Children & Youth

Children & Youth

Balloon Tennis

What You Need

  • Balloons
  • Paper Plates (heavy-duty ones work best)
  • Tongue Depressors (large popsicle sticks)
  • Packing Tape

To make the tennis racquet use 1 paper plate per child. On the back of the paper plate attach 1 -2 tongue depressors (depends on the age of the child) using packing tape to hold in place

Blow up balloons and have fun inside or out.

Outdoor Tic Tac Toe

What you Need

  • Masking or Painters Tape or sidewalk chalk
  • 10 bean bags or mini tinfoil stuffed balls of rice/beans wrapped in cling wrap
  • Marker/crayon

Make a tic tac toe grid by using either tape or sidewalk chalk.  Don’t have bean bags? Try wrapping rice in tin foil, cling wrap and tape. Colour the tape with markers so it shows either an X or an O.

Outside Twister Board

What You Need

  • Spray paint: red, yellow, green and blue
  • Backyard lawn
  • Twister Game Board or the following items
    • 1 piece of red, yellow, green, blue construction paper
    • 1 piece of Bristol board
    • 1 glue stick
    • 2 toonie coins/2 bean bag,
    • Pictures of right and left hands, right and left feet and head.

Spray paint a grid to look like an actual twister board 4 rows with 8 circles in each row is one colour.  If you have an indoor spinning board use that for outside. If not you can create 2 boards by using Bristol board

  • If creating your own board use one piece of Bristol board and glue all 4 pieces of construction paper onto the Bristol board (ie: one in each corner on the second piece of Bristol board glue on or draw pictures of feet, hands and head)

If using a homemade board throw a toonie or a bean bag on each piece of bristol board.

Treasure Hunt

Hide a few prizes in the backyard, and draw a map for the kids to follow to find them. Make it more of a challenge by having them decipher clues along the way. You could also go for a backyard scavenger hunt, where they have to find a whole list of natural items.

Cooking with Kids

Try these fun recipes perfect for kids.

  • Ice Cream in a Bag

  • Edible Playdough Recipes

  • Sesame Street Cooking Challenges with Cookie Monster

  • Food Network Tips and Recipes

Indoor Activities for a Rainy Spring Day

Some printable templates for kid-friendly MadLibs:

STEM Experiment with Milk
Make colorful designs in milk with food coloring and dish soap.

Homemade Silly Putty
An easy STEM activity with only two ingredients!

DIY Bouncy Ball
This fun experiment requires borax and other things you might have at home. Make these bouncy balls and then make bouncy ball challenges (how far can it bounce, making obstacle courses, etc…).

Music & Movement with Katie

Clap your hands, dance around and sing all your favorite songs with Katie from Music & Movement at the SJCC.

PJ Library 

More than just a place to get books, the PJ Library web site has tons of activities to keep kids entertained like recipes, book lists and a podcast.