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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

07/04/2021


Source: mbmaplesyrupfest.com

The Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival in McCreary, MB is back for 2021! This weekend on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, enjoy a drive-in movie, farmer’s market, maple pancake breakfast, horse and wagon rides, sugar tapping education sessions, and live musical entertainment. The use of masks and physical distancing applies to all festival activities. Learn more and buy tickets.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

06/04/2021


Source: letstalkscience.ca

Canadian science education and outreach organization Let’s Talk Science has a great online archive of their STEM at Home learning resources, including activities based on Let’s Talk Science’s outreach initiatives, resource collections organized by grade level, and a list of educational video channels organized by subject. Discover their online archive.

SHOP FEATURE 5

05/04/2021

(For the week of April 5, 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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5 Second Rule Jr.
Price: $33.99

It seems like it would be easy to name three flavours of ice cream – but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds and with other players staring at you? You have to be quick, so just say whatever comes to mind and risk silly answers slipping out. Because that would be funny, and we all like to laugh! It’s all in good fun with this fast-paced game where you have to Just Spit it Out!

Suitable for ages 6+

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Kanoodle Gravity
Regular Price: $33.99
Sale Price: $16.99

The brain-bending fun really stacks up with this vertical take on traditional Kanoodle! Perfect for solo play or a two-player challenge, players put their puzzle skills to the test to complete 40 gravity-defying puzzles. Simply select a challenge from the guide, place the pieces as shown, then use the remaining pieces to complete the puzzle – or take turns placing the pieces. If a player’s piece doesn’t fit, they lose the round!

Suitable for ages 7+

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Robot Face Race
Price: $33.99

Help a crazy inventor find the heads he needs to complete his robot bodies in this frantically fun, feature-finding game! Shake the Robot Randomizer, then scan the board for the robot head with the matching face, eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s fun for the whole family and helps to develop concentration and crucial visual discrimination skills! Includes game board with 120 different robot heads, Robot Randomizer, and 20 robot scoring tokens. For 2-4 players.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Farkle
Price: $16.99

The classic dice-rolling, risk-taking game! Take a risk, and keep rolling to build your score. Or play it safe so you don’t lose your points in a farkle. Easy to learn and cleans up quick! Farkle is great at home or for bringing on trips. Box contains 6 dice, shaker cup, score pad, and rules. 

Suitable for ages 8+

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Marble Circuit
Price: $41.99

It’s the multi-directional marble maze with 64 puzzling challenges! Choose a card to see your puzzle and place the multi-directional tiles on the board. Release the steel marbles to see if you land your targets. If you’re off base, move the tiles until your marble circuits deliver a picture-perfect landing. It’s logic, strategy and a brain game all in one!

Suitable for ages 8+

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EASTER BUNNY MASK

03/04/2021


Source: sightandsoundreading.com

Celebrate spring by making a bunny mask!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Pink construction paper
  • Pink pom pom
  • Craft stick
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Directions

The key to this mask is to use every part of the paper plate. The inner part of the plate becomes the mask, while the outer part becomes the ears.

  • First, cut out the center of the plate. Cut two ears from the outside part of the plate. Draw a bunny face onto the paper plate with markers and cut it out.
  • Cut two strips of pink paper to glue to the white paper ears for the inside of the ears.
  • Draw two eyes on the plate and cut them out.
  • Glue the ears and pom pom nose to the bunny mask. Draw on a little mouth for your bunny. Use extra pieces of paper plate for teeth!
  • Glue the craft stick to the back of the mask so the child can hold it while wearing the mask. Let the glue dry fully before playing with the mask.

Preschool- and kindergarten-aged kids will be delighted to pretend to be bunnies and spend time hopping around. These masks will even be a hit with older kids!

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

01/04/2021


Source: oakhammockmarsh.ca/events/easter-weekend-gps-egg-hunt

Join Oak Hammock Marsh this Easter weekend for their Annual GPS Egg Hunt. Participate in a high-tech egg hunt through the marsh using a GPS to find hidden eggs. In this outdoor hunt, participants find letters in the marsh using GPS coordinates and try to decode the secret word to win a sweet treat! Learn more and register here.

(Please note, this experience does not include admission to the Wetland Discovery Centre.)

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

31/03/2021


Source: gosciencekids.com/magnetic-marble-run

Make a fun and simple fridge door magnet run with your family!

Materials

  • Cardboard tubes in different lengths & diameters (toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, foil/cling film rolls)
  • Washi tape or other decorative tape or stickers
  • Magnetic sheet
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or strong glue
  • Various little balls (marbles, pom poms, etc.) to run through the track!

Directions

  • Decorate your cardboard tubes with washi tape or whatever you’d like! Stripes are simple to achieve and look great.
  • You can create some shape variations by cutting an angle in the end of some of the cylinders, or by cutting a small section out of the side of another. (These variations are great to have later, when the kids are trying out different marble run designs.)
  • Use hot glue (or other strong glue, and let them dry overnight) to attach magnets to the side of each tube. Stronger magnets are best, especially if you plan to use heavier balls like marbles or steel balls for your run. Weaker magnets work if you’re using pompoms.
  • Once you’re done creating and decorating your tubes, pop them on the fridge and wait for the kids to come and play!

Spark Creative Learning!

  • How many zigzags can you incorporate into your design?
  • Use a stopwatch to time your marble run. Can you modify your track to make it quicker? Slower?
  • Test your marble run using a heavier smooth ball (a marble) vs. a lighter, rough ball (a pompom). Do you need to modify your design to suit the ball type? How does the type of ball affect the speed?
  • How far does your ball roll when it comes out of the end of marble run? Can you modify your design to get the ball to land in a particular spot?

SHOP FEATURE 5

29/03/2021

(For the week of March 29, 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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Make A ‘Spin Big’ Pinwheel
Price: $16.99

A colossal take on the classic pinwheel! Build your own giant garden pinwheel with this easy to assemble kit. Pinwheel is 47 inches tall. Includes parts and instructions. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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Nature Journal
Price: $16.99

Record your outdoor discoveries and observations in this brown paper journal and collect leaves and flowers in one of the six pockets. Kit includes 6” x 5” journal with 8” tote bag. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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What Do You Do With An Idea? Plush Idea Egg
Price: $19.99

This is your idea. Your very own idea. It wants to play with you. And it wants a lot of attention. You two are going to be very good friends. A perfect companion to the New York Times best-selling title What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada, this plush idea egg is a wonderful all-ages reminder to give your ideas plenty of time, attention, and space to grow. Features a crown made of sturdy felt, floppy legs, and an embroidered tag with the question “What do ideas become?”

Plush is surface washable and made of 100% polyester fibers, with weighted polyethylene pellets at the bottom so your idea can sit upright and keep you company. Idea measures 9.5 high, and weighs 6 oz.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Rainbow Stunt Streamer
Price: $8.99

The Rainbow Stunt Streamer provides hours of active outdoor fun. This multi-coloured stunt streamer stretches to 6.5 feet in length, creating huge, fluid shapes when it moves. Pull the control cord at the end of the handle to create loops, spirals, and more. The brightly coloured streamer resists tears and stains, and holds up under hours of intense play. Recommended for outdoor play only.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Deluxe Pocket Kite
Price: $6.99

Everything you need to go fly a kite! This cool, fully functional kite folds down into a zippered plastic case that measures about 1.25″ thick by 3.5″ in diameter – perfect for storing in a glove box or even backpack. When unfolded, the kite measures 12” by 18”. The Deluxe Pocket Kite comes with approximately 30 feet of kite string, a string winder, and a travel clip. 

Suitable for ages 5+

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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

24/03/2021


Source: mtyp.ca

It’s not too late to register for one of Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s (MTYP) spring break workshops! Themes include Dinosaur Park, the Great Ghost Hunt, Broadway Bound, and Welcome to the Dungeon. Learn more and register now.

MTYP’s spring courses in acting, improv, puppetry, and musial theatre are also open for registration.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

23/03/2021


Source: Winnipeg Public Library

The Winnipeg Public Library’s website is a wonderful resource for science and STEAM-based kids’ activities and learning resources. They offer a wealth of activities, podcasts, and homework help compiled from around the internet, including links to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids, science-related titles and ebooks from the library’s catalogue, and much more. Learn more about the Winnipeg Public Library’s science resources for kids and teens.

SHOP FEATURE 5

22/03/2021

(For the week of March 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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Creativity For Kids Friendship Bracelets Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! This mini kit includes everything you need to create 12+ totally fab bracelets. Wear them, share them, and trade them with your BFFs. This is an easy and fun craft kit for birthday parties and sleepovers.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Creativity For Kids Glitter Nail Art Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Glitter Nail Art allows you to create your own sparkly manicure. Everything that you need is in the kit, including water based polish, a variety of nail stickers, nail glitter, and more! This is an easy and fun craft kit for birthday parties and sleepovers.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Creativity For Kids Press-On Nail Party Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Package includes 4 sets of press-on nails and stickers. This is an easy and fun craft kit for birthday parties and sleepovers.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Creativity For Kids Shrink Fun BFF Jewelry Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Colour and bake 12 designs to make 4 cord bracelets. Includes cotton cord, pre-cut Shrink Fun film, 6 Faber-Castell quality coloured pencils, and sharpener. This is an easy and fun craft kit for birthday parties and sleepovers.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Creativity For Kids Dream Catcher Bracelets Mini Craft Kit
Price: $6.99

Big fun in a small box! Combine colourful cord and beads to create various dream catcher bracelets to wear and share with friends. Includes supplies for 4 best friend-themed dream catcher bracelets.

Suitable for ages 7+

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