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PLINK, PLONK, PLINKO

23/01/2021

Plink, plonk, can you hear the ball drop? Create your own game and put your math skills to the test!

Materials

  • Cardboard Box
  • Scissors
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Small cups/containers

Directions

  • Find a large cardboard box and cut off the sides.
  • Using a pair of scissors, carefully create holes on the back of your box through which you can insert your jumbo craft sticks.
  • Make a large rectangular hole on the top of your box. This is what you will drop your balls through.
  • Add some colour by painting your box!
  • Once your box is dry, push the craft sticks through the holes you made.
  • Roll pieces of aluminum foil into balls.
  • Find some small cups or containers to place on the bottom of your box. If you don’t have anything that’s the right size, try folding paper to create tiny boxes or cups!
  • Label each of these containers with a number.
  • Once you’re ready, drop your aluminum foil ball through the hole in the top of your box and watch it tumble down! Which number did it land in/near?

Spark Creative Learning!

  • Turn your day into a mega-math marathon! Taking two turns in a row, practice your addition and/or multiplication skills as your ball lands near different numbers. Keep track of your total as you race against a family member to get to 100!
  • Want to give your game a different spin? Instead of labelling your containers with a number, assign each a different topic. Every time your ball lands near a different topic, share a fact about that subject with a family member. You can explore space, animals, history – the possibilities are endless!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

21/01/2021


Source: Oak Hammock Marsh

Explore frozen Oak Hammock Marsh on snowshoe this winter and look for animal tracks in the snow or catch a glimpse of the elusive jackrabbits and snowy owls. A self-guided trail has been developed with multiple signs explaining what you are looking at in the Marsh.

Snowshoes come in adult and kid sizes. Rental period is one hour. Reserve your showshoes.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

19/01/2021


Source: Musée de l’ingéniosité

Quebec’s Musée de l’ingéniosité has a wealth of French-language virtual activities available on their website for older kids to explore. In their Learn to Invent series, French-language video clips guide kids through workshop set-up and constructing a variety of vehicles and simple machines with basic materials. There’s also resources on their website for experiments and activities geared toward younger kids.

SHOP FEATURE 5

18/01/2021

(For the week of January 18, 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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Pretty Pennant Necklaces Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Create two super cute reversible pennant necklaces with gold dimensional paint and stickers. This kit creates four different looks that you can use to make 2 reversible necklaces.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Rock-A-Doodle Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Use paint, googly eyes, fur, and felt to transform 5 ordinary rocks into adorable pebble pets. For indoor use only.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Make Your Own Shrink Fun Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Everything you need to create a necklace, bracelet, and dozens of Shrink Fun designs. Bring your shrink fun creations to life with Faber-Castell coloured pencils and place them in the oven to watch them shrink, shrink, SHRINK before your eyes!

Suitable for ages 7+

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Rhinestone Rings Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Design, create, and wear personalized rhinestone flower rings with this complete mini jewelry-making kit that comes with everything you need to create 6 dimensional, layered rings.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Fashion Headbands Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! This mini craft kit comes with everything you need to create 3 DIY hair accessories. Decorate 3 satin headbands with rhinestones, ribbons, feathers, and more.

Suitable for ages 5+

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JUMPING, SKIPPING SNOW SHAPES!

16/01/2021

It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump through snowy shapes! Roll the dice and get moving as you explore different shapes and types of movement!

Materials

  • Paper 
  • Ruler
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stick
  • Bowl

Directions

  • Use the ruler to trace four squares on a piece of paper. These squares should be in a straight line, with one side of each square touching another. Trace one square to the left and the right of the second square from the top, with each of these new squares touching the middle square. Your six squares should form a “t” shape.
  • Use scissors to cut around your six squares. You want all six squares to be attached so they still form a “t.”
  • Decorate each of your squares with a different shape.
  • Fold along each of the lines that divide your squares. Use tape to attach the sides together to form edges and corners, creating your cube. You want the side that you decorated to be on the outside of your cube.
  • Grab a bowl and go outside! Use a stick to draw the same six shapes that are on your cube in the snow outdoors. Make sure that each shape is large enough for you to jump into.
  • Roll your dice in the bowl and jump into the shape that’s shown! Repeat this step as you jump between your shapes.

Spark Creative Learning!

  • What types of shapes can you create? Are they polygons? How many edges, vertices, and corners do each of them have?
  • Add an extra layer to your game by associating each shape with a different type of movement. For example, try doing jumping jacks every time you jump in a triangle, or standing on one foot every time you jump in a square. How many different types of movement can you explore?
  • Can you peer into the future? Try guessing which shape your dice will land on before you roll it. What is the probability of it landing on any one shape? Can you put this probability to the test?

 

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

14/01/2021


Source: Folklorama

Join Folklorama for their online winter programming this month! On January 22 at 7:00PM, Folkorama hosts an online learning session, The Songs of the Pow Wow, with artist Ray Stevenson. On January 29 at 7:00PM, they host Prairie Owls Beads’ own Julie Desrochers for a workshop on Métis beading, For the Love of the Bead.

Both of these workshops are free and open to everyone. Register at the links above!

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

12/01/2021


Source: buggyandbuddy.com

Make a pan flute using straws, then learn to play it and write your own songs!

Materials

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Plastic straws (we used wide straws for boba or bubble tea, but regular straws will also work)
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Markers for decorating (optional)

Directions

  • Take five wide straws and cut them into varying lengths. (For example, 6 inches, 5.5 inches, 5 inches, 4 inches, and 3.5 inches.) Encourage children to measure and cut their own straws.
  • Cut two strips of cardstock to 7 inches x 1.5 inches.
  • Place a 7 inch (or slightly shorter) strip of double-sided tape onto the inside of one piece of cardstock strips.
  • Place the longest straw on the tape first, near the left edge. You’ll want one end of the straw hanging about 3/4 inch over the side. Place the shortest straw on the right hand side of the tape, with the same amount (about 3/4 inch) hanging over the edge. Next place the middle length straw right in the centre. Place the remaining two straws onto the tape. All the ends of the straws should line up about 3/4 inch over one edge of the cardstock.
  • Place the double-sided tape onto the other black strip of cardstock and place it on top of your straws, lining it up with the first piece of cardstock. Press down firmly.
  • Number each straw, 1 to 5, with a permanent marker. You can decorate the cardstock with markers too, if you want.
  • Practice making sounds with your flute by resting the tops of the straws on your lower lip and blowing across them. (You can also make noise blowing right into the straw. That’s fine too, and much easier for younger children.)

Spark Creative Learning!

  • Did you create some tunes or songs you like and want to play again? Write down the numbers of each note in order. You can even give your song a name!
  • What’s the physics behind making sound from a straw in the pan flute? As you blow across the straw, the air in the straw vibrates. So what you are actually hearing is the air inside of the straw, not the flute itself. You can change the pitch by changing the length of the straw. A long straw produces a low note. A short straw produces a high note.

SHOP FEATURE 5

11/01/2021

(For the week of January 11, 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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YooHoo Stompee African Forest Buffalo
Price: $12.99

I live in Africa. I like to eat grass and tree leaves, and I enjoy playing in the mud. Cattle egrets follow me to catch the bugs around me. I protect egrets from other large animals – this is called symbiosis! Helping friends feels great.

5 inches. Suitable for ages 3+

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YooHoo Acha Argentine Horned Frog
Price: $12.99

I live in the grasslands of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. I can sing very well with my big wide mouth! I have a voice box that lets me speak. I breathe through my skin so I need lots of humidity. This is why I like to sing aloud on rainy days.

5 inches. Suitable for ages 3+

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YooHoo Batu Golden-Capped Fruit Bat
Price: $12.99

You think I’m a bird? Nope, I’m a mammal, but I can fly like a bird! I like to fly around during the night and rest during the day. I can eat upside down. I can even sleep upside down. I can hang onto branches and rocks with my sharp claws. Cool, right?

5 inches. Suitable for ages 3+

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YooHoo Martee Polar Bear
Price: $12.99

I live in the cold Arctic. I am covered in thick white fur and I have paws that can hold tight to the slippery ice. I can walk across the snow and ice and even swim in the cold Arctic Ocean! I have an excellent sense of smell for hunting.

5 inches. Suitable for ages 3+

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YooHoo Skipee Rockhopper Penguin
Price: $12.99

I am one of the smallest animals in Antarctica! I have cool-looking yellow and black spiky feathers on my head. I go out to the sea for days while hunting, but I live next to the rocks.

5 inches. Suitable for ages 3+

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RECYCLED TOILET PAPER TUBE SNOWMEN

10/01/2021


Source: Extreme Couponing Mom

These cute snowmen, made with recycled toilet paper tubes, are a perfect winter craft for a snowy day!

Materials

  • Toilet paper tubes
  • White acrylic or craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pieces of colourful felt fabric
  • Small, colourful pom poms
  • Colourful pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions

  • Paint each toilet paper tube with white paint and allow them to dry.
  • Cut out strips of felt, about three-quarters of an inch wide, for each snowman’s scarf. You can make the ends fringed by making little snips at each end. Tie the scarves around the tubes.
  • Cut some pipe cleaner pieces, long enough to curve over the top of each tube and be glued at the sides. These will be the bands on each snowman’s earmuffs!
  • Curve the pipe cleaners over the top of each toilet paper tube and attach with glue to the sides. Then glue small pom poms where you glued the pipe cleaners down to complete the earmuffs.
  • Time to draw a face! Use a pink marker to make rosy cheeks, use orange to add a carrot nose, and use a black marker to make eyes, a mouth, and buttons. You can also be creative and use different marker colours! To add dimension to the eyes, consider adding a little white paint.
  • These cute guys can be stood up on display or hung by their earmuffs!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

06/01/2021

Manitoba Parks presents a free Cougar Cafe Zoom webinar this weekend, with information about all things cougars! Join wildlife biologist Bill Watkins as you uncover the mysterious life of cougars in Manitoba. Learn to correctly identify this species, where it lives and travels in North America, and how to protect yourself in the event you ever come across one in the wild.

The webinar happens Saturday, January 9 at 10:00AM and runs for one hour. Register here!