#57: Visit the Zoo

Let's get out of the house and see some animals!

You can visit a big zoo, or a petting zoo or even a privately owned zoo.

This activity promotes learning about and an awareness of the Earth's variety of creatures.


#56: Eat with Chopsticks

Try eating your next meal with chopsticks. If you aren't used to it, it can be tricky. (And fun!)

In countries like China and Japan, people eat with chopsticks instead of forks. Once you learn how to use them, it's easy! It is believed that chopsticks have been around longer than the fork.
Using chopsticks in your left hand (even if you are left-handed) is considered to be rude.

This activity promotes fine motor skills and ethnic awareness.


#55: Can't Touch the Floor

There are different variations for this tricky game, but the rules are the same: your feet can't touch the floor.

You may have to walk on your hands, crawl, roll or slither on your stomach.

Or, maybe NONE of your body can touch the floor. In this case, use pieces of paper or cushions as steps for you to walk on. If you are outside you can use leaves—do not let your feet touch the grass. You can make paths to walk on, make jumps and long steps to make it more challenging.

This activity promotes motor skill development and balance.


#54: Track and Animal

This time of year is great for tracking animals in and around your neighbourhood.

Look in the soft snow or mud, if you've got it, and see if you can find some animal tracks. You will probably see tracks left by dogs, cats or birds. See where they went and what they did. Just make sure you don't run into any real wild animals! If you do, stay away as wild animals can be dangerous.

This activity promotes physical activity and logic skills.


#53: Build a Tower

How tall can you stack your blocks before they fall over? How fancy can you get making your tower?

This activity promotes motor skill development and cause and effect discovery.


#52: Draw Using Your Toes

Looking for a new challenge when you draw? Try holding your pencil between your toes instead of your fingers. See if you can print your name. It's harder than it looks!

You can also try painting.

This activity promotes fine motor skills.


#51: Sew Something

How about a nice outfit for your pet?

You can buy kits at craft stores where everything is already cut out and all you have to do is sew it together using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. (Make sure you ask for help if using a sewing machine.)

This activity promotes fine motor skills, creativity and plan development/instruction following.