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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

30/07/2021


Source: Downtown Winnipeg Biz

Catch free concerts by local Winnipeg artists at various downtown locations all summer! Concerts run from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on Tuesdays from June to September. In the event of bad weather, concerts will be held the following day at the same locations.

2021 Lineup:

  • August 3 at Chinese Gardens – Manitoba Underground Opera
  • August 10 at True North Square – Sochei
  • August 17 at True North Square – Rey Rose Hope
  • August 24 at Workers Compensation Board plaza – Joe Curtis
  • August 31 at Chinese Gardens – Brandi Vezina
  • September 7 at Workers Compensation Board plaza – Mitchell Makoons
  • September 14 at Workers Compensation Board plaza – Cassidy Mann
  • September 21 at Workers Compensation Board plaza – Reynalyne Gacilan

Rain calls will be made by 11:00AM and will be posted on social media and online.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

27/07/2021


Source: letstalkscience.ca

Join STEM Storytime with Let’s Talk Science for the first two Tuesdays in August. On Tuesday, August 3, explore nutrition and food with Lizzy Rockwell’s book Good Enough to Eat. On Tuesday, August 10, learn more about programming on paper with the book If: Ball, Then: Catch by Katherine Schoepp. STEM Storytime is geared for children from early years to grade three and is free of charge. Learn more about these sessions and register.

SHOP FEATURE 5

26/07/2021

(For the week of July 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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Fun Felt Forest Pals Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Build and decorate 3 soft and sturdy felt forest animals (including a reindeer, fox, and squirrel). Includes felt animal parts, stickers, and googly eyes.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Fun Flower Magnets Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Paint 5 wooden flowers with super-strong magnets embedded in the back. These quick and clever mini craft kits are perfect for parties, travel, and rainy days. 

Suitable for ages 6+

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Mini Pop-Up Book Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! The Mini Pop-Up Book kit makes one hard cover, 10-page pop-up book measuring approximately 4″ wide x 5″ high. Kit includes book, mini markers, stickers, and fun pop-up accents. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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More Origami Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Learn the ancient art of folding paper as you create a snake, football, ninja star, frog, and more. This complete open ended mini craft kit comes with plenty of origami paper to inspire your child’s imagination. Kit includes 20 sheets of origami paper, googly eyes, folding instructions, and stickers. 

Suitable for ages 7+

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Paracord Bracelets Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Make your own stylish paracord bracelets with this all-inclusive kit. Kit includes two paracord lengths of 2.4m (4.8m total) in blue and green colours, heavy craft glue, 2 buckles, and instructions. 

Suitable for ages 7+

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CREATION STATION: EGG CARTON BUTTERFLIES

25/07/2021


Source: nelliesfreerange.com

These DIY butterflies make adorable gifts, or can be added to your garden, propped up next to house plants, or used as decoration in the kids’ bedrooms!

Materials

  • Egg cartons
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small reusable cups
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Directions

  • Cut egg carton cups into thirds, creating three butterflies each made from four egg cups.
  • Carefully trim and round off the edges of the egg cups using your scissors.
  • Paint all four egg cups using acrylic paint in the colours of your choice. Let dry completely.
  • Fold a pipe cleaner in half and wrap around the butterfly. Twist at the top to create the antennae, and your butterfly is ready!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

23/07/2021


Source: fortlareinemuseum.com

Prairie Sundays are back for the summer at Fort La Reine Museum, located just outside Portage la Prairie. Join them every Sunday in July and August from 1:00 to 3:00pm to experience hands-on heritage programs. Prairie Sundays are free with regular museum admission, and fun for all ages!

This summer’s Prairie Sundays programming includes the following activities:

  • July 25 – Sun Tea Making
  • August 1 – DIY Tin Can Lanterns
  • August 8 – Pioneer Survival Lessons
  • August 15 – Pioneer Clay Oven Baking & Butter Making
  • August 22 – Candy Apple Making
  • August 29 – Salt Water Taffy Making

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

20/07/2021

Indigenous STEAM Camp is a summer day camp for children and youth going into grades 1-6 this fall, hosted at the University of Winnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre. Youth will participate in activities that combine Indigenous knowledge with other science departments at the University of Winnipeg such as Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Biology.

Indigenous knowledge keepers will share traditional knowledge about many topics, including traditional medicines, star teachings, creation stories, traditional games, feasting ceremonies, water storage, and more. Activities also include hands-on experiments in labs on campus, math lessons, 3D printing, coding, dissections, as well as weekly field trips.

Indigenous STEAM Camp runs from 9:00AM to 3:30PM Monday to Friday with breakfast, lunch and a snack provided. Learn more and register.

SHOP FEATURE 5

19/07/2021

(For the week of July 19, 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 Crystal Mining Kit
Price: $22.99

Explore the wonders of geology with the KidzLabs Crystal Mining Kit. This fun educational kit allows young mineral hunters to dig for their very own crystals using the kit’s digging tool to unearth treasures from a tough plaster “rock”. The kit includes a plaster rock with eight (8) individual crystals, a digging tool, drawstring pouch for storing crystals, and more. A handy magnifying glass lets mineral hunters examine their treasures and study their different features. Once the crystals have been excavated, they can be displayed proudly in an attractive display case included with the kit. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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Dive In!: A Topsy-Turvy-Say-It-Out-Loud Underwater Adventure
Price: $24.99

Calling all explorers! Sir Sebastian Stockingbottomham needs your help on this madcap diving expedition! Ordinarily, famous explorer Sir Sebastian is in command of every adventure. But this time, something seems a bit… fishy. That’s because Burt and his sidekick Crab are about to turn the tables on him—and you!

This adventure won’t be the same without you at the helm. Join Sir Sebastian and Burt the Blobfish on the ocean floor! Share in the fun by following the interactive read-aloud prompts! Learn how to talk like you’re underwater, take part in some very silly shenanigans, and get ready to laugh like you’ve never laughed before!

Written by the acclaimed family music band and Grammy Award-Nominated Recess Monkey and illustrated by Rob McClurkan, this children’s book is hilarious interactive fun for the whole family.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Bocase Tool Set With Carry Case
Price: $38.99

The ultimate tool set gift for educational construction and building play! It contains 22 tools and accessories all housed within the plastic carry case, including: a friction powered drill, screwdriver, hammer, nuts, bolts, and more. Approximate dimensions: 33 cm (length) x 28 cm (height) x 10 cm (depth)

Suitable for ages 3+

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Jungle Fabric Activity Cube
Price: $15.99

The Jungle Fabric Activity Cube lends itself to many games! This oh-so-soft cube is comprised of a multitude of textures and jungle-themed activities, designed to make it easier for your baby to grab and to stimulate your baby’s senses. It develops dexterity and coordination of movements. Includes a rattle filled with small noise-making beads and a flexible ring to easily and safely hang from a stroller, car seat, or crib. Toddlers can recognise and admire themselves in the small plastic mirror, while babies may use the star-shaped teething ring to soothe their little teeth.

Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm

Suitable for ages 3 months+

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Soda Pop-Top Bracelets Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Design your own Soda Pop-Top Bracelets – just combine the included silver pop tabs and trendy ribbon to create 4 cool bracelets. Perfect for birthday parties, travel, or rainy days.

Suitable for ages 7+

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CREATION STATION: GLOWING CAMPFIRE CRAFT

18/07/2021


Source: buggyandbuddy.com

This glowing campfire craft is super easy to make and perfect for summer, fire safety week, summer camp, or for imaginative play!

Materials

  • Clear plastic cup
  • Tissue paper in red, orange, and yellow
  • Liquid glue
  • LED tealight
  • Twig or thin craft stick
  • Cotton balls
  • Brown construction paper
  • Scissors

Directions

  • Cut your tissue paper up into little squares.
  • Scrunch up each square of tissue paper and glue them to the outside of a clear, plastic cup. Continue until the entire cup is covered.
  • As your tissue paper layer is drying, make a marshmallow roasting stick by gluing a cotton ball onto the end of a twig or thin craft stick.
  • Add some logs to your campfire by cutting strips of brown construction paper. Use a brown marker or crayon to add some details to your logs.
  • Now it’s time to set up your campfire! Start by setting up your logs. Place your LED tealight on top the logs and then put your tissue paper cup over the light.
  • Go somewhere dark and watch it glow. It looks just like a real campfire!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN CANADA

15/07/2021

The University of Waterloo’s Cognitive Development Lab is seeking participants for a current study that investigates how children navigate peer-to-peer encounters such as turn-taking, collaboration, and maintaining relationships during competitive games. The study is being conducted remotely.

They are looking for study participants in the following demographics: 4- to 6-year old children, who would participate in a series of short game-based tests with “virtual peers” and a researcher via a secure online application created and managed by the researchers, and 8-to 11-year-old children, who would be shown story vignettes and asked questions. Learn more about this unique opportunity and register to participate.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

13/07/2021


Source: rhythmsofplay.com

Making shadow sidewalk chalk art is a fun way to get kids outside learning and flexing their creative muscles while having fun creating art outdoors.

Shadow art outdoor science is a hands-on STEAM activity that will help children learn about shadow science and that shadows are formed when an object blocks light.

Materials

  • A sunny day
  • An open space with no shadows and no clouds overhead. Driveways, parking lots, and playgrounds work well.
  • Recycled chalk paint (making recycled chalk paint is another great way for kids to explore science)
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Paintbrushes
  • Camera (optional)

Directions

  • Create shadows outside using the sun as the source of light. Invite children to experiment and play around with creating different types of shadows outside. Encourage kids to use their bodies and other objects such as leaves, toys, bikes, etc. to block the sunlight and create shadows on the ground.
  • Trace shadows. Use sidewalk chalk to trace shadows in various positions. Trace the shadows of human bodies, animal bodies, and objects to make shadow sidewalk art. Trees, flowers, and children’s toys are a few more fun shadow sidewalk art ideas you can try.
  • Use recycled chalk paint, sidewalk chalk paint, or sidewalk chalk to ‘fill in’ or ‘colour’ your shadows to create your shadow sidewalk chalk art.
  • Sidewalk chalk art doesn’t last long – make sure that you take pictures of your beautiful shadow art creations!

Spark Creative Learning!

Once children are finished painting shadow sidewalk chalk art, consider asking them a few questions to solidify the simple science concepts that they learned about:

  • How do shadows form?
  • How do shadows form outside?
  • What light source did we use to make shadows?
  • How did you block the light?
  • What happens when you block the light of the sun?