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Saint Patrick: Fake bishop or real saint?

Saint Patrick is one of Ireland’s three patron saints, because he was the one who introduced the Christian religion to that island in the 5th century. Among the miracles he is given credit for is the fact that by the force of his prayers, he would have banished all snakes from Ireland. But should we …

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Organizing Animaplates’ new studio

Last November, the Animaplates team (my husband and I with our two cats) moved into a new home. I promised you, at that time, that I would share pictures of my new studio. After having organized the rest of the house (and celebrated Christmas and New Year), I finally have time to start organizing my …

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What does the Chinese Horoscope say about the Pig?

Happy Year of the Pig! I am the twelfth and last sign of the Chinese Zodiac, because I arrived last when they were deciding on the order. It wasn’t my fault: I was sleeping and I didn’t hear the alarm clock. But if you’re born under my sign, that doesn’t mean you are lazy! You …

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Children’s game review: Castle Logix (ages 3-8)

The game “Castle Logix” by SmartGames is a beautiful wooden 3-D puzzle game that stimulates concentration and spatial intelligence as part of a fun and challenging activity. The game consists of 4 wooden blocks with holes and 3 towers of different heights topped by a blue roof. The goal of the game is to build …

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Mosaiculture 2018

Last year, Beaverly introduced you to Mosaïculture 2017. This exhibition was organized as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary. This year, it’s my turn to present this wonderful exhibition. Mosaïculture is a horticultural art exhibition held in Gatineau, right next to the city of Ottawa. This year’s theme was “A magnificent journey.” Mosaïculture features 45 works …

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Board game review: Little Red Riding Hood (ages 4-7)

The game “Little Red Riding Hood” by SmartGames is a puzzle game and a fun way to help children improve their concentration and problem resolution skills. It is a beautiful game that is built to last a long time. The game consists of a plastic base, 5 tiles each with a path segment with colourful …

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Chinese lanterns in Montreal

For over 20 years, the Chinese Garden within the Montreal Botanical Garden is lit up every fall by all kinds of Chinese lanterns. Each lantern that can be seen at the Botanical Garden was designed and drawn in Montreal. Then, the specifications of the lanterns are sent to Shanghai where they will be manufactured. When …

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Preschool board game review: Day & Night by SmartGames

“Day and Night” by SmartGames is a game that will help young children develop their eye-hand coordination and their spatial reasoning. This game consists of a base with 3 posts and 10 brightly coloured wooden blocks of different shapes. The game comes with an easel booklet containing 24 coloured cards with pictures that must be …

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New and improved website

Almost a year ago, we found out that some of the software used by the Animaplates website was near the end of its life. That’s techno-speak for saying that the software is no longer supported and problems are no longer fixed. So we decided to replace the obsolete pieces of software with new ones, and …

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Gift boxes with all kinds of decorations

I made a lot of gift boxes using the pattern that you can find here, and I had fun decorating them all in different ways. I had to stop when I ran out of boxes… Let’s see what I did with buttons. First, a heart. And then, balloons. Why not? And a flower: Now, let’s …

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Survey Results March 2018

We are busy renovating certain aspects of the Animaplates website. Some of these updates are necessary because of software reaching the end of its life, but we also want to take this opportunity to improve the website and make it even easier to use. That’s why we asked for your opinion in a short survey. …

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