August Activities for Youth at Home

The LINC Youth Centre's calendar includes great activities for each day of the month for teens at home. Follow along with our LINC staff and do activities each day and post a photo of you completing the task – or jump around between dates and choose the ones that you like best! 

For those doing activities each day:

Each day at 8 am, we will post the activity of the day on The LINC's facebook page and each time you post a picture of you completing one of the tasks, you will be entered into a draw for a Courtenay Recreation/LINC Youth Centre prize pack. Show us what you've got!

Check out The LINC's facebook page:

Additional photos/videos of activity ideas will be available on The LINC's facebook page – check them out each morning!

 

Click on the links in the table below to go to the instructions for each activity:


Check out the LINC SUMMER BINGO HUSTLE from August 1 - 31!

Learn to use a Dotted Journal Do a Wikipedia Walk
Support a Local Business Learn about Local Plants on Vancouver Island
Complete a Sudoku Puzzle Watch a Movie with your Pet
Social Media Detox Day Create a Slip N' Slide
Check Out a New Outdoor Space Paint a Picture
Learn String Games Make an Origami Frog
Visit the Beach & Build a Sand Castle Make a Summer-y Drink and Enjoy it in the Sun
Make Homemade Salsa DIY Sand Art Candles
Glitter Sea Shell Picture Frame Pina Colada Sugar Scrub
Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Recipe

LINC SUMMER BINGO HUSTLE:

Check out this fun summer activity August 1 - 31st. For more info join facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3184015841692222/

Print out a BINGO board [PDF - 557 KB], have fun, take photos, and win prizes!

Take a photo of you completing each square and post it on our Facebook page. When you  complete you board, post a picture of your completed board!

Prizes to be won!
-One line - 1 free drop ins + summer treat
-Two lines - 2 free drop ins & summer treat
-Blackout - Dominoes gift card (2 medium pizzas & cheesy bread!)
-There will also be weekly draws for those participating in the event!

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Learn to use and Dotted Journal:

A dotted notebook is a great way to keep track of plans by drawing calendars that work for you - whether that's daily, weekly, monthly, or all three, it's up to you.

Thanks to the dots, it's easy to draw neat lines and separate the page where you want, so you can create your very own planner!

14 Creative Bullet Journal Ideas shows you more ways to be creative with your dot/bullet journal.

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Do a Wikipedia Walk:

Choose a particular topic and find interesting connections to other areas of personal interest!

  1. Think of a very broad topic you're interested in and type in to the Wikipedia search bar.
  2. Read through that entry.
  3. Click on any other links within the article that are of interest.

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Support a Local Business:

The Comox Valley is full of amazing locally owned and operated businesses.

Check out the Summer Street Market in Downtown Courtenay happening every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

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Learn About Local Plants on Vancouver Island:

It is always fun to be able to point out plants and other growth when you are in the forest. Extra cool if you know any of the plants’ properties!

Here is a link to get you started on your identification journey.

 

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Complete a Sudoko Puzzle:

Sudoku:

  • The objective is to fill a 9x9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3x3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9. A cell is the smallest block in the game. A row, column and region consists of 9 cells and the whole game consists of 81 cells.
  • Check out this link for games varying from easy to challenging!

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Watch a Movie with Your Pet:

Pick a movie, any movie! Your pet will love spending this extra time with you.

Check out new releases on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, or anywhere else you watch movies!

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Social Media Detox Day:

With the world being such an unknown place, let’s take a day to turn off the social media intake and relax.  Treat yourself to a PJs day, order pizza, watch tv, and enjoy a day all to yourself!

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Create a Slip N' Slide:

Who doesn’t like a fun slip n’ slide?!

All you will need is a camping tarp or garbage bags, a bottle of dish soap or shampoo (dollar store is fine), and water from a hose/sprinkler (best if you are able to keep it running)!

Put down your tarp, get it wet with the hose or sprinkler, then add soap to make it slippery!  Click here for more detailed directions.

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Check Out a New Outdoor Space:

The Comox Valley is an amazing place with so much green space to explore. Check out a new place you haven’t been too!

Check out some parks in the City of Courtenay here.

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Paint a Picture:

Check out the City of Courtenay’s virtual recreation website for step-by-step video tutorials!

You can also check out these simple but very neat paint crafts here!

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Learn String Games:

This is a fun way to practice hand dexterity, and it is very simple to learn and impress your friends!

Check this link for some basic structures.

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Make an Origami Frog:

Supplies include a square piece of paper.

This YouTube video shows you step-by-step how to make a jumping frog!

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Visit the Beach & Build a Sand Castle:

Gone are the days where your sandcastle falls apart! Check out this link with extra tips (including tools and tricks) to impress your friends with your sandcastle building abilities!

Some tips include:

  • Making sure that your sand is wet, and packed down firm
  • Use lots of water, but make sure the water is able to drain out of your bucket or your sand will stick to the bottom
  • If you're building at the beach, the best way to obtain an unlimited supply of water is by digging a self-replenishing water hole

 

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Make a Summer-y Drink and Enjoy it in the Sun:

Make delicious and refreshing lemonade!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups lemon juice

Steps:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/32385/best-lemonade-ever/

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Make Homemade Salsa:

Ingredients

  • 2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (1 to 1 1/2 pounds), stems removed
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 serrano chilies or 1 jalapeño chili (stems, ribs, seeds removed), less or more to taste
  • Juice of one lime
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch dried oregano (crumble in your fingers before adding), more to taste
  • Pinch ground cumin, more to taste

Steps:

1.    Prep the ingredients: Roughly chop the tomatoes, chilies, and onions. Be careful while handling the chili peppers. Use a plastic baggie or disposable gloves to handle them, or wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after handling and avoid touching your eyes for several hours.

2.    Make the salsa: Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade. Pulse only a few times, just enough to finely dice the ingredients and not enough to purée. If you don't have a food processor, you can finely dice by hand.

3.    Adjust seasonings: Place in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the chilies make the salsa too hot, add some more chopped tomato. If it's not hot enough, carefully add a few of the seeds from the chilies, or add a little more ground cumin.

4.    Let the salsa sit for an hour (room temperature or chilled) for the flavors to combine.

5.    Serve

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_tomato_salsa/

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DIY Sand Art Candles:

Supplies:

  • White pillar candles
  • Mod Podge
  • Coloured Sand (or uncoloured)
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

1. Cover your work surface to catch excess sand.

2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the bottom section of a candle, about 1/2 inch or more, depending on candle height. It shouldn’t be a straight line. 

3. Pour a small amount of sand along the glued area. Use your fingers to distribute as needed and tap off excess sand onto the paper. 

4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 in layers, changing colors and alternating layer thicknesses, until the sand is about 1/2 way up the candle.

5. Let the glue beneath the sand dry. Then apply a layer of Mod Podge on top to seal the sand. Let dry completely. 

https://www.clubcrafted.com/diy-sand-art-candles/?fbclid=IwAR2J-9UEb67nvddqRU0CpOl7t4IWALCwX8Z6H5XbbbbzgJgmWFH0cEsfa5w

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Glitter Sea Shell Picture Frame:

Supplies:

  • Shells
  • Extra Fine Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wooden Frame

Instructions:

  1. Apply a coat of Mod Podge onto a shell
  2. Sprinkle on a layer of extra fine glitter
  3. Hot Glue the shells to the picture frame
  4. Add another layer of Mod Podge to seal in the glitter, if desired

https://onelittleproject.com/glitter-sea-shell-picture-frame/?fbclid=IwAR2XJ6UCT_-4shFVxymfpAKW4RsYNRh_lqu2_ZPZJxiaB32I6DQZ1rjvdsA

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Piña Colada Sugar Scrub:

Supplies:

  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • ½ cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • Pineapple Fragrance Oil
  • Yellow Food Coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Start by coloring your sugar, if desired. It only takes a TINY bit of food coloring!
  2. Warm up the coconut oil and stir the coconut oil and the pineapple fragrance into the sugar.
  3. If too runny, add more sugar; if too rough, add more coconut oil.

https://www.happinessishomemade.net/pina-colada-sugar-scrub-soap/?fbclid=IwAR2GRSuE0h84H0pXCUfMZlp4LiDu8SC3ZJHTDmUcag7eN_vCHwYaqUZQhwQ

 

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Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe:

Try out this tasty dinner!

Ingredients

  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 c. cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 c. medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 c. crumbled feta
  • ½ c. red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ c. coarsely chopped mint

Steps:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt. 
  • In a large serving bowl, combine watermelon, cucumber, feta, red onion, and mint. Pour over dressing, tossing to combine.
  • Garnish with more mint.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a5739/watermelon-salad-feta-mint-recipe/

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Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 8 slices white Hawaiian sweet bread
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar
  • 4 slices provolone
  • 8 pineapple rings
  • 1 c. teriyaki sauce

Directions:

  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. In a large skillet over medium heat, place half the bread slices butter-side down. Top each slice of bread with 2 slices cheddar, 1 slice provolone, 2 pineapple rings, and 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce. Top with a second slice of bread, butter side up.
  2. Cook until bottom bread slices are golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a53596/hawaiian-grilled-cheese-recipe/