One of our best investments… family pass at the Science Museum. With a family our size you really only need to go twice and it is paid for. I love how they have some exhibits that change. In May we went to the Lego exhibit. The kids are always game for Lego. This one was based on famous buildings. So there is a slew of pictures to enjoy.
I snuck off to explore the mental health exhibit. It was really well done. Check out MakeItOk.org for more information.
In the exhibit were many amazing buildings…
CN Tower (Toronto, Canada)
Empire State Building
There was lots of Legos to use to build your own things there. The kids and Ken really enjoyed that.
There was a zipline project as well. Emanuel worked on that one.
The twins spent some time building with the large Jenga style blocks that are outside the exhibit area. One of their favourite things to do.
All in all it was a lot of fun. I think each time we go everyone has a blast!
We do love our Chinese New Year celebrations. All thanks to some of the family we chose… specifically the den Otters! So even here in Minnesota we do our best to hold onto the new traditions we added to our family while in Alberta. One of these is to spend a month on China, Chinese New Year and Chinese characters. This year we chose to do another poster… and of course with that comes a boatload of resources!
Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Chinese New Year by Alice K. Flanagan
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations Chinese New Year by Ann Heinrichs
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
Children Just Like Me Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley
I Wonder Why Countries Fly Flags by Philip Steele
Kai-Lan’s Great Trip to China by Mickie Matheis
Pandas by Donna K. Grosvenor
Chinese New Year by Lola M. Schaefer
Max Celebrates Chinese New Year by Adria F. Klein
A Gift by Yong Chen
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chen Compestine
Chinese New Year by Fay Robinson
Asian Holidays by Faith Winchester
National Geographic Kids March 2014 issue (special focus on twin baby pandas)
Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto
Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-Lan! by Lauryn Silverhardt
Gotta cover the flag right? You can find out printable HERE thanks to Rainbowkids.com.
If you want to find out some history on the flag check out this link HERE thanks to the site A China Family Adventure.
GMA News Online’s image for 2014 HERE. What a gorgeous looking dragon!
And then there was the video we watched. I do so love watching the dances. This one was done in Hong Kong in 2013. The dancers are AMAZING and well worth a watch. Thanks to HongKongMap on youTube.
Chinese Music/Instruments! We did not cover a ton on the music. More of a surprise addition when I came across a neat picture of what is commonly called a guitar. So I grabbed a couple website, some music and an image to colour.
Top 10 Chinese Instruments on China Whisper HERE. This girl was amazing. Thanks to NoodlesFaced on youTube. This is XiaoMu Ming.
Our second video was of some traditional Chinese music entitled Shepherdess’ Song. Thanks to MadePossible on youTube.
Our original printable that started this train of interest is found on Rainbowkids.com HERE. They have a great list of resources on their site HERE. It is an adoption site with some great printables for kids.