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Pick, Pack & Discover



As the beginning of the new school year approaches with all of its challenges and uncertainties, downtown Duncan businesses have everything on your list to ensure a successful start, no matter what it looks like! Whether your child is returning to in-classroom learning or homeschooling this September, find what you need to support your child’s educational journey at Monk Office (138 Craig St.) and The Red Balloon Toyshop (158 Craig St.)

Did you know that family-owned Monk Office offers a Pick and Pack service? With competitive pricing and responsive customer service, you can be sure that you will be able to tick every item off of your supply list with safety and convenience assured. Just email or drop off your school supply list(s) and staff will pick the items and pack them for you, then contact you to arrange pick up. Monk Office also stocks COVID-19 essentials such as hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes as well as reusable and disposable masks.

Team members Duncan and Margaret have worked for Monk Office in downtown Duncan for many years and bring their depth of experience to making the September transition as smooth as possible. They have spent many back-to-school seasons putting together packages of school supplies for students and assisting teachers in finding just the right items for their classrooms. Email store12@monk.ca or call 250-746-9393 to get the ball rolling on your order!

You are probably familiar with the incredible selection of toys, games, and puzzles carried by The Red Balloon Toyshop, but have you noticed all of the educational items that they also stock? From reusable alphabet practice and arithmetic sheets to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects, owner Ian Fairwell has sourced a wide variety of hands on activities that are designed to be used to teach core academic concepts using creative methods.

Projects covering subjects such as hydraulics, engineering, electronics, solar energy, robotics, and coding are available for children from preschool to late grade school ages. For a little excitement, try a science a kitchen volcano science experiment kit, introduce your children to the open-source coding environment using an Arduino compatible microcontroller Snap Circuit set, test your knowledge with brain-building trivia cards that cover history and geography, or challenge yourself to build an intruder alert robot!


The Red Balloon Toy Shop also carries a number of impressive products from Metchosin-based company Pathfinders Design & Technology which is “dedicated to creating compelling, innovative, wooden science kits that challenge children of all ages to explore the link between science, design, and technology in the world around us” (http://www.pathfindersdesignandtechnology.com/about/). Selections include various types of bridges, medieval trebuchets, and recreations of Leonardo Da Vinci devices.


New this year is an assortment of Crayola products to stimulate your child’s artistic side. From modeling clay to markers and pencil crayons, you will find age-appropriate art supplies for every skill level. In addition to the classics, more complex options include soapstone carving kits, origami paper, and jewelry making sets. Go free form with tempera paints or follow directions and create a paint-by-numbers masterpiece!

- Elissa Smith

Office Manager,

Downtown Duncan BIA

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