July 10th marked the grand opening for the Kamloops Museum & Archives’ Children’s Museum. After much planning the bottom floor of the museum is now kid-friendly and featuring a number of hands-on displays, as well as lots of great educational opportunities for young children.
My kids and I took my Mom along to check it out, just last week. It was a nice and cool place to spend a hot summer morning! We really liked it. As I was tucking my son into bed he asked, “Mom, can we go to the Children’s Museum again, tomorrow?”
The kids loved the big prehistoric water table with all kinds of real heritage secrets hidden within it.
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Title: The Gruffalo
Author: Julia Donaldson, Alex Scheffler
Age group: I’ve read this one to lots of age-groups. My intermediate (grades 4 – 7) students enjoyed The Gruffalo just as much (yes, yes they did) as the primary students that heard The Gruffalo. My kids love the story and the illustrations. In fact, my daughter sometimes will keep it in her place of honour… under her pillow.
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This morning I was feeling a little sorry for myself and in a bit of a 39-weeks-pregnant-messy-house-fighting-a-cold funk. After my daughter went down for her nap, my four-year-old and I pulled out some books to read, together. One of his choices was this:We’ve read it a number of times and had seen that there were instructions, in the back, on how to make your own pig! H is in a stage where he wants to “make” everything that he sees, and “build” all kinds of diggers after reading our digger books from the library and so this fit perfectly. I thought I’d break out of my feeling-sorry-for-myself funk by trying a little crafting with him.Here are the instructions to make your own pig (or whatever it ends up being).
1) Cut a 25 cm length of stocking, or a sleeve from an old knit sweater…whatever you have lying around.2) Sew one end off with loosely stitched embroidery thread so that it Continue reading Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial