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Nature and other Adventures

The mystery continues…

In my newslettter, I promised to unveil my big project this Tuesday… unfortunately I had a few setbacks and the mystery continues. I hope to reveal the mystery project very soon! I give you another clue today. For the project to be stable, I needed a wooden base and 4 wooden circles.   Since I do not have woordworking equipment, I …

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Another step in my big project

Yesterday I told you that I was working on a big project. Here is a second clue. In addition to the tubes I showed in my previous post, I also needed to make a round object. That’s all I’ll say about it, but you can see for yourself in the picture below. Yes, the weather …

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What is this big project?

If you receive my free newsletter, you already know that I am working on a project that I started during the summer. I even challenged my readers to guess what I was making with the objects that you see on the picture below. I received a wide variety of answers, grouped around certain themes. Very …

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International Puppet Festival in Almonte

The International Puppet Festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.  Every year, this event takes place on the second weekend of August in the town of Almonte, a 50 km drive from Ottawa.  During the two day festival, you can watch ten professional puppet troupes who perform in tented theatres or in the …

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Creative projects at the Museum

From January 2 to 5, 2014, I give workshops at the Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. Each child can make a chess piece. For many children, it was their first introduction to the game of chess. Here are some comments from the first day: I like it! Merci beaucoup! Really neat ideas. Thanks. Brillant! …

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Fall colours and textures

Have you ever visited a farmer’s market in the Fall? I did, and I brought back these pictures. Fall brings us a harvest of fruits and vegetables in all shades of colours, from pale to very bright. What can be more beautiful than a stack of big orange pumpkins? Or a display of squashes in …

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The power of the internet

Who would have guessed a few years ago that through my projects on the internet I would interact with people around the world? Certainly not me! Through these exchanges I even developed many friendships in France! We are all very busy with our own things but through these exchanges we often discover new ideas, new …

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Flugtag 2013 in Canada

On July 27, I attended a very colourful and imaginative event. Flugtag 2013 took place behind the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, across the river from the Parliament Building in Ottawa. Flugtag is a competition where the contestants build a flying machine that a brave team  pushes off a launching pad located 22 foot above the …

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A robot Top 10

Allow me to introduce you to my giant robot, who was greeting visitors at the entrance to the Museum. In fact, it doesn’t have a name yet! Until March 31, 2013 you can name the robot for a chance to win a copy of my first e-book. I really enjoyed making this giant robot and …

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More Robots

Children kept coming to my “Craft Corner: Robot Workshop” at the Canada Science and Technology Museum all week, to build the robot of their imagination. Already more than 560 robots built, and there are two days left… Creativity abounded. See for yourself! Some comments from participants: Great activity for all ages!  Very well organized. Very …

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History of the Christmas Tree

During the winter holiday season, Christmas trees are just about everywhere you look. Many families set up a tree in their homes, they decorate many shops, malls and office buildings, and giant trees are often set up in town squares and parks. Despite their familiarity, Christmas trees have a history which is long and unknown …

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ACELF congress

Animaplates had a very successful presence at the 65th ACELF congress in Montreal and I am very happy that I was able to meet so many teachers and educators in person. Many were thrilled at the prospect of integrating subjects through visual arts. Cross-curricular integration helps students grasp new concepts because they can view them from …

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