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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

12/05/2021


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Regrow your own celery in a sunny window this spring!

Simply chop the base from a bunch of celery, leaving about 2 inches. Place this 2-inch cutting in a dish of water in a sunny location. You’ll have to wait for about 5-7 days to see new growth starting from the centre of the cutting.

After about a week or two, you can transplant the cutting to a pot with soil, burying the cutting in soil and leaving any new leafy growth in the centre to peek above the soil. Give it plenty of water and monitor it for signs of dryness or excess moisture.

The leafy centre will continue growing and start producing its own stalks, which you can start harvesting and snacking on!

Tips for growing and harvesting celery:

  • Celery does not grow well in hot conditions, so make sure you give your celery plant adequate water and shade during the hottest part of the day. If your plant does not receive enough water, it could become tough and stringy.
  • Change out the water every couple of days while in the initial water dish phase of the project.
  • When transplanting, you can also plant the celery directly into the soil outside – you may want to go this route if you live in a temperate area or want to be able to harvest outdoors.
  • You can remove only a few stalks of celery at a time – there’s no need to harvest the whole plant. When doing this, make sure you remove the outer stalks first and let the less developed inner stalks continue growing. Take care not to damage the rest of the plant if removing individual stalks.

SHOP FEATURE 5

10/05/2021

(For the week of May 10, 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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My Diary
Price: $14.99

Record your thoughts, doodles, and dreams inside this beautiful printed diary. Heart lock and key will keep your secrets safe. Make your diary uniquely yours with the included feather pen, monogram frame cover, rhinestones, foil printing, and alphabet and journal stickers. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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Robo Bug
Price: $24.99

You build it, it crawls! Robo Bug gives kids a bug’s-eye view of the world. This amazing robot can crawl over sand and rocks, pull objects, and even climb up hills. Kit includes 24 robot parts with glowing wings, gears, and bolts; 1 gear box with motor; 6 traction pads; 24″ string; and a full-colour booklet which will teach kids all about insects. Note: Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Suitable for ages 7+

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Pampered Body & Mind Spa Set
Regular Price: $55.99
Sale Price: $27.99

Treat yourself to a spa day at home! This complete set includes everything you’ll need to enjoy a luxuriously relaxing experience alone or with friends. The kit includes 3 nail polishes, 2 nail files and nail gems, flip flops, toe separators, a star shaped pumice stone, an inflatable foot soak tub, confetti flakes, bath bomb, and scented body glitter spray. 

Suitable for ages 7+

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World’s Smallest Perplexus
Price: $18.99

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+

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Secret Message Fortune Teller Kit
Price: $10.99

Craft, create, and peer into your future with this fun fortune teller kit! Share secrets and reveal the future with your bestie using the Secret Message Fortune Teller Portfolio. Add your own design and twist on the classic game with the stickers provided, then reveal the secrets with the secret message pen!

Suitable for ages 6+

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CREATION STATION: TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS

08/05/2021


Source: easypeasyandfun.com

You can make a wonderful bouquet for mom with this tissue paper flower craft.

Materials

  • Bright pink, light pink, and white tissue paper – or whatever colours you want!
  • Scalloped circle cookie cutter
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wood craft sticks
  • Green craft paint
  • Stapler
  • White school glue

Directions

  • Paint each craft stick with your green craft paint and let dry (they dry quickly with one coat).
  • Fold or layer your tissue paper so it is about 10 sheets thick, place your cookie cutter on top, and trace it with a pen or pencil.
  • Hold your tissue paper together and cut all 10 pieces together.
  • Remove the top piece outlined with pen or pencil, and staple the remaining 9 pieces together in the centre.
  • One piece at a time, start bunching the top piece upwards and continue until you reach the bottom, but leave the bottom layer flat.
  • Glue one flower to the top of each green craft stick and let dry.
  • Make several flowers and gather them into a bouquet for gift-giving.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

06/05/2021


Source: sciencerendezvous.ca

Science Rendezvous is happening all over the country on May 8, and Manitoba organizations are hosting several activities that teachers and families will want to take part in.

Join the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg for virtual Science Chase activities on May 8. Test your knowledge of our diverse Manitoba ecosystem!

This year, Science Rendezvous Winnipeg has also partnered with Trees Winnipeg and Manitoba Agriculture & Resource Development (ARD) to plant up to 5,500 trees! Trees (white spruce) and educational materials will be available to Manitoba elementary schools, grades 5-6. Trees can be delivered to schools for FREE. Schools are encouraged to organize their own safe outdoor socially-distanced tree planting activities or giveaways.

Learn more about Science Rendezvous.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

05/05/2021


Source: ingenium.org

Explore Ottawa’s Ingenium family of museums – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum – on their webpage devoted to at-home education. With their wide array of engaging and online resources (perfect for parents, teachers, and students), you can browse online educational programs by museum name or by type.

SHOP FEATURE 5

04/05/2021

(For the week of May 3, 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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KidzLabs Bubble Science Kit
Price: $22.99

The ultimate bubble science kit! Perform amazing experiments with everyday materials! Learn the science of bubbles while having fun! Blow a giant bubble over a metre long, freeze a bubble that lasts for hours and learn about bubble geometry and sculpture! Kit includes: Unique bubble wand, cube, pyramid, 60mL of bubble solution, recipe to create your own high-quality homemade bubble solution, and detailed instructions.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Mould & Paint Llama
Price: $16.99

Have fun creating up to 6 adorable llama characters with this fun mould and paint kit. Whether making magnets to add some colour to your fridge or cute badges for friends, this kit will keep little hands busy for hours. Kit includes 1 mould with 6 designs, bag of plaster powder, 1 magnet strip, 2 pins, 1 paint strip with 5 colours, 1 paint brush, and detailed instructions.

Suitable for ages 5+

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3D Puzzle – Vehicle Edition
Price: $6.99

Choose your favourite from an assortment of 3D wooden vehicles to build, including an Army Transport Vehicle, Biplane, Helicopter, Sidecar Motorcycle, or Tank. Pieces are made of all-natural wood and are easy to assemble.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Crystal Growing Experimental Kit
Price: $28.99

Teach children about the beauty and complexity of crystal growth with the 4M Crystal Growing Experiment. Simply follow the directions to conduct seven different crystal growing experiments. Watch as each sparkling crystal forms and grows inside its own unique display dome. Once grown, these crystals will last indefinitely for family and friends to enjoy. Perfect for young science enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in geology. 

Suitable for ages 10+

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Alex D.I.Y. Unicorn Craftaccino
Price: $14.99

This DIY Craftaccino Unicorn is a cup ‘o fun and creativity! Each cup comes with everything a little arts and crafts enthusiast needs to make 3 unicorn-themed projects. Make a unicorn headband, key chain, and wall mount. A perfect activity for parties, rainy days, or sleepovers. Includes plastic cup, 5 die-cut paper shapes, sheet of foil stickers, sheet of paper stickers, 2 foil fringe sheets, double-sided tape, elastic headband, unicorn horn shape, embroidery floss, thread, needle, polyester batting, 5 polyester felt shapes, 12 yarns, 2 metal rivets, screw-on spike, ball chain, and easy-to-read instructions.

Suitable for ages 8+

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CREATION STATION: MAKE YOUR OWN PLANTABLE SEED PAPER

01/05/2021


Source: thesprucecrafts.com

Seed paper is produced by mixing recycled paper pulp with seeds and pressing the mixture into a shape. You can use plain white paper, newspaper, tissue paper, cardboard, and most other types of paper (besides paper with a glossy finish) to create the pulp. Seed paper can be planted in soil, where the seeds should grow if the soil is kept moist. Seed paper is excellent to use for gift tags and cards. Be sure to include directions for the recipient that they can plant the paper, and tell them which seeds you used. 

Materials

  • Paper of your choice (not glossy or coated)
  • Water
  • Plant seeds of your choice
  • Blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap or parchment paper
  • Cookie cutters (optional)
  • Paper towels or cloth
  • Hairdryer (optional)

Directions

  • Tear the paper into small pieces, and place it in the blender. Then, add twice as much water as paper. (For example, if the paper reaches the 1 cup mark on the blender, add 2 cups of water.) Blend the paper into a pulp, and then transfer it to the mixing bowl. Squeeze the water from the pulp, and make sure there aren’t any large chunks of paper in it.

  • Next, add a handful of seeds to the paper pulp. The number of seeds required will depend on the type of seeds you use and the finished effect you are looking for. For instance, if you have somewhat large seeds you might not want to use that many of them. Or maybe you want the paper to be dotted with lots of smaller seeds.

  • Mix the seeds into the pulp using your hands or a spoon. (Don’t use the blender, which can damage the seeds.)

  • If you are using cookie cutters as molds to make specific paper shapes, place them onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then, press the paper pulp firmly inside the cookie cutters for even coverage, and remove the cookie cutters.

  • If you aren’t using cookie cutters, simply press the paper pulp on plastic wrap or parchment paper into your desired shape. Try to spread the pulp fairly thin, as a thick layer will take longer to dry. Use a paper towel or cloth to press as much water as possible from the pulp.

  • Drying the seed paper quickly is essential. Otherwise, the seeds might start to sprout. Place the seed paper in a warm environment, and ensure that air can circulate around it. Blowing the seed paper with a hairdryer on the cool setting can help it dry.

  • When the seed paper is thoroughly dry it can be finished as desired. For example, you can decorate it with stamps or writing utensils. And you can punch a hole in it, through which you can feed a ribbon or string to use the paper as a gift tag.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

29/04/2021

Join the Gateway Recreation Centre in Winnipeg for a physically-distanced night out on May 7. Relax in the comfort of your vehicle with your family while enjoying the Disney Pixar movie Soul.

Please follow signs and maintain 2 metres of space between your neighbours! The movie will be set up on the south side of the parking lot by the splash pad, facing north. As always, we direct large vehicles behind smaller cars to ensure everyone has a clear view. Audio available by speaker and via radio.

Learn more and buy tickets.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

28/04/2021


Source: littlebinsforlittlehands.com

Learn about the unique properties of salt as you make paintings using this household item!

Materials

  • PVA school glue or craft glue
  • Salt
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • Water
  • White card-stock or watercolor paper
  • Template for the shapes you’ll be painting

Directions

  • Trace your template onto cardstock.
  • Add glue to outline your shapes. Then add a good amount of salt onto the glue and carefully pour the excess off.
  • Let the glue (and salt) dry.
  • Mix a few tablespoons of water with your choice of food colouring to make your watercolour paint. Use a pipette to slowly drip the watercolour mixture onto the salt. Try not to drench the patterns but rather watch the salt soak up one droplet of colur at a time.
  • Leave your salt painting to dry overnight, then display it in your home.

Spark Creative Learning!

  •  Notice how the water is absorbed and slowly moves throughout the pattern. You can even add drops of different colours and see what happens!
  • Salt is a really useful product that has the ability to absorb moisture from its environment. Its ability to absorb water is what makes salt a good preservative. This property of absorption is called hygroscopy. Hygroscopic materials absorb both liquid water (the watercolour paint mixture) and water vapour in the air, creating a dehydrating effect.

SHOP FEATURE 5

27/04/2021

(For the week of April 26, 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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Unicorn Crystal Terrarium
Price: $18.99

Channel your inner scientist and add a sprinkle of magic! Learn how to grow your very own crystals to create a mystical unicorn wonderland. Kit features crystal growing medium, unicorn figures, accessories, and instructions.

Crystal size (when fully formed): Approximately 2”W. Terrarium size: 4.25”W x 3”H x 3.75”D.

Suitable for ages 10+

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ZOOB Builderz 250-Piece Kit
Regular Price: $87.99
Sale Price: $43.99

ZOOB is an award-winning building set with a difference—the pieces move after you put them together, so you can play with your creations, instead of just looking at them. This tub of 250 brightly-colored pieces comes with 6 instruction guides to make over 30 creations including a ZOOBasuraus or a ZOOBcycle (or create your own). A great way to support core STEM principles while encouraging creative play!

Suitable for ages 6+

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Playstix Airplane Set
Price: $16.99

Build and create a cool airplane with this STEM-supporting construction system! Easy-to-follow instructions are included in every set, with pieces colour-coded by length and a unique “Snap & Lock” feature that allows the model to be assembled and taken apart easily. Ideal for both independent and group play. 

Suitable for ages 4+

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Robot Claw
Price: $8.99

Have fun picking up items with the amazing Robot Claw. The claw reaches up to 18 inches away and makes a ratchet sound when you squeeze the handle to give you an authentic robot feel!

Suitable for ages 5+

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Alex Little Hands Picture Mosaic
Regular Price: $21.99
Sale Price: $10.99

Easy, no-mess fun – just peel and stick to create five different mosaic pictures with hundreds of colourful shape and photo stickers. This kit contains 5 pre-printed boards (9″ square), 984 stickers, and picture instructions to create a lion, house, birthday cake, cereal bowl, or flower mosaic.

Suitable for ages 3+

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