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SHOP FEATURE 5

28/11/2022

(For the week of November 28, 2022)
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Mini Animal Puffer Ring
Price: $2.99 each

This Mini Animal Puffer Ring is an adorable accessory with a soothing twist! Featuring super-soft rubbery spikes to enhance the sensory experience, simply run your hands over them and feel the anxiety disappear. Designed with cute popped out eyes and a mini smiling mouth, this stretchable ring is sure to make little jewelry lovers beam in delight! Measures approximately 2.5”. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Foam Globe Ball
Price: $3.99 each

You can hold the world in the palm of your hand with this Foam Globe Ball! Printed world map design on 3″ foam ball. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Wooden Cup & Ball Game
Price: $3.99 each

Bumblebee, Lady Bug, Frog

Catch the ball in the cup – you’ll need to be quick!  Start with the ball in the hole. Flip it up. Then try to catch it again. This seemingly simple Wooden Cup & Ball Game helps develop fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and dexterity through manipulation. It also introduces the understanding of cause and effect, matching, spatial relationships, and critical thinking. Each sold separately.  

Suitable for ages 3+

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Wooden Castanet
Price: $2.99 each

Made of high-quality wood that is ultra-strong and durable, this perfectly palm-sized Wooden Castanet allows toddlers to explore rhythm and develop hand-eye coordination while encouraging children to participate in music. This colourful toy comes in your choice of Butterfly, Owl, or Parrot. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Pin Point Impression
Price: $15.99 each

This Pin Point Impression pin art palette is the perfect excuse for some fun creativity. This time-honoured game allows you to make your own designs by manipulating and molding the pins. Measures 5″x 7″.

Suitable for ages 8+

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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

23/11/2022

This week’s area of focus is SCIENCE, we will make snow dough and discover the properties of oil and what happens when it’s mixed with cornstarch.

You’ll need the following:

  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Container
  • Mixing spoon
  • Snow accessories
  • Bin

Instructions

  1. Measure out 2 cups of cornstarch and pour it into a container
  2. Measure out ½ cup of vegetable oil and add it to the cornstarch
  3. Add in the optional glitter to make your snow sparkle
  4. Mix until the consistency resembles flaky snow that can stick together
  5. Place snow dough in a bin and add in accessories to manipulate the dough (scoops, snowman accessories, penguins, bears, trees etc.)

Children can start to learn about scientific terms such as properties, variables, constants, and viscosity. Ask them questions like, “how does the liquid move?” “what does it look like, smell like?” Discussing these terms will help prepare your child for the world of Science, and it’s fun too!

SHOP FEATURE 5

21/11/2022

(For the week of November 21, 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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Dinosaur Hand Puppet
Price: $8.99 each

Make your own dino chomps with this awesome Dinosaur Hand Puppet! Perfect for imaginative role play, these prehistoric pals are realistic looking and available in one size fits all – just open your hand inside to simulate a dinosaur’s roar! Each sold separately. Measures approximately 6” long.

 Suitable for ages 3+

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Bouncing Putty
Price: $3.99 each

Bounce it, stretch it, have a ball! This two-tone Bouncing Putty can be sculpted and molded to make anything you want. Two colours of putty per container.  Each container is sold separately. 

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Gem Dig Treasure Hunter
Price: $3.99 each

Explore the world of gemstones with the Gem Dig Treasure Hunter kit! Kit includes a digging brick and digging tools, a chisel, and a brush – which can simulate real miners digging gems buried in the digging brick.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sand Putty
Price: $4.99 each

Stretch it, squeeze it, shape it, mold it! This Sand Putty can be sculpted and molded to make anything you want and, as a bonus, it won’t dry out! Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Flip And Fold Puzzle
Price: $4.99 each

This 7″ Flip And Fold Puzzle Game is flippin’ fun for everyone! How many shapes can you make? Challenge yourself and your friends. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SHOP FEATURE 5

14/11/2022

(For the week of November 14, 2022)
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Transparent Light-Up Train
Price: $15.99 each

Peer inside to check out the inner workings of this 6.5″ Transparent Light-Up Train. Not only does this train light up, but it also makes music and rotates on its own!

Suitable for ages 3+

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Robot Grabber Arm
Price: $7.99 each

Wishing your arms were longer so you can grab something out of reach? Well, look no further! Squeeze the trigger of this 18″ Robot Arm Grabber to reach far away objects with ease! 

Suitable for ages 3+

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Rainbow Hand Snapper
Price: $3.99 each

Grab. Snap! Smile. Repeat. Just grip and squeeze for a satisfying snap again and again. Measures approximately 2.25” diameter. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Pin Art (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $8.99 each

Make a colourful impression with this Pin Art kit! Colourful plastic pins create changing art designs in a 3.75″ x 5″ clear plastic frame. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Twist Slime
Price: $4.99 each

Everyone will be doing the twist with this fun, stretchy Twist Slime. Great for goodie bags, stocking stuffers, or sensory play any time! Measures approximately 2.5″. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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REMEMBRANCE DAY READING LIST

11/11/2022

In honour of Remembrance Day, we reflect on the sacrifice that many have made through the stories told in these books. These books are sure to introduce you to some unlikely characters and how they made an impact during unprecedented times.


The Eleventh Hour
Goldstyn, Jacques

Jim and Jules are childhood friends, born on the same day in the same village. All their lives, Jim has been first — born two minutes before Jules, always faster, always stronger. When the First World War breaks out in Europe, the two young men enlist in the fight with 30,000 other Canadians.

On the Front, conditions aren’t epic and glorious but muddy and barbaric. Here, too, Jim is the first to attack. Jules is always two minutes behind: lagging in drills, missing the boat, handed chores instead of honors. On November 11, 1918, Jim and Jules are sent out to fight one last time. Jim, always first over the top of the trench, is shot and dies at 10:58am, two minutes before the Armistice takes effect at 11:00am.

Inspired by true events, this picture book is a simple, poignant, thought-provoking story to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.

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Sergeant Billy
The True Story Of The Goat Who Went To War
Messier, Mireille and Reich, Kass

During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and made his way across the ocean to be part of the war effort.

Billy . . .

  • Trained with the soldiers
  • Was smuggled across the ocean
  • Got snuck into the frontlines in a box of oranges
  • Ate some secret documents and was arrested for treason
  • Got trench foot
  • Head-butted soldiers into a trench and saved them from a shell
  • Came back home a decorated war hero

This charming true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments, sad moments, moments of camaraderie and moments of celebration. This unforgettable goat and the platoon that loved him will capture your heart!

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Finding Winnie
The True Story Of The World’s Most Famous Bear
Mattick, Lindsay and Blackall, Sophie

During World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts their incredible journey, from a northern Canadian town to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England . . . and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made a new friend: a boy named Christopher Robin.

Gentle yet haunting illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Sophie Blackall bring the wartime era to life, and are complemented by photographs and ephemera from the Colebourn family archives.

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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

09/11/2022

This week’s area of focus is MATH, we are teaching basic math skills with a useful visual. For this activity, your child will learn how to count, add and subtract, by using a helping hand!

You’ll need:

  • A rubber glove
  • Beans or other small items
  • Elastic band
  • Whiteboard/chalkboard or paper
  • Markers/chalk or crayons

The first step is to fill your rubber glove with beans. You don’t want to fill it too much or the fingers will not bend easily. Wrap the elastic band on the wrist end of the glove to close it up tightly. Now place the new hand on a whiteboard and add in plus and minus signs in between the fingers.

You can start by folding down one of the fingers and having your child add (or subtract) the remaining fingers together.

This activity is designed to help your child with adding and subtracting numbers together. Children often use their fingers to count, so why not give them an extra hand to do it!


If you try this with the children in your life, remember to share your creations with us on social media @childmuseumwpg

SHOP FEATURE 5

07/11/2022

(For the week of November 7, 2022)
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Dinosaur Fossil Egg
Price: $5.99 each

Become a paleontologist with this Dinosaur Fossil Egg! Within its shell, each egg holds a glow-in-the-dark prehistoric creature. To reveal the concealed reptile, just moisten the surface of the egg with water and use a pair of uniquely designed tools to cut, grind, scrape and break the rock-like material.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Water Game
Price: $2.99 each

A fun pocket game, this Water Game helps develop hand-eye coordination. No batteries required – just push down on the control pad and watch the colourful game pieces react. Available in your choice of colour and features assorted ocean-themed graphics – including jellyfish, dolphins, seahorses, sharks, and more! Each game sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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DIY Printing Toy
Price: $4.99 each

Decorate your own wooden owl or peacock toy! Using crayons or paint, colour the wooden toy design however you’d like – then pull the attached string to make the wings or feathers move!

Suitable for ages 3+

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Jointed Wooden Animal
Price: $2.99 each

A simple but effective fidget toy, this set of jointed wooden blocks twist and bend to create a variety of shapes. The blocks are topped with an animal head in your choice of style. Measures approximately 8.25” long. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Building Blocks Jungle Story
Price: $3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one jungle animal measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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FAIRYTALES READING LIST

04/11/2022

Our special exhibition – The Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes – opens very soon. As we prepare to welcome a world of fairytales this holiday season, let’s enjoy this reading selection of fairytales from our friends and partners at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

When you’re done, come and explore the last original Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes – fully restored and open to the public from November 12, 2022, until January 8, 2023.


Endlessly Ever After
Synder, Laurel and Santat, Dan

This funny, original choose-your-path picture book of fractured fairy tales will charm any young fan of the genre, putting the power of storytelling right in the reader’s hands!

Grab your basket and your coat. Put on some walking shoes. Turn the page and begin: Which story will you choose?

Award-winning creators Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat transform a crowd of classic tales into an ever-changing, fascinating, laugh-out-loud choose-your-path picture book, in which you may find a sleeping maiden, waste away in a sticky licorice cage, discover the gold at the end of a wild goose chase, or maybe (just maybe) save yourself–and the day!

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Three Billy Goats Gruff
Barnett, Mac and Klassen, Jon

Once there was a bridge and a terrible and VERY hungry troll lived underneath it. When the three Billy Goats Gruff decide to clip-clop across the bridge to get to the grassy ridge, the troll is already imagining all the way to prepare a delicious goat dinner. But the troll underestimates those seemingly sweet but oh-so-savvy goats! This is the first in a groundbreaking new collection of fractured fairy tales crafted by one of today’s most celebrated and acclaimed authors, Mac Barnett, and brought to stunning visual life by award-winning and beloved creator of I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen.

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Jo Bright and the Seven Bots
Hunt, Meg and Underwood, Deborah

Once upon a planetoid
surrounded by her friends,
a girl, Jo Bright, loved building bots
from scraps and odds and ends!

Snow White gets a stellar upgrade in this clever retelling with a truly inventive heroine. With wit, bravery, and some spare circuit boards, Jo will foil the queen, befriend a dragon, and build herself a celestially happy ending of her own. From the team that created the acclaimed Interstellar Cinderella and Reading Beauty comes another funny and empowering fairytale that’s out of this world.

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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

02/11/2022

This week’s area of focus is ART, we are making mashed-up monsters with play dough. For this activity, your child will get to use their creativity by creating their very own pet monster.

You’ll need:

This activity is simple but will get your child’s imagination working double time with this fun monster creation!

Decide what type of monster you are creating and get to work…. there are no specific instructions, we want your child to have creative freedom. We do encourage them to mash up their play dough first (hence the monster MASH part), but they can roll it out and use a cookie cutter for the monster’s outline too.

Decorating their monster is the best part! Use the google eyes, pipe cleaners and various other supplies you gathered to decorate your monster however you choose.

This activity is designed to get your child to use their imagination to create their very own monster buddy. What type of monster is it? Does it have any superpowers? We want your child to explore their creativity and come up with whatever weird and crazy-looking creature they can think of!


If you try this with the children in your life, remember to share your creations with us on social media @childmuseumwpg

SHOP FEATURE 5

31/10/2022

(For the week of October 31, 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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Dino Magic Fidget Puzzle
Price: $4.99 each

Move the balls, match the colours, solve the puzzle! This Dinosaur Magic Fidget Puzzle is perfect for fidgeting hands. Measures approximately 4.25”W x 1.75”H. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Patterned Kaleidoscope
Price: $3.99 each

Educational and fun, this classic children’s Patterned Kaleidoscope inspires creativity, imagination, and lasting charm. Just turn it to see the unpredictable landscape evolve before your eyes! Measures 8” long. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Zoo Animal Paddle Ball
Price: $1.99 each

A classic game comes alive with this Zoo Animal Paddle Ball! Makes a great party favour or prize.

Measures 9” H. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Search For Treasure Bracelet
Price: $5.99 each

Search for treasure in this dig and play kit, then use your findings to make your very own Treasure Bracelet! Each kit sold separately. Package contains one of six random bracelet styles.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Duck Egg
Price: $3.99 each

Hatch your own duck friend and watch it grow! Just place your Duck Egg in water and watch it slowly emerge from its shell. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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