtle, as well as some creepy-crawly creatures, before discovering an ancient abandoned temple deep in the heart of the jungle.

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Duck! Rabbit!
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse and Lichtenheld, Tom

Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it . With more than 100,000 copies sold, this classic picture book is now available in a sturdy board book that little ones will love holding in their own two hands. Smart, simple and funny, it offers a hilarious choice–and one readers of all ages will rejoice in making.

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They all saw a cat
Wenzel, Brendan

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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Another
Robinson, Christian

What if you…
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?

What might you do?

In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

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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

20/07/2022

Let’s learn about butterflies! Using our art skills, we will walk through the lifecycle of a butterfly from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and finally butterfly. 

First, start by collecting some leaves. Enjoy a nature walk outside while collecting leaves; hopefully, you’ll find some butterflies along the way. 

 Other supplies you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Scrap of green construction paper
  • Small, white pompoms- 3 per child 
  • Tissue paper (2 inch x 3 inch piece of green for the chrysalis, and any other colors you want for your butterfly cut to 2 inch x 2.5 inch)
  • Pipe cleaners (2-inch piece in black for the butterfly, and any other colors you want for your caterpillar cut to 6 inches)
  • Pencil
  • Black marker or crayon
  • Liquid glue
  • Scissors
  • Small twig from outside
  • Tempera paint (optional)
  • Free butterfly life cycle template

 Once you have your supplies ready, find the step by step process here.

If you try this at home, please share how it went and don’t forget to tag us on our social media pages so we can enjoy it too!