#218: Paint

Paint your own picture, paint in a paint book, or do a paint-by-numbers.

Identical-sided paintings: Paint one side of a piece of paper and while the paint is still wet, fold the paper in half and press down. The paint from the one side is now on both sides of the paper.

Drippy Paintings: Put lots of paint on your paper, then tip it up so the paint drips and runs.

Splatter Paint: Make sure your brush has lots of paint on it, then flick your brush at the paper, making splatters. (Make sure you cover your painting area with plastic—paint can end up everywhere!)

Make this a family activity: get the adults painting too.

This activity promotes creativity, fine motor skills, and colour mixing knowledge.


#217: Jet Ski

Let's go for a ride!

Have an adult take you for a ride on a jet ski. (In Canada, you must be 16 or older to drive one of these.)

Safety First: Wear a life jacket and follow your local water safety rules.

Make this a family activity: Everyone gets a ride!

This activity promotes water safety awareness.


#216: Fly a Kite

Hey, is it windy outside?

Go fly a kite!

Safety First: Make sure you fly your kite a long way away from telephone poles (overhead wires) and big trees. Also, never fly a kite during a thunder storm.

Make this a family activity: Take the whole family to the park to fly a kite.

This activity promotes timing skills.


#215: Cross Your Eyes

Can you cross your eyes?

Hold your finger in front of your face and slowly, bring it in to your nose. As you bring your finger to your nose, keep watching it with your eyes. It will make your eyes cross!

Make this a family activity: See if everyone in your family can cross their eyes.

This activity promotes eye tracking and coordination.


#214: Count Thunder

You'll need a thunder storm for this one. Look out your window and watch for lightning. When you see it flash across the sky, begin counting until you hear the accompanying thunder. (Thunder is the sound caused by lightning.) Count slowly, one-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand, until the thunder comes. Take that number and divide it by 5. That is how many miles away the lightning is from you. Some people don't divide by 5, and since we're just having fun, you don't have to either--unless you want to. Have fun!

Safety First: During a thunder storm, stay out from trees, the water and other areas that attract lightning.

Make this a family activity: Have everyone on the lookout for lightning.

This activity promotes math skills and weather awareness.


#213: Blow the Fluff Off Dandelions

They made a wish and they huffed, and they puffed...and they blew dandelion seeds everywhere!

Make this a family activity: Everyone blows the seeds everywhere!

This activity promotes increasing your lung capacity.


#212: Make a Milkshake

Yum! An excellent way to cool down.

Mix ice cream or frozen yogurt in a blender along with a banana (for that milkshakey thickness) and a little bit of milk or soy milk. Add frozen or fresh fruit.

Ta-da! Time to slurp it up through a straw.

Make this a family activity: make enough for everyone.

This activity promotes food creation awareness.