Youth and Family Engagement Activities
Looking for some fun family activities to stay busy while you’re practicing safe social distancing and staying at home? Our Community Center staff is here to provide you with weekly programming that you can do at home with your family. At the beginning of each month, we will update this page with new activities for you to enjoy at home with your family, so come back regularly.
- Week of January 24 - 28, 2022 (Download PDF)
How To Make Slime
Materials: Glue, water, borax, food coloring
1. Bowl: Pour 1/4 cup glue, 1/4 cup of water and 4 drops of food coloring into a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon.
2. Cup: Mix 1/2 teaspoon borax into 1/2 cup of water and stir until borax dissolves.
3. Slowly pour the borax solution from the cup into the large mixing bowl with the glue and stir slowly.
4. Continue stirring until a slimy mixture forms.
5. Once the slime has formed, knead the mixture until it becomes less sticky.
Nature Treasure Hunt
Work with children to brainstorm a list of “treasures” found outside (e.g. flowers, a bug, animal tracks, a smooth rock, etc.) Explore the backyard, playground, or park to see what all can be found. Invite children to draw, journal, or take a picture of what they find and compare to other outdoor spaces. To make it a little more challenging, have children identify or look for certain items that have a specific shape, color, or purpose (e.g. used for cooking or in medicine, can be used to build a shelter, food, etc.).
Put anything you want to remember along with your resolutions in a container and then hide it till next year.
- Week of January 17 - 21, 2022 (Download PDF)
Materials: Shallow trays with rims, cardstock or heavy paper cut to fit the bottom of the trays, food coloring in various colors, cups, eyedroppers or small spoons
1. Fill the cups halfway with water.
2. Place a few drops of food coloring into each cup.
3. Use your eyedropper or small spoon to drop the colored water onto your paper. Try to use different amounts of water each time, so that you'll be able to see the different rates of evaporation.
4. See how your artwork changes as it dries, and the water evaporates!
Everyone writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece of paper and then they stick to the forehead of the player on their left (use tape or office Post-It notes). Make sure they don’t see the name. The objective is to work out who you are. Going around the table, each payer takes a turn to ask the party questions about who they are, answers can be YES or NO only. If you get a YES you may continue asking, if you get a NO play moves on to the left. First person to guess their name is declared the winner.
- Week of January 10 - 14, 2022 (Download PDF)
Toilet Paper Bowling
Aim for a strike with toilet paper bowling. Stack toilet paper rolls into a pyramid and use a soup can or a ball for an easy (and quiet) game of bowling! Stack the rolls in different shapes or at different heights to shake up the game.
Materials: Piece of paper (one for each participant), pencil or pen, compass (optional)
1. Go somewhere in your house, your backyard, a park, or another place with lots of different sounds
2. When you’ve found your spot, put a mark in the center of your paper. Your mark can be an “X,” a dot, or even a drawing of yourself. This mark represents you. The blank space around your mark represents your surroundings.
3. If you’d like, use a compass to mark north, east, south, and west on your map.
4. Close your eyes and listen for any sounds.
5. When you hear a sound, notice the direction the sound is coming from. Is the sound moving or is it still?
6. Mark the sound on your paper in the direction you heard it. If the sound came from your right, put a mark on the right side of your paper. Draw or write what sounds you heard to help you remember later.
7. Continue listening and filling your paper with all the sounds you heard.
8. Review your map. If doing this experiment with friends, it’s always fun to share your data.
Gather pretty leaves, branches, or twigs. Lay the items out on a table and grab two pieces of paper and crayons. Lay one leaf on a piece of paper and place the other piece of paper on top. Hold the leaf in place by pressing down on the paper and rub the side of a crayon across the leaf. You’ll start to see the print of the leaf come through almost like magic! Repeat to make a collage with all of the items you’ve collected and use different colors.
- Week of January 3 - 7, 2022 (Download PDF)
Make Your Own Rainbow
Materials: Big bowl full of water in a clear container, small mirror, sheet of white paper, sunlit window
1. Place the bowl in front of the window.
2. Place the mirror part-way into the water facing the light.
3. Hold the piece of paper up to intercept the reflection.
4. A rainbow should appear on the paper in bands of color.
Guess the Resolutions
Make each participant write down resolutions, each on its own slip of paper. Pull one slip of paper out of a basket at a time and read it out loud. Everyone must write down who they think made each resolution. At the end of the readings, the person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize.
Glue an empty paper towel roll to the center of a paper plate. Grab a handful of paper plates and cut out the middle to make a ring. Take turns tossing and see how many you can land! You can also turn it into arts and craft exercise and decorate the rings with crayons, paint, or markers.