#374: Crazy Hairdos

Give yourself or your friends crazy hairdos! What have you got? Put it in your hair! (Well, not gum, or paint, or things that will ruin your hair or not come out!)

Make this a family activity: Take turns giving each other crazy hairdos.

This activity promotes creativity and grooming skills.


#373: Story Time at a Library or Bookstore

Does your local library or bookstore have story time for children? Call and ask! Sometimes you need to register, sometimes you don't.

Make this a family activity: Take the whole family to the library or bookstore to enjoy the books!

This activity promotes literacy.


#372: Mini Pizzas

Here are some ingredient ideas for making your own pizza at home.

How to make mini pizzas:

Crust: Make your own crust from scratch or use mini-pitas or small tortillas (found in the bread aisle). You can also find pre-made crusts in the bread aisle.

Sauce: Use canned pizza sauce, salsa, alfredo sauce, or olive oil mixed with Parmesan and garlic.

Toppings: Be creative! What have you got? Cheese, olives, peppers, pineapple, olives, mushrooms, cooked chicken, salami, pepperoni, canned tuna, ground beef, pineapple, cooked potato, sausage, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, cooked noodles...

Have an adult pop your pizza in the oven at 350F or toaster oven until the cheese turns light brown around the edges. Enjoy! And watch the cheese--it might be hot!

Make this a family activity: Make supper for your family, or get everyone together to make their own pizzas!

This activity promotes culinary skills.


#371: Wiggle Your Toes in Cold Noodles

You heard me! Get ooey, gooey gross!

Cook some elbow noodles or spaghetti noodles and let them cool. Place your feet in them and wiggle your toes. Doesn't that feel cool?

Make this a family activity: Get everyone to try it.

This activity promotes sensory exploration.


#370: Create an Invisible Friend

Do you have an invisible friend? No? Why not create one.

If you already have an invisible friend, create another one.

Who is your invisible friend? Give them a name, birthday, hobbies, favourite foods, and books they like to read.

When you get bored or lonely, talk and play with your invisible friend. Have tea parties, play cars, even race each other across the living room.

Make this a family activity: See if your parents had invisible friends when they were kids.

This activity promotes imagination as well as coping and resiliency skills.


#369: Paper Stained Glass Window

To make stained glass window using paper, you will need: tissue paper, black construction paper, glue, white pencil crayon, and scissors.

The sheet of construction paper will be the frame for your stained glass.

1) Draw different shaped windows/panes on the frame. Make sure you leave at least 1/4 inch (3 cm) of space between your windows so you will have room to glue your stained glass/tissue paper in behind.

2) Cut out the holes.

3) Cut out tissue paper pieces to fit behind the holes in the construction paper.

4) Gently glue the tissue paper (stained glass) in place.

Hang your stained glass in a window so light will shine through the tissue paper.

Make this a family activity: Create a large stained glass window by working together.

This activity promotes fine motor skills and creativity.


#368: Rainstick

Make your own rainstick (can also be written as rain stick) with these simple instructions:

To make a rainstick, you will need: empty paper towel roll, tin foil, 60 mL (1/4 cup) rice, white glue and stickers for decoration.

1) Take a small square of tin foil and glue it over one end of the paper towel roll. Make sure it is smooth.

2) Take a long piece of tin foil (about one and a half times longer than the paper towel roll—about 45 cm / 1 1/2 feet). Fold this piece in half lengthwise, then scrunch it into a long strand—but not too tight. Place this inside the roll.

3) Pour your rice in the paper towel roll.

4) Take another small square of tin foil and cover the open end of the roll. Glue the end in place.

5) Take another piece of tin foil and cover the outside of the towel roll. Glue it in place and decorate with stickers, ribbons or markers.

When you turn your rain stick over, it should sound like rain as the rice falls from one end of the roll to the other.

Make this a family activity: Everyone makes their own rainstick and make a rain storm!

This activity promotes audio imitation (musical skills) and creativity.