We’re wrapping up Water Week with another “Cool” activity!
Super Spray Cup Race will get your creative and competitive juices flowing. Let’s get the fun started!
- Spray Bottle or Water Gun
- Plastic Cup
- Create a small hole in the bottom of the cup.
- Thread string through the cup.
- With tape, secure the opposite ends of the string to something sturdy (i.e. fence, side of wall, tree).
- Using the spray bottle, squirt water into the cup to propel it down the string!
- Use two strings, cups, and stay bottles to have your very own super spray cup races!
STAY COOL, EVERYONE!
This is a great boredom buster game you can play by yourself or with a partner.
- 1 Roll of Painters Tape (Do not use duct tape, it will damage your painted walls.)
- Playing Cards
- 4 Pieces of Recycled Paper
Make a web shape with your blue tape (sticky side facing the side you want to play on) and attach playing cards to it.
Crumble up your pieces of recycled paper and add blue tape on them. Make the tape so the sticky side is out.
You are ready to play! Step back and fire away! The closer you get to the card amount, that’s how many points you get. You can make things easier or harder by standing closer or farther from the web. What if you challenge yourself to a backward throw, a blindfolded throw, etc.? There are so many ways to make this game interesting!
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.
- Permanent markers
- 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.
How many catches in a row did you get?
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!
Here are some of our course ideas…
- Hopping on one foot
- Jumping Jacks
- Swim like a fish
- Hop like a rabbit
- Stand like a flamingo
- Follow the choo choo tracks
- Follow the vine
- Hop the ABC’s
- Roar like a lion
- Stomp like a dinosaur
- Wave hello
- Twist & Shout
- Flap your wings
- Disco Dance
- Do the Macarena
- Tell parents to give you 5 burpees! ;-)
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.
- Comfortable clothes
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.
Hey Mad Hatters! How are your hats & crowns coming along? Here is our second activity for Virtual Wonderland week! Need a body break? Check out this fun game!
How many players?
You can play this with 2 or more.
- Deck of cards
- Piece of paper
- red and black markers
How to Play:
One by one, players draw a card and everyone does the chosen exercise together.
Example- If I draw a 5 of hearts. We all do 5 Jumping Jacks together.
Your family can decide what fitness exercises to include for each of the four card suits, or you can use our example.
Here are some exercise ideas:
- Jumping Jacks
- Toe Touches
- Arm Circles
- Hopping on one foot
- Push Ups
- Sit Ups
And that’s it! Be mindful of using good form, and have fun!
Did you come up with a fun workout? Take a photo and share it with us! #RWCMadHatter
Make sure to look for our craft tomorrow!