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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM WITH FIZZICS EDUCATION!

02/06/2020

Fizzics Education is an Australian-based organization that focuses on bringing science and technology education to kids in Australia and beyond!

For a wide variety of experiments, check out their resources page with 150 science experiments that can be done at home. Everything from water science activities like shaving cream rain clouds, to kitchen chemistry experiments like making rock candy, there’s sure to be experiments that your kiddos will love.

After your little ones are all done with their experiments, it’s time to sit back and listen to some STEAM-inspired podcasts or TedTalks. Fizzics Education has many wonderful links on their website that bring you to some of the best kid-friendly and educational podcasts and TedTalks out there.

After a long day of STEAM filled fun, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! Check out these trivia questions that range from everything about the human body and biology, to astronomy and physics.

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


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MINI MONDAY: BALLOON BOP

01/06/2020

Hop, stretch, and kick to set this balloon into motion! Enjoy the sun as you develop your gross motor and manipulative skills or take the balloon bopping fun indoors!

Materials

  • Balloon
  • String
  • Painter’s Tape (if indoors)

 

Directions:

  • Blow up your balloon. Tie it closed
  • Cut a piece of string at the desired length
  • Tie the string to the end of the balloon
  • Decide if you would like to set your balloon up inside or outside
    • If you are setting up outside, tie your balloon to the branch of a tree at the desired height
    • If you are setting up inside, use painter’s tape to attach your balloon to the ceiling at the desired height
  • At first, set your balloon up so that it is high enough that your child would need to jump to reach it. Encourage your child to jump up in the air, and use their hand to hit the balloon
  • Lower the balloon a little so that it is at a height where your child’s head can touch it as they move up and down on their toes. Encourage your child to push themselves up and down on their toes to make their head bop the bottom of the balloon
  • Lower the balloon further so that it is at a level where it can be kicked. Encourage your child to kick the balloon
  • Choose your favourite height and keep the fun going!

 

Keep the fun and learning going! Can you…

  • Think of other ways to move the balloon? Test them out!
  • Count how many times you can hit/bop/kick the balloon in a row?
  • Create a forest of balloons? Hang multiple balloons from your tree/ceiling, and practice moving all of them at once!

 

Essential Learning Experiences

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are developed when children use their larger muscles, like the ones in their arms and legs. Gross motor skills are used for all kinds of movements – like crawling, rolling, running and jumping. This week’s activity helps to support the development of gross motor skills by encouraging children to jump up high to reach the balloon.

Manipulative Skills

Manipulative skills are used to move an object using our hands or feet. They can include throwing, tossing, kicking, catching, and striking. This week’s activity helps to support the development of manipulative skills by encouraging children to strike, bop, or kick the balloon to set it into motion!

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


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

31/05/2020

This Sunday we have compiled a list of riddles, jokes, and puns to put a smile on your face.

Q: What is at the end of everything?
A: The letter G

Q: Where did the sheep go on vacation?
A: The Baaaaaaahamas

Q: What do planets like to read?
A: Comet Books!

Q: Why did the cow go to outer space?
A: To visit the Milky Way

Q: Who comes to a picnic but is never invited?
A: Ants!

Q: What do frogs order when they go to a restaurant?
A: French Flies

Q: How did the bubble gum cross the road?
A: It was stuck to the bottom of the chicken’s foot!

Q: What comes down but never goes up?
A: Rain

Q: What does a cloud wear under his raincoat?
A: Thunderwear

Q: What has 4 eyes but can’t see?
A: Mississippi

Q: What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?
A: Silence

Q: What does the pizza say when it introduces itself?
A: Slice to meet you

Q: What is the most musical bone?
A: The trom-bone

Q: Why do hummingbirds hum?
A: Because they forgot the words

Q: Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off?
A: He’s all right now.

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


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SHOP FEATURE 5

(For The Week Of May 31, 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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Hands At Play Construction Vehicles
Hands At Play Construction Vehicle Puzzles
Price: $27.99 each

Vroom, vroom! The construction site is such a busy place! Grouping and assembling these puzzles is an excellent way to practice association skills, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity while learning about the world. Kit includes 4 large puzzles in 22 pieces.

Suitable for ages 2+

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Mould & Paint Llama Kit
Mould & Paint Llama Kit
Price: $16.99 each

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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Roly Poly Owl
Roly Poly Owl
Price: $18.99 each

Twit Twoo! This wibbly-wobbly owl will keep your little one busy and active. Simply fill your feathered friend with water and away you go. Push and poke him – he’ll never fall over! Includes an easy to fill water spout at the base and 3 colourful balls inside the inflatable body.

Suitable for ages 6 months+

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Engino STEM Heroes Space Exploration
Engino STEM Heroes Space Exploration
Price: $45.99 each

This fun kit introduces key STEM principles with cool experiments, easy to understand scientific theories, and hours of creative play. Build 5 spacecraft models, including your very own lunar rover, while learning about the amazing history of space exploration. Includes detailed, easy-to-follow instruction booklets as well an interactive 3D building app which lets children build in virtual reality and encourages them to learn more about space design.

Suitable for ages 8+

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KidzLabs Survival Science Kit
KidzLabs Survival Science Kit
Price: $22.99 each

Explore the outdoors and discover how science can keep you safe in the wilderness with this fantastic survival kit. The kit includes compass, whistle, mirror, Morse code torch, cup, water purifying blister cap, glass magnifier, instructions, and a handy case to hold all the gear.

Suitable for ages 8+

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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING WITH THESE CANADIAN PARTNERS

30/05/2020

This Saturday, we have put together another selection of our favourite Canadian-made resources to keep kids’ minds and bodies moving.

Tarantism Dance Company in Beausejour, Manitoba is offering virtual dance classes this June! They have three classes available that are perfect for kids ages 3-8. Register your spot now and learn some groovy hip hop, jazz, and ballet moves. For a small fee of $7 per class or $15.75 for all three classes you can experience the excitement of dance from the comfort of your own home all while supporting local.

Bibliovideo is a Canadian YouTube channel that focuses on topics surrounding children’s books and posts new videos twice a week. With author interviews, crafts & activities, story times, and videos in both English and French, there is sure to be something for every kiddo to enjoy!

Calling all polar bear lovers! Polar Bears International posts regular videos to their Facebook page that covers just about anything polar bear related. Join in on their live chats, online interactive events and activities, and learn more about polar bears and their habitats. For more information about Polar Bears International and what they do, visit their website.

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

FEATURE FRIDAY: WORLD’S LARGEST LESSON

29/05/2020

(Source: worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org)

 

World’s Largest Lesson is a world-wide initiative that brings Global Goals to children everywhere and unites them to take action. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and take part in Global Goals, which is why all of their resources are free and offered in a variety of languages.

You may be wondering “What are Global Goals and how do I educate my children about them?” Check out these 17 Goals that include things like gender equality, climate action, and quality education.

You can view lesson materials based on goal, or based on your child’s age (younger children or 8 years-old +). For a more creative approach, check out their educational comics and books, games, and films.

Visit their website to learn more about the 17 Global Goals and what you can do to make a difference.

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


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LITERACY RESOURCES

28/05/2020

(Source: weareteachers.com)

We’re coming at you with another day of literacy education!

Owlkids Books offers free downloadable content and activities to keep your little ones engaged and learning while having fun. Check out their resources page for activities such as creating your own comic strip, Pierre & Paul’s avalanche adventure (which is written in both English and French), and so much more.

We Are Teachers is a website that was created to help teachers by offering free printable sheets for their classrooms, but these worksheets make for great at-home lessons as well! Check out their literacy downloads for worksheets that include poetry activities, writing prompts, word search creation, and more.

Vooks is a kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of animated storybooks. Experience a 30-day free trial ($4.99/month after the trial) and encourage the love of reading as your children enjoy hours of storybook entertainment. Check out their resources for lesson plans to get your little one’s thinking about the books they just read.

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


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PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT

27/05/2020

It’s time to get outside and explore! Go on a neighbourhood walk and put your sketching or photography skills to the test as you create your very own scavenger hunt! Later, share it with your friends and family!

Materials

  • Printable Scavenger Hunt Template (click here to print)
  • Clipboard, pencil, pencil crayons & eraser (if sketching)
  • Camera, scissors & glue (if photographing)

Directions:

  • Decide what you would like your scavenger hunt to be themed around. Let your creativity soar or use our suggestions below for links to learning outcomes from Kindergarten to Grade 5!
  • Decide how long you would like your scavenger hunt to be. Print off as many Scavenger Hunt Templates as desired
    • If you don’t have access to a printer, fold a piece of paper into 4. Unfold it. Each of these quadrants will give you space for one item in your scavenger hunt
  • Head outside and start your hunt! As you come across things you would like to include in your scavenger hunt, stop to sketch them, or take a photo
  • Once you’ve completed your scavenger hunt, return home! Either colour in your images, or print the photo you took, and use scissors and glue to attach them to your template
  • Share your completed scavenger hunt with your friends and family!

 

How does this spark creative learning?

Kindergarten:
Discover the world around you! What’s in your community? Fill your scavenger hunt with images of important safety symbols (stop signs, traffic lights), buildings (schools, businesses), and places (parks, types of homes) that make up your community!

Grade 1:
There are many different materials waiting to be explored! Include items made of different types of materials (paper, wood, plastic, metal), or materials with different characteristics (waterproof, shiny, cold, soft) to create your scavenger hunt!

Grade 2:  
Become an expert in your community! Include examples of how people in your community may get around (car, bus, bicycle), the types of buildings and services you might see (houses, businesses, schools), and the types of structures you might find (bridges, benches, statues)!

Grade 3:
Not all materials are created equal! While you’re outside, take pictures of structures built from different materials. Are these materials strong, or weak? While outside, can you find something made from a material that might be weaker than most? What’s the strongest material you can find?

Grade 4:
What makes up a habitat? While you’re outside, find different examples of food, water, and shelter for animals. Make sure not to get too close, or to disturb any animal homes while you work!

Grade 5:
Keep an eye on the sky, it’s time to watch the weather! Choose if you’d like to showcase different kinds of weather (sunny, overcast, rainy), or the results of different kinds of weather (clouds, puddles, shadows) as you create a scavenger hunt that’s bound to get people exploring the great outdoors!


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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM!

26/05/2020

Chugga chugga, choo choo! Are you ready for another STEAM-filled day?

Six Feet of Science is a weekly kid’s radio show with new episodes every Saturday morning. Curious kiddos can call in to ask their science questions and experts will dive into the topics with their answers. Get your curiosity flowing and tune in this Saturday for an all new show!

Fender is offering 3 months of FREE Fender Play for the first 1 million people that sign up! Join now for free guitar, bass, or ukulele lessons and start making some creative noise!

Are you on the lookout for French resources? Check out Les Petits Atomes for a foamy candy science experiment! Using only lemon juice, gelatin candies, and baking soda you’ll have a fun experiment and tasty edible foam afterwards.

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


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MINI MONDAY: COUNTING ON RAINDROPS

25/05/2020

Pitter patter, what’s that sound? Raindrops falling to the ground! How many raindrops do you see? Looks like they’re falling all around me! Enjoy some sensory fun as you explore numeracy, nature and art with this craft filled with droplets of fun!

Materials

  • Paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Blue Paint
  • Marker (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Start by making your clouds. Depending on the age of your little one, they can apply the glue directly to the back of the cotton balls and press them on the paper, or you can place dots of glue on the paper for them, and have them use that as a guide as to where to place their cotton balls.
  • Try making clouds of different shapes and sizes!
  • As you’re working, talk about how the cotton balls feel in your hands. Are they hard or soft? Squishy or firm? Can you pull them apart easily? Do they make any sounds when you touch them?
  • Once you’ve filled your sky with clouds, it’s time to move onto raindrops!
  • Pour a bit of blue paint onto a separate piece of paper. Dip one finger into the paint and press it on the paper beneath your cloud to create a raindrop. Do this beneath each cloud as many times as desired
    • If you want to add an extra layer to the activity, write an equation below each cloud before you create your raindrops. Encourage your little one to practice counting, and to place the correct number of raindrops beneath each cloud to solve each equation!
  • As you’re working on your raindrops, talk about how the paint feels on your fingers. Is it warm, or cold? Wet, or dry?
  • Wash your hands and give your beautiful picture time to dry!

 

Keep the fun and learning going! Can you…

  • Practice your counting? See how many raindrops you have on your entire picture!
  • Think about what rain can do? How does rain help plants and animals? What kinds of fun things can we do in the rain?
  • Compare and contrast? Once your picture has dried, try touching the cotton balls and the paint. How do these two things feel? Are they the same, or different?

 

Essential Learning Experiences

Sensory Awareness
Sensory development allows children to make sense of the information being received by their senses. It includes touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. This craft helps to promote sensory development and awareness by encouraging children to use different materials (the cotton balls and the paint) to create their image, and to compare how these materials feel.

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 week’s craft helps to support the development of early numeracy by ­­­­encouraging children to explore counting, whether that is through solving simple addition, or counting as they add raindrops to their picture!


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