Grandfather Playing Soccer In Garden With Granddaughter

First Bell: summer 2020

by Olivia Malley

Bodies in motion

While your kids may be confined to a smaller space than they are used to, that doesn’t mean they still can’t keep up their physical activity. Participaction is a national nonprofit focused on getting Canadians up and active. The organization has rounded up some great resources to keep your family active during these times. For example you can try some sock ball soccer, or pick a game to do while walking around your neighbourhood. participaction.com

Art at home

Help keep your children’s creative side active with these step by step art projects from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Extensive art supplies are not needed because the projects only require what most people have lying around the house. These videos and downloadable lesson plans are easy to follow, and each have an educational touch. So far the projects have been paper structures and drawings inspired by Mi’kmaw quillwork designs. New videos will be coming out each Sunday. artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/studiofromhome

Checking out

The Halifax Public Library has a multitude of online resources to keep kids busy at home. In their blog posts,
kids will find fun activities like how to make stop motion movies and how to build a robotic hand. The library also
has resources for e-books and animated talking picture books. For movies, check out the library’s newest online resource Kanopy. By signing up for a free account with your library card you will be able to access free movies and TV shows for kids. halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/kids

Into the lab

For your little scientists the Discovery Centre’s BitSize Science has 10 fun science projects to do at home. Each activity has step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow and that you and your children can do together. Activities like creating invisible ink and milk fireworks are wide ranging and inventive. They also only need materials from around the house and each activity has an explanation of the science behind the fun. thediscoverycentre.ca/bitesize-science

The Discovery Centre has also launched the new online program, Discovery@Home, delivering weekly hands-on, curriculum-connected workshops for for all grades. The free programming includes interactive video sessions designed to complement school curriculum. Discovery Centre science educators will use software to transition from live demonstrations to screen-sharing, enabling the use of a variety of media and educational applications. thediscoverycentre.ca/discovery-at-home/

Healthy choices

While you may be used to packing your kids lunch or giving them money for the cafeteria, now may be the perfect time to get them to help make their own food. Nourish Nova Scotia has tips for cooking with children and recipes to help families make and enjoy food together. The recipes are also on the healthier side such as root vegetable patties and three grain raspberry muffins. Plus, there are fun activities surrounding food and things found in the kitchen, like egg geodes and soap clouds. nourishns.ca

Curtain call

Halifax’s Neptune Theatre has a 14 day challenge for children. This project will have your children take inspiration from their favourite movies, books, and stories to create their own new tales. As they bring their stories to life with a performance, they’ll learn about the world of theatre from costumes to staging. Once the 14 days are over, kids can email Neptune to get a certificate of completion. neptunetheatre.com/theatre-school/overview/
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The world around us

For more experiments in fields such as biology, environmentalism, and chemistry check out Supernova. Run by Dalhousie University, the activities take between 15 minutes to an hour to complete and there are over 30 to try. Some of the activities include crazy crystals, fun fossils, and lemon volcanoes. Supernova also designed the activities to only need everyday materials. They will be posting new content daily, and there is a section where you can let Supernova know what you would like to see next. supernova.dal.ca

Read more from our Summer 2020 edition of Our Children.

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