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!
1 Plastic water, soda, or drink container.
1 Cork (If you don’t have 1 cork you can use a piece of paper made into a ball)
Cut your bottle in 1/2 using the scissors. Ask an adult if you need help on this part.
Using your markers, color a design on your bottle and on your cork.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s fun to make! Fun to use! And fun to watch others enjoy! The possibilities are endless!
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!
Cornstarch (2 Tablespoons)
Dish Soap (1.5 Tablespoons)
Food Coloring (3 Drops any color)
Add 2 Tablespoons corn starch to bowl.
Add 1.5 Tablespoons of dish soap
Add 3 drops of your favorite food coloring.
Mix all ingredients together.
PRO TIP: Add glitter to fancy it up!
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.
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!
Collection of nature items
Empty transparent water bottle – plastic, glass, etc.
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.
Place each nature item into your bottle.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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