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Family Advent Calendar : Support Forests Ontario #givingtuesday

It’s the second #givingtuesday on our Family Advent Calendar. And this one is in honour of trees. As you may know, we lost the giant Norway Maple in our front yard this year. The city of Toronto had to remove it because it was growing old and hollowing out! No worries, it will be replaced next spring […]

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Donate to the WWF

It’s a giving day here at the Lunchbox Season. Today, we’ll donate to the WWF.   We wholly support the mission of WWF: To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable. […]

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Grow Lights and Garden Resolutions

Last night, Bea wowed us all at her school’s annual Science and Technology Fair with her project on the way in which the colours of light affect plant growth. Not that we weren’t expected to be wowed. All January, we’ve had a series of coloured compact flourescents in a basment room, clipped onto a bookshelf […]

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Tonic Tuesday: Give to Forests Ontario

Tonic Tuesday Give to Forests Ontario Today, we’ll donate to an organization that supports the health and sustainability of Ontario’s tree canopy. Who doesn’t want to breathe well and breathe easy? It’s difficult to plant trees during winter, so we’ll let Forests Ontario take of that for us. To learn more about this great organization, […]

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Tonic Tuesday: Give a Family an Endless Harvest via Plan Canada

Tonic Tuesday Give a Family an Endless Harvest via Plan Canada Today is one of our giving days. Today, we’ll be purchasing one of Plan Canada’s Gifts of Hope. The gift of an Endless Harvest will support a family in a developing country by giving them the ability to create and maintain their own garden. […]

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Tonic Tuesday, Adopt an Animal from the World Wildlife Fund

Tonic Tuesday Adopt an Animal from the World Wildlife Fund Canada.* Today is the first of our “Tonic Tuesdays” or “Giving Days.” Each Tuesday in Advent, we’ll be making a holiday contribution to our favourite charities or causes. Today, December 2nd, is also Canada’s “Giving Tuesday,” in which people around the country and around the […]

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A Little Evening Gardening: Planting Spring Bulbs

I’ve been looking for opportunities to get outside with the kids in the evenings after school in order to shake off the cares of the day and to cure the sniffles [seems everyone has “the cold”].  Now “getting outside” doesn’t always require play or vigorous exercise. Sometimes, gardening is the best medicine! So, yesterday, thinking that we’d […]

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Spirit Bear Stick Puppets and Finger-Walking Bear Puppets with Free Printable Templates from The LunchboxSeason

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Stick Puppets and Finger-Walking Bear Puppets

We made two kinds of Spirit Bear Puppets today! Here are our results and a few printable templates for you and yours!   Spirit Bear Stick Puppets I’d like to give credit to Dawn over at dragoart.com. Our Spirit Bear Stick Puppets are stylized versions of bears taken from her How to Draw Bears Tutorial: http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/6277/1/1/how-to-draw-bears.htm. Print […]

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MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Part IV: A Berry Picking Party & What Follows

Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Part IV (Conclusion): A Berry Picking Party & What Follows, A Precis: Mr. Mansm’ hosts a berry-picking party on the extensive guardian-forest-grounds of Gyeksa-Yuup (Peaceful Earth) followed by a trip to a Amap’as (Good-Looking) Hill, for a view of the local salmon streams and a festive picnic. Things are clearly strained, […]

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MARCH breACK! 2013: Kermode’s Path Math Game

Today, we’re playing another Kermode-bear-themed math dice game.  The kids will each get a copy of the sheet and play this with a gummy bear as a game piece and their own pair of dice.  When each of them finishes, they’ll get a prize [a few bear stickers].  The instructions: Help the Kermode Bear Fin […]

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