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CREATION STATION: PAPER SNOWGLOBE

28/11/2021


Source: mrsriccaskindergarten.blogspot.com

Make a cute paper snowglobe to celebrate the season!

Materials

  • Construction paper in blue and black, plus a background colour of your choice
  • Scissors
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue, tape, or a stapler
  • Black and orange markers, plus a colour of your choice for the snowman’s scarf

Directions

  • Cut your snowglobe shapes out of construction paper – a blue circle for the snowglobe itself, and black for the base (and the snowman’s hat, if you’re giving him one).
  • Paint your snowman (or other snowy scene) on the blue circle with white paint, then let the paint dry.
  • Add details with marker, like the snowman’s face, scarf, and buttons.
  • Glue, tape, or staple the snowglobe shape onto the black construction paper base, and add the hat.
  • Let it snow! ☃️

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

27/11/2021


Source: West End Cultural Centre

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra presents Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas featuring Quinn Greene and Jayme Giesbrecht on December 15. This encore performance (from their 2019-20 season) is a special request of the West End Cultural Centre and has become a holiday tradition in Winnipeg. The entertaining program, narrated by Quinn Greene and featuring vocalist Jayme Giesbrecht, is the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra’s own version of the famous Charlie Brown Christmas story. Learn more and get tickets.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

26/11/2021


Source: Ask Dr. Universe

Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is a very smart cat who investigates tough questions from curious elementary and middle school students. Based out of Washington State University, Dr. Universe teams up with professors, researchers, and experts in the field, to tackle big questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?

The Ask Dr. Universe website is full of science-related resources for kids, including activities, videos, and a question form for students to fill out!

SHOP FEATURE 5

22/11/2021

(For the week of November 22, 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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Canada Digger Trucks 
Price: $5.99 each

These Canada Digger Trucks are single 1:60 scale construction vehicles powered with pullback action! Vehicles measure approximately 3” each with rubber wheels and a combination of metal and rugged plastic body. Emblazoned with both “Canada” and a maple leaf. All styles sold separately.

Suitable for ages 18 months+

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Canada Steam Engine
Price: $12.99 each

Choo Choo! Yep, we love our trains at the Children’s Museum. The fact that we have a real-life locomotive in the middle of our galleries is a bit of a giveaway! Bring a piece of that amazing machine home and enjoy hours of imaginative fun with this classic Canada Steam Engine. Made from die-cast metal and plastic, this nostalgic 5.5″ train engine features realistic details, reads “Canada Railway Engine No. 1” and is emblazoned with both “Canada” and a maple leaf.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Geo Twister
Price: $9.99 each

Create hundreds of fun shapes with the Geo Twister! Pull it, twist it, give it a really good stretch – the Geo Twister makes a great fidget toy.

Suitable for ages 5+

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When Pigs Fly
Price: $9.99 each

Who said pigs can’t fly? Just load a rubber pig into the launcher and fling it into the air. How high can it go? Each package contains two pigs and one launcher.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Pizza Peg Puzzle
Price: $9.99 each

Try to master this Pizza Peg Puzzle! A classic game with a cheesy twist. Place the pegs in all but one of the holes. Jump the pegs landing in the empty hole. The goal is leave as few pegs on the board as possible. Each package includes 1 Peg Board and 15 Pegs.

Suitable for ages 8+

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CREATION STATION: NOODLE POODLES

21/11/2021


Source: handmadecharlotte.com

Try making oodles of poodles covered in noodles!

Materials

  • Macaroni noodles
  • White glue
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Precision scissors (optional)
  • Paint (white and black)
  • Paintbrushes

Directions

  • Use a pencil to draw out a poodle shape on your piece of cardboard. Draw out as many as you’d like to make and cut out using a craft knife on a cutting mat, using precision scissors as needed to get any of the smaller nooks and crannies.
  • Apply a base coat of white paint onto the cardboard poodle and let dry completely. (You can skip this step, but it makes painting the macaroni noodles later easier when you don’t have to worry about coverage on the cardboard since it will already be white.)
  • Starting gluing down macaroni noodles onto the poodle! Try to leave a little room on the face uncovered so that you can paint on an eye, nose, and mouth later.
  • Once the macaroni noodles are all in place and the glue has dried, apply a coat of white paint all over the macaroni. Set aside to dry.
  • Use black paint to give the poodle an eye, nose, and mouth.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

19/11/2021


Source: Daly House Museum

Step into Victorian Brandon at the Daly House Museum and experience the city’s history like you’ve never seen it before!

Built in 1882, the Daly House is a small Victorian mansion nestled in the heart of Brandon. Originally the home of two of Brandon’s prominent families – the Dalys and the Coldwells – it is now the only pre-1900 structure remaining on 18th Street, a municipal heritage site, and a fine example of Italianate architecture. This unique museum with its antique furnishings and displays, such as Mutter Brother’s Grocery store, transports you back in time to the 19th century the second you step through the doors.

Booking your slot is free with payment expected at the door. Admission prices are as follows:

  • Adults: $6.00
  • Seniors: $5.00
  • Youth: (6-18 years) $5.00
  • Family (Up to two adults and three children): $12.00
  • Children (5 and under): free

Learn more and book your visit.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

17/11/2021


Source: littlebinsforlittlehands.com

Turn a leftover piece of styrofoam into a geoboard-inspired work of art with your kids. A few simple supplies and you can explore math and art with a bit of engineering as you make a beautiful flower or two.

Materials

  • Thick styrofoam, preferably reused – you could trying using electronics packaging if you have some!
  • White trim screws (one inch long or longer would be fine, depending on the thickness of the styrofoam)
  • Loom bands in a variety of colours
  • Pencil to trace your design on the styrofoam

Directions

  • Sketch a flower design on the styrofoam first if you want. If you don’t sketch a design directly on the foam, you’ll be able to reuse your foam blocks to create a variety of different geographic shapes!
  • Gently poke your trim screws or nails into the corners of your design.
  • Now it’s time to get creative with your rainbow loom bands. Make different shapes to design the flowers and then add shapes within the shapes if you like.
  • Check out pictures of flowers online for inspiration! Think about how you can turn a picture of a real flower into multiple shapes.
  • Take out the trim screws, pull off the loom bands, and make another design!

Spark Creative Learning!

A geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more. Check out this cool online geoboard simulator in addition to making your own!

SHOP FEATURE 5

15/11/2021

(For the week of November 15, 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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Note Pals Sticky Tabs Curious Caterpillars
Price: $2.99

Curious Caterpillars make really useful friends that help organize your notes, remind you of things, and mark your place in books too. Each package includes 120 sticky tabs measuring just under 2” long each.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Note Pals Sticky Tabs Donuts & Cupcakes
Price: $2.99

Sweeten your organization skills at school and work. These Donut & Cupcake Note Pals sticky tabs will make sure to point out any important details in your classroom notes, calendars, or anywhere else you need a little reminder. Each package includes 120 sticky tabs measuring just under 2” long each.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Note Pals Sticky Tabs Playful Pandas
Price: $2.99

These Playful Panda Note Pals sticky tabs make great bookmarks, calendar markers, and reminder notes. Each package includes 120 sticky tabs measuring just under 2” long each.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Note Pals Sticky Tabs Sea Life
Price: $2.99

The Sea Life Note Pals Sticky Tabs come with 8 ocean themed friends who will help you mark your notes and bookmark your books. Each package includes 120 sticky tabs measuring just under 2” long each.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Note Pals Sticky Tabs Cute Cakes
Price: $2.99

Add some sweet deliciousness to your notes, calendars, and books with Cute Cakes Note Pals Sticky Tabs. Each package includes 120 sticky tabs measuring just under 2” long each.

Suitable for ages 5+

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CREATION STATION: SNOWMAN CRAFT

14/11/2021


Source: cindyderosier.com

Make a cute snowman with your child as the weather turns wintery!

Materials

  • Buttons
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • White and coloured construction paper

Directions

  • Cut three increasingly-sized circles from the white construction paper to form your snowman’s body and head!
  • Glue the circles together, overlapping slightly, and glue buttons on the middle circle.
  • On the smallest, top circle, glue two button eyes and a row of tiny black buttons as a mouth (you can also create a mouth with black marker). Add an orange, carrot-y nose with a triangle of construction paper or with orange marker.
  • Cut stick arms out of brown paper and attach them to the middle snowman body circle with glue.
  • Add a scarf with colourful construction paper, adding a pattern (stripes, polka dots, stars, or anything you want!) with marker.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

13/11/2021


Source: Prairie Theatre Exchange

In Prairie Theatre Exchange production The War Being Waged (pictured), on now until November 21, an Indigenous mother becomes an activist while her brother becomes a soldier. A grandmother raises a child with love, in community. A granddaughter full of turmoil finds her voice. Three generations of Indigenous women are woven into this new work by Winnipeg-based theatre artist Darla Contois. And three performance genres tell their story – monologue, poetry with video and movement, and contemporary dance – all tied together by the playwright’s story and an all-encompassing set design that has built a world for all three to live inside. Learn more and get tickets.

Currently streaming digitally through Manitoba Theatre for Young People until November 19, The Snail and the Whale is about a tiny sea snail who hitches a life on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale in order to see the world. When the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the Julia Donaldson story of one crustacean’s incredible trip around the world, brought vividly to life with music, storytelling and loads of laughs. Learn more and get tickets.