#197: Build a Raft

Rafting can be a lot of fun. If you have the supplies and adult help, you can make a raft big enough for you and a friend. Or, make a small one by gluing popsicle sticks together to make a toy raft for the bathtub.

Safety First: Don’t forget to check for water hazards (rocks, rapids, waterfalls), your lifejacket and a paddle! Also make sure an adult knows where you are going.

Make this a family activity: Get your family to work together to build a raft and test it out.

This activity promotes learning about buoyancy as well as math and carpentry skills.


#196: Crochet or Knit

Hey! It's time to knit or crochet!

It is easiest to learn to crochet or knit from someone who already knows how. (They might even let you borrow some of their supplies.)

Make this a family activity: Is there someone in your family who knows how to knit or crochet? Ask them to teach you how.

This activity promotes fine motor skills, math skills as well as pattern/instruction following.


#195: Look at the Stars

Take a look at the stars. If you don’t have a telescope, try binoculars.

Learn more about stars and planets at your local observatory (a place with a large, high-powered telescope—sometimes they have nights where the general public can come and look through their big telescopes), in an astronomy book or online. The best viewing is done away from big cities and towns where streetlights interfere with seeing the stars.

Make this a family activity: Have the whole family go out to look at the stars.

This activity promotes awareness about the universe and creates wonder.


#194: Chase Waves Along the Shore

Chase waves along the shore. See if you can stay dry.

Make it a family activity: Everyone chases waves.

This activity promotes speed, agility and prediction skills.


#193: Pretend You Are a Celebrity / Famous

Pretend you are a celebrity (a famous person). What do they do? What do they talk like? What do they wear? Where do they go?

Make it a family activity: Every celebrity needs celebrity friends, family, photographers, assistants and more!

This activity promotes imagination.


#192: Phoon

Phooning is a strange, strange game.

Basically, you pose like below--it almost looks like you are running. Then take a picture. See all the strange places you can phoon.

Here's a website about it:

Make it a family activity: See how many family photos you can get your family to 'phoon'.

This activity promotes goofiness.


#191: Have a Race

Have a race with your friends.

Race forwards! Race backwards! How about racing sideways? Hopping?

Make it a family activity: Race with your family. Get your siblings together--who can clean their room the fastest?

This activity promotes testing and learning one's limits.