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SHOP FEATURE 5

27/04/2021

(For the week of April 26, 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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Unicorn Crystal Terrarium
Price: $18.99

Channel your inner scientist and add a sprinkle of magic! Learn how to grow your very own crystals to create a mystical unicorn wonderland. Kit features crystal growing medium, unicorn figures, accessories, and instructions.

Crystal size (when fully formed): Approximately 2”W. Terrarium size: 4.25”W x 3”H x 3.75”D.

Suitable for ages 10+

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ZOOB Builderz 250-Piece Kit
Regular Price: $87.99
Sale Price: $43.99

ZOOB is an award-winning building set with a difference—the pieces move after you put them together, so you can play with your creations, instead of just looking at them. This tub of 250 brightly-colored pieces comes with 6 instruction guides to make over 30 creations including a ZOOBasuraus or a ZOOBcycle (or create your own). A great way to support core STEM principles while encouraging creative play!

Suitable for ages 6+

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Playstix Airplane Set
Price: $16.99

Build and create a cool airplane with this STEM-supporting construction system! Easy-to-follow instructions are included in every set, with pieces colour-coded by length and a unique “Snap & Lock” feature that allows the model to be assembled and taken apart easily. Ideal for both independent and group play. 

Suitable for ages 4+

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Robot Claw
Price: $8.99

Have fun picking up items with the amazing Robot Claw. The claw reaches up to 18 inches away and makes a ratchet sound when you squeeze the handle to give you an authentic robot feel!

Suitable for ages 5+

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Alex Little Hands Picture Mosaic
Regular Price: $21.99
Sale Price: $10.99

Easy, no-mess fun – just peel and stick to create five different mosaic pictures with hundreds of colourful shape and photo stickers. This kit contains 5 pre-printed boards (9″ square), 984 stickers, and picture instructions to create a lion, house, birthday cake, cereal bowl, or flower mosaic.

Suitable for ages 3+

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CREATION STATION: FLOWER NECKLACE

25/04/2021


Source: homeschoolantics.com

Make a flower necklace to wear to your next party!

Materials

  • Drinking straws
  • Yarn
  • Construction paper in a variety of colours
  • Scissors or flower-shaped paper puncher
  • Hole puncher

Directions

  • Cut out flowers from the construction paper either with a flower-shaped paper puncher, freehand, or by tracing flower shapes and then cutting them out with scissors.
  • Use the hole puncher to makes holes in the centre of each flower.
  • Cut your straws into approximately one inch lengths. Next, cut a string of yarn to the desired length you’d like to make your necklace.
  • String those flowers and straws! When you’ve got it to your desired length, just tie off the ends.
  • Wear your new homemade necklace!

Support McNally Robinson on Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, April 24

23/04/2021

In celebration of Canadian Independent Bookstore Day on April 24, the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association (CIBA) is running an online contest across Canada with a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Support Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson Booksellers by participating in the contest! It’s simple:

  1. Buy books. You may shop online, by phone, or in-store with McNally Robinson April 24 and 25, 2021. Be sure to keep your receipts and all emails they send you!
  2. Review the prizes. You can see the full list on CIBA’s website. Be sure to read the conditions carefully and select your favourite prize(s).
  3. Enter. Links to dedicated entry forms will be found on CIBA’s website on April 24 and 25. Each prize will have its own entry form, and proof of purchase will be required.
  4. Find out if you’ve won! CIBA staff will contact prospective winners with next steps on April 26 via email.

Learn more at McNally Robinson’s website.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG…AND BEYOND

21/04/2021


Source: greenactioncentre.ca

This Earth Day (April 22), check out Green Action Centre’s list of 51 green actions to help you celebrate and reduce your eco footprint.

Here’s a sample of some of the things you can do:

  • Get your bike ready for spring! Check out some tune-up tutorials here.
  • Check out community supported agriculture in Manitoba – this is a great way to get fresh local produce over the summer while supporting local farmers.
  • Have fun greening at home with one (or more) Prairie Dog Projects! These are eco projects made by repurposing common materials found at home and are great for families and kids.
  • Plan to participate in Jane’s Walk this year. Learn about Winnipeg neighbourhoods by joining one or more of the free guided walks scheduled for early May.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

20/04/2021


Source: Science World

Vancouver’s Science World has tons of cool activities and experiments on their resources page for you to try out at home. Balance a pencil on your finger and learn about the physics behind it, check out an optical illusion with this Benham’s Disk experiment, make gooey worms and learn about polymerization, and more! Easily print out any of their activities so you can try these experiments with your family at home.

SHOP FEATURE 5

19/04/2021

(For the week of April 19, 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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Klutz 101 Outrageously Fun Things To Do
Price: $26.99

Your all-in-one survival guide to having fun anywhere, any time! This book is chock full of 101 activities sampling the best of Klutz’s vast library of games, pranks, crafts, and humour. It even includes spectacular fart putty for guaranteed never-ending entertainment! This collection is perfect for car trips, train travel, airplane trays, waiting rooms, desert islands, and anywhere else you find yourself with downtime.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Invent A Stellar Solar Lamp Kit
Price: $18.99

Oh no – a power failure has hit! No problem, with the Stellar Solar Lamp you’ll be ready for the dark any time. Using the solar-powered flashlight and components in this kit, what kind of light will you invent? Use the Spark!lab invention process to invent your own solar lantern light, flashlight, or night light. Kit includes holographic foil, glow-in-the-dark stickers and string, a solar light, and so much more to create a functional and fun new light. 

Suitable for ages 8+

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Mini Sequin Pets Dinosaur
Price: $12.99

Dazzle the Dinosaur is a mini sequin pet that’s ready for on-the-go fun! This mini sequin dino is ready to cuddle, calm, and comfort. This super-soft, weighted, sensory dino plush toy offers hours of sensory play with reversible coloured sequins that provide both visual and tactile benefits. Dazzle the Dinosaur is a weighted plush companion to take with you wherever you go! Small in size but large in fun, mini sequin pets are the perfect travel-friendly companions. This small plush toy measures 4″W x 6″H x 5.34″ D.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Dizzy Fun Land Motorized Gears Toy Set
Regular Price: $87.99
Sale Price: $43.99

Children will enjoy screen-free fun and machines that really move with this 120-piece motorized gears set. Using the included instructions, kids can build their own versions of an amusement park with special parts: a handheld motor, carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars, roller coaster, play figures, and enough colorful, spinning gears for hours of fun. This set supports STEM by introducing children to sorting, grouping, counting, designing, constructing, and putting physics into play with spinning gear movement.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Mini Rainmaker
Price: $16.99

Simply turn this colourful, plastic rainmaker over to watch and hear the “rain” fall. This little shaker features lots of vibrant colours to stimulate your baby’s senses.

Suitable for ages 6 months+

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CREATION STATION: BUMBLE BEE CRAFT

18/04/2021


Source: theinspirationedit.com

Do your kids love bugs? You can make a few of these cute wooden bumble bees and hang them as a garland, or make them into magnets for your fridge.

Materials

  • Yellow, black, and white card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Wooden circles
  • White cupcake liners
  • Paper cutter

Directions

  • Make the bee’s body: glue the wooden circles onto yellow card stock. Cut the excess paper off.
  • Cut strips of black card stock. Glue the strips of black card stock onto the yellow circles. Leave at least an inch of space at the top of the circle. Cut the excess paper off.
  • Now make the eyes: cut two white circles from card stock and 2 smaller black circles. Glue the eyes together and then glue the eyes onto the top of the yellow circle.
  • Cut a small pointy triangle from black card stock and glue at the bottom of the yellow circle. This is the bee’s stinger!
  • Fold a cupcake liner in half and cut out a large wing. Repeat this step and cut out a smaller wing. Glue the wings of your bumble bee onto the back of the yellow circle.
  • Glue small strips of black paper onto the top of your bumble bee. Use a hole punch to make two small black circles and glue those at the top of the strips. These are the bee’s antennae!
  • Use a black marker to add a smile to your bee!
  • Your bee is finished! You can make more wooden bumble bees if you like, or add magnets to the back and stick on your fridge.

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN WINNIPEG

15/04/2021


Source: assiniboinepark.ca

Inspired by the original attraction, the new Aunt Sally’s Farm, on now at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, encourages play, reflects modern standards for animal welfare and care, and inspires the same awe and wonder as the original Aunt Sally’s Farm exhibit. One of the Zoo’s most beloved attractions, the original Aunt Sally’s Farm opened in the summer of 1959. Time and time again, Zoo visitors have shared their stories and memories of this charming exhibit. Learn more.

The new Aunt Sally’s Farm features:

  • Parallel playgrounds where the Zoo’s youngest visitors can play alongside lively goats,
  • Bridges with rainbow platforms that encourage goats to climb overhead, and
  • The wishing well from the original Aunt Sally’s Farm!

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

14/04/2021


Source: littlebinsforlittlehands.com

It’s simple to make a homemade thermometer with your kids using household items!

Materials

  • Mason jar with straw lid
  • Clear straw
  • Play dough or modeling clay
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cooking oil (any kind)
  • Red (or other) food colouring

Directions

  • Add the food colouring, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup alcohol, and a tablespoon of oil into a mason jar and mix.
  • Stick the straw through the straw hole and tighten the lid onto the jar.
  • Mold a piece of play dough on the lid around the straw, which will hold the straw about half an inch from the bottom of the jar.
  • Place your DIY thermometer outside in the cold or in the fridge and inside the house and look at the difference in how high the liquid rises in the straw at different temperatures.

Spark Creative Learning!

Many commercial thermometers contain alcohol because alcohol has a low freezing point. As the temperature of the alcohol increases, it expands and causes the level within the thermometer to rise.

The level of the alcohol corresponds to the printed lines/numbers on a thermometer, indicating the temperature. This homemade version does something similar. However, with your homemade thermometer, you aren’t actually measuring temperature, just seeing temperature changes.

If you have a real thermometer, you can use it to make a scale on your homemade thermometer: let your bottle get to room temperature and then mark the straw with what the actual room temperature is. Then set the bottle in the sun or in the snow and do the same. Mark several different temperature levels and then watch your thermometer for a day and see how accurate it is.

SHOP FEATURE 5

12/04/2021

(For the week of April 12, 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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So Slime Slime’licious Scented Slime Station
Regular Price: $53.99
Sale Price: $26.99

It’s slime time! Yep, we love slime here at the Children’s Museum. Take home some of the gooey, sticky fun with this amazing scented slime station. Create up to 16 scented mini slimes in fun, snack-scented sweets & treats. The work station supplies everything you need: slime powders, mini containers, scented colorant bottles, decorations, and more – just add water! No glue required.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Bristle Blocks
Price: $20.99

Bristle Blocks are a sensory activity with uplifting colours and different textures. Tiny fingers will love to discover round edges and bristles, bumps, wheels, and pyramids. Made of worry-free materials, this building toy is safe for toddlers. Bristle Blocks are bendable with a smooth finish and soft edges. Powered by kids’ imaginations, let them build and rebuild with 50 easy-to-connect blocks.

Suitable for ages 2+ 

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Alex D.I.Y. Cobra Bracelets
Price: $20.99

These D.I.Y. cobra bracelets are stylish and fun to make. Use the neon-coloured nylon or satin cord and the special tools included to make the ‘cobra’ stitch design in no time. This kit makes up to 5 bracelets and includes a suction hook, 5 satin cords (2.8yd / 2.5m each), 5 nylon cords (7.1yd / 6.5m each), 5 metallic beads, finishing hook, and instructions.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Build-A-Bot Tiger
Price: $39.99

Channel your inner engineer by creating this colourful robot tiger! An easy click-n-create system allows you to learn while customizing and bringing your own pet bot to life. Either press the tail down, say its name, or clap your hands to teach your new feline friend to walk, jump, and play! Package includes 20+ numbered pieces that snap together, stickers to decorate, and a build certificate to name your pet.

Suitable for ages 4+ (Ages 4-7 may require assistance; 8+ should be good to go alone!)

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Money Bank Robot
Price: $23.99

This cool little robot is “hungry” to help you save your coins! Place a coin in the robot’s hands, and it will swallow it up with the snap of its jaws. It’s a fantastic introduction to teaching children about the functions and principles of basic circuits. When fully assembled, this robot measures 4.5″ W x 5.5″H x 5.75″D. Requires 1 AA battery (not included).

Suitable for ages 8+

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