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  1. Kapla is great. We have the 1000 piece set. We got them wen our boys were age 4 and 5 (or may be 3 and 4). Now, at age 10 and 11, they still get tons of use. The structures get more and more complicated. Lately they've been making complex dungeons filled with traps and treasure (think dungeons and dragons) for their lego and playmobil guys to explore. One of the nicest things about Kapla is the impermanence of the structures. You build them, play with them awhile, and then wreck them. The wrecking is part of the fun. Have a look at Kapla's US site, and at Benjamin Crouzier's videos. There are Kapla knock-offs. We learned the hard way that Keva pine planks (from a Keva Contraptions set) are poor quality - some of ours were warped, and the weren't all exactly the same length. The planks really all need to be identical for the structures to work properly. ( A bit like comparing LEGO to Megblocks.). Other knock-off might be fine, but we've decided to stick to Kapla brand.
  2. Why Evolution is True by Coyne. It's accessible and thorough. Tone is respectful. Also, belief in a literal biblical 6 day creation as a Christian religious requirement is very much an American evangelical protestant phenomenon. The Catholic church, and many mainline protestant churches accept (or at least don't outright reject) evolution. And the rest of the world finds America's perseveration on the issue a little odd.
  3. And they will still be asking 25 years later. And if you work for a hospital, your employer will ask you for money. Mine is constantly fundraising, and sends out letters targeting employees at least annually. Everybody wants money.
  4. For fun: William Shakespeare's Star Wars. The audio version is so very good!
  5. Have the Schofield and Sims one shown above in laminated poster form. I picked it up on Amazon
  6. I should add Set, a game based on recognizing sets of cards with particular combinations of attributes. Kareni's Quarto post reminded me of it.
  7. Felt hobby horse candy cane ornament. I do these with my cub scouts. Simple hand sewing skills, felt and notions for mane and eyes. Very cute, and pretty quick to make.
  8. The True Meaning of Smekday doesn't quite meet your criteria - but it's really good! Biracial female protagonist with a white mother. White author. Sci-fi dystopia that is terribly funny yet also serious. The protagonist's biracialness (is that a word?) is not the focus of the plot.
  9. Many Canadian family doctors use the Grieg Adolescent Record as the periodic health exam/check-up template. The website is inefficient to browse, but chock full of information and based on evidence as much as possible. There is good evidence to support many of the counselling/talk-based bits, and not much good evidence for any of the physical exam maneuvres - recommendations for physical exam are mostly based on consensus opinion. Different doctors are going to have different ideas about what's important based on their own clinical experience. Genital exam for sexual development staging and screening for hernias isn't inappropriate, but it''s also not really supported by evidence. And neither is any physical exam maneuver at this age, really (for screening/check-up purposes in asymptomatic patients without risk factors.) Read the Technical Report: "Physical Examination: Consensus opinion supports the inclusion of height, weight, blood pressure and visual acuity screening as part of the physical examination. Headings for other examinations have been included as reasonable for the purpose of case-finding."
  10. Ah, birth years. Got it. I didn't notice the apostrophes.
  11. Abstract games that my 10yo and11yo gamers like that work well with 2 players: Santorini has a 3d chess-like feel. 2-4 players Indigo is a tile--laying path-making game. 2-4 players Qwirkle laying tiles to make sets. 2+ players Hive is chess-like but without a board. It's one of my favourites. 2 players. Century: Spice Road isn't chesslike, but it is fairly abstract, with moves that would be easy to describe. It's easy to learn but also deep. It plays really well with 2 players. I like the Golem Edition better than the regular edition - better art and better pieces (pretty crystals!)
  12. A snazzy mess kit - the Light My Fire kits are really popular with our cubs and scouts. My cub also loves his deluxe inflatable camp pillow. REI probably carries something similar. ETA - you mentioned your kids were a bit young for knives, but your siggy says the youngest is 12? Our group's scouts are eligible for knife permits starting at age 11 (I'm in Canada). Both my 10 yo and 11 yo have Leatherman LEAP multitools, and love, love, love them. The blade is packed separately and is installed on the tool by the parent (it's easy). So if your kids aren't ready for blades yet, they can still have a really high quality multitool, with the option of adding a blade when ready. ETA again: I see now that your siggy indicates year of birth, not age. The Leap still might be appropriate for you 7yo without the blade installed.
  13. It was -22C here last night. Our usual low for this time of year is -3. Seriously cold!
  14. Paddle to the Sea. The movie is available free on the National Film Board of Canada website. ETA: And while you're at the NFB site, soak up some Canadiana: watch the Log Driver's Waltz, The Sweater, and some Ti Jean (there are several).
  15. This book is really very good. It's a comprehensive list of spelling rules with examples, exceptions, and explanations. How old is the child in question? I've been using the Words Their Way Word Sorts books. They work very well for my questioner. Each level is a book of lists with detailed explanations of the rules. It includes cut and paste sorting activities that worked well for my writing resistant kid. I have personally learned a lot from the program (I now know what an absorbed prefix is, and also why "vomited" has one "t" but "omitted" gets two, for example). I supplement with The ABC's book Lori D mentioned above, an etymology dictionary, and lots of talk about word roots. We do our spelling work almost entirely orally, spelling bee style, from WTW lists that I put into ANKI.
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