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SKETCH-A-SHADOW

01/04/2020

Explore science and silhouettes as you bask in the sun and unleash your inner artist! Line your finished creations up in the window to proudly display a parade of splendid silhouettes.

Materials

  • Plain sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Toys and/or stuffed animals
  • Plants

 

1. Place the piece of paper directly in the sun (or, if the weather is not cooperating, use a lamp to help create your own artificial “sun”!)

2. Place your toy or plant near the bottom of the paper, in such a way that a shadow is cast onto the sheet. Adjust it as necessary so that the part of the shadow you want to trace is visible on the piece of paper

3. Using a pencil, trace around the shadow

4. Remove the item and view your finished product!

 

How does this spark creative learning?

Grade 1: As your child traces the animal, talk to them about the characteristics that animal has which are similar to those of humans. Do they have the same number of limbs? What about eyes? Ears? Do they have skin like humans do, or fuzzy fur? Once you’ve traced the silhouette, try identifying where all those characteristics would be. Rip different colours of construction paper into small pieces, and glue them inside your silhouette in to identify all the different features in a multi-coloured, masterful collage!

Grade 2: After your child has finished tracing their animal silhouette, ask them if they think they traced a young, or an old (mature) version of the animal. If they traced a young version, ask how an older version would be different. If they traced an old version, ask how a younger version would be different. Would it be bigger or smaller? Have larger features? Would it have horns? Giant wings? Challenge them to create their own free-hand version of this silhouette, emphasizing these differences.

Grade 3: Before you begin tracing the plant, brainstorm a list of the various parts of a plant with your child. As your child traces the plant, ask them to identify which parts they are tracing. Once you’ve finished creating your plant silhouette, identify the parts that you cannot see. Research these parts online and use a different colour to draw them in on the interior of your silhouette!

Grade 4: The unique characteristics of plants and animals make for the most interesting silhouettes! Once your child has finished tracing the silhouette of their animal or plant, ask them to identify what adaptations their plant/animal has that helps them to survive. Is it a duck with webbed feet? A rose with thorns? Challenge them to create a second version of the silhouette without these adaptations – how would this affect their chosen plant or animal?

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

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM!

31/03/2020

Today we wanted to share with you some great STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) resources for at-home fun and learning!

Let’s Talk Science has so many wonderful activities and experiments that kids can try out at home (with the help of parent!). They offer hands-on activities that include things like learning about how to make an egg float, or why we need two eyes to see, and so much more.

For those kiddos that want to be an astronaut when they grow up, launch them into space and have them learn about our solar system now! Let’s Talk Science has reading materials and videos for all grade levels to help them learn about planets and all things space related.

Space Racers is another great space resource! They have all sorts of fun and educational activities that the whole family can do together like learning about Sky Patterns or Moon Phases. They also have lesson plans available to help you conduct experiments and teach your child about space while at home.

Les Débrouillards offers a wide variety of French at-home science experiments that include all of the instructions plus a video that you can follow along with.

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

MINI MONDAYS

30/03/2020

Warmer weather means melting snow…and lots of muddy puddles to play in! Bring the fun indoors with this (not-so) messy, mini muddy activity!

 

I Spy in My Mini Mud Pie

Create your own (tightly sealed!) pile of fake mud, and explore the wonders hidden within!

Materials

  • Plain sheet of paper
  • Markers
  • Large Ziploc bag
  • Brown Paint
  • Water
  • Tape

Directions:

  • Using a pencil, pencil crayons, crayons, or markers, scatter the numbers 1 through 10 on your paper
  • Add brown paint and a little bit of water to a Ziploc bag to create your “mud”. Make sure to seal the bag, and squeeze out the excess air! Mix the paint and water around so that your “mud” is spread throughout the bag
  • Place the piece of paper on a flat surface, and lay the Ziploc bag overtop of it. Use the tape to attach the Ziploc bag to the surface so it rests securely over the piece of paper
  • Invite your little one to use their hands or fingers to move the “mud” around in the bag. As they move the mud around, what are they able to uncover?
  • Say the numbers together as you uncover them! Raise up the correct number of fingers to represent each one, and encourage your child to do the same!

Keep the fun and learning going! Can you…

  • Find the number that shows how old you are?
  • Find a number that is a specific colour?
  • Uncover all the numbers at once?
  • Find the numbers in order?

If numbers aren’t your thing…

  • You can hide just about anything in the mud! Faces showing different emotions, splashes of colour, or letters! It’s up to you!

 

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 activity invites children to engage in a new sensory experience by manipulating the “mud” within the bag, and describing how it feels!

Exploring Numeracy

  • Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers. Early numeracy skills can include number recognition, counting, sorting, exploring patterns, and more! This activity helps to support the development of early numeracy by allowing children to uncover and practice recognizing the numbers hiding beneath the “mud”!

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

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

29/03/2020

Sunday is a day of rest, and we have put together a short list of resources to make this Sunday a fun and relaxing one.

Disney Movie Club has all of your child’s movie favourites – and maybe even some of your own! Start off your membership with 5 Disney movies for $1 and watch your little one’s face light up as they are immersed in the world of Disney. 

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel is designed for kids ages 3+ and is a wonderful way to move your body, relax, and practice mindfulness in these times of uncertainty.

Défi 12 jours – Méditation guidée pour les enfants is a French YouTube series that guides kids through a 12 day meditation practice.

The great outdoors never closes and with the warmer weather we have been receiving lately, getting outside for some fresh air is a great way for your kids to exert some energy and explore nature. AllTrails has a great list of kid-friendly trails and parks that can be found in and around Winnipeg. Just remember to practice social distancing when out on these trails!

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

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING WITH THESE MANITOBA PARTNERS

28/03/2020

We have some wonderful Manitoba-made content for you to help spark creative learning from home.

Prairie Exotics is using their YouTube channel to educate the public about their exotic reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

For all the farm-and-agriculture-loving kids out there, Manitoba Agricultural Museum has an online collection that showcases their unique artifacts to learn about agriculture history. 

Assiniboine Park Zoo is going live on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00PM for a Creature Feature. The videos also get saved to their page so don’t worry if you can’t watch it live, you can go back and watch it at any point!

If you’re looking for a fun way to explain social distancing to your little ones, check out Ace Burpee’s Twitter page for the Social Distancing Song by Fun Direction.

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

FEATURE FRIDAY: READING RESOURCES

27/03/2020

(Source: Scholastic.com)

 

Not only can it be hard to keep your kids occupied during these times, but it can also be tough to find resources for activities to do with them, all while keeping education in mind. We have put together a list of reading and literacy resources for you and your little ones to make learning easier while you’re at home.

Josh Gad – Olaf from Frozen – is doing daily children’s book readings on his Twitter account. The book choices and character voices are a sure way to keep your children entertained and engaged – you can check them out on his Twitter page here.

Scholastic is a great resource when it comes to looking for recommendations and activities to do with your kids while you’re at home. They have reading lists broken down by age so you can find the perfect read for you and your family.

Ages 0 – 2Ages 3 – 5Ages 6 – 7Ages 8 – 10

Lillypost is a fun way to discover new books, and they have a great variety of book club subscription boxes curated specially for kids. Starting at $21.95/month, get multiple books delivered directly to your door each month!

If you’re looking for some French resources, Bibliothèque et archives national du Québec is hosting daily virtual storytimes that can be accessed on your phone, computer, or tablet.

Heure du conte collects virtual story times on one platform for children to enjoy. Not only do they offer recorded story times, they also have many live readings every day.

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

COVID-19 Updates

13/03/2020

Closure Notice

Manitoba Children’s Museum To Close Until Further Notice

With the health and safety of our visitors in mind, and in light of recommendations from public health authorities, the Children’s Museum will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 due to the public health risks associated with COVID-19. All bookings and special events are also being suspended.

“We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and the community. We understand this will have a significant impact on the communities we serve, however we consider it our social responsibility to support the recommendations to practice social distancing as a means of trying to flatten the curve of impact on our public health services,” says Sara Hancheruk, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum. “We will continue to look to federal, provincial, and local health authorities to determine the length of this closure.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Health continue to assess the COVID-19 public health risk as low for the general population, but notes that this could change rapidly.

The museum plans to contact all booking, programming, and special event participants. We encourage friends and visitors to check the Children’s Museum’s website (childrensmuseum.com) and social media channels for up-to-date facility information.


Additional Resources

Make health and safety fun AND educational for your children with the following resources:

A. SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB
We encourage visitors to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the Children’s Museum. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also posted throughout the Children Museum.

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Image © Portland Children’s Museum

Hand Hygiene Guidelines:

  1. Safe & SOUND: Wash your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds.
    Pro Tip: Sing the ABC’s or Happy Birthday – or, try these Best Hand-washing Songs for Kids!
  2. When soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  4. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue and wash hands.
  5. Consider a seasonal flu shot.

B. TALKING WITH CHILDREN

C. A PLAYFUL HOME EXPERIMENT
Click play below to watch an interactive experiment courtesy of for children illustrating the importance of hand-washing.

D. TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY?

Stay healthy. Be well. Lead by example.

For your safety and the safety of others, please stay home if you or your child experience:

  • A cough or fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Flu-like symptoms

Works Consulted

  • World Health Organization
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)
  • Manitoba Public Health
  • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
  • Healthy Child Manitoba
  • SafeWork Manitoba
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Association of Children’s Museums

Employee Of The Month: January 2020

02/03/2020

Riche Ann is one of the museum’s Guest Service Interpreters. Her favourite gallery is Illusion Tunnel because the slide is super fast and she loves going for a quick slide before we open in the mornings!

Recess games such as Grounders, Wall Ball, Tether Ball, and Foursquare were amongst Riche Ann’s favourite things to play with her friends. She also enjoyed caring for her Tamagotchi and reading pretty much any Robert Munsch book.

Fun Fact about Riche Ann: As a child, she would put ketchup on EVERYTHING.

 

Helping Hands

03/02/2020

We’re excited to showcase our new Helping Hands exhibit, courtesy of pico ARCHITECTURE inc. See it on display in our Welcome Centre during your next museum visit!

About Helping Hands
The intent of the Helping Hands installation was to create something that was useful, interactive, and playful. The original concept was to have arms coming out of the ground, providing additional hands to hold your coffee, your bags, and more. The ‘hand’ – a universal form and gesture – became the focus of the design, which evolved to feature a giant seat, creating a more prominent and inviting presence to the installation. The final product is made out of a single sheet of 3/8” thick steel and weighs approximately 500 pounds.

About pic ARCHITECTURE inc.
pico- \’pe(,)ko \ [symbol p] 1: prefix in the metric system denoting one trillionth 2: peak, beak, bit, small…it really means little. Established in 2010 as Ager Little Architects Inc., pico ARCHITECTURE inc. is a full-service architectural firm providing quality custom service. Their vision is to design socially conscious architecture – spaces that inspire, heal and nurture those who inhabit them.

Employee Of The Month: December 2019

31/12/2019

Katrina is both an Admissions Attendant and a Program Interpreter here at the Children’s Museum. Her favourite gallery is Milk Machine and she loves coming to work because everyday is always a new adventure!

As a child, she could be found playing with her Barbies and building elaborate little Barbie-towns. Katrina loved the movie Beauty and the Beast and to this day she still has a soft spot for movies like Moana and Inside Out.

Fun Fact about Katrina: When she was younger, she would pretend she was Cinderella and Napoleon Dynamite combined to motivate herself to get her chores done and make cleaning a little more fun!

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