Last updated: May 21, 2020 at 4:35 p.m.

Staying at home doesn’t have to be dull! Learn something new and exercise your mind with these simple activities.

Cardboard Box Car

Materials

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes or coloured pencils
  • Tape or glue
  • Paper (optional)
  • Plastic wrap for windshield (optional)

Instructions

  1. Choose a car you want to build
  2. Draw a plan for your car on the paper
  3. Trace your plan onto cardboard
  4. Cut out your pieces
  5. Assemble your pieces using tape or glue
  6. Decorate your car with
    • paint on the cardboard or
    • colouring pencils on paper and then tape or glue your paper to the cardboard
    • household items or recyclable materials, like a small lid as a steering wheel or a tissue box as a seat
    • plastic wrap for the windshield

Stained Glass

Materials

  • Glass candle holder
  • Tissue paper in many colours
  • Mod Podge glue, both Paper and Sparkle
  • Paintbrush
  • Candles

Instructions

  1. Tear/rip up the tissue paper into small pieces
  2. Using the paintbrush, spread Paper Mod Podge on a small section of the glass candle holder
  3. Stick pieces of tissue paper on the glue. Tissue paper can overlap
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the whole candle holder is covered in tissue paper
  5. Let dry for one hour
  6. Cover the entire candle holder in Sparkle Mod Podge. Make sure to stick down any pieces of tissue paper that might be sticking up
  7. Let dry completely
  8. Stick in a candle and enjoy!

Melted Crayon Craft

Materials

  • a blank canvas, like construction paper
  • crayons, new or old
  • a utility or X-Acto knife (optional, for peeling the crayons)
  • hot glue gun
  • heat tool or a hairdryer with a diffuser or low blower setting

Directions

  1. Protect your work surface by covering it in newspapers
  2. Take the wrappers off all crayons. You can do this by hand or use an X-Acto knife to cut the wrapper lengthwise first.
  3. Lay out the crayons at the top of your canvas in a way that you like
  4. Hot glue each crayon down, each one right next to one another and with the tops flush to the top of the canvas
  5. Prop your canvas up at a gentle angle. Make sure the bottom edge is over your newspaper. You can use a glass of water to prop up your canvas
  6. Turn on your heat tool or hairdryer. If you’re using a hairdryer, you’ll need to put it on a low blower setting
  7. Focus the heat on the crayons. They will quickly turn sweaty, then start dripping down the canvas
  8. Once you are happy with how the crayons have melted down the canvas, let it dry

Marble Painting

Materials

  • Marbles
  • Tempera paint
  • Muffin tin, egg carton, or small bowls to hold the paints
  • Spoons
  • Paper
  • A shallow cardboard box or a baking dish

Directions

  1. Protect your work surface by covering it in newspapers
  2. Put paint in muffin tin/egg carton/small bowls
  3. Put a piece of paper in the cardboard box or baking dish so the paper lies flat
  4. Using a spoon, pick up a marble and put it in one colour of paint. Use the spoon to make sure the marble is coated in paint
  5. Repeat step 4 for a bunch of marbles
  6. Use the spoon to take the marble out of the paint and put it on the paper
  7. Repeat step 6 for the rest of the paint-covered marbles
  8. Roll the marbles around the paper by picking up the box/baking dish and gently tilting it in different directions
  9. Remove the marbles with the spoons and let your creation dry

Little Tissue Monsters

Materials

  • Tissue paper in many colours
  • Construction paper or card stock
  • String, yarn or wire
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun or regular school glue

Directions

  1. Take about 10 pieces of tissue paper and stack them on top of one another
  2. Fold the stack like an accordion so that each fold is about 1 inch or 3 cm thick
  3. Fold the accordion in half
  4. Wrap the string, yarn or wire around the middle and tie/twist to secure
  5. Cut the loose end of the folded accordion into points (not the folded side)
  6. Gently separate each sheet of tissue paper and fluff out
  7. Decorate the face. You can cut out eyes and glue them on, or make hair out of yarn

Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft

Materials

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Small googly eyes
  • Coloured buttons
  • Card stock or construction in any colour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Small pom-poms
  • Black sharpie

Directions

  1. Paint the paper roll a colour of your choice and let it dry. You might need to paint a few coats depending on the colour you chose.
  2. Glue googly eyes on the outside of the toilet paper roll, near the top
  3. Draw a mouth using the sharpie

To make the wings:

  1. Fold a piece of construction paper or card stock in half
  2. Draw wings from the folded edge outward using the black sharpie. You can use a template you found on the internet you’d like
  3. Cut out the wings with the scissors
  4. Decorate the wings using markers, crayons, craft gems, glitter or pom poms
  5. Glue the wings onto the toilet paper roll

To make the  antennae:

  1. Bend the pipe cleaner into a V shape
  2. Curl the tips of the V down
  3. Glue two small pom-poms to the tips of the V
  4. Glue the antennae to the inside top of the toilet paper roll

Yarn-wrapped Initials

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Yarn, or strips of newspaper/magazine
  • Tape
  • School glue or glue gun (optional)

Directions

  1. Draw your letter(s) on a piece of cardboard
  2. Cut the letter(s) out with scissors
  3. Cut a long piece of yarn
  4. Tape the starting piece of yarn to the back of the cardboard. You can also trap the starting piece of yarn under more yarn as you wrap
  5. Wrap the yarn around the letter
  6. Add a new colour or more yarn by taping the end of the first piece of yarn to the back of the letter and repeating step 4 and 5

Tips:

For letters that have sharp angles, like T, L or P, keep the yarn running in the same direction. This makes it easier to wrap.

You can also use a bit of glue to secure the yarn along the edges of the letter.

Crafts that you can make using things already around the house.

Cereal Box Monsters

Materials

  • Two empty cereal boxes
  • Four of one colour of construction paper and four of another colour of construction paper
  • Scraps of black, white, yellow, orange, blue and red construction paper
  • Tape
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Something for weight, like dried beans, dried pasta, rocks, pennies

Instructions

  1. Put the weight inside the cereal box. This will keep your cereal box monsters from falling over.
  2. Tape the boxes closed
  3. Cover one of the boxes completely with construction paper
  4. Cover the other box with another colour of construction paper. Using tape is the easiest way to cover the boxes.
  5. Cut shapes from construction paper scraps and glue them to the boxes
  6. Create eyes by
    1. Using something round to draw a circle on white paper. A mug works well
    2. Using something round to draw a smaller circle on coloured paper. A cup works well
    3. Using something round to draw an even smaller circle on black paper. A small can works well
    4. Glue the black circle on top of the coloured circle, and then glue the coloured circle on the white circle
    5. Glue the finished eye on the cereal box
  7. Make the mouth by cutting a shape from black paper. Add teeth by cutting out triangles or other shapes from white paper and gluing them on.
  8. You can also use construction paper to add hair, eyebrows and more.

Lego Head Mason Jars

Materials

  • Mason Jars
  • Glossy Yellow Spray Paint
  • Permanent Markers

Instructions

  1. In an open area, or outdoors, evenly spray the fully assembled jars from a 6-8 inch distance by using consistent pressure and strokes
  2. Wait for the paint to dry.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you’ve reached the  desired colour
  4. With markers, carefully draw on a face. Recommended colours to use are black, white, and red.

Cardboard Marble Maze

Materials

  • Shallow cardboard box
  • Paint (optional)
  • Straws
  • Wooden bits (wooden beads), mini blocks or spools
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Small marble or wooden bead

Instructions

  1. Paint your box (optional)
  2. Draw out a maze in pencil
  3. Cut straws and hot glue them onto the pencilled maze as the walls
  4. Use wooden bits, beads, or mini spools to act as stoppers
  5. To play, use a wooden bead or marble and move it around your maze

Rainbow Wind Chimes

Materials

  • Sticks
  • Sanding block or sandpaper
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Varnish
  • Small screw eyes
  • Yarn or fishing line

Instructions

  1. Cut sticks into lengths of 8 to 10 inches/20 to 25 centimetres
  2. Peel the bark off
  3. Using the sanding block remove any remaining bits of bark
  4. Paint each stick with two coats of acrylic paint
  5. Varnish each stick
  6. Once the varnish is dry, screw in tiny screw-eye into the end of the stick
  7. Attach yarn or fishing wire to screw for desired hanging length
  8. Hang your stick

Homemade Squishes

Materials

  • Inexpensive memory foam pillow
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Puffy Paint

Instructions

  1. Draw a pattern onto a piece of memory foam
  2. Cut the foam into the shape you have designed
  3. Use puffy paint to paint the foam in the colours you want
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely. This can take up to 24 hours
  5. Have fun squishing

Galaxy Slime

Materials

  • 3 to 4 bottles of clear washable school glue
  • Water
  • Liquid starch
  • Food colouring
  • Glitter/iridescent confetti
  • Separate plastic cups and craft sticks per colour used

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add 0.5 cups/120 ml water to 0.5 cups/120 ml of glue. Mix well.
  2. Add your food colouring and glitter/confetti. Mix well.
  3. Add 0.25 cup/60 ml of liquid starch. Keep stirring until you have a gooey blob of slime. The liquid should be gone.
  4. Use your hands to knead the slime. It will appear stringy at first but will become smooth after working it with your hands.

Build and Stack Robots

Materials

  • Cardboard tubes, like paper towel, toilet paper)
  • Paint and permanent markers
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Instructions

  1. Paint cardboard tubes and wait for them to dry
  2. Cut the tubes into different-sized sections
  3. Use the sections to design your robot
  4. Create hair and arms by using the hole punch to make holes on each side of a tube and sliding the pipe cleaner through the holes
  5. Design the face of your robot using markers adding eyes, mouth etc. if you wish you can also draw on the body of your robot

Whirlygig

Materials

  • Long string
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen skewer
  • Markers, pencil crayons

Instructions

  1. Cut a medium to large circle out of your cardboard
  2. Decorate both sides of your circle how you wish
  3. Poke two holes into the cardboard using the kitchen skewer
  4. Thread the string through one hole and then through the other hole, so there are equal amounts of string on each side of the cardboard
  5. Tie a knot in the string
  6. Hold the Whirlygig by the strings – and have fun!

Paper Plate Flying Saucer

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Stapler and staples
  • White construction paper
  • Highlighters
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Glow stick

Instructions

  1. Cut out one half-circle from the construction paper. This will be the window on the top of the spaceship.
  2. Draw a little alien in the half-circle, and add googly eyes.
  3. Cut out two isosceles triangles (triangles with two equal sides) from the construction paper. This will be the ship landing gear
  4. Gently fold the paper plate in half with the bottom side out
  5. Cut a slit in the middle of the fold about the same size as the straight part of your half-circle. Flatten the plate again and slide the half-circle into the slit.
  6. Flip the plate over so that you are looking at the top of the plate. The half-circle’s rounded part should be on the other side. Fold over a small piece of the straight edge of the half-circle and glue it down so it stays in place
  7. Fold the paper plate again, with the bottom side out
  8. Glue the triangles point side down on the rounded edge of the plate to make the landing gear
  9. Decorate the plate with highlighters. The more intense the highlighter the better it will glow
  10. Activate the glow stick and stick it inside the folded plate. Staple the plate closed. Leave enough space between the staples so you can replace the glow stick.

Cardboard Rocket Ship

Materials

  • White cardboard tube or a paper towel roll painted white
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brushes
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Tissue Paper
  • Tape, glue and/or scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut your tube to make a short rocket, or keep it long
  2. Cut out paper stars
  3. Cut out a cone from your cardstock for the top of the rocket.
  4. In a disposable bowl, add Mod Podge and glitter and apply all over the tube.
  5. Stick the paper stars to the wet Mod Podge and then Mod Podge over top.
  6. Allow tubes to dry
  7. Use glue to stick the cones from step 3 to the top of the tubes
  8. Stick tissue paper inside the other end of the tube. This is the fire.

Tornado in a Jar

Materials

  • 3 cups/710 ml of water
  • Mason Jar with lid
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml of dish soap
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml of Vinegar
  • Glitter or small objects (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill the jar with water leaving an inch of space. Add glitter, if using
  2. Pour in dish soap and vinegar. Cover with the lid
  3. Holding one hand on the bottom and the other on the top of the jar, swirl the jar for about five seconds.
  4. Set it down on the table to watch the tornado.

Make a Cloud

This craft requires adult supervision.

Materials

  • Glass Jar with lid
  • 1 cup/340 ml of hot boiling water (adult use only)
  • Blue food colouring
  • Aerosol hairspray (adult use only)
  • 3 to 5 cubes of Ice

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup/340 ml of hot boiling water into a jar
  2. Add the food colouring
  3. Spray hairspray into the jar and quickly put on the lid
  4. Place 3-5 pieces of ice on top of the lid of the jar
  5. Watch the top of the jar carefully you will see a cloud begin to form
  6. After observing the cloud in the jar, remove the lid and watch the cloud move out of the jar

Dinosaur Tracks

This craft may require adult supervision.

Materials

  • 1 cup/340 ml damp, used coffee grounds
  • 5 cup/170 ml of cold coffee
  • 1 cup/340 ml flour
  • 5 cup/170 ml of salt
  • Wax paper
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin

Instructions

  1. Place the damp coffee grounds, cold coffee, flour, and salt into the large bowl
  2. Stir everything together using the spoon or use your hands to make sure everything is mixed well. The result will look like muddy clay
  3. Roll out a sheet of wax paper and put a handful of the mixture on the paper.
  4. Use your hands or the rolling pin to flatten it into 0.5 inch/1.3 cm thick blobs.
  5. Press your fingers into the blob. What happens?
  6. If you’d like, you can also collect items from outdoors and try squishing them into the clay as well.
  7. Once you’ve made your masterpiece, let the clay dry in a room temperature location over the next few days.

Rock Candy

This craft requires adult supervision.

Materials

  • Sugar
  • Jar
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Clothespin
  • Wooden skewer
  • Food colouring

Instructions

  1. Get an adult to boil 2 cups/475 ml of water in a large pot on the stove
  2. With an adult’s help, stir in four cups/950 ml of sugar
  3. Stir until sugar dissolves. Once dissolved allow the solution to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wet the wooden sticks and roll them around in granulated sugar. You will need one stick per jar. Let dry.
  5. Once the sugar mixture is cool, add the food colouring and stir
  6. Pour the cooled mixture into a glass jar and insert the sugar-covered wooden stick into the centre of the glass. Make sure the stick is not touching any part of the jar by using a clothespin to prop it up
  7. Cover the top of the glass with a paper towel, with a hole in the paper towel for the stick
  8. Loud noises or movement can disturb the crystal process. Every day, the candy crystals will grow larger. They will reach their maximum growth potential by two weeks.
  9. When you have a good amount of rock candy crystals, remove the stick and place it on a sheet of wax paper to dry

Lava Lamp

Materials

  • Empty water bottle
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets

Instructions

  1. Fill the empty water bottle about half full with vegetable oil
  2. Fill the rest with water, leaving a little space at the top
  3. You will notice the water sinks below the vegetable oil. The oil floats on the surface because water is heavier than oil
  4. Now, add the food colouring. The food colouring will only mix with water, not oil. It is recommended not to shake the mixture. Use a chopstick or straw to mix the food colouring
  5. When you are ready for the fun, break the Alka-Seltzer tablet into four pieces. Drop them in one piece at a time
  6. The best part is that your homemade lava lamp will work over and over again.  You can even screw on the little plastic cap and break it out a few days later for fun.  All you need is more Alka-Seltzer.

Healthy Soil Test

Find out the health of the soil in the garden while learning how to experiment. This 30-minute activity is great for ages 3 and up.

Materials

  • Trowels
  • Gloves
  • Spray-bottle with water
  • 1 foot/30.5 cm square frame made from cardboard or plastic
  • Compost

Directions

  1. Choose an area of the garden to test.
  2. Set-up the 1-foot/30.5 cm square in the area you want to test. This will be the sample area.
  3. Dig gently in the sample area to search for worms, and count how many you find. Only worms found in the square should be counted. Remember that earthworms are fragile so please handle them gently and make sure your hands are damp.
  4. How many earthworms did you find? Healthy soil will have at least five worms per square foot. If the soil isn‘t healthy, add a layer of compost to the top of the sample area.
  5. Mark the sample area, and in one week try the experiment again. Did the number of worms change? Did adding compost to the soil attract more worms?

Saucy Cheesy Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 box/375 gr pasta, any shape
  • 5 cups/355ml tomato sauce
  • 2 cups/475ml cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta as directed by the box. Drain.
  2. Put the drained pasta back in the pot and turn the heat to medium-low. Add the tomato sauce and stir to coat all the pasta.
  3. Cook on low for a few minutes so the sauce can cook. Stir constantly so the pasta doesn’t stick.
  4. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serve immediately.

Easy Peasy Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 25 cup/60 ml soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml Grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons/45 ml Minced Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml Honey
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml cooking oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 4 cups/950 ml chopped vegetables, like
    • Carrot sticks
    • Celery sliced
    • Bell pepper sliced
    • Sliced mushrooms
    • Chopped broccoli
  • Green onion for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli flakes to taste

Directions

  1. Add oil, soy sauce, sriracha, ginger, garlic and honey to a large pan and cook and until bubbling.
  2. Add chicken strips and cook until chicken is done.
  3. Add vegetables, salt and chilli flakes, and cook for a few minutes until vegetables are cooked but still crisp.
  4. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve with rice or udon noodles.

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 25 cups/1000 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups/710 ml diced butternut squash
  • 2 cups/475 ml water
  • 2 hot yellow peppers, deseeded and sliced
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 small onions
  • 5 cup/120 ml fresh cilantro leaves
  • 5 cups/355 ml kale, shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml turmeric paste (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the soup base, add stock to a large pot and add peppers, garlic, ginger, onion, and turmeric paste and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the soup base is boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and add squash and water.
  3. Cook until squash is soft and can be mashed with a fork.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Add cilantro and salt to taste
  6. Make the soup smooth by
    1. using an immersion blender to carefully blend the soup in the pot
    2. using a regular blender to blend in smaller batched
  7. Return blended soup to low heat and add kale.
  8. Simmer on low until kale is cooked

Fresh Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocado
  • 5 small red onion, finely diced
  • 5 lime, juiced
  • 25 cup/60 ml cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Mash avocado until smooth
  2. Add lime juice, onion, pepper and cilantro and mix well
  3. Add salt to taste. Add more lime juice if needed.
  4. Serve immediately

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into filets
  • 4 tablespoon/60 ml heaping flour
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Toppings of choice, like mayo, pickles, mustard, hot sauce
  • 5 tablespoons/75 ml oil

Directions

  1. To make the egg wash for chicken, beat eggs, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and set aside.
  2. To make flour mix for coating the chicken, mix flour, salt, black pepper, paprika and garlic powder on a plate and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Coat chicken fillets in the flour mix, then coat with egg wash, and coat again in flour. Immediately place chicken in the pan.
  5. Cook 5-7 minutes on one side and flip. Continue until chicken is fully cooked and the coating is brown and crunchy.
  6. Lightly toast buns, add chicken and toppings as desired

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/240 ml peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 1 cup/240 ml sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml chocolate chips (optional)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix ingredients together. Add chocolate chips and cinnamon if desired.
  3. Drop spoonful of dough on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Let cool.

Shakshuka

Ingredients

  • Raw Vegetables
    • 1 bell pepper, diced, or
    • 2 stalks celery, diced, or
    • 2 carrots, diced, or
    • Any combination of the raw vegetable ingredients
  • Tomatoes
    • 1 can/540 ml/19 fluid ounce diced tomatoes or
    • 5 cup/120 ml passata and 5 small tomatoes diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small onion diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 teaspoon/2.5 ml ground chilli
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml ground paprika
  • Parsley or coriander for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large pan on medium heat, add onion, garlic, and raw vegetables to a drizzle of oil
  2. Add spices and tomatoes
  3. Saute until vegetables are slightly tender
  4. Add salt and chilli flakes
  5. Crack the eggs on top, and turn down the heat to medium-low
  6. Place lid on the pan. Cook on low until eggs are cooked through

Beans and Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 540 ml/19 fl oz can black beans, rinsed
  • 5 cups//355 ml rice
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground cumin to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups/710 ml water
  • 1 cup/240 ml corn (optional)
  • 1 diced bell pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. In a pot on medium heat, add garlic, bay leaf and cumin to a drizzle of oil
  2. Toast until fragrant
  3. Add water and bring to a low boil for 7 minutes
  4. Add beans and corn or diced peppers
  5. Cook until rice is done. Fluff with a fork and serve

Garlic Knots

Ingredients

  • 1 package active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml sugar
  • 75 cup/180 ml warm water
  • 25 cups/540 ml flour
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml salt
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil
  • 25 cup/60 ml butter
  • 25 parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 4 Garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli flakes to taste

Directions

  1. Add yeast, warm water and sugar to a bowl. The yeast should start to foam after a couple of minutes. If it doesn’t, the yeast is too old and you will need new yeast. Let the yeast sit for up to 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix salt and flour and form a well or pit in the centre.
  3. Add olive oil and the yeast mixture in the well.
  4. Roll until a dough forms, either by hand or stand mixer.
  5. Rub dough with olive oil and place in a plastic bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm and sunny area. Let dough sit for at least 90 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  6. After the dough has doubled in size, roll the dough out and cut it into four sections
  7. Roll these sections and slice each one into strips.
  8. Twist the strips into knots and place them on a lined baking tray.
  9. Once all knots are done, brush lightly with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 90 minutes
  10. After 90 minutes, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit/205 degrees Celsius
  11. When the oven is ready, bake the knots for 12 to 15 minutes until golden
  12. While the knots are baking, make the garlic butter mix by melting butter and stirring in parsley, garlic, salt and chilli flakes
  13. After the knots are baked and removed from the oven, brush with garlic butter mix and serve

Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml garam masala
  • 5 tablespoon/22 ml curry powder
  • 8 chicken thighs or 10 chicken drumsticks
  • Raw vegetables
    • 2 small potatoes, cut into chunks or
    • 25 small cabbage, sliced
  • 1-inch ginger, minced (optional)
  • 2 fresh chilli (deseeded for flavour, leave seeds for spiciness) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml turmeric paste (optional)

Directions

  1. In a saucepan on medium heat, add garlic, ginger, onion, cumin, chilli to a drizzle of oil
  2. Sautee until fragrant
  3. Add curry powder, garam masala and turmeric
  4. Toast until fragrant
  5. Add chicken and enough water to partially cover the chicken
  6. Continue to cook on medium heat until chicken is almost cooked through
  7. Add raw vegetables
  8. Continue to cook until chicken and vegetables are fully cooked

Vegetarian Option

  • Leave out the chicken and double the number of vegetables in the recipe
  • Add 1 541 ml/19 fluid ounce can of chickpeas and cook
  • Only add water as needed

Scavenger hunts are a great boredom buster and can be played indoors or outside. They can be a great way to burn off energy while hunting around the house for the items on the list.

Basic Scavenger Hunt 1

Find:

  • a stuffed bear
  • paper airplane
  • a random sock
  • sunglasses
  • book
  • a red crayon
  • a potted plant
  • ruler
  • toothpaste
  • flashlight
  • a cup of coffee
  • a bouncy ball
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • building blocks
  • a fork
  • a blanket

Basic Scavenger Hunt 2

Find something:

  • furry
  • soft
  • bumpy
  • sticky
  • smelly
  • slimy
  • noisy
  • cold
  • hot
  • hard
  • crunchy
  • smooth

Five Senses Scavenger Hunt

Sight

Find something:

  • White
  • Patterned
  • Tiny
  • Long

Or find 5 of the same thing.

Sound

Find something that:

  • snaps
  • makes a soft sound
  • crunches
  • makes a loud sound
  • makes an animal sound

Smell

Find:

  • a flower with a scent
  • something with a smell you like
  • something with a smell you don’t like

Touch

Find something:

  • bumpy
  • wet
  • warm
  • soft
  • smooth

Taste

Find something:

  • humans could eat
  • an animal would eat

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

  • A – ant
  • B – bark
  • C – creek
  • D – dew
  • E – evergreen tree
  • F – flower
  • G – green leaf
  • H – hat
  • I – an insect in a web
  • J – a jug of water
  • K – kindling
  • L – ladybug
  • M – map
  • N – nest
  • O – orange leaf
  • P – pinecone
  • R – rock
  • S – sunglasses
  • T – tree
  • U – unique looking rock
  • V – V shape in a tree
  • W – walking stick
  • X – X marks the spot
  • Z – zig-zag

Awesome Scavenger Hunt

  • Something orange
  • Something used for arts & crafts
  • Something that keeps you warm
  • Something you wear on your hands
  • Something that bounces
  • Something you use to build
  • Something purple
  • Something that squishes
  • Something hard
  • Something that is an animal
  • Something you use to write your name
  • Something sticky
  • Something with numbers on it
  • Something that is a type of puzzle
  • Something with holes in it
  • Something that plays music
  • Something that is the shape of a triangle
  • Something with letters on it
  • Something that makes you happy
  • Something with teeth
  • Something that floats on water
  • Something that lights up
  • Something you can look through
  • Something that flies
  • Something that spins
  • Something you wear on your feet

Outdoor Board Game

Make your own board game or recreate your favourites with chalk on your sidewalk, patio or driveway. Don’t have chalk? Try using masking tape instead.

Ideas

  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Twister
  • Snakes and Ladders. To figure out how many steps a player can take, you can
    • Make your own dice
    • Draw numbers from a hat
  • Checkers, using plastic plates or containers as the game pieces

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Here’s a different way to add art to your sidewalk or driveway.

Materials

  • Containers or Muffin tin
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cornstarch
  • Food Colouring
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 part water to 1 part cornstarch until there are no clumps
  2. Pour the mixture into the containers or muffin tin
  3. Add in a few drops of food colouring to each cup and mix until blended.
  4. Paint!

Source: MakeAndTakes.com

How Big is a Blue Whale?

Find out just how big a blue whale is! This activity will give you a bit of practice with math, science and even some engineering! Try a smaller sea creature if you just don’t have space for a blue whale, like an octopus or a dolphin.

Materials

  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk
  • A picture of your sea creature (or digital image on an at-home device)
  • The length of your sea creature
  • Other information about your sea creature. Does it change colour? Like to jump out of the water? If you’re doing a Blue Whale, check out NatGeoKids’ 10 Blue Whale Facts.

Instructions

  1. Take your chalk and make a mark on the pavement. Make sure you have a lot of room to draw your creature!
  2. Put the start of your tape measure at the mark you made and start measuring out the length of your creature. You might need someone to help hold the tape measure
  3. Once you have the length of your sea creature measured out, make a mark on the pavement with chalk. You can put the tape measure away now
  4. Start drawing! How accurate can you make your sea creature?

Source: KCEdventures.com

Number Maze

Help younger kids learn to count with this fun and simple maze.

Materials

Chalk or tape

Instructions

  1. Draw a grid
  2. Pick any square, and write the number 1 inside
  3. Choose any square that’s next to the number 1 square, and write the number 2 inside
  4. Choose any square that’s next to the number 2 square, and write the number 3 inside
  5. Continue writing in numbers in squares until all the squares are done
  6. Decorate the starting and finishing squares so they stand out
  7. Your maze is ready to go!

Alternative

You can make the squares as simple or as complicated as you like. Try math problems, patterns or the alphabet. Instead of a grid, try a shape like a boat or an animal.

Source: HandsOnAsWeGrow.com

More ideas

  • Draw animal footprints in different colours and make a game of hopping on certain ones
  • Play hopscotch
  • Design an obstacle course
    • Draw a tightrope to balance on
    • Draw a swirl to twirl on
    • Draw a maze to run through
    • Draw a circle to jump over
    • Draw a triangle to jump over
  • Write friendly notes for your neighbours to see while practicing social distancing
  • Make a race track for toy cars and trucks

Styling your Outfit of the Day (#OOTD) in 5 easy steps

  1. Select a neutral base colour. Think black, white, grey, blues, browns. Most of the outfit should be in these colours.
  2. Figure out accessories and choose a bright accent colour.
  3. Add final touches like jewelry or glasses/sunglasses.
  4. For the photo, make sure the background is free from clutter and make sure it’s well-lit. Cloudy days are the best lighting.
  5. Pose to show off your outfit!

Once the balance of the base and accent colours becomes easy, try switching it around. Go for a bright base colour and neutral accents.

Still need Volunteer hours?

Youth Council is a great way to complete your volunteer hours for school or to add to your resume. Youth Councils are being hosted virtually and help youth

  • Find volunteer or employment opportunities
  • Plan and support special events
  • Connect with recreational activities and more.

Contact your nearest Youth Outreach Worker to get involved.

Youth Outreach Worker Location Cell Phone Number
Marlon Greene Antibes Community Centre 416-936-7821
Preppy Gnanavel Grandravine/Northwood Community Centre 647-473-7664
Paul Walwyn Dennis R Timbrell Community Centre 416-936-8265
Hutton Barry Oriole Community Centre 416-906-6401
Kenneth Wilson Falstaff Community Centre 647-212-6775
Ernestine Dunkley Driftwood Community Centre 416-717-9157
Janice Morrison Oakdale Community Centre 416-992-9714
Althea Greene Chalkfarm Community Centre 416-984-7309
Shane Jeremiah Elmbank Community Centre 416-999-4681
Juliana Riffat O’connor Community Centre 416-908-9784
Nigel Levy James S Bell 647-212-7626
Michael Campbell Kingsview Village 416-984-7306
Sabrina Novello-Cheatley North Kipling Community Centre 416-984-0807
Wilton Hall Mount Dennis Community Centre 416-984-7282
Bryan Cando Fairbank Community Centre 647-473-7662
Cas Wilson Heron Park Community Centre 416-936-8573
Zachary Fraser Don Montgomery Community Centre 416-771-4840
Robyn Anderson Centennial Community Centre 416-936-8578
Eileen Alexander L’amoreaux Community Centre 416-906-4967
Jody Gyivicsan Scadding Court Community Centre 416-896-6437
Rafiat Ahmed McGregor Community Centre 416-999-7207
Whitney Watts Warden Hilltop Community Centre 416-688-7802
Chris Banton Scarborough Village Community Centre 416-791-0954
Maranda Williams Jimmie Simpson Community Centre 416-896-5957
Victor Galen John Innis Community Centre 416-771-1449
Geeta Wahab Malvern Community Centre 416-936-8597
Peter Kawano Regent Park Community Centre 416-936-7825
Nastaran Yadollahi Secord Community Centre 416-936-8605
Veronica Simic Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre 416-984-6946
Jansten Labagnao Wellesley Community Centre 416-677-5654