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SHOP FEATURE 5

08/08/2022

(For the week of August 8, 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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Basketball Game
Price: $5.99 each

Develop your skills and have fun at the same time with this classic tabletop Basketball Game. Improve your hand-eye coordination and launch balls at the net with the touch of your finger – challenge a friend or play solo and see how many points you can score! Assembled measures approximately 11” high.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sticky Squish Star (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $4.99 each

You gliterally will not be able to get enough of these Sticky Squish Stars! Squeeze and watch them expand in your hand. They’re great for stress relief or tactile fun! Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Dinosaur Fossil Putty (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $4.99 each

Inside this gel-like putty lies a plastic dinosaur fossil. Assorted fossils and putty colours in a reusable 3.5″ diameter container. (Note: Colour choice does not indicate which dinosaur fossil will be inside.)

Suitable for ages 3+

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Die-Cast Pull Back Train Set
Price: $11.99 each

With cars measuring approximately 2” long, these mini Die-Cast Pull Back Train Sets make the perfect addition to a toy train collection. Available in a variety of colours and styles, pull back these vehicles and watch as they race across any smooth surface. 4 train cars per set, each set sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Building Blocks – City Construction Vehicle
Price: 3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one complete City Construction Vehicle measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SUMMER READING: TUMBLE ZONE

05/08/2022

Our summer reading fun continues with a Tumble Zone theme. If your little one enjoys building with blocks and operating the crane at Tumble Zone then they’ll love these stories focused on building, smashing, crashing and construction.



Build!
Red Nose Studio

Bulldozers, dump trucks, and cranes are just a few of the vehicles working together in these pages to build something incredible. The payloader makes the hole for the foundation, the semi-loader brings in the huge blocks, and the crane lifts them up. But is this a real construction site, or a boy’s backyard? And after the structure is done, what happens next? Yes, the inevitable: he makes it all tumble down and is ready to start all over again! 

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Road Crew, Coming Through
Rinker, Sherri Duskey and Ford, AG

The construction team is taking on their biggest challenge yet–building a brand-new superhighway! With the help of new rough-and-tough road-building machines, the crew gears up for an action-packed day of rolling, building, paving, painting, and all the jobs that go into making a strong new road that will get everyone home safe in time for bed! 

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What’s up, Construction Truck?
Reinhardt, Matthew and Leigh, Toby

Follow construction workers through a busy day on the job. Lift the flaps to open the bulldozer’s doors and peek inside; help a crew member put on his helmet; and lift up the shovel to help the driver prepare a new bike trail for paving. When the story is over, follow simple instructions to transform the pages of the book into a three-dimensional bulldozer! There’s so much to discover in this stunning interactive board book from Matthew Reinhart.

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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

03/08/2022

Source: STEAM Powered Family

Our area of focus this week is MATH and we’re going to explore it by making a pool noodle periscope.

The pool noodle periscope helps children learn about angles, reflections, and math while exploring their own neighborhood.

All you’ll need for this activity are:

  • A pool noodle
  • Scissors
  • 2 small round mirrors
  • Duct tape for this activity.

Kids will love playing secret agent with this craft and seeing how these simple items come together to make a fun tool. 

Once you have your supplies ready, find the step-by-step process here.

SHOP FEATURE 5

01/08/2022

(For the week of August 1, 2022)
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 Stacking Chairs Game
Price: $5.99 each

An enthralling game where every move could be your last! The Stacking Chairs game breathes new energy into game night, gives little ones a great mental workout, and keeps both kids and adults on the ends of their chairs (pun intended!). The aim of the game is to stack the little chairs in turns, trying not to cause the tower to come crashing to the ground. It takes a mix of calculation and touch; a formula that ignites hours of fun. Kit includes 18 (2”) chairs and game instructions.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Stretchy Sand Dino
Price: $4.99 each

Stretch your imagination with a Stretchy Sand Dino! This super-stretchy dino is filled with sand and encased in non-toxic, extra thick rubber. Twist, squish, and stretch this dino in every direction! Measures 7.5”. Each sold individually.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Sticky Squish Orbs (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $4.99 each

Squeeze and stretch these colourful confetti-filled Sticky Squish Orbs for sticky, sensory fun! Three sticky Squish Orbs included per blister card. Each orb measures 1.6″.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Wooden Train Whistle
Price: $4.99 each

All aboard! Now you can re-create the classic sound of a steam locomotive’s whistle with this fabulous Wooden Train Whistle. Its four chambers give it a rich, realistic-sounding whistle while its chunky design is perfect for little hands to grip. Measures 7.5”. Each sold separately. Individually shrink-wrapped.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Classic Number Puzzle
Price: $1.99 each

Train your brain with this Classic Number Puzzle! Slide the numbers up, down, and side to side until they are back in chronological order.

Suitable for ages 3+

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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

28/07/2022

Our area of focus this week is TECHNOLOGY and we’re learning by making bracelets!

These cute bracelets only need two things; beads and pipe cleaners!

Using binary coding, follow the pattern to make secret messages or write out your name! Choosing two colours works best for this activity, one colour representing the number 1 and one representing 0. Some kids have short names, they can create bracelets, but if your child has a long name, they can make a necklace.

Once you have your supplies ready, find the step-by-step process here.

SHOP FEATURE 5

25/07/2022

(For the week of July 25, 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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Crayola Craft – Texture Pots
Price: $10.99 each

Crayola Craft Sets offer kids and parents the all-in-one solution for simple, beautiful craft projects! With Texture Pots, kids can create sculpted, no-bake-clay works of art without an oven or ceramic kiln. The surface can be painted after it has fully dried.

Includes 2 (4 oz) Packs of Air Dry Clay, 6 Washable Paint Pots, Paint Brush, Sculpting Guide, 2 Texture Plates, and an Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Crayola Glitter Dots – Classic Colours (Refills)
Price: $6.99 each

Crayola Glitter Dots offer fun glitter play in a less messy way! The glitter is contained in each dot—no spills and sticky glue! Press dots into fun designs and shapes.

Includes 42 Glitter Dots in Classic Colours.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Noise Putty
Price: $3.99 each

Looking for something subtle, sophisticated, and elegant for your desk? Well, this Noise Putty is definitely not it! From its brightly-coloured, toilet-shaped container, to its cold clammy feel and very gross gastronomical noises, Noise Putty provides endless amounts of fun! Assorted colours available. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Dinosaur Mugs
Price: $3.99 each

Fun plastic mugs for your little dinosaur lover! Perfect for dino-themed parties and more. Assorted colours available. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Light-Up Train Clip With Sound
Price: $3.99 each

Wooo-wooo! This Light-up Train Clip With Sound makes the perfect clip-on accessory! Just press the button at the top and watch the front headlight shine while the train produces cool sounds.

Measures approximately 2” and includes plastic backpack clip. Assorted colours available. Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SUMMER READING: ILLUSION TUNNEL

22/07/2022

Last week our books were based on our Engine House gallery. This week we dive into the world of illusions with stories based on Illusion Tunnel.



Jim Curious and the Jungle Journey
Picard, Matthias

In Jim Curious and the Jungle Journey, a young boy goes on an adventure in an old-fashioned diving suit. After waking up in bed (or is he really awake?), Jim walks through a mirror and into a shallow swamp that leads to a mysterious island. There, in the jungle, he encounters snakes, monkeys, and a giant turtle, as well as some creepy-crawly creatures, before discovering an ancient abandoned temple deep in the heart of the jungle.

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Duck! Rabbit!
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse and Lichtenheld, Tom

Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it . With more than 100,000 copies sold, this classic picture book is now available in a sturdy board book that little ones will love holding in their own two hands. Smart, simple and funny, it offers a hilarious choice–and one readers of all ages will rejoice in making.

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They all saw a cat
Wenzel, Brendan

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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Another
Robinson, Christian

What if you…
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?

What might you do?

In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another 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

20/07/2022

Let’s learn about butterflies! Using our art skills, we will walk through the lifecycle of a butterfly from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and finally butterfly. 

First, start by collecting some leaves. Enjoy a nature walk outside while collecting leaves; hopefully, you’ll find some butterflies along the way. 

 Other supplies you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Scrap of green construction paper
  • Small, white pompoms- 3 per child 
  • Tissue paper (2 inch x 3 inch piece of green for the chrysalis, and any other colors you want for your butterfly cut to 2 inch x 2.5 inch)
  • Pipe cleaners (2-inch piece in black for the butterfly, and any other colors you want for your caterpillar cut to 6 inches)
  • Pencil
  • Black marker or crayon
  • Liquid glue
  • Scissors
  • Small twig from outside
  • Tempera paint (optional)
  • Free butterfly life cycle template

 Once you have your supplies ready, find the step by step process here.

If you try this at home, please share how it went and don’t forget to tag us on our social media pages so we can enjoy it too! 

 

SHOP FEATURE 5

18/07/2022

(For the week of July 18, 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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Crayola Craft – Confetti Coasters & Dish
Price: $10.99 each

Crayola Craft Sets offer kids and parents the all-in-one solution for simple, beautiful craft projects!

With the Confetti Coaster & Dish craft kit, kids can create and decorate two sculpted no-bake clay coasters and a trinket dish without an oven or ceramic kiln. Once the pieces are fully dried, create custom, colourful designs with crayon shavings!

Includes 2 (4 oz) Air Dry Clay Packs, 1 Paint Brush, 1 Play Mat, 4 Crayons, 1 Crayon Sharpener, 3 Glaze Pots, 1 Clay Tool, 2 Shape Cutters, and an Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Crayola Build-A-Beast – Dragonfly
Price: $11.99 each

Crayola Build-A-Beast kits are fun create-your-own animal activity toys that teach kids how to construct something from the inside out. First build the skeleton and then add layers of Model Magic to create a customized articulating creature! Step-by-step instructions make it simple to craft the Dragonfly, while leaving room for customization. The set features a STEAM instructional guide complete with dragonfly facts that kids will love sharing with friends. The Dragonfly tail wiggles and shakes, giving lifelike movement to your creation.

Includes 3 bags of 1oz. Model Magic, 2 bags of .5oz Model Magic, a Body Frame Skeleton, and Press Tool.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Crayola Glitter Dots – Stencil Stickers
Price: $12.99 each

Crayola Glitter Dots offer fun glitter play in a less messy way! Press and spread glitter dots through the stencils onto the sticker paper. Peel your dazzling design then proudly stick & display!

Includes 42 Glitter Dots, 12 Plastic Stencils, 4 Sticker Sheets, and 1 Craft Tool.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker
Price$ 27.99 each

Everyone loves sprinkles, and now they’re easier than ever to use for fun, creative artwork! The Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker is a portable art set that allows kids to decorate line art or blank paper—without making any mess. Just create a design using the included glue or add glue to line art wherever you want sprinkles to stick – then close it up, shake, and watch designs appear! Sprinkle refills and additional content sold separately.

Includes 1 Sprinkle Art Shaker, 5 Bottles Non-Edible Sprinkles, 12 Project Sheets, 6 Glue Tubes, and Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Crayola Spin & Spiral Art Station
Price: $27.99 each

Two classic art activities in one! The Crayola Spin & Spiral Art Station lets kid gear up for awesome spirally geometric marker designs or spin out for wild, random drippy spin art paint designs. Create combo designs using both activities to elevate your art! This cool tool is kid-powered—no batteries required—plus, you can keep the fun going with Paper Disc Refill Sets (sold separately).

Includes 3 Spiro Gears, 6 Pip-Squeaks Markers, 3 Ink Bottles, 15 Paper Discs, 1 Base Unit, and Instructions.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SHOP FEATURE 5

11/07/2022

(For the week of July 11, 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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Crayola Craft – Food Charms
Price: $10.99 each

Crayola Craft Sets offer kids and parents the all-in-one solution for simple, beautiful craft projects! With Food Charms, kids can create DIY food-themed toys out of Model Magic and with the included keychains turn two of them into fun hanging charms!

Includes 3 (.5 oz) Packs of Model Magic, 3 Markers, 4 Googly Eyes, 2 Keychains, Cutter, Glitter Glue, 2 Play Mats, and an Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Crayola Build-A-Beast – Alligator
Price: $11.99 each

Crayola Build-A-Beast kits are fun create-your-own animal activity toys that teach kids how to construct something from the inside out. First build the skeleton and then add layers of Model Magic to create a customized articulating creature! Step-by-step instructions make it simple to craft the Gator, while leaving room for customization. The set features a STEAM instructional guide complete with Gator facts that kids will love sharing with friends. The Gator tail wiggles and shakes, giving lifelike movement to your creation.

Includes 3 bags of 1oz. Model Magic, 2 bags of .5oz Model Magic, a Body Frame Skeleton, and Press Tool.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Crayola Glitter Dots – Sparkle Fills
Price: $12.99 each

Crayola Glitter Dots offer fun glitter play in a less messy way! The glitter is contained in each dot—no spills and no sticky glue! Press dots into the included mosaic frames to add colour and sparkle, then proudly display your completed art!

Includes 42 Glitter Dots, 3 Mosaic Frames & Stands, and Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Crayola Craft – Party Animal Poppers
Price: $10.99 each

Crayola Craft sets offer kids and parents the all-in-one solution for simple, beautiful craft projects! With Party Animal Poppers, kids can assemble, paint, and decorate two confetti party poppers with animal faces, then pull the strings to release the confetti.

Includes 2 Party Popper Paperboard Bases, 6 Washable Metallic Paint Pots, 1 Paintbrush, 8 Strings, 2 Sticker Sheets, 9 Tissue Paper Sheets, 1 Washable Glue, 1 Bag Tissue Paper Confetti, and an Instruction Sheet.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Crayola Ultimate Light Board
Price: $35.99 each

Put your art in lights with the Crayola Ultimate Light Board! Simply draw and colour directly onto the Light Board surface, then turn it on to watch your designs shine. The bright LEDs built into the frame make the inks from the included Gel FX Markers really glow! Remove the back panel to make tracing images a snap. Unlike traditional colouring sheets, it’s easy to wipe the screen clean for unlimited creativity.

Requires 3AA Batteries, not included. Please Note: This light board only works with Crayola Gel FX Markers.

Suitable for ages 6+

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