#78: Create Your Future House

Materials needed: paper, pictures from an old magazine or catalogue, scissors, glue.

Cut pictures of things like yards and furniture out of a newspaper, magazine or catalogue. Glue them onto a blank sheet of paper to make your future house. If you can’t find what you need, you can draw it in.

This activity promotes creativity and planning.


#77: Play Fetch

Do you have a dog? Do you know a dog you could play with?

Most dogs love to play fetch. Toss a stick, ball or toy for them to chase and catch. Ask them to bring it back to you so you can throw it again. It might take a bit of patience and training at first, but soon you'll both be having a slobbery good time!

This activity promotes animal care and physical activity.


#76: Pick A Hand

With your hands behind your back, place a small item in your right or left hand. Then have your friend try and guess which hand it is in. No cheating!

This activity promotes prediction skills and cause and effect skills.


#75: Play a Practical Joke

Happy April Fools' Day! April Fools' Day is the first day of April and people play jokes/pranks/practical jokes on others. So be careful! Someone might try to trick you!

The most important part of a prank/practical joke is to make sure your joke won’t hurt anyone because then it wouldn’t be funny, just mean.

A good practical joke is short sheeting someone’s bed. To short sheet someone’s bed, take the blanket, pillow and top sheet off their bed. Take the top sheet and tuck the end under the mattress up at the head of the bed (like you would if you were making your bed, but you are tucking the end in at the head end instead of the foot end of the bed. Now pull the sheet down flat over the bed. About half way down fold the loose end of the sheet back up towards the head end of the bed. Place the blanket over the sheet like you were making the bed. Fold the extra end of the sheet over the edge of the blanket like you normally would. The only thing that is different is when someone tries to put their feet down in their made bed, they won’t be able to because their sheet is folded. If you have a fake dog poop or a fake spider, place that in there too!

This activity promotes being a good sport.


#74: Play Cars

Make your cars roads out of paper. Make towns out of blocks or boxes. Have fun!

This activity promotes imaginative play.


#73: Make a Grass Head

Materials needed:
An old knee-high stocking (or the leg cut off an old pair of nylons)
15 mL (1 tablespoon) grass seed
750 mL (3 cups) sawdust or peat moss
Saucer or plate
Markers, white glue, goggly eyes (or buttons)

Place grass seed in the toe of the stocking. Fill the foot of the stocking with sawdust or peat moss. Add just enough to make a nice round ‘head’. Make sure you don’t mix the grass seed into the stocking too much. Tie a knot in the stocking right above the level of sawdust/peat moss. You may have to squeeze the material down to make a tight round ball.

Soak your grass head in a bowl of water until it gets wet (you'll know as it will get heavier). Once it is a bit wet, place the head on a saucer so it doesn’t drip everywhere. Once the head is dried out (about a day) you can give your grass head a face with markers. If you have wiggly eyes you can glue them on. You can also glue yarn or pipe cleaners on the face to make ears, mouth, nose, etc.

HINTS: Keep your grass head on a plate or saucer and in the sun, but don’t let him get too dry. To keep him damp, dip the top of his head (the toe of the stocking where the seeds are) in water every day. In about a week, hair (grass) should start sprouting. (Be patient!) Once it starts growing you can give him funky haircuts! Don’t forget to keep watering him!

This activity promotes creativity (and delayed gratification).


#72: Make Puddle Rivers

It's mud puddle time! Put on your rubber boots and go find some small mud puddles. Connect mud puddles together by dragging the heel of your boot through the mud or use a shovel. Make rivers and connect the 'lakes' (mud puddles).

This activity promotes engineering (math, logic and calculation) skills.