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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

11/06/2021


Source: Parks Manitoba

Manitobans can enjoy free access to provincial parks this weekend and those wishing to fish may do so without acquiring a license.

On June 12 and 13, anglers will be able to fish without a license province-wide, except in national parks where a federal license is still required. Access to provincial parks will also be free starting Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13. Regular camping fees will still apply if visitors plan is to spend the night in one of Manitoba’s many beautiful campgrounds. Learn more.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

08/06/2021


Source: preschoolsteam.com

In this STEAM (engineering) activity for preschool-aged kids, help them sort and stack a variety of objects to explore the properties of materials to see how they ‘stack up’ against each other!

Materials

  • Small plastic cups
  • Craft sticks
  • Pom poms
  • Empty thread spools
  • Plastic lids
  • Any other materials you want to try stacking

Directions

  • Ask: Will all the materials stack easily?
  • Make a hypothesis: Which objects do you think will stack easily? What is it about an object you chose that will make it perfect for stacking?
  • Experiment: Begin stacking objects.
  • Observation: Does it help to have one larger object or several objects as a base at the bottom of the stack? Is it easier to stack items that are the same than it is to stack a mix of different objects?
  • Engage your young scientist(s) in conversation about why some stacks topple and others don’t. Try to think of some everyday occurrences of stacking and what you could do to make the process better. This will help apply scientific principles to the world around you.

There are properties that contribute to the success of objects being stacked one on top of the other. These include the size and weight of the objects, friction, center of gravity, and how level the surfaces of the objects are.

How much you explain to kids will depend on ages, interests and skill levels. Introducing activities promotes wonder and observation as kids explore their environment hands-on!

SHOP FEATURE 5

07/06/2021

(For the week of June 7, 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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Light-Up Fairy House Room Diffuser
Price: $19.99

Decorate your own Light-Up Fairy House Room Diffuser, then enjoy the scent and gentle glow as you drift off to sleep! Add scent and style to your room with this adorable light-up fairy house. Decorate your fairy house and fairy with the included stickers and rhinestones. Add the lavender oil to your night light for a very subtle and calming aroma. Power your diffuser with the included USB cord (wall plug not included) or batteries (requires 3 AA batteries, not included). 

Kit includes: USB plug to power your light-up diffuser, 1 ml lavender scented oil, sticker sheet, glow-in-the-dark stickers, rhinestones, cardstock fairy, and stand. 

Suitable for ages 6+

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Mould & Paint Space (Glow-In-The-Dark)
Price: $16.99

Create your very own glow-in-the-dark space-themed fridge magnets and badges! Contains 1 mould with 6 designs, paints, brush, magnets, ingredients to make plaster, and detailed instructions. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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KidzLabs Quicksand & Volcano Kit
Price: $22.99

Enjoy hours of fun and learning with the 4M KidzLabs Quicksand & Volcano Kit. Build a quicksand pit, volcano, and dinosaur models in this paper diorama set. Unearth and assemble dinosaur skeletons with friends. With 3 different activities, learn how fossils form while building a dinosaur display. Assemble the diorama with common materials around the build and learn about the properties of quicksand and volcanoes. 

Suitable for ages 8+

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Sequin Pets Happy The Hedgehog
Price: $25.99

This weighted little critter comes ready to craft, pet, and cuddle. Decorate this trendy reverse sequin and fur hedgehog with an assortment of stickers. Perfect for mindful crafting, the reversible sequin material on the hedgehog’s back brings hours of relaxation as you pet him and watch the patterns and colours change. Pre-stuffed hedgehog measures approximately 6″W x 8.5″H x 7.5″D.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Unicorn Flingers
Price: $3.99

Make these unicorns fly up to 30 feet! Includes two 4″ unicorn flingers. Easy and fun, these magical creatures make a great party favour or a sweet surprise for the unicorn fan in your life! 

Suitable for ages 5+

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CREATION STATION: EGG HEAD PLANTERS

06/06/2021


Source: playdoughtoplato.com

With a quick trip to the grocery store or your refrigerator, you can create these funny egg heads!

Materials

  • Eggs
  • Seeds (lentils, chia, or mung beans work well)
  • Soil
  • Permanent markers
  • Card stock

Directions

  • Make a small hole in the top of the egg by tapping it gently with the edge of a butter knife. Carefully pick the small bits of shell out until you have a hole the size of a quarter.
  • After removing the egg, gently rub the inside of the eggshell with your finger to remove the egg’s membrane. This step is a bit tedious and isn’t strictly necessary, but if the membrane is left on, it could cause mold to grow on your sprouts as it decomposes. Rinse the shells out.
  • You can draw faces on the eggs with a permanent marker. It’s a good idea to have a few extra shells on hand in case one cracks.
  • Once the shells are rinsed and decorated, you’re ready to plant. Use a teaspoon to fill each eggshell about halfway full of soil.
  • Spoon a few seeds into each shell. For the larger seeds like mung beans and lentils, we used about a teaspoon. For tiny seeds like chia or alfalfa, a little (1/4 teaspoon) goes a long way.
  • Add water. A spray bottle works well for this step, or simply use a tablespoon to spoon a little water over the seeds. Be careful not to overwater the seeds. Since there is no drainage, the seeds can rot pretty quickly if overwatered.
  • You can also make simple egg holders to help your shells stand upright from 1/2 x 5-inch strips of card stock taped into a ring shape.
  • It should take about 3 days to see some initial growth, and a week to get some really funny looking sprout hair on your egg heads!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

03/06/2021


Source: pridewinnipeg.com

Pride Winnipeg and Manitoba Theatre For Young People (MTYP) have teamed up to offer two free online creative drama workshops for kids ages 5 to 12 on Sunday, June 6. These fun and encouraging introductions to drama will empower students’ imaginations and self-expression through games, movement exercises, and story theatre. The first session, for kids 5-8, is at 10:00am on June 6, and the second session, for kids 9-12, immediately follows at 11:00am. Learn more and register.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

02/06/2021


Source: blossomandroot.com

Homeschooling blog Blossom & Root offers great resources to make nature walks and outdoor activities STEAM learning opportunities. They note that “we are born curious about the natural world, and we are born to tinker with it. Sticks, rocks, trees, creeks, insects – these were the toys children played with before there were dolls or blocks (or video games.)”

As part of their homeschooling resources, they offer 36 free cards to inspire STEAM creations on your next hike or nature walk! Laminate, throw them on a ring or carabiner, toss them in your backpack, and go!

Integrating STEAM concepts into a nature walk is simple:

  1. Throw some laminated STEAM cards in your backpack the next time you head outside for a hike or a ramble.
  2. Hand the cards to your kids once you’re settled in a good spot.
  3. Let your children pick and choose from the cards, creating whatever sparks their interest out of rocks, sticks, mud, grass, flowers, shells, sand, moss, leaves, stumps, etc.
  4. Throw the STEAM cards in your bag when they’re finished and ramble on.

SHOP FEATURE 5

31/05/2021

(For the week of May 31, 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 Dig A Glow Dinosaur 
Price: $8.99

Explore the mysteries of the prehistoric world with the 4M Dig A Glow Dinosaur Kit. Using the tools provided, kids can excavate a plastic glow-in-the-dark dinosaur from a block of clay. Each egg contains one of six mystery dinosaurs. Collect them all to complete the set!

Each package includes detailed instructions, a specially designed digging tool, and one mystery glow-in-the-dark dinosaur figurine.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Alex DIY Cobra Bands Kit
Price: $20.99

This DIY Cobra Bands Kit from Alex Toys lets kids make their own trendy cord jewelry. Easy instructions make learning the cobra knot a breeze. Create 5 sporty cobra bands with bright colours and cool buckles! The box includes ten 34” nylon paracords, 5 plastic buckles, a finishing tool, and instructions.

Suitable for ages 8+

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Fancy Pals Peek-A-Boo Husky
Price: $23.99

This Fancy Pals Pet Carrier measures approximately 6″ in size and is styled with a playful husky image peeking over the edge of the purse. It ties closed with a blue satin ribbon and includes a removable 8” plush Mini Flopsie Husky inside!

Suitable for ages 3+

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Ink-A-Do Tattoo Pens
Price: $6.99

Create fun, temporary tattoos with these Toysmith Ink-A-Do Tattoo Pens. This set includes six (6) gel pens in vibrant colours. Three (3) plastic stencils contain a variety of designs to inspire cool new tattoos. The gel pen ink is non-toxic and completely washable. Ink, wash, and repeat for hours of creative fun!

Suitable for ages 6+

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Magic Poo
Price: $6.99

Mold this realistic-looking Magic Poo and prank your friends and family – then watch it melt into a brown gooey puddle. Reuse and shape over and over again!

Suitable for ages 5+

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CREATION STATION: DUCK FINGER PUPPETS

29/05/2021


Source: iheartcraftythings.com

These cute duck finger puppets are super easy for preschoolers and kids of all ages to make, and they make a fantastic spring craft for kids.

Materials

  • Orange, yellow, green and brown cardstock paper
  • Three-quarter inch circle hole punch
  • Green and yellow mini cupcake liners
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions

  • Start by cutting out two circles for your duck finger puppets, with one that is about 3 1/4-inches for the body and one that is 2 1/2-inches for the head. If you’re making a traditional yellow duck, use yellow cardstock paper, and if you’re making a mallard duck, use green and brown cardstock paper.
  • Punch two 3/4-inch holes in the bottom of the larger circle. These are the holes for your fingers.
  • Glue the smaller circle at the top of the larger circle, making room for the cutout finger holes at the bottom of the craft.
  • Cut out a beak from orange cardstock or construction paper and glue it onto the duck face. Then glue googly eyes onto your duck.
  • Cut out a yellow or green small cupcake liner in half, and then cut one of the halves in half again to make two triangular duck wings. Glue one triangular cupcake liner wing on each side of the duck puppet.
  • Now your duck finger puppet is all ready for play! Simply place two fingers inside the puppet holes and you have an adorable duck puppet. Have him walk around and say “Quack, Quack” or fly high up in the air.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

27/05/2021


Source: Tourism Winnipeg

The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival has announced that they’ll present live family programming this year as Kidsfest moves to a drive-in format from June 11 to 13. The fest will include performances from Al Simmons, Splash ‘N Boots, The Street Circus Show, The Summer Bear Dance Troupe and hip-hop sensation Dammecia Hall in a safe, distanced environment with limited capacity. Attendees will also receive individually pre-packaged take-home activities, such as science experiments and crafts, provided by festival partners. Learn more about this year’s fest.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

26/05/2021


Source: mathplayground.com

Explore hundreds of fun learning games with Math Playground! The website includes a wide variety of math topics, from problem-solving and mathematical art to real-world math and thinking games for kids in grades 1 to 6. Categories include multiply and divide, robot games, algebra, shapes and graphs, fractions and decimals, and more.