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SHOP FEATURE 5

03/10/2022

(For the week of October 3, 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 Scribble Scrubbie Seashell Splash
Price: $24.99 each

Give your amazing sea creatures the perfect place to catch a wave with the Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Seashell Splash Playset! Hit the beach with a crew of adorable sea animal toys. Their flocked white coats make them easy to decorate however you please. All Crayola Scribble Scrubbie figures are washable so you can colour & customize with the included Washable Markers, then wash them and start again.

Includes 2 Cute Ocean Animals, 1 Tub, 1 Scrub Brush, 3 Washable Markers and 1 Beach Environment that doubles as a storage solution.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Arctic Igloo
Price: $24.99 each

The Crayola Scribble Scrubbies Arctic Pets Igloo lets kids chill out with new colour-changing friends! This arctic-themed playset encourages kids to dream up icy adventures and create colourful designs for their Scribble Scrubbies Pets – then watch as cute little pets change colours when temperatures dip below 55F. Place pets in the freezer for a minute or two and watch the transformation! Kids can create custom colourful patterns on their pets with washable markers, then wash pets clean to create new patterns again and again.

Includes 2 colour change pets, 3 markers, 1 brush, 1 plastic tub, and 1 plastic Igloo that doubles as a storage case with foldable handles.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Tattoo Shop
Price: $24.99 each

Get your miniature pets inked up at the Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Tattoo Shop! This pretend parlor offers the fun and temporary way to decorate your Scribble Scrubbie pets. Kids can set up this compact and portable parlor wherever they go. When the visit is over, just fold up shop and be on your way! Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets are adorable, colourable and washable pet figures that can be customized again and again. When you’re ready for something new, pop ’em in the scrub tub to get cleaned up.

Includes 2 washable pets, 3 stamper markers, tub, scrub brush, tattoo chair, lounge chair, and playset carry case.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Scented Spa
Price: $24.99 each

Customize and pamper cute little pets with the Scribble Scrubbie Pets Scented Spa! This super cute playset offers hours of imaginative play and encourages kids to expand Scribble Scrubbie playtime with sweet scented washable markers and spray. Kids can create custom colourful patterns on their pets with washable markers, then wash pets clean to create new patterns again and again.

Includes 2 new pets, 3 markers, 1 brush, 1 plastic tub, and storage case with foldable handles.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Crayola Colour Wonder Mess Free Colouring Activity Set
Price: $23.99 each

Create colourful mess-free art with the Colour Wonder Activity Set. This Activity Set for kids includes a variety of art supplies to create fun scenes that encourage creative storytelling. And, as with all Colour Wonder products, the inks won’t colour on skin, furniture, or fabric and only work on special Colour Wonder Paper. Makes a perfect on-the-go activity!

Includes 24 Colour Wonder Colouring Pages, 5 Ocean-Themed Stampers, 1 Stamp Pad, 5 Colour Wonder Markers, and 3 Ocean-Themed Sticker Sheets.

Suitable for ages 3+

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 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Reading List

30/09/2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools – the impacts of which are still being felt in communities across Canada. The books outlined in this list will help us to dig deeper and present a starting point for the conversation we may have with little ones.


When We Were Alone
Robertson, David, A and Flett, Julie

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.

Also available in a bilingual Swampy Cree/English edition.

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Phyllis’s Orange Shirt
Webstad, Phyllis; Nicol, Brock and Parker, Allison

When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go to residential school for the first time. Her Granny bought her a bright orange shirt that she loved and she wore it to school for her first day. When she arrived at school her bright orange shirt was taken away. This is both Phyllis Webstad’s true story and the story behind Orange Shirt Day which is a day for us all to reflect upon the treatment of First Nations people and the message that ‘Every Child Matters’.

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Stolen Words
Florence, Melanie and Grimard, Gabrielle

The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language – Cree – he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared.

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When I Was Eight
Jordan-Fenton, Christy; Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret and Grimard, Gabrielle

Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. She must travel to the outsiders’ school to learn, ignoring her father’s warning of what will happen there. The nuns at the school take her Inuit name and call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do chores. She has only one thing left — a book about a girl named Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole. Margaret’s tenacious character draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But she is more determined than ever to read. By the end, Margaret knows that, like Alice, she has traveled to a faraway land and stood against a tyrant, proving herself to be brave and clever.

Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to young children. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.

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With Our Orange Hearts
Webstad, Phyllis and Kewageshig, Emily

As a young child, your little world can be full of big emotions. In this book, I, Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day, show that sharing my story with the world helped me to process my feelings. My true orange shirt story encourages young children to open their hearts and listen as others share their feelings, and to be more comfortable sharing their own feelings too. Listening is a first step towards reconciliation. It’s never too early to start.

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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

28/09/2022

It’s a new school year, which means a new school photo! Have your child paint and decorate this adorable school bus picture frame made from popsicle sticks to display their picture in. 

You’ll need:

  • Tacky glue
  • Popsicle sticks 
  • Paints (yellow, grey, black)
  • Paintbrush
  • Buttons or gems
  • Paper

Instructions 

  1. Start by gluing two popsicle sticks together side by side.
  2. Now glue a popsicle stick on either side of your two sticks, vertically. 
  3. About an inch from the bottom of the two vertical sticks, glue three more popsicle sticks on horizontally together. 
  4. Paint your bus. Let it dry 
  5. Add in your decorations: gems or buttons for the lights and paper for the license plate.

This school bus craft is such a cute way for your child to show off their new school photo and get excited for picture day. You can add magnets to the back to put on the fridge for an extra touch.


If you give this a try, please share your creations with us. Tag us on social media @childmuseumwpg. 

SCIENCE LITERACY WEEK READING LIST

27/09/2022

This year Science Literacy Week was focused on Mathematics! As we bring the week to a close, here are a few books focused on science and other areas in our life where we can embrace it.


One Tiny Bubble
The Story of Our Last Universal Common Ancestor
Krossing, Karen and Lo, Dawn

Meet LUCA–our Last Universal Common Ancestor, the itty-bitty organism that every unique life-form on Earth can be traced back to. This sprinkle-sized blob was formed from the dust of exploded stars, water, and a lot of heat. LUCA was a single cell that split into two, and these cells multiplied into more organisms that grew and changed. Over the billions of years that followed, the descendants of LUCA evolved into bacteria, mushrooms, sharks, fir trees, lions–and humans! All the extraordinary life on Earth began with LUCA, through a miraculous process that could also occur on other planets.

This vibrant and poetic informational picture book breaks down scientific concepts using simple, engaging language. Striking illustrations bring LUCA to life and reveal how readers are connected to one another, and every life-form on our planet, through one tiny bubble.

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Over And Under The Waves
Messner, Kate and Neal, Christopher

Over the waves, the sea lions bark and seagulls wheel and call. The bay is smooth and bright in the sun. But under the waves, there’s a whole hidden forest, full of whales and wolf eels, sardines and sea bass, leopard sharks and luminous jellies, as well as the waving kelp that shelters them all. Discover the magical depths of the kelp forest, and all the fascinating creatures living just a paddle’s length away–over and under the waves.

Turn the pages to enjoy a journey with many fascinating facts, a gorgeous underwater world with strong curriculum connections all done by a favorite author-Illustrator team.

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The Animal Toolkit
How Animals Use Tools
Jenkins, Steve and Page, Robin

Did you know animals can use tools? In this fascinating book by award-winning pair Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, we learn all about what makes a tool a tool and the remarkable ways animals can use them to find food, protect their young, and more.

Readers learn all about what makes a tool a tool–and the remarkable ways animals use them to interact with our world. From the tailorbird, which repurposes spider silk to stitch a leaf into its nest, to the gorilla, which uses sticks to test water depth and build bridges, these animals are intelligent, innovative, and creative.

Steve Jenkins offers readers a closer look at these animals, their habitats, and their behaviors. In turn jaw-dropping, funny, and inspiring, The Animal Toolkit will fascinate animal enthusiasts and aspiring inventors everywhere.

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Foldout Anatomy
An Interactive Look Inside Humans And Animals
Albrechto, Jana; Piro, Radka and Larina, Lida

Uncover the secrets inside animals and humans with 14 full-length foldouts, over 50 animals, and over 160 color illustrations!

Humans and animals: are we similar? Different? Do we all have blood? Do we all smell and taste and think? How is it that birds can fly, fish can breathe underwater, but humans can’t do either? Explore the amazing diversity of the animal kingdom and compare the body systems of over fifty animal species with those inside of you! Fourteen tall, page-length foldouts open to reveal animal inner workings and provide extra details about these fascinating curiosities of the animal kingdom.

The book includes dozens of illustrated explanations of the human skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and reproductive systems. It then explores those same systems in animals like the great white shark, the hooded crow, the bottlenose dolphin, the snail, the goldfish, and dozens more with over 100 more color illustrations!

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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

26/09/2022

(For the week of September 26, 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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Squishy Hugs Butterfly
Price: $28.99 each

Squishy Hugs Butterfly is a precious addition to Aurora’s Squishverse collection! Featuring a lovely purple butterfly with fluffy multi-colour wings, this plush is buttery soft with a huggable body you’ll just want to squish. Measures 9”H.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Squishy Hugs Snail
Price: $28.99 each

Squishy Hugs Snail is a precious addition to Aurora’s Squishverse collection! Featuring a sunny yellow snail with a rainbow shell, this plush is buttery soft with a huggable body you’ll just want to squish. Measures 9”H.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Squishy Hugs Hedgie
Price: $28.99 each

Squishy Hugs Hedgie is a precious addition to Aurora’s Squishverse collection! Featuring a fuzzy pink hedgehog with a not-so spiky exterior, this plush is buttery soft with a huggable body you’ll just want to squish. Measures 9”H. 

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sea Sparkles Mallows (Assorted Styles Available)
Price: $5.99 each

These adorable, marshmallow-shaped Sea Sparkle mermaids are a splash of glittery fun! Beans in the bottom half give these plush Mallows a malleable shape – perfect for stacking and squishing! Great size for goodie bags, stocking stuffers, and more. Approximate measurements 2” x 1.5”. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Yay Grow Dino (Assorted Styles Available)
Price: $5.99 each

A fun impulse item, just add water and watch your dino grow to over 8 inches long!

Suitable for ages 5+

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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

21/09/2022

Teachers love apples, and kids love slime! Learn about the chemical bonds that form when you mix glue and the activator together.

You’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup Elmer’s Glue
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5 TBSP contact solution
  • Apple essential oil (if you want it to smell yummy)
  • Red food colouring
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Gloves (if desired)

Instructions

  • Add glue to your bowl
  • Add water and baking soda, mix
  • Add food colouring (and essential oil if you like), mix
  • Add the contact solution (this is your activator)
  • Mix and knead until combined.

Slime is so much fun to play with, but it is also scientifically cool!

Why is slime a chemical reaction?

Polyvinyl alcohol can be found in simple PVA glue and borate ion is created when baking soda and contact solution are mixed. Once these household ingredients are mixed, they cannot be changed back, making it a chemical reaction!


If you try this slimy fun at home, don’t forget to share your creation with us on social media @childmuseumwpg

SHOP FEATURE 5

19/09/2022

(For the week of September 19, 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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Palm Pals Betsy Chick
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Awed and bright-eyed, Betsy Chick is ready for something new! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Happy Hamster
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Happy shares positivity to every person she meets. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Tank Triceratops
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Tank is so strong – he was built to power through any challenge ahead! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Thunder Bronto
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. She can be heard from miles away, Thunder commands everyone’s attention! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Palm Pals Tyranno Rex
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Tyranno may have a fierce exterior, but is a true softy inside. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

14/09/2022

Here’s a quick activity for all those pencils you may have purchased for kids going back to school; pencil towers! It’s fun and an EnGINEERING challenge too. 

All you need are pencils. 

This challenge may seem simple, but it involves some steady hands and a creative mind. The goal is to stack your pencils as high as you can without them falling over. How many can you stack in 1 minute? Or make it a challenge and see if you can build your tower higher than your friends or family members! 

We used a base that creates a box shape but feel free to get creative and design your own. 


If you try your hand at this pencil engineering, please share your towers with us on social @childmuseumwpg

SHOP FEATURE 5

12/09/2022

(For the week of September 12, 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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Palm Pals Flick Pukwudgie
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. A master of jokes and pranks, Flick thinks its playtime all year round. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Gribble Goblin
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. From food to fun – Gribble is a greedy little goblin in need of everything! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Moh Ogre
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Moh wants nothing moh-re in life than to reach new heights! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Palm Pals Sassy Unicorn
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Sassy is a little diva that will take off as an iconic superstar. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Palm Pals Wiggles Koala
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Playful pranks await with Wiggles always goofing around. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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BACK TO SCHOOL READING LIST

09/09/2022

It’s time to head back to school! This week we look at books focused on going back to school and some for those just starting in kindergarten.



School’s First Day of School
Rex, Adam and Robinson, Christian

When we think about back to school, often our minds are on the students. But what about the school?

It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters.

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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
Willems, Mo

It’s time for Pigeon to go to school but why does he have to go to school when he already knows everything? And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!

Pigeon gets all the answers to his questions about going to school in this fun read.

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Anne’s School Days
Inspired by Anne of Green Gables
George, Kallie and Halpin, Abigail

Anne loves autumn in Avonlea, and she’s been enjoying her first three weeks of school. It helps that she walks to school with and sits next to her kindred spirit, Diana Barry. However, one day, Gilbert Blythe joins the class. According to Diana, he’s very handsome, and smart too. However, Gilbert immediately gets on Anne’s nerves. When he pulls on Anne’s braid and calls her “Carrots” because of her red hair, enough is enough. How can Anne enjoy school when Gilbert is ruining everything?

This is the third book in an early-reader series inspired by Anne of Green Gables, starring the spirited Anne Shirley as she navigates her first days of school and the incorrigible Gilbert Blythe.

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Leo + Lea
Wesolowska, Monica and Pak, Kenard

One boy loves numbers. Everywhere he looks he sees things to count. His classmates don’t understand counting as he does. A new girl loves patterns. Could she be a friend for Leo? This beautiful friendship story, inspired by the Fibonacci sequence and cleverly constructed using its mathematical pattern, celebrates our differences, as well as how math connects us to one another.

Young readers will love counting the number of words per page and discovering how they echo the Fibonacci Sequence, a mathematical series in which each number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on to infinity!

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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.