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Lighthouses of many colours

Today was the first of my two days of workshops at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.  And what a wonderful day I had, helping young and not so young to create the lighthouse of their dreams. (You too can make the Animaplates lighthouse craft !) I have seen all kinds of colours, striped, squared, dotted, swirled, shaded and more!

I had the help of two super efficient volunteers: Minji and Eugene. Minji arranged the pieces for the top of the lighthouse in an attractive and artistic way that delighted the children.

When the kids come in for the workshop, we give them a t-shirt to protect their clothes from the paint. The first step was to paint the base of the lighthouse. Then they had to choose the colour they wanted for the lantern and for the roof. Finally, the kids could decorate their lighthouse with little flowers, stars, hearts, etc. Some parents couldn’t resist and made their own lighthouse… and I always like seeing that!

Enjoy the pictures of tiny hands that sometimes have a hard time holding a paint brush. A picture is truly worth a thousand words.

Parents and children left us some comments… read and enjoy! Today we had visitors from Montreal, Mascouche, Val d’Or and as far away as Grand-Sault, New Brunswick.

This was an amazing craft! I loved how the prep work was already done! Good choice on paints !!

Thank you so much for letting me do a craft. Exceptional staff and volonteers!

Merci beaucoup! Super belle équipe! Junie, Alycia, Gilberte & Wolf de Montréal

This is great – thanks! Nora and Thomas

Great activity! Thanks!

This was de – “light” – ful! Thanks a lot! Scott and Eva

I liked painting the lighthouse! Miraide

Thank you! Maya

J’ai aimé peinturer! Merci! Melissa, Grand-Sault au Nouveau-Brunswick!


Merci, j’ai adoré! Awa

Merci! Félix de Mascouche

J’ai adoré faire ça! Aimé

Thank you! Merci Mckenna

Fun for me and parents too!

I had lots and lots of fun! Thank you! Tayte

Belle activité, bien préparée et facile pour les enfants très jeunes. Merci! Julie, Claude, Arno et Romy

Thank you! Abby

Thank you for helping us make our lighthouses! We had so much fun! William and Emily

I like making lighthouses! Damian

The  Museum of Science and Technology has a lot of activities relating to lighthouses this weekend. It really is a magnificent museum. Did you know that on the museum grounds there is a lighthouse that you can visit? We’re expecting you!

For instructions on making the lighthouse crafts project, click here.


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