#204: Write in the Sand

Write and draw in the wet, packed sand along the shore. If there are waves, can you write your name before the wave washes it away? How much of the alphabet can you write out before the waves get it?

Make this a family activity: See who can write the most of the alphabet before the waves wash it away.

This activity promotes writing skills.


#203: Go hiking

Put on a pair of good shoes and go for a hike! (A hike is a long walk, usually along a trail, up a mountain or somewhere scenic.)

Make this a family activity: Take the whole family, of course!

This activity promotes physical activity and awareness of one's environment.


#202: Build an Inuksuk

Inuksuit (plural for inuksuk) originated in the Canadian Arctic. These rock statues are used to help hunters find their way and look like a short, wide person.

Stack rocks on top of each other to build your own inuksuk. Rocks that have a flat top and bottom are the best. You can make an Inuksuk as big or as small as you like. If you are making a tiny inuksuk, you can glue the rocks together and bring it inside!

Make this a family activity: Make an inuksuk of each family member or have everyone make their own inuksuk.

This activity promotes appreciation for other cultures as well as fine motor skills (it's tricky balancing those rocks!)


#201: Homemade Popsicles

Make a healthy, homemade popsicle treat to cool you off.

If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use used mini-yogurt containers or ice cube trays (that will make mini popsicles--use toothpicks for sticks).

Pour your chosen juice into your container, add a popsicle stick and freeze for a few hours. To make it more interesting, add some fresh fruit.

Make this a family activity: Get the whole family together to make treats.

This activity promotes food creation awareness and promotes healthy treat alternatives.


#200: Leap Frog

Leap frog!

All players kneel and bend over on the ground, tucking themselves into a small ball, making one long line. The person at the back of the line becomes the leap frog. The leap frog places a leg on either side of the crouched frog in front of them and places their hands on the crouched frog’s back. They push off with their hands and leap, landing in front of the crouched frog. They keep leaping over the frogs in front of them until they reach the front of the line. Then they crouch down and the person at the back of the line becomes the leap frog and leaps the line.

Make this a family activity: Everyone is a frog in leap frog!

This activity promotes balance, timing and coordination.


#199: Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is when animals visit people who are not well. The cuddles from a friendly well-behaved pet help them feel better. Some places that might allow pet therapy are senior citizen and rehabilitation homes. Make sure you check to see if it is okay to bring your pet. Also check to see if your pet is suitable for visits.

If you can't take your pet out for pet therapy, maybe they can do something goofy to make you smile. :)

Make this a family activity: Get your parents involved in pet therapy and your siblings too!

This activity promotes wellness and helping others.


#198: Mirror

Once person moves and makes faces while the other person stands in front of them and pretends they are a mirror. The mirror tries to do the exact same things at the same time as the other person.

Make this a family activity: Play with your family instead of a friend.

This activity promotes prediction and observation skills.