Learn some fun activity ideas that you can do at home with your family!
The City of Hamilton Recreation Division will share activities for you to try at home with your family.
Kids of all ages
While we are all doing our part to stay home and practise physical distancing, the Recreation Division wants to remind families of the role that active and creative play have in helping to keep us all healthy.
By posting a variety of activities that you can try at home. We encourage you to check in regularly to see what activities/challenges are posted. New activities/challenges will continue to be added to this page on a regular basis. So, keep checking back for additional programming ideas and opportunities.
Post pictures online to show everyone what you have accomplished!
Like all of us, children do well when the general flow of their day is somewhat predictable. A rigid schedule isn’t necessary or recommended but establishing a usual order of events can be helpful for everyone. Plan your day in chunks rather than hours and minutes.
You may choose to offer a different variety of play experiences in the afternoon than morning. If there is a baby or toddler in the family that sleeps better in the morning or afternoon, offer arts, crafts, Lego and other types of play with small parts during that part of the day, and experiences such as dress-up, pretend play, music, dance, exercise, when the younger child is awake and taking part.
For young children, visuals such as photographs can help them to know what to expect and what is coming next. Some suggestions for visuals are photographs of the child and family engaging in activities or images found online or cut from flyers, magazines or the visuals could be arranged on a timeline. Remember that flexibility is important! Having visuals will help your young children to adjust if the usual routine is not possible.
- Getting started - Time devoted to breakfast, getting dressed and other usual morning routines.
- Indoor time for play
- Outdoor activity
- Calming, reading and resting time
- Time for play
For school age children, you may want to consider adding in a school/ learning time during your daily schedule. Remember it is important to set a schedule that works for your days so please adjust the schedule as needed.
Watch a video to get started!
Video National Health & Fitness Day
Video Playing Cards
Video Spell Your Name Exercise
Video Active Simon Says
These physical activities will get you moving! It’s important to stay active and keep your body healthy!
These activities will help you to make things using your own ideas, creativity is important!
These activities will help you to think positively and celebrate things that make you happy!
These experiences invite children to engage and explore the world with their body, mind and senses. Have fun together!
Stay Cool without a Pool
These activities encourage Water Play and Safety without the use of a pool. Stay cool when the heat hits and have fun together.
Weekly Schedule of Activities
Follow along with our weekly schedule or download and create your own calendar of activities (PDF, 353 KB).
Week One Activities
Week Two Activities
Week Three Activities
Week Four Activities
Week Five Activities
Week Six Activities
Week Seven Activities
Week Eight Activities
Week Nine Activities
Week Ten Activities
Week Eleven Activities
Week Twelve Activities
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