National Day for Truth and Reconciliation This Saturday (September 30) is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. Click here for some resources that can help us all learn about residential schools and their impact. By learning about...
7 At-Home Activities to Cure Boredom
With so much time spent indoors, away from your child’s usual group activities and friends, you’re probably hearing “I’m bored” a lot more often—and truthfully, we could all use an extra dose of fun right now. Next time boredom strikes, try out these activities the whole family can enjoy together!
1. I Spy
I spy with my little eye, something that is red! Practice colours, shapes, and vocabulary by laying out objects and asking your child to find the object you’re describing. Then, switch things up by asking them to describe the object to you.
2. Teddy Bear Picnic
Let’s go on a picnic!
Play dress-up together by dressing up your child’s toys in their very own clothes. Set up a little picnic space for pretend play, or use this as opportunity to enjoy a special snack or meal in a new way.
3. Cup Catch
Play catch using cups, bowls, or a strainer. Throw a ball back and forth but instead of catching it in your hands, try to catch it in the object you’re holding! Use a ribbon to attach a ball to the object (as shown above) and attempt to get the ball into the object without using your other hand.
4. Body Part Dance
A fun way to learn body parts is to isolate them with dance!
Play some music and ask your child which part of their body is going to dance. Help them by modelling what it looks like when only one body part is dancing and the rest of the body is motionless. What will it look like when only your nose is dancing? Your arms, or your eyes? What body part will dance next?
5. Sock Puppet Show
Put on a puppet show together using socks! Use your imagination to decide the voices and appearance of your sock puppet. Is your sock a spotted dog or maybe a purple tiger? See where your imagination takes you!
6. Guess How Many
Can you guess how many are inside?
Fill a clear container with small objects and ask your child to guess how many are inside. Use larger objects, such as toy cars or spoons, to start and then make the game more challenging by using smaller objects, such as marbles. Next you can pour out the objects and count them together!
7. Obstacle Course
Create an obstacle course using all sorts of furniture! Crawling under tables, jumping onto or over pillows, and balancing on a footstool are all ways to burn energy while developing gross motor skills.
For babies and toddlers, set up the obstacles and allow them to explore.
Preschoolers may be ready for a bigger challenge, such as completing the course in a specific order or racing against you!
Upcoming Closures Most of our programs will be closed from Wednesday September 20 (after 4:00pm) - Friday September 22. Some exceptions apply, please check your nearest location for details. You’re Invited to BridgeWay’s Gala! Enjoy a fun night of dinner,...
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BridgeWay staff have read and reflected on some children's books by Indigenous authors and/or illustrators. Below is a list of books and what stood out to each staff member as they read through the story on their own or with children and families. We hope you enjoy...
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