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Cute kid planting a tree for help to prevent global warming or climate change and save the earth. Picture for concept of Earth Day to encourage people about the environmental protection.

Family fun

As we look forward to participating in programs in person again, the City of Mississauga Recreation team has provided a variety of creative and easy virtual activities for you and your family to try at home. We hope these virtual activities inspire and encourage you to have fun, keep active, and stay safe.

Tree planting growing on soil in child's hand for environmental protection. Celebrating earth day

From April 12-24, Mississauga will join cities across the world to recognize and celebrate Earth Days. This is the largest global environmental event and an opportunity to help make our city more sustainable and climate change resilient.

The City of Mississauga invites you and your family to participate in a variety of environmental events and activities happening this month.

Join us as Mississauga celebrates Earth Days 2021

Learn more about Canada’s Earth Day

Independent activity: Laundry basket fishing

Rubber duck and friends against white background

Art project: Bubble painting

Bubbles in a cup being blown by a straw

Craft: Happy Bunny Stamp

Craft activity using paper roll cut into a bunny shape and used as a stamp on pink paper

Challenge: The Big Egg Rescue

Easter bunny jumps up with a painted egg.

Craft: Fork stamped flowers

Painting craft with fork and paint. Spring flowers

Activity page: Connect the bird to its nest

Craft: Egg carton flowers

open cans of paint, yellow, green, blue, red, white colours

Colouring activity: Bunny painting eggs

Rabbit painting Easter eggs

Word search activities: Easter word search and Spring word search

Word search, puzzle. Close up of letters on canvas. Concept about finding, searching, looking for.

Art project: Easter egg salt art

Colourful Easter egg

Connect the dots activity: Bee with a honey pot

Bee with a honey pot

Art project: Decorating eggs

little girl dipping eggs into dye

Colouring activity: Springtime

colouring page with baby chick and Easter eggs

Craft: Personalised door hanger

Personalised ballet tutu door hanger

Connect the dots activity page: A decorative tree

Connect the dots Easter egg tree

Art project: Watercolour cards

Do it yourself watercolour cards

Activity page: Help the bees find a flower

Bees and flower maze activity page

Craft project: Ballet hair scrunchie

Do it yourself ballet hair scrunchie

 

Games are a favourite activity to enjoy any time of day! Some games are tried and true while others may be brand new! The fun never ends when we play together.

Stack the cups!

Light blue plastic drink cups stacked on top of each other separated by a cardboard square

Dots And Squares Paper Game

Print the dot template and begin

Dots and Squares paper game template

Illustration of a boy and girls holding pencils

GOLF Card Game

Fun for the whole family.

Two playing cards. Face card with a joker, second card face down.

Games With Marbles

A game with endless possibilities to sharpen your accuracy skills.

Close up of a row of glass marbles. in

Hide and Seek Game

Kids never tire of playing this game.

Little child sitting on the floor hiding their eyes with their hands.

Obstacle Course

Make it a family day challenge!

A boy and girl chasing each other inside

Kick It race

A fun race activity with some family-friendly competition.

Father and son kicking a soccer ball

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Mississauga Library offers online resources, programs, and collections while locations remain open only for contactless pickup (by appointment). The library engages residents in a variety of ways that offer value, inspiration, and a strong connection to the community. Our program staff has gathered a variety of activities and resources for you and your family to explore while staying safe.

April Early Literacy Calendar

The early literacy calendar introduces daily literacy-building activities to share with your child every day.

View the entire 2021 Early Literacy Calendar

Early Literacy Videos

Watch educational and informative videos that cover the early literacy skills that can help children get ready to read: playing, reading, singing, talking, and writing.

Dial-A-Story

Family stories are available over the telephone. Call 905-615-3500 and choose option 1 to be connected to Dial-A-Story. Listen to stories in English, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Polish, and Urdu.

Active game: Let’s Play BINGO 6

Family game night has never been so loud and active.

Let’s race: Egg On A Spoon

Get ready for some egg-cellent fun!

Active game: Let’s Play BINGO 5

Here we go again! How fast can you get a bingo?

Sports activity: Keep Up Challenge

See how many times you can hit the ball without dropping or letting it touch the floor

Active game: Balloon POP

Who can pop the balloon first with only their feet?

Sports activity: Paper Football

Play a mini-game with this handmade version of paper football.

Active game: Let’s Play BINGO 4

Are you ready for BINGO number 4? Bigger and better challenges for summer fun

Active game: Balloon & Plastic Cup Race

An energetic, competitive race enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Active game: Tic-Tac-Flip

A unique twist to this traditional game

Active game: Let’s Play BINGO 3

Here’s the third edition of Bingo you won’t want to miss. New activities to enjoy or challenge yourself to complete in record time.

Active game: Hanging Donut Game

A”no hands allowed” game. Who will finish their donut first?

Active game: Hungry Hungry Humans Game

A fast and fun game to play at home.

Active game: Let’s Play BINGO 2

Did you enjoy the first BINGO activity? This one’s even more fun. Don’t forget to shout BINGO really loud!

Sports activity: Indoor bowling

Before recycling your plastic bottles, use them for a family bowling night.

Active game: Indoor Basketball

Create a miniature basketball court with an egg carton, straws, empty fruit cup, and pompoms. Practice shooting from different angles to develop accuracy, fine-motor, and hand-eye coordination.

Active game: Let’s Play BINGO 1

This game will keep everyone moving and working as a team. Organize your team so everyone gets to play and contribute to the goal to complete. Lots of activities, opportunities, and alone or together. Remember to shout BINGO!

Active game: “I spy with my little eye” scavenger hunt

Challenge yourself or play as a family. Think of ways to add a twist like set a time limit, pick a hunt room, or take the game outdoors.

Sports activity: Tabletop hockey

Score some fun with this activity you can play at the kitchen or dining room table.

Sports activity: Toilet Paper Challenge

Test your balance, agility, and coordination with a household object you wouldn’t have guessed you’d have this much fun with! Get ready to challenge yourself or others in your house or online. If you post a challenge online, be sure to include #StayHomeStayActive #toiletpaperchallenge

Toilet Paper Challenge

Toilet Paper Challenge while holding a baby

Sports activity: Indoor basketball

Adapt your child’s favourite outdoor sports games to be indoor friendly. Get ready for plenty of sweaty fun.

Sports Activity: Indoor Figure Skating

Clear an area on your floor, grab your hat and mittens and pretend you’re gliding across the ice.

Colouring activity: Child, Dog & Soccerball

Relax with this quiet, colouring activity.

Craft project: Sock Monsters

Make new friends with old socks.

Colouring activity: Summer Fun

Colouring improves our mood, enhances mindfulness and is a relaxing activity.

Creative activity: Shadow Puppet Show

Make this puppet show a real show-stopper!

Craft project: Flower creations with household items

Using items found around the house, create a beautiful flower project.

Colouring activity: Osprey Marsh

Colour and find out more about this natural area 

Craft project: Coffee Filter Butterfly

Create beautiful butterflies

Musical activity: Sound Experiment

An easy experiment and instrument to make at home

Colouring activity: Dog with a kite outdoors

Art project: Marble Phone Case

Create and sport your custom one of a kind case.

Craft project: Peter the Parrot

DIY pet parrot.

Colouring activity: South Common Community Centre and Library

Do you know where this community centre and the library is located in Mississauga?

Art project: Homemade Lava Lamps

You’ll never believe what’s going to happen!

Art project: Household Object Drawing

Find an object in your house that inspires you to use your imagination.

Colouring activity: Celebration Square

We all look forward to when we can visit Celebration Square again. Colour it, post it and tell us what you are looking forward to once we can safely visit the square again #StayHomeStayActive.

Art project: Tie-Dye

Make a fashion statement with this colourful activity.

Colouring activity: Rattray Marsh

This 94-acre natural conservation area in Mississauga is home to a variety of wildlife and plants. Go for a walk and colour your own memory of this beautiful marsh. Learn more here

Art project: Skittles Rainbow

Make your own rainbow with Skittles candy, a plate and some water.

Musical activity: Family Karaoke Night

Enjoy this fun activity as a family and give everyone a chance to show off their talents and love for music.

Art project: Timmy the Turtle

This cute activity is easy to do and when finished, fun to play with too.

Art project: Grass Caterpillar

Create your own grass caterpillar that you can leave on your windowsill, or put in your garden.

Colouring activity: BraeBen Golf Course

Did you know Braeben Golf Course is located on the highest point of land in Mississauga? Colour the location and draw yourself making an amazing putt. Find out more about this unique golf course in our city

Colouring activity: Lake Aquitaine

Do you know where Lake Aquitaine is in Mississauga? Colour this scene and draw yourself enjoying the view. Check out where you can find this beautiful man-made lake and trails here.

Art project: Nature Name Art

Find bits and pieces of nature and spell out your name. Post your natural art piece using #StayhomeStayActive

Colouring activity: Kariya Park

Get ready with your coloured pencils, markers and crayons to colour your very own Kariya Park or draw a picture of a cherry blossom tree. We want to see your design so why not post it! Don’t forget to include #StayHomeStayActive

The City of Mississauga’s beautiful cherry blossoms in Kariya Park is expected to be in full bloom in the coming weeks. Although we won’t be able to visit in person, we can admire the blossoming trees via the City’s new blossom webcam.

Watch the virtual experience here

Art project: Art with ordinary objects

What artful masterpiece can you create with a pair of scissors, a paperclip, a spoon or a shoelace? Let your imagination go wild and create unique art with ordinary objects.

Finding a way: Basketball Maze

How fast can you complete this activity? Can you see your way through the maze before you mark it with your pencil? Can you do it backwards?

Start fizzing: Bubbly Bath Fizzies

Make bath time more fun with colourful homemade bath fizzies.

Word search: Summer

Give your brain a boost with this word search puzzle.

Learning lab:  Strawberry DNA

Make this lab experiment and discover facts about DNA.

Sensory activity: Cloud Dough

This is a delightful activity for young children. Older children can help make the dough for a younger sibling.

Thinking game: Who Am I?

Practice your questioning, answering and thinking skills with this game

Test your sensory skills: Guess The Food

Taste is one of our five senses. Make this game a taste test.

Challenge yourself: Giant Tic Tac Toe

“Go big or go home” as the saying goes…

From seed to plant: Garden Starter

Grow plants from seeds found in your vegetables.

Fun with words: Classification

How many words can you think of before time runs out?

Connect the numbers: Butterfly Activity Sheet

Connect the numbers and colour the picture. It’s a thinking challenge and a relaxing colouring activity for lots of fun while you stay at home.

Learn more: LitterBug Activity Pages

Learn how you can be a planet protector with these fun activities.

Outdoor activity: I Spy Nature

Discover nature in your own backyard or around your neighbourhood.

Try this: Making Words

See how many words you can make out with only a few letters.

Word search: Spring

Search for words that reminds us that spring, nice weather and playing outside has arrived!

Make your own: Stop Motion Video

You can make your own movie – it’s easier than you think!

Create: An Origami hat

Origami comes from the Japanese words: “ori” (root verb “oru”), meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper. Have fun with this paper folding activity and follow the detailed instruction with pictures.

Make: Your own Ocean

Find out how you can create an ‘ocean’ with very simple ingredients.

Build your own: Time capsule

Remember this moment with a keepsake to look back on. Build your own time capsule on your own or as a family.

Challenge activity: Puzzle piece hunt

This challenging activity will get kids moving and their brains working at the same time; Return each piece to the puzzle board, build a jigsaw puzzle, discover a secret message or solve a math problem.

Recipe: Peanut Butter S’Mores

A campfire favourite

Recipe: Shortbread Cookies

Try this favourite, traditional cookie.

Recipe: Chocolate Brownies

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for a special treat.

Recipe: Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

Easy to make, good to eat!

Recipe: Oreo Truffles

A tasty chocolate treat

Recipe: Cinnamon Crisps

These are simple to make and great with ice cream or applesauce.

Recipe: Making Ice Cream

Oh yum!

Recipe: Pancake Cereal

Try this new trend where mini pancakes become a breakfast cereal.

Recipe: Rainbow Grilled Cheese

Put some colourful fun into your next grilled cheese sandwich.

Recipe: Frozen Banana Cereal Pops

A delicious “anytime” snack!

Recipe: Pizza Monkey Bread

A quick and easy recipe for a tasty snack.

Recipe: Tex Mex dip

An easy snack to make and share with your family.

Recipe: Chocolate Cupcake Surprise

Everyone’s favourite chocolate cupcakes!

Recipe: Pita Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? Here’s an easy recipe that kids will enjoy making and eating.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Gather around as a family to bake and enjoy these yummy muffins.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Pinwheels

Enjoy this delicious recipe for breakfast or anytime throughout the day as a snack!

Recipe: Pancake muffins

Kids will enjoy making these fun and simple muffins. Get creative with the toppings, make a few extra to give away or freeze some to eat later.

Recipe: Favourite Pink Smoothie

You are going to love this delicious smoothie!

Recipe: Egg-in-a-hole french toast grilled cheese

This is a yummy sandwich that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Make this as a special treat anytime.