April Activity Calendar for Youth at Home

The LINC Youth Centre's April calendar has been adjusted to include great activities for each day of the month for teens at home. Follow along with our Youth Services 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. 30 days in April, could mean 30 entries - 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:

Build an Obstacle Course  Research a New Topic of Interest
Create a Goal or Vision Board  Listen to a New Podcast
Exercise!  Start a New Book
Do an at-home Science Experiment  Make Caramel Popcorn
Learn a New Card or Magic Trick  Build a Kite
Colour a Picture  Have a Movie Series Marathon
Try an Online Escape Room Learn How to Make an Origami Swan
Practice your Juggling Skills  

 

Build an Obstacle Course:

Supplies:

  • pillows
  • cushions
  • pieces of wood
  • blocks
  • balls
  • skipping Ropes
  • anything else you want to add

This can be done inside or outside depending on your space. Take all your items and create obstacles - things you need to pick up, go under, jump over, balance, etc. Be creative!  We’d love to see what you created; please take a picture and share it on The LINC Youth Centre's Facebook page.

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Research a new Topic of Interest:

Look up something new that you haven’t had a chance to learn more about yet.

Check out:

Or take a new course:

  • Coursera is offering FREE courses for high school students check them out here or courses on well-being here.
  • Universities have uploaded 600 free courses here

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Create a Goal or Vision Board:

Supplies:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers
  • stickers
  • pictures
  • magazines
  • any other craft supplies

Make a vision board about places you want to travel, things you want to accomplish, goals you have.  Then put it up in a place you look at often. Make it your own!

Here are some more examples:

 

 

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Listen to a New Podcast:

Find them on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Google Podcasts or whichever platform you use

Some good ones you can search for are:

  • Mindful Meditations - Mindful meditations, mindfulness practices, and conversation for modern conscious living
  • Short Stuff - 15-minutes-or-less episodes about the most interesting things in the world around us
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class – Check out the greatest and strangest stuff you missed in history class
  • The Science of Happiness - Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe

These are just some examples - type in a topic and see what you can find!

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Exercise!

There are many online videos where you can follow workouts.

Check out:

Or take your dog for a walk and make sure to share with us on The LINC's facebook page pictures of your happy pups!

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Start a New Book:

Here are several lists if you aren’t sure where to start: The Ultimate List: 100 Books to Read Before You Die

Check out Amazon for kindle edition books or Kobo for more free e-books

Our local Vancouver Island Regional Library also has some online reading materials

Search for free books & audio books on your phone in your App Store. 

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Do an at-home Science Experiment:

Here are some simple ones that can be done with things you often have at home:

Make sure to use a place where you can be messy!

8 Awesomely Simple Experiments You Can do at Home

63 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

And one of our personal favourites here at The LINC…Magic Mud!

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Make Caramel Popcorn:

Thank you to TwoSistersCrafting for this recipe:

Supplies:

  • 10 cups popcorn
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • salt
  • bowl
  • spatula
  • aluminum foil
  • baking sheet
  • pot

Yields: 10 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Instructions

  1. Make popcorn.
  2. Salt popcorn and set aside.
  3. Melt 1 cup of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add 1 cup of brown sugar and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Stirring continuously, bring the butter and sugar mixture up to a boil on medium heat.
  6. When it reaches a boil allow it to cook for 5 minutes without stirring on medium heat.
  7. Add the 2 tsp. of vanilla at the 4 minute mark and stir to mix.
  8. Continue to boil for one addition minute and then add the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  9. Drizzle the caramel mixture over the popcorn. Use a spoon to gently fold the popcorn with the mixture until the kernels are all covered.
  10. Pour the popcorn out onto a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil
  11. Let the popcorn cool.
  12. Serve.

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Learn a New Card or Magic Trick:

Here are some fun magic trick videos for beginners.  Or use YouTube to learn card tricks to impress your friends and family!

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Build a Kite:

Did you know you can build a kite using 2 sticks, a garbage bag, string and scissors!

Check out this step-by-step guide.

What other ways can you create a kite?

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Colour a Picture

We know there are lots of great pictures that can be coloured online, or printed off to enjoy but we have been enjoying the new FREE creations by Lisa Joan Art.  Which one will you choose? Here are a couple of great examples:

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Have a Movie Series Marathon:

Some ideas include: Lord of the Rings, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Die Hard, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ice Age, and Toy Story.

Many of these are available on Amazon Prime, Netflix or Disney+.

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Try an Online Escape Room:

Let’s see if you can made it through this Harry Potter themed escape room

Or check out more here.

There are also several escape room games in your App Store!

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Learn how to make an Origami Swan:

Supplies:

  • Square paper

Click here for step-by-step videos!

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Practice your Juggling Skills:

Learn to juggle and show off to your friends!

Check out this step-by-step tutorial on YouTube and get practicing!

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