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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2020

23/10/2020

Katrina works at the Children’s Museum as an Admissions Attendant and a Program Interpreter. She’s worked at the Children’s Museum for over a year.

As a child, her favourite children’s books were Pizza Pat and Green Eggs and Ham.

Her favourite food is potatoes of all kinds. Doesn’t matter what type, she loves them all!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

21/10/2020


Source: Tourism Winnipeg

Fall activities are in full swing right now at FortWhyte Alive. Check out their spooky seasonal Mystery Track and Trail events on October 28, 29 and 30, and discover what mystery creature is loose in the woods. Storytelling by the Fire also happens on Sunday, October 25 and continues into November. Don’t forget, if you’re a Children’s Museum member, you can get 10% off the price of annual membership at FortWhyte Alive with our reciprocal partnership.

Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Halloween Spooktacular will be held this year on October 29, 30 and 31 with physical distancing measures in place. Join the Zoo’s staff and volunteers who will be wearing their favourite costumes and watch the animals enjoy special Halloween treats.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

20/10/2020


Source: greenkidcrafts.com

Today’s STEAM activity teaches kids about crystal formation with seasonal pumpkin-shaped crystals.

Materials

  • Orange pipe cleaners
  • Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter
  • Twine, string or ribbon
  • Popsicle stick
  • Borax
  • Water
  • Jars

Directions

  • Bend the pipe cleaner around the cookie cutter so it forms the shape of a pumpkin and then twist the ends together.
  • Tie a piece of string, ribbon, or twine to the pumpkin.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and add 1/2 cup of Borax in the boiling water. Stir until the Borax dissolves. (If it’s not fully dissolved, the crystals won’t form as well.)
  • Hang the pumpkin shape in a jar by securing the loose end of the string to a popsicle stick and resting the popsicle stick on the jar rim.
  • Pour the water and Borax mixture into the jar, making sure the pipe cleaner pumpkin is fully submerged.
  • Watch the crystals grow over the next couple of days.

As the crystals begin to grow, document what you see! Take pictures and write down how the pipe cleaners change in appearance.

This activity supports the development of the following STEAM skills:

  • Observing, documenting, and analysing the crystal formation process

SHOP FEATURE 5

19/10/2020

(For the week of October 19, 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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Spooky Spider Legs – Hector
Price: $25.99

Embrace your inner spookiness with this fluffy and adorable Hector Spooky Spider Legs!

  • 12 inches in size
  • High quality materials and construction makes for a unique and soft touch

Suitable for ages 3 months+

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Pidwee Midnight Owl
Price: $12.99

This fluffy, cozy Halloween-themed owl comes with its own witchy hat!

Suitable for ages 3+

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Tricks & Treats Sticker Activity Book
Price: $8.50

Spooky and adorable Halloween activities plus the cutest puffy stickers you’ve ever seen!

Perfect for at home or on the go, this 32-page book contains fun and engaging activities featuring everyone’s favorite things about Halloween. 75+ puffy stickers are included for hands-on amusement. Whether it’s doodling, dot-to-dots, or a search and find, young Halloween enthusiasts are sure to find hours of sticker and activity fun.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Pets Peg Puzzle
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $7.99

Children will love spending time with these beloved neighbourhood pets as they place each wooden puzzle piece over the matching picture on the puzzle board. This sturdy 8-piece puzzle features easy-grasp pegs and wooden construction. Promotes hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, and much more!

Suitable for ages 2+

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Pocket Magic Crazy Cubes
Price: $4.99

Have fun and amaze everyone with these crazy cubes!

Suitable for ages 5+

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LITTLE YARN APPLE CRAFT

17/10/2020


Source: makeandtakes.com

These little yarn apples are super cute and make a great fall decoration. They look like they just fell from the tree!

Materials

  • A piece of cardboard – approximately 2 inches by 5 inches
  • Red and green craft yarn
  • Brown and green pipe cleaners (or chenille stems)

Directions

  • Find a piece of cardboard to help you with yarn winding. If you want a smaller apple, use a piece of cardboard that is 2 inches thick. If you want it a little larger, use a piece of cardboard that is 3 inches thick.
  • Bend the piece of cardboard in half a bit so it’s easier to take the yarn off when it’s done being wrapped.
  • Take your yarn colour of choice and start wrapping it around your cardboard, not too tightly.
  • Wrap the yarn around the cardboard about 100 times. The more you wrap, the thicker and tighter the apple looks.
  • When you’re done winding, cut your string off and let it hang in place. This will get tucked away later.
  • Cut your brown piece of pipe cleaner in half and slip one through your wound-up yarn. This is where the bent-in-half cardboard piece comes in handy – if your cardboard is bent, it’s easier to slip the pipe cleaner through.
  • Twist up the pipe cleaner ends together, forming a stem for the top of the apple.
  • Put the other cut half brown pipe cleaner through again and twist it up on the opposite end of the yarn, creating a round apple shape.
  • Twist it up, then cut off the pipe cleaner with scissors fairly close to the yarn and bend that end of wire in.
  • You can be done here or you can add a little leaf to the apple. With a 2 inch piece of green pipe cleaner, slip it under the top brown stem. Then bend in each half to look like 2 little leaves.
  • You’re done. Now these little cute apples are ready for display.

Creative Learning Opportunities

  • Fine Motor Skills: Were you able to wrap the yarn around the cardboard? Was it easier to wrap at the beginning, or at the end?
  • Exploring Numeracy: Can you count to 100? Try counting all the way to 100 as you wind the yarn around your piece of cardboard.
  • Sensory Awareness: Compare this apple to a regular apple. How does each of them feel?
  • Attributes and Characteristics: What colours are your apples? What shapes are they?
  • Engaging in Conversation: Think about the last time you ate an apple. Can you describe how it tasted? Did you enjoy your apple?

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

14/10/2020


Source: letsroam.com

Go on a Winnipeg scavenger hunt this week with Let’s Roam. This adventure will take you through the heart of Winnipeg and let you see how it has changed over time while providing your group an opportunity to work as a team and have fun while completing tasks together.

You can also head out to Wolseley Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30PM to 6:30PM until October 20 and enjoy great community activities and fun! At the market, you’ll find great local produce, meat, baked goods, knife sharpening, soaps, honey, vegetables, grass-fed beef, rainbow trout, fresh bread, tarot card readings, vegan goodies, and sometimes live music.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

13/10/2020


Source: engineeringemily.com

Today’s STEAM activity looks like a real ’70s lava lamp and teaches kids about the relative densities of oil and water. It’s also mesmerizing to look at!

Materials

  • Small clear cup or jar
  • Water
  • Light coloured or clear oil
  • Food colouring
  • Effervescing antacid tablet (such as Alka-Seltzer)

Directions

  • Fill your jar or cup about two-thirds’ full with oil.
  • Add water until the liquid is about 1 inch from the top of the jar.
  • Add 5 to 10 drops of food colouring.
  • Break your antacid tablet into 4 pieces. Start dropping the pieces into the jar one at a time, watching the bubbles grow with each addition. The food colouring will eventually get mixed into the water by the turbulence from the bubbles.
  • Enjoy watching the slow moving bubbles. Afters the bubbles stop, let the oil and water separate again and you can add another tablet and start the lava lamp show all over again!

*Note: You can repeat this experiment over and over using the same jar of oil and water. You do not have to dump and start again each time you want to do it. Just let the antacid tablet completely dissolve and all the bubbles stop, and then it’s ready to go again.

Remember: when you are finally ready to dump the lava lamp contents, don’t dump it down your drain! Please responsibly dispose of your oil, check your local waste disposal guidelines on how to properly discard oil.

This activity supports the development of the following STEAM skills:

Science: Oil and water don’t mix. Water is polar and oil is non-polar and hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. Oil is less dense than water, so when they are combined they immediately separate and their difference in densities makes the oil float on top of the water. You see this separation at the start of the experiment when you add water to the oil in the the jar, and also when you add the food coloring.

The food colouring is water soluble so it only mixes with the water and not the oil. When you add it to the jar, you will see it sink down below the oil and sit on top of the water until the bubbles from the antacid tablet mix it into the water.

As the effervescing antacid tablet dissolves in the water, it releases carbon dioxide bubbles. These bubbles are lighter than both liquids so they push from the bottom of the jar towards the top, taking blobs of water with them through the oil. The carbon dioxide bubbles break when they hit the surface, then the water falls back down to the bottom of the jar due to its heavier density.

SHOP FEATURE 5

12/10/2020

(For the week of October 12, 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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Spooky Spider Legs – Hilda
Price: $25.99

Embrace your inner spookiness with this fluffy and adorable Hilda Spooky Spider Legs!

  • 12 inches in size
  • High quality materials and construction makes for a unique and soft touch

Suitable for ages 3 months+

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Candy Corn Finger Puppets
Price: $1.99

Put on a Halloween show before the trick-or-treating begins! Assorted – sold individually. Vinyl. 2 inches.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Baby Tiger’s Jungle Adventure Cloth Book
Regular Price: 25.99
Sale Price: $12.99

Learn all about Baby Tiger in Manhattan Toy book Baby Tiger’s Jungle Adventure. This fun picture book includes soft pages that help promote tactile discovery. With a hook and loop fastener and a loop attachment, this is a great book to take on the go.

Suitable for ages 6 months+

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Cut, Sculpt & Roll Modeling Dough Kit
Regular Price: $23.99
Sale Price: $11.99

Roll out, roll up, press on, and re-form countless original modeling dough creations inspired by you and your imagination! Featuring 8 exciting tools and 4 vibrant colours of modeling dough, this set invites kids to cut different shapes with zigzag and straight scissors, sculpt circles and triangles with pattern wheels, and mold adorable figures by turning over the covered tubs and pressing. Encourage creativity as well as color and pattern recognition with Cut, Sculpt & Roll!

Suitable for ages 3+

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Pocket Puzzle
Price: $6.99

Slide and sort the colourful mini blocks on this pocket puzzle. 42 pieces, 3½ x 6 inches.

Suitable for ages 6+

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THANKFUL HANDS WREATH CRAFT

10/10/2020


Source: education.com

This Thanksgiving, give your kids the gift of gratitude by allowing them to reflect on the things they’re grateful for all year long and express them with this Thanksgiving wreath craft. There’s always room for more meaningful Thanksgiving décor!

Materials

  • Construction paper in strong fall colours (green, yellow, orange, and red)
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue

Directions 

  • Help your child lay their hand down, fingers apart, and trace around it on the different colours of construction paper with a pencil.
  • Have them cut out a set of twelve hands – three from each of the four different construction paper colours.
  • Have your child practice their handwriting by writing down something or someone they are thankful for on each hand, from wrist to fingers. You can also add the months of the year and add something to be thankful for on each month.
  • Tilt each paper hand slightly and arrange the group in an overlapping circle to form a wreath shape.
  • Glue each wrist to the space between the thumb and the index finger. Let the glue dry.
  • Recognize your child’s reasons to be thankful and talk about the items together.
  • Hang the wreath where everyone can see and enjoy it.

Creative Learning Opportunities

  • Fine Motor Skills: Was it tricky to trace your hand? How did it feel to twist and turn the scissors to cut it out?
  • Social Emotional Development: What kinds of things are you thankful for?
  • Exploring Print: Practice your penmanship by writing what you are thankful for.
  • Recognizing Attributes and Characteristics: What colours of paper did you use to make your wreath? Did you arrange them in a certain order?
  • Engaging in Conversation: Make this craft the centre of conversation at your Thanksgiving dinner. Invite everyone to share what they’re most thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: AUGUST 2020

09/10/2020

Jaypee works as a Guest Services Interpreter at the Children’s Museum. He has worked at the museum for over two years.

When Jaypee was younger, his favourite book was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. He thinks it’s such a good children’s story.

Jaypee’s favourite food is pistachio ice cream! (Last time Jaypee was employee of the month, he said his favourite ice cream flavour was mint chocolate.)