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Olympic Games Host Cities

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro mark the first time that the Games are held in South America. After the start of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, most Games took place in Europe. Maybe that was logical, since the tradition of a peaceful sport competition has its origin in ancient Greece, where one of the objectives […]

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Monkey puppets in action

Although monkeys are apparently our ancestors (speaking in evolutionary terms), they often behave in ways that make us laugh. Have some fun making faces with the Animaplates monkey puppet in this video.  Then, make the puppet and invent a silly story yourself! The Year of the Monkey Maybe it’s not surprising that the Chinese Horoscope […]

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Giant Nutcrackers Around The World

Here is a map showing the locations of the people who took up the challenge to build a Giant Nutcracker. Where available, I have added a picture of their nutcracker.  If your nutcracker picture isn’t here yet, please leave a comment below and attach your photo!   It had long be my dream to build a nutcracker […]

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Elf on the Shelf

What’s that elf doing on the shelf?

Ten years ago, an enterprising mother-daughter team (Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell) created a story that explains how Santa Claus knows whether kids have been naughty or nice. This story was based on their own family Christmas tradition according to which each year, Santa sent an elf to their home to watch over the children […]

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Giant Nutcracker Construction Tips

The giant nutcracker is not a project for the faint of heart. If you start it, you need all the help you can get. Fortunately, our members help each other out, and this article is intended to record that information so that everyone can benefit from it. Diameter mismatch Mop head hair Diameter mismatch Construction tubes are […]

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A sea of poppies

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war, British artists created a unique piece of installation art. From July to November 2014, in the moat of the Tower of London, volunteers under the artists’ direction planted 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British or colonial soldier fallen in the War. […]

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How to make a stop-motion animation

Do you remember the spider made with an egg carton? For the introduction to that video, I made the spider run around a pumpkin. Several people asked me how I had created that animation. So I decided to give you a behind-the-scenes look. Here is a video that reveals the techniques I used. You could […]

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Mr. Owl explains the Lunar Eclipse

Beaverly is all upset because she thinks someone has eaten the Moon! She goes to see her friend, Mr. Owl, who explains to her what causes an eclipse of the Moon. During a lunar eclipse, you can’t see the Moon because it is in the shadow of the Earth for a few hours. You surely know that the Earth turns […]

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Beaverly shows us her park

It’s official: our beaver’s name is Beaverly. In this video, she shows us the nature park where she lives. This is where her adventures start… Parc Omega is an animal park located in Quebec, about half way between Ottawa and Montreal (in Canada).

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What turtles can teach us

Turtles are reptiles that  can be distinguished from other reptiles by the fact that they have a carapace. The carapace is made of bony plates that are welded to the skeleton. The carapace is a good protection against predators. Some turtles live in fresh water (aquatic turtles), others live in the seas and the oceans […]

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Name this Beaver!

Hello! I am a beaver and I live in a big forest with other animals. The other animals just call me “Beaver” but I would like to have a nice first name like you humans have. If you want to help me, you can suggest ideas for my name on my blog or on Facebook. […]

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