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Jean-François Faucher at Santa’s Workshop

An interview with Jean-François Faucher, author of Panic at Santa’s Workshop, by Holly Ivy the Elf. Jean-François, what gave you the idea to write a Christmas story? Well, ou could say that the idea came to me by itself. One night in December, a few years ago, I was in my chicken coop, putting winter […]

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Be inspired

One of the things I love most about the Animaplates website is the feedback that I receive from you, my readers. Especially when it includes pictures of your work. Creativity can be expressed in many ways, and that as very visible in a big project like my giant nutcracker. I feel very honoured to be […]

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Beaverly

Invite Beaverly into your school

Hi there! I am Beaverly.  You know… the beaver who loves to read! It’s time to go back to school and I’m very excited to start visiting schools and to discover a lot of new things! I would like to find teachers in Canada who are ready to welcome me into their classroom. Are you […]

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MosaiCanada

MosaiCanada 150

Hi everybody! Because it is the Summer holidays, I thought I could come back to Canada and visit my friends in the forest and tell them all about my adventures of the past year. I took the opportunity to visit a special exhibition in Gatineau, right next to Ottawa. This exhibition is called MosaiCanada. I […]

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The Canadian Flag of École Pasteur

In early September of 2016, the 26 kindergarten students of Edvig and Jessica of Pasteur Primary School in Bretagne (France) welcomed Beaverly, a Canadian cousin of their class mascot beaver Nestor! Beaverly was accompanied by Joelle and Frank from Ottawa, who also carried her suitcase full of books. Beaverly was going to share her love […]

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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

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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Nutcracker

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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Poppies

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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