#162: Hula Hoop

Do you have a hula hoop? See how many times you can swing the hula hoop around your hips. How many times around your arms? Can you swing it around on your leg?

This lady is keeping 60 hula hoops moving!!

Make this a family activity: See who can hula hoop the most. See if you can toss them to each other and catch and swing them on your arms.

This activity promotes coordination.


#161: Red Light, Green Light

To play Red Light, Green Light, you will need 4 or more players and lots of room.

One player is the ‘light’. They stand away from the group with their back facing the group. When the light says “green light” everyone moves toward the light. When the light says “red light” everyone must freeze. The light quickly turns around after saying "red light". If anyone is still moving, the light calls them by name and sends them back to the starting point.

When a player makes it to where the light is standing without being caught, they are the light for the next game.

Make this a family activity: The whole family can play this game.

This activity promotes the ability to quickly process verbal commands and improves listening skills.


#160: Look for a Rainbow (and pot of gold)

The legend goes that at the end of a rainbow, leprechauns hide their pot of gold.

Rainbows come out after the rain when the sun is shining. Can you find a rainbow? What about a pot of gold?

Make this a family activity: Get everyone together to seek the end of the rainbow. Hurry! It might vanish.

This activity promotes learning about legends and our environment.


#159: Pencil Tricks

Let's do some pencil tricks!

Can you hold a pencil (or pen) between your upper lip and your nose? How about between your lower lip and your chin? What about balancing it on your ear? Nose? Eyebrows? Where can you balance the pencil?

Make this a family activity: See who can balance the pencil in the most places.

This activity promotes learning about balance points.


#158: Make Playdough

To make your own homemade playdough, you will need help from an adult and these ingredients:

500 mL (2 cups) flour
500 mL (2 cups) water
250 mL (1 cup) salt
30 mL (2 tbsp) oil
60 mL (4 tbsp) cream of tartar
Food colouring (if you want to make coloured playdough)

Combine the above ingredients in a pot and ask an adult to cook it on the stove over medium heat. Heat until the dough starts to leave the side of the pot. Cook for a few minutes more. Let it cool. Once cool, knead the playdough until smooth. It is now ready.

Hint: After playing with your playdough, store it in a sealed bag. It will last a long time.

This activity promotes tactile awareness and creativity.


#157: Run Through the Sprinkler

Welcome to summer! Yesterday was the first day of summer, let's enjoy it by running through the sprinkler.
Make this a family activity: Have the whole family run through. Who gets the wettest?

This activity promotes fun!


#156: Go for Ice Cream (Or other Treat)

Happy Father's Day!

Take your dad out for ice cream or some other treat--like pie!


This activity promotes showing one's appreciation.