Last updated: July 10, 2020 at 8:41 a.m.
Staying at home doesn’t have to be dull! Learn something new and exercise your mind with these simple activities.
To make the wings:
To make the antennae:
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.
This craft requires adult supervision.
This craft may require adult supervision.
This craft requires adult supervision.
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.
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.
Or find 5 of the same thing.
Find something that:
Learn how to thread a needle and complete a Running Stitch.
Cut a length of thread approximately 60 cm in length. It will be about 30 cm after you thread the needle. You can use any length of thread – long or short – but take your time so the thread doesn’t become tangled.
Push one end of the thread through the eye (hole) of the needle and pull the thread through until both sides are even length.
Use a double knot to hold the thread in place once you start sewing.
Line the two pieces of fabric up so they are on top of each other and the edges are aligned. Make sure whatever you want to show on the outside of your finished product is on the inside right now (we will eventually turn them inside out so the stitches are hidden)
Starting at one end of the fabric, push the needle through the two layers of fabric and pull it all the way through to the other side until the knot catches and anchors the thread (don’t pull too hard or fast). Now push the needle back through the two layers and pull the thread through until there is no loose thread (again, don’t pull to fast or hard). Repeat this until you reach the end of your material or thread. The goal is to keep the stitch straight and even.
Tip: don’t pull the thread too tight, that will create bunching, or leave it too loose because it will fall apart.
To finish off that length of thread, you need to secure the end.
Pass the needle through the last stitch; it’ll create a loop.
Pass the needle through this loop.
Pull firmly to secure.
Repeat this process again but securing it on the knot you just made.
Open up the two pieces of fabric (it should be secured and the stitching hidden).
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.
Here’s a different way to add art to your sidewalk or driveway.
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.
Help younger kids learn to count with this fun and simple maze.
Chalk or tape
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.
Homemade Lip Scrub
Make using things around the house to help keep lips healthy (also great for soothing dry lips).
Use this to create the Room of your dreams, fill it with family, friends and inspiration.
We are living through history in the making, so why not capture some of these important times. You can gather items from family and friends to also add to the time capsule.
Use this to help visualize and map out your goals.
Once the balance of the base and accent colours becomes easy, try switching it around. Go for a bright base colour and neutral accents.
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
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|