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ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

09/02/2021


Source: thebestideasforkids.com

Make some glow-in-the-dark slime with today’s STEAM activity!

Materials

  • 6 ounces or 3/4 cup of Elmer’s glow-in-the-dark glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons contact lens solution – Renu Fresh brand recommended

Directions

  • Get a bowl to mix your slime ingredients in.
  • Add the Elmer’s glow-in-the-dark glue to the bowl, then add your 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix in thoroughly. If you want, you can add up to 1/4 cup of water to make a stretchier slime.
  • Slowly add in your contact lens solution. (Reminder: your contact lens solution should contain boric acid or your slime will not form). Add it in slowly and mix if possible so that you can adjust and ensure you do not add too much. Knead and mix thoroughly before adding more as you do not want to add too much or your slime will get too hard.
  • Take the slime out of the bowl and knead, knead, knead. You may be surprised how much you need to knead to really make the slime form. It will be very sticky at this point, especially if you added water. Keep kneading and stretching the slime and it will become less sticky. If it’s not the desirable consistency, keep kneading. Only add a little more contact solution – a teaspoon at a time – to prevent the slime from becoming too hard.

Spark Creative Learning!

For something to glow in the dark, it requires chemicals that store energy when exposed to light. These substances are called phosphors which radiate light after being “energized” or exposed to light. Once you expose them to light, they slowly release this energy in small amounts of light which causes the objects to glow in the dark.

It’s easy to make this slime glow again and again – you only need to let it sit in the light for 2 minutes before it will glow. Once it loses its glowing effect, just bring it back into the light again to “recharge.” Putting it out in the sunlight works best, but if you have strong indoor lights they will work too.

SHOP FEATURE 5

08/02/2021

(For the week of February 8, 2021)

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From February 1-28, 2021, save 50% off select Melissa & Doug merchandise, or while supplies last.

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Melissa & Doug Trip Talk
Regular Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $5.99

Are we there yet? Who cares! We’ve got Trip Talk to keep us smiling all the way. Get a discussion “rolling” with one of the 45 conversation starters, test your fellow passengers with 25 quiz cards, choose a classic road-trip game from 10 game-instruction cards, or check off the license plates you see on 6 paper maps. Trip Talk makes car trips so much fun, you might find yourself going on a road trip for groceries!

Suitable for ages 6+

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Melissa & Doug Simply Crafty Adventure Hats
Regular Price: $7.99
Sale Price: $3.99

Create four wearable hats with this all-inclusive kit! Amazing results are easy to achieve with sturdy cardstock materials, pre-cut shapes that stick on with puffy foam tabs, and shiny metallic stickers. The layerable pieces create dimensional details for crafts that really pop! Includes four easy-to-make, easy-to-decorate costume hats: pirate, viking, jester, and king.

Suitable for ages 4+

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Melissa & Doug Shapes Peg Puzzle
Regular Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $5.99

This wooden peg puzzle includes eight colourful shape pieces. Each shape is identified by a label underneath the piece and by adorable animal illustrations on the puzzle board! Encourages eye-hand, fine motor, and visual perception skills.

Suitable for ages 2+

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Stacking Train
Regular Price: $21.99
Sale Price: $10.99

Load up the train with bright, colourful shapes and get learning off to a rolling start! The 15 easy-to-grasp wooden blocks slot onto rods on the flatcars, providing a great opportunity to practice fine motor skills. For even more play value: The blocks can also be used for stacking, building, and sorting, and the smooth-rolling train cars detach to shorten the train or let children play with the cars individually.

Suitable for ages 2+

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Melissa & Doug Sing-Along Nursery Rhymes Sound Puzzle
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $9.99

Sing along with favourite childhood characters like Humpty Dumpty and Jack & Jill with this unique wooden peg song puzzle! Match the six illustrated wooden puzzle pieces to the pictures in the beautifully carved wooden puzzle board to hear six different nursery rhymes (Humpty Dumpty, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Hey Diddle Diddle, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Jack & Jill). Plastic pegs make it easy for small hands to grasp and manipulate the pieces. Lyrics are included on the puzzle so kids can sing along as they complete the puzzle!

Note: Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included)

Suitable for ages 2+

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I LOVE TO TELL STORIES CRAFT

06/02/2021

Celebrate I Love to Read Month by creating your own notebook to hold all your terrific tales!

Materials

  • Jumbo craft or popsicle sticks
  • Tape 
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Stapler

Directions

  • Fold four pieces of white paper into quarters.
  • Using the scissors, cut the folded tops of your papers so that they can open like the pages of a book.
  • Use the stapler to carefully staple your pages together along one edge.
  • Now we’re going to make our front cover! Lay the jumbo popsicle sticks down so that they cover the entirety of your stapled papers. Apply one strip of tape horizontally about one inch from the top of the popsicle sticks, and another strip of tape about one inch from the bottom. This will help hold your cover together. Apply extra tape to this side as needed.
  • Repeat this step to create your back cover.
  • Take your front cover. Hold a piece of yarn behind one of your jumbo popsicle sticks, just above where you applied your tape. Weave it in front of and behind your popsicle sticks so that it forms a border around the top of your book. Right now, every other popsicle stick will be uncovered. Loop your yarn around the last popsicle stick so you can turn around and weave it the other way, covering the uncovered sticks and completing your border. Leave an end long enough so that you can tie your yarn. Cut the yarn and make a knot to hold it in place.
  • Repeat this step with the bottom of your front cover.
  • Apply glue to the entire top page of your book. Carefully press the back of your front cover (the side with all the tape) to this page to hold it in place. Repeat this step with your back cover.
  • Cut shapes out of coloured paper and use them to decorate your book, then write fantastic stories in your book that you can share with everyone!

Spark Creative Learning!

  • Amazing things can happen in our world, or a world of your own creation! Where does your story take place? Is it somewhere familiar, or somewhere brand new?
  • Stories are always more fun when you can share them with someone. Practice your storytelling skills by sharing your story.
  • How long will your story be? Put your skip-counting skills to the test by seeing if you can figure out how many pages will be in your book. See if you’re right by making a careful count.

 

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

03/02/2021


Source: Manitoba Parks

Manitoba Parks has announced that they will again offer free entry to provincial parks throughout the month of February so Manitobans and visitors can take advantage of the many winter activities available in the parks. Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park in February. There are groomed trails in provincial parks across Manitoba for a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fat biking, snowshoeing and hiking. Paint Lake, Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills.

Kids can also become Nature Detectives, Junior Naturalists or Park Explorers with the activities in Manitoba Parks’ Kids Education and Interpretation booklets. Once completed and returned, Manitoba Parks will make your child an official Junior Naturalist, Park Explorer or Nature Detective, complete with an official certificate and pin! On the back page of each booklet you will find a place to check off everything you need to do. Learn more and start exploring!

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

02/02/2021


Source: astro-canada.ca

Quebec’s ASTROlab has a fabulous virtual exhibition available to experience on their website, called Canada Under the Stars. The virtual exhibit highlights aspects of the legacy left to us by the stargazers of our country. Canada was in the throes of nationhood at the same time as new astronomy was emerging and participated in its development and discoveries. Did you know that at one time, two of the four largest telescopes in the world were in Canada? Did you know that today Canada is involved in some highly sophisticated projects, and that Canadian astronomers are renowned for being the most efficient in the world?

Learn more about that legacy with Canada Under the Stars, which includes written history, photos, and video clips about Canadian astronomers, observatories, and a timeline of Canadian astronomy discoveries. All of the website information is available in both English and French.

SHOP FEATURE 5

01/02/2021

(For the week of February 1, 2021)

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From February 1-28, 2021, save 50% off select Melissa & Doug merchandise, or while supplies last.

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Melissa & Doug 4-in-1 Game Rug
Regular Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $24.99

Enjoy hours of classic fun with this playful activity rug! The design incorporates four classic board games – Tic-Tac-Toe, Checkers, Nine Men’s Morris, and Solitaire – so there are lots of ways for kids to learn and play. The set includes 36 double-sided wooden play pieces in a mesh bag and detailed game instructions. The rectangular rug is woven from durable material that is machine washable. A skid-proof backing makes it safe for all floor surfaces, and a reinforced border binding prevents fraying. Game play promotes cognitive development, problem-solving, and fine motor skill development, and is made to last for years of game-time fun!

Suitable for ages 3+

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Melissa & Doug House Pets Large Peg Puzzle
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $8.99

Three favourite pets live in this cozy blue house and are always ready for puzzle play. This extra-thick wooden puzzle includes three big puzzle pieces with jumbo wooden knobs for easy grasping. Full-colour, matching pictures appear underneath each piece. A great activity to encourage hand-eye coordination and visual perception skills.

Suitable for ages 1+

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Melissa & Doug Numbers Peg Puzzle
Regular Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $5.99

Number concepts zero through nine are illustrated in this 10-piece peg puzzle. A colourful picture under each piece shows the same number of items as the numeral on top of the piece, helping promote number recognition and counting skills! Encourages hand-eye, fine motor, and visual perception skills.

Suitable for ages 2+

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Melissa & Doug First Play Wooden Elephant Rocking Stacker
Regular Price: $23.99
Sale Price: $11.99

Sort, stack, and rock 6 brightly coloured wooden pieces, including a topsy-turvy elephant! A sturdy wooden stacking rod sits on a curved base that rocks and spins. The smooth pieces are easy for babies and toddlers to grasp. They will delight in sorting and balancing pieces with developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through imaginative play. 

Suitable for ages 1+

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Alphabet Stringing Beads Kit
Regular Price: $23.99
Sale Price: $11.99

How many ways can your little jeweler spell “beautiful”? Lots of wooden letter beads, plus stars, butterflies, hearts, and more, plus brightly coloured laces are packed in a handy wooden tray to allow kids to create fabulous bracelets and necklaces. Set includes over 200 beads and 8 brightly coloured cords – everything kids need to create fabulous bracelets and necklaces! Set is stored in a durable, handy wood tray.

Suitable for ages 4+ 

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WINTER SILHOUETTES

30/01/2021

Materials

  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black permanent marker

Directions

  • Lay two craft sticks down horizontally, one above the other, with enough space between them to lay another stick.
  • Place a line of glue on each of the craft sticks.
  • Lay craft sticks vertically between the two horizontal sticks, each touching the next, to create a flat rectangle.
  • Leave the sticks to dry.
  • Once the glue is dry, paint your rectangle. Try using a variety of colours and gently blending them together to create a gradient on your craft sticks! We blended blue with white to make a wintery background.
  • Allow your paint time to dry.
  • Once it’s dry, use a black permanent marker to trace a silhouette on your rectangle. Think of things that you see outside during winter and draw their silhouettes. We drew a silhouette of a tree beside a house. Using either black paint or the permanent marker, fill in the interior of your silhouette.
  • Find a place around your home to display your art!

Spark Creative Learning!

  • What’s a silhouette? It’s the outline of something visible against a lighter background. Shadows are one example of a silhouette that we often see in our daily lives. Can you think of any structures (both natural and man-made) in our city that have unique and easily recognizable silhouettes?
  • Explore colour theory as you paint your rectangle. What’s a warm colour? What’s a cool colour? Can you make a gradient out of warm colours, cool colours, or one that moves between both? 
  • We used cool colours for our gradient because we were creating a winter scene! What are some warm colours you could use as the background to a summer scene? What are some unique silhouettes that make you think of summer fun in the sun?

 

LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING IN MANITOBA

28/01/2021


Source: A Maze In Corn

Enjoy the challenge of A Maze In Corn‘s snowy winter maze, admire the snow carvings and buildings, slide down Snow Mountain, warm up by a bonfire, be brave and try their giant luge run, try a variety of snow games, and of course, a cup of hot chocolate. (Weather- and COVID guideline-permitting.) They’re open Thursday & Friday from 3:00PM to 9:00PM, and Saturday & Sunday from 11:00AM to 9:00PM.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

26/01/2021


Source: PBS.org

Use the natural properties of lemon juice to write a secret message in invisible ink and reveal it with the application of a little heat!

Materials

  • Lemon juice
  • White paper
  • Small paintbrush
  • Iron, light bulb, or hairdryer

Directions

  • Have each little scientist write a hidden message on a piece of paper with the lemon juice and paintbrush. Let dry.
  • Once the lemon juice has dried, carefully apply heat with an iron, being careful not to burn the paper. (A hair dryer works as well, but takes longer.)
  • Sit back and let your message appear!

Spark Creative Learning!

Lemon juice is virtually invisible but oxidizes and turns brown when heated. This reaction to heat is the perfect way to create secret messages for science parties or secret laboratory formulas! The lemon juice is invisible when dry, but once you add heat, the message is revealed!

SHOP FEATURE 5

25/01/2021

(For the week of January 25, 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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Engino Inventor Girl Kit
Regular Price: $75.99
Sale Price: $37.99

Build 30 different models! Foster interest in construction building and engineering with this colourful modelling kit. Linking imaginative play with 3D model creation, kids learn key STEM concepts while creating structures, vehicles, and more. Kit includes printed instructions for 4 main models, with downloadable 3D instructions for all 30 models available online via Engino’s website or free apps (available for Android, Apple, and Windows mobile operating systems). 

Suitable for ages 6+

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Engino Inventor Kit (50-In-1 Models) 
Regular Price: $75.99
Sale Price: $37.99

Unleash your imagination with the Engino Inventor 50-in-1 Motorized Models kit! This fun and educational set includes a variety of cars and motorbikes for young engineers to choose from.

For speed, try building a formula or dragster race car, or the aerodynamic funny car. For easy riding, try the large and custom chopper models, the famous Harley, the knuckle head, or the low rider-style bikes. For tougher conditions or off-road fantasy adventures, build two types of snowmobiles, the dune buggy, and the dirt bike. The Bobcat, telescopic forklift, tractor plower, and the motor-powered crane will help builders to accomplish all their industrial needs. The set even includes a selection of cute animal models including a dog, a duck, a kangaroo, a dinosaur, and a dragon that moves automatically!

Kit includes printed instructions for 4 main models, with downloadable 3D instructions for all 50 models available online via Engino’s website or free apps (available for Android, Apple, and Windows mobile operating systems).

Suitable for ages 6+

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Engino JCB Machinery Series Kit
Regular Price: $65.99
Sale Price: $32.99

Ever wonder what it feels like to operate a real JCB Machine? Discover the fascinating world of these amazing machines with this build-it-yourself model kit. Be a construction worker and use the Backhoe Loader with the interchangeable attachments to dig holes, the Dumper with the tipping skip, and the Low Loader with the articulated bucket! The set includes 287 sturdy plastic parts made from high-quality, safe ABS. Kit includes printed instructions for two main models, with downloadable 3D instructions for all 3 models available online via Engino’s website or free apps (available for Android, Apple, and Windows mobile operating systems).

Suitable for ages 6+

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Engino Inventor Kit (8-In-1 Industrial Models)
Price: $21.99

Young engineers get busy with this 8-in-1 industrial models package! Assemble the vehicle that best suits your needs in order to carry necessary materials to a fantasy building site. Choose between the small wheelbarrow, the van, the truck, or the semi-truck in two sizes (small and large). Set the foundations of your dream structure by digging holes with the excavator and dispose any extra dirt using the Bobcat and dump truck models. Kit includes printed instructions for 2 main models, with downloadable 3D instructions for all 8 models available online via Engino’s website or free apps (available for Android, Apple, and Windows mobile operating systems).

Suitable for ages 6+

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Engino STEM Heroes Space Exploration Kit
Price: $45.99

This fun kit introduces key STEM principles with cool experiments, easy to understand scientific theories, and hours of creative play. Build 5 spacecraft models, including your very own lunar rover, while learning about the amazing history of space exploration. Includes detailed, easy-to-follow instruction booklets as well an interactive 3D building app which lets children build in virtual reality and encourages them to learn more about space design. 

Suitable for ages 8+

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