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Space pARTy : Buzz Aldrin Inspired Space Helmet Self-Portraits

Today, I asked the kids to look at some pretty inspiring images. First, we looked at Neil Armstrong’s photographs of Buzz Aldrin on the moon. The kids loved the way the photographer’s reflection showed up in Aldrin’s space helmet, offering a view of what was ahead of him.  Then, we looked at an awesome illustration […]

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Loaded Skillet Cookie Asteroid

SPAAAAAACCCE COOKIES!!!!!  The theme of our March BreACK! 2015 is “Imagined Galaxies.” And we’re sticking to that with one bang-up good treat. The characters in the story I wrote for the kids to read and illustrate this week kick back and relax by making cookies in a skillet on their space-ship. They dump whatever treats they […]

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Space pARTy 101: Imagined Solar Systems

Today, as part of our March breACK! 2015 space party, I asked the kids to create their own imagined solar systems. We had two points of inspiration. First, I had them look through an amazing book, The Universe: A Convergence of Art, Music, and Science, (ed. Jay Belloli) that Blaise picked up a long time […]

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Deep-Space Pizza Planets [Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Recipe]

This week’s March BreACK! festivities are turning into quite the space party! And no party would be complete without a pizza. Today, we’re putting together one of our favourite feast-pizzas, Chicago-Style Deep Dish, with a bit of a twist. We’ve made them into Pizza Planets with “stars” of sliced Mozzarella Cheese and a few extra […]

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Space Fish, Aliens, and UFOs : Mixed Media Collage for Kids

While it was a somber home-coming, the crew of the ‘Ramses 2000’ could not help but rejoice to see the matcha fish swimming about the salt-clouds of Mysinae. They saw some fine fins swooshing left and right, and some others clinging by their suckers onto the windows of the ship, their tentacles bright orange-pink, or […]

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March BreACK! 2015, Imagined Galaxies, A Tentative Schedule

As many of you know, March BreACK! is a really big deal around here. With the exception of our Family Advent Calendar, it’s our busiest time of year. March Break, for us, usually consists of a stay-cation in which we bake, build, draw, read, solve, experiment, and write like nobody’s business. You can check out our […]

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Love Your Local: Maha’s

MAHA’S  Egyptian Brunch and Coffee 226 Greenwood Aven. Instagram: @mahasbrunch Twitter: @mahasbrunch (416) 462-2703 Hours: Mon -Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Last fall, Maha Barsoom, and her children, Monika and Mark Wahba opened an “Eygptian fusion” café along Greenwood Ave. in Toronto, just north of Gerrard Street and just […]

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Love Your Local: Grinder on Main

As part of the run up to March BreACK!, which, for our family, consists of the most amazing staycation imaginable, we thought we’d showcase some of the local places that inspire us. First up… Grinder on Main 126 Main St. Toronto, ON M4E 2V8 (416) 901-0290 Twitter: @grinderonmain Instagram: @grinderonmain Facebook Kickstarter Campaign: Help Build the […]

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Inspired by Cameralinks 2015: Here, Now, Today at Gallery 44

Yesterday, we attended the opening reception for Cameralinks 2015: Here, Now, Today at Gallery 44. The exhibit, which runs from February 27 to March 7, 2015, offers elementary and secondary students in Toronto a chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery without competition. This year’s theme is “Here, Now, Today.” Bea’s art teacher […]

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What the Kids Made: Animal Sketches from Wagner’s Ring Cycle

As some of you may know, I’ve been writing a novel, The Week In Radio, which is set during a week-long performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The project is full-tilt at the moment [i. e. I’ve gotten to the really exciting part – well, one of the really exciting parts – very close to the end]. […]

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Year of the Goat Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printables]

Our famous Graffiti Resolution Sheets are BACK!!! As I said before, we don’t usually make our New Year’s Resolutions until Chinese New Year! Last year’s Year of the Horse Graffiti Resolution sheets were such a hit with the kids that we’ve come up with a copy-cat version for Bea’s special year, The Year of the Goat […]

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Matcha Goats ! Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies for Chinese New Year

Bea’s a “Sheep-slash-Goat.” So, she wanted to have a special treat for the upcoming Chinese New Year. With her tea fancy in full bloom, we picked up some David’s Tea Matcha Matsu Green Tea powder and got to work coming up with a matcha sugar cookie we could cut with our brand new coat cutter. […]

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Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf

Who doesn’t want a beautiful pink loaf of sweet bread on Valentine’s Day? This is my grapefruit and vanilla riff on a most beloved Canadian Living Lemon Loaf Recipe from a few ages back. Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf Ingredients Loaf 1.5 c flour 3 tbs poppy seeds 1 tsp baking powder .25 tsp salt .5 […]

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Homemade Free Printable Digimon Style Valentines

You’re not going to believe this… After having created such awesome looking Sonic Style Valentines together, Toby came home last night, hinting that he’d changed his mind. “Have you printed all of the Sonic Style Valentines out yet?” he asked. “Only the first 9,” I said. “Good thing,” he replied. “Because I’m pretty sure I want Digimon […]

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Free Printable Sonic Valentines

After the success of our Skylanders Valentines and our Toy Heart Photo Valentines, Toby wanted to do another video game valentine for his friends at school.  He’s been playing a lot of retro Sonic games lately, so he wanted to do something Sonic related. We looked for pre-made valentines in shops and couldn’t find anything. And, […]

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Parsnip Pecan Loaf with Lemon Cardamom Glaze

Each Wednesday in February, we’re offering up our best and brightest sweet bread ideas. The kids LOVE testing these out. And this bread has become a fast favourite with Bea. Parsnip Pecan Loaf with Lemon Cardamom Glaze Ingredients 3 c flour 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cardamom .5 tsp ground ginger [optional] scant .25 tsp […]

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