Rockin’ Rainstick. Make it!

This is a cool instrument to round out your home band! Also, a great use for your papertowl and toilet paper tubes!

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cardboard Papertowel Tube
  • Paint & Paintbrush   (You can use markers instead)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Rice

STEP 1:

Paint the paper towel tube and let it dry.

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STEP 2: 

Add 1/4 cup of rice.

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STEP 3:

Cut Circle out of cardboard and tape across ends. Enjoy the soothing sounds of your rockin’ rainstick! You can make them in all different sizes and decorate them however you want!

 

Musical Glasses. Make it!

This is a super easy activity kids can do at home and make music at the same time!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Four glasses (or more- up to you!)
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Spoon

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STEP 1:

Pour water into each of the glasses

STEP 2:

Drop up to 5 drops of food coloring in each cup of water. You can use different colors or all the same color.

STEP 3:

You are ready to play music! Notice how the sounds change depending on how full the glasses are.

BONUS STEP:

And if you really want to step up your musical glass playing game, check out this website for some simple song instructions!

 

Fish Catch! Game on!

This week, we are focusing on playing some new games that you can make yourself, AT HOME! It’s a craft AND a game! Also, this one you can play on your own, challenge a sibling, or even a friend online to see how many catches you can do in a row! All you need is a few simple supplies, patience, and practice to catch that fish!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1 Plastic water, soda, or drink container.
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 1 Cork (If you don’t have 1 cork you can use a piece of paper made into a ball)
  • String

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STEP 1:

Cut your bottle in 1/2 using the scissors. Ask an adult if you need help on this part.

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STEP 2:

Using your markers, color a design on your bottle and on your cork.

Step 3:

Put some of the string inside the water container and have some sticking out. Twist the cap on to keep the string inside. Tape the cork onto the end of the string.

Step 4:

You are ready to play!

Hold the cap area of the bottle and try to “catch the fish.” This will take some patience and practice on your part. You can do it! It can be easier if your string is shorter, and more challenging if your string is longer.

How many catches in a row did you get?

 

Move it! Make a Chalkstacle Course!

Sidewalk chalk has been a major staple in our COVID-19 #KeepBusyRedwoodCity supply arsenal!⁣⁣ We’re sure you have been taking lots of walks while sheltering in place. We know how much fun it has added having messages, jokes, and artwork pop up along the way.
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Here’s a fun way to spice up your sidewalks by creating an interactive “chalkstacle” course where you can surprise your neighbors with a fun activity as they stroll past your home!⁣⁣
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It’s fun to make! Fun to use! And fun to watch others enjoy! The possibilities are endless!⁣⁣

Here are some of our course ideas…

  • Hopscotch
  • Hopping on one foot
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Spin
  • Swim like a fish
  • Hop like a rabbit
  • Stand like a flamingo
  • Skip
  • Follow the choo choo tracks
  • Follow the vine
  • Hop the ABC’s
  • Dance
  • Roar like a lion
  • Stomp like a dinosaur
  • Wave hello
  • Twist & Shout
  • Flap your wings
  • Disco Dance
  • RUN!
  • Do the Macarena
  • Stretch
  • Tell parents to give you 5 burpees! ;-)⁣⁣

Get out and create your own! Don’t forget to Share It! Make sure to tag us or use #RWCSidewalkChalk in your photos/videos. ⁣ ⁣
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#keepbusyredwoodcity

Mix It! Ice Cream- Shake It Up!

Did you ever wish that you could make your own ice cream? Well it’s time to get movin’ and groovin’ as you make a tasty treat of vanilla ice cream!*

*Oh get ready… dance moves included!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1 Cup Milk (Or half-n-half)
  • 2  TBSP Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Cups Ice
  • 1/3 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 Resealable gallon size plastic bags.
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons

STEP 1

Pour milk, sugar, and vanilla into a gallon size resealable plastic storage bag. Push out excess air and seal.

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STEP 2

In the second resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt. Place the milk bag with ingredients, inside the ice bag and salt. These are still two separate bags.

STEP 3

Shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened. You can even do your favorite dance moves!

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STEP 4

Remove from bag and enjoy with your favorite toppings!!

 

 

Make It! Germbusters! Clean Hands Sensory Bag

Scrub scrub scrub those germs away!

The object is for kids is to “clean their hands” by scrubbing the beads away. This sensory bag is also soothing to touch and can be a great stress reliever!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1 Gallon Size, Freezer Grade Zip Bag
  • 2 Cups Clear Hair Gel
  • 20-25 Beads (You can use rice, small pasta, or beans too!)
  • 1 Permanent Marker
  • Masking Tape
  • Old Toothbrush (You can use a paintbrush or small comb too!)

STEP 1

Place your hands in the middle of the bag and outline using a permanent marker.

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STEP 2

Open the bag and fill it with 2 cups of hair gel.

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STEP 3

Add in beads.

STEP 4

Turn the bag over so that the marker side is facing down.

STEP 5

Push all of the beads inside the hands. Hand your little one a toothbrush and have them “clean the hands” by srubbing and pushing the beads outside the hands

Talk about the importance of regular handwashing. There are some great resources for families of young children on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Mix It- 3 Ingredient Silly Putty

Have you already made enough slime for the whole neighborhood? Are your parents obsessed with baking bread and feeding their gooey sourdough starters? Here’s a new stretchy fun item to add to the mix! You can stretch it, sculpt it, bounce it, or rip it! It’s fun to play with and it makes a great fidget too!

You only need 3 ingredients; give it a try!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Cornstarch (2 Tablespoons)
  • Dish Soap (1.5 Tablespoons)
  • Food Coloring (3 Drops any color)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small Bowl

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STEP 1:

Add 2 Tablespoons corn starch to bowl.

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STEP 2:

Add 1.5 Tablespoons of dish soap

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STEP 3:

Add 3 drops of your favorite food coloring.

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STEP 4:

Mix all ingredients together.

PRO TIP: Add glitter to fancy it up!

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STEP 5:

Get Silly! Enjoy playing with your putty.

You can store it in an airtight container or ziploc bag. If it starts to dry out, just add a tablespoon of water and knead it into your putty.

 

 

Nature Exploration Bottles – Move It & Make It

Cap off nature week with a fun bottle full of items from Mother Nature! See what we did there? Cap off…

Here’s a quick way to combine moving your body with making something interesting while enjoying these beautiful spring days!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Collection of nature items
  • Empty transparent water bottle – plastic, glass, etc.
  • Water

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STEP 1:

Take a walk around your neighborhood or just go outside into your yard. Collect some nature items that interest you. Be sure that they can fit inside the mouth of a water bottle.

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STEP 2:

Place each nature item into your bottle.

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STEP 3:

Fill your bottle with water. Cap it off, and enjoy!

Notice over time how things change inside. What happens to each item? What floats? What happens in different temperatures? What changes color first? You can empty and refill them as many times as you like and see how things change!

We’d love to see your Nature Bottles! Email us, tag us on social media, and use the hashtag #keepbusyredwoodcity so we can see your finished products!

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Move It! Garden Yoga

Find a quiet space, preferably outside, and try some easy and relaxing “Garden” Yoga. You don’t need a garden to pretend you are in one. Any peaceful spot will do. It can even be in your room, or in a park! It’s especially important during shelter-in-place that we move and stretch our bodies as well as practice a little bit of mindfulness to calm our thoughts.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Yoga mat or towel
  • Quiet flat space.
  • Comfortable clothes

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Be a Tree 

To do Tree Pose:
 Stand on one leg. Bend the knee of the leg you are not standing on, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh or calf, and balance. Sway like a tree in the breeze. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

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Be a Frog

To do Squat (Garland) Pose:
 Come down to a squat with your knees apart and your arms resting between your knees. Touch your hands to the ground. Jump up like a frog and then return to a squat position.

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Be a Seed 

To do Child’s Pose:
 Sit back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest on the floor in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to be a seed in the garden.

Be a Butterfly 

To do Cobbler’s Pose:
 Gently come up and sit on your bottom with a tall spine. Bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly.

Resting Pose (Savasana)

Finish your garden yoga experience by lying on your back with your arms and legs spread out in a Resting Pose. Close your eyes (if that’s comfortable) and take a few deep breaths. Think about what you love about gardens and maybe imagine a rainbow arching across the sky above you.

Share It: Take a picture of your yoga space and tell us why you chose that special spot! Tag us on Facebook & Instagram @RWCPARKS

#keepbusyredwoodcity

Make It! Fruity Pizza!

Who doesn’t love pizza?! Here’s a fun and colorful twist. This is also a great way to introduce new fruits to your child! The more colors and shapes, the better! (And exclamation marks!!!!)

We hope you enjoy making our simple healthier fruit option. You can even make a silly face!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Watermelon and any kind of fruit.
  • Packaged fruit cups work great too!
  • Sweet additions can be chocolate chips or marshmallows
  • Anything you want, really 😉

STEP 1:

Have your parent help you cut one slice of watermelon. Slice bananas and any other fruit.

STEP 2:

Be creative and decorate your fruity pizza.

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STEP 3

Enjoy your tasty treat!

Have fun, and please send us a photo, or tag us on Instagram or Facebook with your tasty creation!

#keepbusyredwoodcity