#29: Make a Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you haven't made (or bought) and given out your valentine's already, make your own and mail them or give them away. It's valentine's day! Let's celebrate.

There are hundreds of ways to make your own valentine so see what you have at home and cut and glue and tape and cut some more and draw and colour and ta-da! In no time you'll have a valentine. I bet your parents would love a homemade valentine. In fact, making your own valentine is always more special. :)

This activity promotes creativity and giving.


#28: Read or Trade a Comic, Cartoon or Manga Book

Sit down, relax and read a comic book! If you are tired of the ones you have, trade with a friend (you may have to ask your parents first) or see if your local library has some you can sign out. Or, if you are feeling really creative, you could make your own comic book.

If you want to make your own comic, cartoon or manga, there are books that can show you how. Ask your local librarian.

This activity promotes cooperation, sharing and literacy (reading and writing).


#27: Research Favourites on the Internet

What is your favourite animal? Your favourite movie? Your favourite person in history? Or maybe you are simply curious about how a pet-friendly restaurant works. Research it! Being curious is the best part of being kid. Feed that curiosity with a little researched info on what interests YOU!

The Internet has become an amazing tool for looking up things you are interested in or curious about. With the help from a parent, do some research on some of your favourite things.

Here are a few safe Internet sites to get you started on your research (these links are also helpful if you have a school project you need to research):
How Stuff Works (A very cool site that explains how things work.)

Info Please (It's an encyclopedia, atlas, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus and pile of biographies all rolled into one.)

Fact Monster (Like infoplease, only for younger kids.)

Kids Click (A pile of great links all in one place thanks to many wonderful librarians.)

This activity promotes literary and research skills as well as a passion for one's interests.


#26: Give Someone a Massage

Out of the goodness of your heart, give someone a back massage or if you're really brave, a foot massage. Watch out for stinky feet!

What is a massage? It is a way to rub someone's muscles with your hands. It feels really nice! Gently push and rub someone's back in small circle motions. Ask them if they want you to push harder or softer. It's a great way to help someone relax and do something nice for someone else.

This activity promotes bonding and care for others.


#25: Go Curling

Curling is a lot of fun. See if your local rink has curling times for the general public, or lessons for beginners.

What is curling? You slide rocks (special, fancy ones with handles) down the ice and try and get them to stop in a big circle. People with special brooms can sweep in front of the rock to make it go faster and farther. It's harder than it sounds!

This activity promotes physical activity, coordination and balance.


#24: Howl at the Moon


It's a full moon tonight, perfect for a little moon howling.

Warm up your best howl, it's time!

This activity promotes enjoying the unusual.


#23: Simon Says

You will need four or more players. One player is ‘Simon’ and the other players stand in front of Simon. Simon tells the group to do different actions by saying “Simon says…(and whatever he wants them to do--like stand on one foot, or hop up and down or touch their nose).”

The group then follows Simon’s command. If they don't do what he asks right away, they are placed out of the game. Simon can also give commands without saying ‘Simon says’ to try and trick players. If players do what he asks without the 'Simon says', they are placed out of the game.

Listen carefully! The last player out is Simon in the next game.

This activity promotes listening skills.

#22: Pretend You Can Fly

Hey, what do things look like from up there?

This activity promotes imagination and creative thinking.