Seize the Day Instructions

Don’t forget to check in on the Play Fishers app after you complete these activities to win prizes! To get started, simply download the free Play Fishers app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and enable push notifications for event updates and exclusive fun.

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seize the day and play at home with fishers parks and recreation painting kindness rocks with assist
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Plastic Egg Maracas

What you need:

  • Plastic spoons
  • Plastic eggs
  • Rice
  • Tape
  • Markers

  • Step 1: Start out by finding and touching cement, wood, metal, tree bark, grass, brick, gravel, and leaves.
  • Step 2: Make a list of what you’ve found and what it felt like. Was it bumpy? Smooth? Sticky?
  • Step 3: What else can you find to touch? Add more  surfaces and descriptions to your list as you discover them!

Make Your Own Bubbles

What you need:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dish soap

  • Step 1: Whisk together the sugar and warm water. Then, slowly whisk in the dish soap.
  • Step 2: Put your bubble solution in a sealed container or separate for each person to have their own.
  • Step 3: FInd an old bubble wand, or make your own with a pipe cleaner. Start blowing bubbles!

Take a Tactile Trek

Take a tactile exploration walk, and try to find and touch things in nature!

  • Step 1: Start out by finding and touching cement, wood, metal, tree bark, grass, brick, gravel, and leaves.
  • Step 2: Make a list of what you’ve found and what it felt like. Was it bumpy? Smooth? Sticky?
  • Step 3: What else can you find to touch? Add more  surfaces and descriptions to your list as you discover them!

Phone Compass Hunt

Kids will love using their parent’s cell phone and learn cardinal directions as they hunt for a hidden toy. 

  • Step 1: Hide a small toy (a toy car, marble, etc.) in the yard.
  • Step 2: Record easy cell phone compass directions (under “utilities’ on your phone) to read to your child. (i.e."From the back door go 5 steps south. Turn, and go 10 steps east.) 
  • Step 3: After some practice, let your child make a treasure hunt for you!

DIY Rain Sticks

April showers are on their way! Make your own rain stick with some simple items found in your recycling bin, pantry and desk drawer.

  • Step 1: Get a cardboard tube from an empty paper towel roll, a small cardboard box, or something similar and decorate it with markers or stickers.
  • Step 2: Close off one end of the tube with paper and tape. Coil up a sheet of aluminum foil and put it in the tube, adding rice, cereal, or a similar food. The foil should slow down the rice, creating the sound effect of rain.
  • Step 3: Seal the open end of tube and your rain stick should be complete! 
  • Step 4: Check in by taking a photo of your masterpiece.

ABC Nature Hunt

  • Step 1: Grab a backpack and empty it.
  • Step 2: Write out letters A-Z on paper.
  • Step 3: See if you can fill your backpack with items from around your house or yard that start with each letter.
  • Bonus Step: Take a walk in your neighborhood to find even more!

Play Spring Bingo!

 Grab a piece of paper and draw out your Bingo card. Fill each space with an outdoor or spring-themed item. Check around your house and in your neighborhood to get your Bingo card filled. Need ideas? See tips here. Show us your cards by tagging us on Facebook or Twitter.

Family Time Capsule: 

Bored at home? Find a plastic container and fill it with photos, notes, and other objects and mementos that define this time for your family. Pick items that show each family member’s personality. Seal the container with duct tape and plastic wrap. Bury it in the yard, but be sure to mark the spot in the yard with a rock, plant, or other marker. Set a time in the future to dig it back up! 

Love a Worm

Spend some time digging for worms, and then dig into some research about these fascinating creatures. Did you know? Worms benefit the soil, and soil is a precious resource. Why do worms appear on the sidewalk after a heavy rain? Find out why by visiting bit.ly/2UGWnBD!

Living Room Camp Out

Step 1: If you have a tent, clear some space, and set it up inside your living room. If you don’t have a tent, let your creativity show by making one out of sheets or blankets.

Step 2: Make your own nighttime stars by hanging holiday lights or drawing some on paper, cutting them out, and hanging or taping them up. Safely keep a candle lit, or make a pretend campfire out of paper and sticks.

Step 3: Gather together with your family, tell stories, sing songs, eat snacks, or watch a movie. Sleep under your stars in your tent, next to your campfire, and enjoy the memories you’re making.

Neighborhood Art Gallery

Challenge your neighbors to create chalk art masterpieces on their driveways and sidewalks. Then, take a walk outside to see everyone’s work as a neighborhood art gallery. Don’t have sidewalk chalk? Make your masterpiece on paper and place it in your yard, near your mailbox, or on your front door for your neighbors to see. Take a photo of your masterpiece to check in!

Rainbow Hunt

National Find a Rainbow Day is April 3!

  • Step 1: Take part in the fun by creating a rainbow at your house using art supplies or found objects.
  • Step 2: Hang your rainbow in the window that is viewable from outside. Snap a photo in the app to check in!
  • Step 3: Take a walk through your neighborhood and count how many rainbows you see.

Make a Human Sun Dial

  • Step 1: Start at any hour of the day when the sun is shining. Go outside and stand facing north. Trace your shadow with chalk or have someone else do it.
  • Step 2: Continue this every hour, on the hour. Mark the time above your head every time you make a tracing. For variety, make silly poses for tracing. Be creative!
  • Step 3: If your traces don’t get erased, go outside and determine what time it is each day by standing in the same spot and seeing which outline you fill.

Celebrate National Puppy Day

Celebrate the day by:

  • Drawing a picture of a dog and taking a photo to check in.
  • Taking a walk and counting how many dogs you see.
  • Taking your dog for a walk around your neighborhood, or check out playfishers.com to find a park within walking distance.
  • Posting a picture of your favorite dog or type of dog

Colander & Pipe Cleaner Activity

Use a colander and pipe cleaners to make a bug, hat, or whatever your kiddos can imagine! For kids ages 3-5, this activity will help develop fine motor skills.

How Old is That Tree?

  • Step 1: Determine the species of the tree you want to measure. Grab a calculator and measuring tape.
  • Step 2: Measure the circumference of the tree at 4.5 feet from the ground. Divide that number by 3.14.
  • Step 3 Multiply that number by the tree’s growth factor. The result will give you the age of the tree in years!
  • Learn more.

Make Your Own Rain Gauge

Want to know how much it has rained? Make your own rain gauge with supplies from around the house. Learn how.