Stay Safe and Sew a Face Mask

During stressful times, we often turn to crafts to fulfill our need to do *something* instead of doing nothing (or watching yet another episode of The Big Family Cooking Showdown on Netflix). Since we know that disposable face masks are on back-order everywhere, a washable fabric mask is a good choice for those of us on the #socialdistancing and #selfisolation trains. In fact, Michael Garron...
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Getting Creative with Trash Puppets

Every year (although sadly, perhaps not this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions), we take a small team to New York City to attend the Broadway Teachers Workshop – where professionals working on Broadway instruct teachers from around the world on the fundamentals of their craft. We’ve taken workshops exploring everything from stage design, wigs and props to theatre curriculum...
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Sweet Strawberry Shortcake

When I started cooking with children over 13 years ago, I went looking (and testing, and tasting) for the perfect go-to recipe. I’d just graduated from culinary school and wanted to impress, with anything and everything from homemade soups and stocks to perfectly flaky pasty and classic sauces — all in programs less than an hour long. (What was I thinking?) What I quickly learned was...
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Learning with LEGO

The word LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt which means “play well”. LEGO has universal appeal and never-ending imaginative possibilities. The design of the block is so perfect that it hasn’t changed in sixty years. A LEGO block from 1958 would interlock with today’s LEGO blocks and the simple blocks can build everything from space stations to castles to mesh suits! Each LEGO...
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Good-bye Wonder Camp, Hello Fall!

The summer isn’t quite over but the leaves have started to take on their red and gold hues and Wonder Camp has finished for another year. The last three weeks of camp were chock full of dancing, singing, art, scavenger hunts, water fun, nature hikes and more! Magic week started off the last third of the 2019 camp season. A personal favourite that had all the Instructors introducing the children...
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WC : Earth Week, Back to the Future and Halloween!

We can’t believe that there are only three weeks left of camp! The summer sun has kept us hot and the pool has kept us cool as our campers have learned about ecology, made plans for the future and celebrated all things spooky at Wonder Camp. With Earth Week our campers spent loads of time in all the wonderful green space that Branksome Hall provides. They went on nature walks, learned to...
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