Bored!? Cooped-up crafts and activities for young and old

This pandemic, and necessary social isolation, have been hard on all of us. Tempers are running high and families, as the days turn into weeks, are getting pretty cranky with each other. What we need is a good old fashioned list of things to do with ourselves beyond family movies night and FaceTiming other relatives. So here is my little round up of fun things to do with your family. Some of them have a faith angle to them, but all invite us to connect with God through our creativity and our wonder.

Things to do with your hands and feet…

  • Build a bridge out of marshmallows or grapes and toothpicks
  • Use store flyers and tape to make hats, bags and wings
  • Make stamps by carving halved potatoes and using paint
  • Make your own rock candy at home! Click Here
  • Customize some slime, add glitter or food colouring to take it up a notch!
  • Have some yarn and popsicles sticks lying around? Try making a God’s Eye ornament Click Here
  • Make a “cloud in a jar” with a glass jar, food colouring and ice cubes. Click Here
  • Go for a winter nature walk scavenger hunt Click Here
  • Check-out some great free French colouring pages by author/illustrator Elise Gravel! Including ones to help kids process their anxiety around coronavirus Click Here
  • Illustrated Ministry is offering free colouring pages for when you feel anxious that reflect on God’s goodness and compassion Click Here

Online Activities

  • Check out The GO Project’s virtual day camps to connect kids across Canada to talk about faith, their fears and hopes, and do activities together Click Here
  • Scholastic has a whole series of Learn at Home modules to keep your kids learning even when away from the classroom Click Here
  • Check-out #OperationStoryTime on various social media platforms where authors read their books by video Click Here
  • Daily lunch doodles with author and illustrator Mo Willems Click Here

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