Rec's In The House
Rec's In The House! provides you with fun activities to do from home. We want you to stay active, stay mentally healthy, and stay home!
A featured activity will be posted each day and then will be moved to its corresponding tab (shown below). Activities will remain there for you to check out later or do again if it becomes a family favourite.
Here's our daily themes:
Masterpiece Monday - Each week we will provide a themed activity and ask you to send us your masterpiece via email. This may involve, drawing, painting, colouring, a diorama...the possibilities are endless. The activity will be broken up by age categories with a winner in each age group. The winners will be announced the following Monday. Details of each activity will be explained as it is published weekly.
Trivia Tuesday - Sharpen your minds for some family-fun, trivia! Each week you will be challenged with some questions that will test your knowledge on an array of topics. We will try our best to keep them as locally-themed as possible.
Wellness Wednesday - On this day we are asking everyone to take some time to check in and reward yourself for being awesome! We'll provide some wellness tips and activities that will assist in maintaining a healthy you!
Tasty Thursday - This may become a favourite! Every Thursday check in and discover a new recipe that you and your family can make together and eat together.Fundy Y Friday - We have partnered with the Fundy YMCA in an effort to keep everyone physically active and mentally healthy. Every Friday an amazing volunteer from the Fundy Y will be offering a session via Zoom.
If you have any suggestions or ideas you'd like to share, whether it be a favourite recipe, some trivia knowledge, a craft, or a wellness tip, please let us know! We'd love to hear from you:
Nadine Barteaux, Recreation and Special Projects Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Chisholm, Recreation and Programs Officer - email@example.com
We are staying with the winter theme today and our snowman theme (I love snowman...can you tell?). This guy is really cute and is easy to make with the kids.
MELTED SNOWMAN TEA LIGHT ORNAMENTS
- Tea Light
- 1 piece White, Brown, and Black Cardstock Paper
- Glue stick/hot glue gun
- Black sharpie
- Snow glitter
- Glitter glue, pom poms, colored paper, etc.(Optional)
Cut three circles out of white cardstock paper; large, medium, and small size making sure they will fit around the tea light. (Optional: Use a sharpie and lightly go around the edges of the circles to make them stand out more)
Poke the circles through the middle of the tea light. Draw eyes and dots for a mouth around the smallest circle using a sharpie.
Cut out 2 brown arms and glue them on the biggest circle.
Cut out a black hat or a colored pom pom hat and glue on the small/medium circle.
Using a glue stick, put it all over the snowman. Shake the snow glitter on and dump excess.
Cut a ribbon and make a "V" with hot glue around the light switch on the back. Attach the ribbon and hold for a few seconds.
Hang on the Christmas tree and turn on the light!
See online craft instruction at Crafty Morning
Masterpiece Monday - Nov 16
Although we're dealing with a wind/rain storm today, there is no question winter weather is just around the corner so we're going to start some fun winter-themed crafts for the kids. Everyone loves a snowman so today we're making one where snow is not a requirement...
What you need:
- 2 sheets of white paper (plain print paper will do although construction paper will work best)
- paper in any other color (and a bit for orange nose, can also be drawn)
- black marker
- glue, scissors
- optional – buttons, cupcake liner, sequin
Start by cutting strips of paper in two, different lengths. Create the different lengths by cutting strips across the sheets of white paper - one set cutting along the length and one set cutting along the width (strips being about half an inch / 1 cm wide).
Now assemble the paper balls. If you don’t know how you can check out this link (paper balls), the procedure is the same, with the difference you’ll be making two, different size balls for one snowman.
Draw on or stick on all the details, the eyes, nose and buttons. Cut a long strip of color paper and make a scarf. You can also use a cupcake liner as a hat, it looks kind of cute.
You can make a whole bunch of them and make a garland. Your snowman will be super cute and won't melt!
Masterpiece Monday - Nov 9
Today is another Remembrance Day craft. This one is not only fun to do, it also creates a pin on poppy with a variety of uses. Lest we Forget.
What You Need:
- coffee filters
- food colouring or liquid watercolours (we used both, and used shades of red, orange, pink and purple)
- black buttons
- paint brushes
- ice cube tray or small bowls
- pipe cleaner
- safety pin
- plastic table cloth
Because this craft involves food colouring, be sure to protect the surface that you're working on.
Start by adding a small amount of water to an ice cube tray. For really vibrant colours fill each ice cube section about half-way with water then add the colour.
Here's a tip - place the ice cube tray in a shallow pan to prevent it from being tipped over. Give the little crafters each several coffee filters. Poppies have a lot of texture, so crumple, wrinkle and twist the coffee filters before painting them.
Next, the fun begins as the kids get to work with their paintbrushes, dabbing and smearing.
At times, to intensify the colour and to make the absorption process more noticeable, you can add a drop or two of food colouring directly to the wet coffee filter and let them swish the colours around with their paintbrushes. To dry the coffee filters, place them on cookie sheets until dry.
When they are fully dried they're ready to be turned into flowers. To do that, layer two coffee filters and pinched them together at the back. Wrap a small length a pipe cleaner around the pinched section of paper to secure everything together. To finish, glue black buttons to the centres of the poppies. Now, you can use a safety pin to create your very own poppy pin.
This craft was found online at https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/10-poppy-crafts-remembrance-day/
Masterpiece Monday - Nov 2
Remembrance Day Hands Wreath
For the next couple weeks we're going to create crafts based on a very important day...Remembrance Day. This is a great opportunity have fun with the kids while reminding them of this very special event. And, it's really easy.
- red paint or construction paper.
- There are two ways to do this craft. One is to trace the child's hand onto paper and cut out the prints. The second is to make paint handprints on the paper and cut those out.
- Make eight handprints (4 of each colour).
- Cut out the prints and glue to form a wreath.
Masterpiece Monday - Oct 26
It's just days before Halloween so you had to know this was coming...a slimy, scary, Halloween craft! We're making Halloween Slime today (sorry, not sorry)! I found this ghoulish idea online (goodhousekeeping.com).
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
5 oz clear glue
1 Tbsp baking soda
Green glitter paint (or any Halloweenie colour)
3 Tbsp saline solution
Squeeze 5 oz glue into bowl.
Add 1 Tbsp baking soda.
Add glitter paint, starting with a small amount until you reach desired color.
Stir until combined, then MIX in 3 Tbsp of saline solution.
Roll slime in hands until it no longer sticks— this can take 5 full minutes. HINT: If it is still too sticky, add saline solution.
Add eyes and you are good to goo!
Masterpiece Monday - Oct 19
Today is a simple craft but it can take the imagination to many places. But, this one does need an adult to get things started. Today, we're potatoe stamping!
Adults: Find some long and thin potatoes and chop them in half. Then use a sharp knife to carve out the desired shape (in this case it was a leaf). Give your little ones some paint and a brush and let them get to it. Just dip your potatoe in the paint and start stamping. You can even join is because it's really fun and gives you some family time being creative.
Pumpkin Spice Play dough
Yes, I'm jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon but this one was too good to pass up!! Who doesn't love getting creative with play dough and it smells like pumpkin spice!!! Amazing! This is as fall as it gets!
P.S. Adult supervision will be needed for this one.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup of salt (a little more if you use kosher)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil*
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves)
- optional: food coloring or natural food based dyes (such as beet juice and turmeric)
- Combine all ingredients (except coloring) in a large pot.
- Stir over medium heat until a big ball forms. (It should be smooth and no longer sticky.)
- Remove from pot and allow to cool until the dough can be worked by hand.
- Divide the dough into however many different colors you want.
- Work the colors into the dough by adding a few drops at a time and kneading. (We used food coloring for red, yellow, and orange and left one brown. Similar colors could be achieved with natural juices: beet, carrot, turmeric.)
* Coconut oil is a secret ingredient. They say it makes the best play dough ever.
We're only a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving so I chose a fun, turkey-themed craft today. This projects includes some beautiful colourful fall leaves, so it's a great opportunity to get outside to collect some supplies.
What you need:
- printable template (https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Leaf-Turkey-Crafting-Template.pdfl) or you can draw your own.
- leaves, lots of colorful real leaves
- paper (heavier paper is best, regular paper will be OK too)
- coloring supplies
- glue (glitter glue is always welcome)
Print out our template. There are two pages included, one with only one turkey on it that can be used as a base (you can skip this one) and one with two turkeys for kids to color in and cut out. Color in the turkey with markers, crayons, chalk, colouring pencils, etc. Once colored, cut out the turkey and it’s feet. Take the other sheet of paper, with the turkey craft base and apply a generous amount of glue on the tail area. Alternatively you can also apply glue on the leaves only. Stick the leaves on the turkey template. If you want a multi-colored turkey tail, we recommend you make the base with larger red leaves, and place smaller yellow leaves on top of them. Continue sticking leaves on the template, adding glue either on the leaves or on the base as you go. Once happy with how the turkey tail is starting to look, glue on two turkey feet on the base (you can also glue them directly on the colored body, whichever feels easier). Take the colored turkey body, apply a generous amount of glue on the back. Press the turkey body to the base. Give the glue some time to dry.
Voila! You’ve made a fun looking turkey
Masterpiece Monday - September 21
Bookmark Craft Using Pressed Flowers and Leaves
We have to face the fact that summer is leaving so let's make something that can preserve a piece of it. This craft actually will take a few days of preparation but it will be fun and worth it. Now, go grab a pretty flower or some plant pieces from your garden and follow the instructions...
- Various leaves and flowers
- Contact paper or laminator
- Single hole punch
- Yarn, string, or raffia ribbon
1. To make this bookmark craft, you’ll need some pressed leaves and flowers. Here’s how we pressed ours:
- Take a nature walk or head into your own backyard and pick some small flowers and leaves.
- Press your flowers and leaves by placing them inside the pages of a thick book for 3-4 days.
- Once your flowers and leaves are pressed and dry, carefully remove them from the book.
2. Cut some cardstock the size you’d like your bookmark to be. (i.e. 6 inches x 2 inches.)
3. Use your pressed flowers and leaves to make a design on your cardstock. Once you’re happy with the design, you’ll want to lightly attach the flowers and leaves to your bookmark before you permanently cover them up. You can use a glue stick.
4. Next you’ll want to cover the bookmarks with plastic to protect them during use. You can use a laminator, but you can also cover your bookmark with clear contact paper.
5. Once you’ve covered your bookmark, trim off the excess plastic.
6. Now it’s time to add the finishing details- get as creative as you’d like! Some suggestions are a small single hole punch to punch holes around the border of bookmark and then thread some cord (i.e yarn) around the border and tie it off at the top.
Masterpiece Monday - Sept 7
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School is just around the corner so let's do a fun craft the the kids can use when they return to classes...
DIY Bookworm Paper Roll Pencil Holder
What you need:
- paper rolls (store bought, toilet paper rolls, kitchen towel rolls…)
- green paper or paint
- red paper
- white paper
- gray construction paper
- black marker
- stapler (younger kids can use glue instead of stapler)
Paint the paper rolls green or wrap them in green paper (regular print paper works best). Make glasses. Draw a glasses outline – we used a lid of a small cream to trace two circles overlapping one another. Cut them out. Also cut two smaller white circles. Glue them inside the gray glasses and draw black dots for eyes. Now glue the glasses on one of the green paper rolls. Draw the mouth on the paper roll. Staple all the green paper rolls together. You can staple the one with the glasses a bit higher than the others. Now to make the book for the bookworm. Cut a red rectangle and fold it in half. This makes the book cover. Also cut white rectangles (make them smaller than the red one), fold them in half and scribble on the pages to get the book look. Glue or staple the pages and the book cover together. Cut two hands out of green paper. Glue them on the bookworm. Apply glue at the end of the hands (you can fold them a bit). Glue the book to the bookworm’s hands. All done, your DIY Bookworm Paper Roll Pencil Holder is all done and ready to hold some pencils!
August 21 - Paper Airplane challenge
I found this fun game online (goodhousekeeping.com) and just had to share...get ready for some all-ages play with this DIY target game: Cut holes in a piece of poster board and assign a point value to each. Prop up with bookends, then send paper airplanes soaring!
Step 1: Crease letter-size paper the long way, then fold top corners into center seam.
Step 2: Lower point to about 1 inch above bottom edge.
Step 3: Repeat step 1, then lift small triangle under folds so it points up.
Step 4: Uncurl a paper clip, leaving a hook on one end. Glue or tape it to center seam so hook hangs.
Step 5: Fold both wings down so top edges line up with bottom. Loop a rubber band around end of paper clip to launch.
Let it fly and let the game begin.....
August 17th - Masterpiece Monday: Microwave Puffy Paint
I found this quick, fun craft online (Happinesishomemade.net) and filed it away for a rainy day. I honestly was starting to think we would never get to use it but today is the day!
Microwave Puffy Paint
Start with one cup of flour and mix in 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. Divide the mixture into four parts and put them into snack size Ziploc baggies along with some food coloring. Part of the fun was squishing it all around to mix up the colors!
Rubber band the baggies like you would if you were icing a cake and snip off the teeniest little bit of the tip.
Paint away on a piece of paper! When you’re finished, pop the painting into the microwave for 30-45 seconds and watch the paint puff up and grow – such fun! It is completely dry out of the microwave so no worries about any extra messes or accidents.
Nothing beats cheap entertainment, especially with some fine motor skills practice and a built-in kitchen science lesson! Enjoy!
Aug 10 - Flower Suncatcher Mandelas
- Paper plates (the thin cheap kind)
- Transparent contact paper
- Flowers and leaves
- Hole punch
Step 1: Create flower suncatcher frame
Begin by making a frame for your flower suncatcher by cutting a hole in the paper plate.
Step 2: Add a center of transparent contact paper
Cut circles from contact paper to fit over the opening (overlapping the paper plate by about half an inch).
Step 3: Press flower petals and leaves to the sticky contact paper.
Arrange flower petals, petal pieces, and leaves in outwardly concentric designs on the contact paper to create your mandalas.
Step 4: Protect and hold the flower design in place.
Add another circle of contact paper over the top to protect and hold the flower design in place.
Step 5: Hang the flower mandala suncatcher.
Punch a hole at the top of the frame and tie a loop of string for hanging. Hang your art in a window and see the beauty it reflects!
August 3rd - Masterpiece Monday
TIN CAN WIND SOCKS
- Clean Recycled Can (any size will work!)
- Acrylic Paint & Paintbrushes
- Glue (i.e. Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue, Tacky Glue, or a Low-Temp Glue Gun)
- Assorted Ribbons (you could also use Yarn, Colored Paper, etc.)
- Optional embellishments like Glitter, Stickers, Gemstones, Sequins, etc. as desired
- Masking Tape or Duck Tape
Tip: Line the inside rim of the cans with a layer or two of thick masking or duct tape to avoid sharp edges!
Start by painting the can in the colour of your choice. After the paint is dry, use glue to attach colorful ribbons to the bottom rim of the can. We also added a ribbon to the top of the can for hanging. These recycled can windsocks would make a great addition to your yard or garden!
Masterpiece Monday - July 27
I found today's project online. We have another simple craft but one that the kids (and adults) will appreciate and have fun with; especially tomorrow when temperatures are supposed to soar and be hot! We're making Sponge Water Bombs!
Cut each sponge into three strips (about 1 inch wide). Stack nine strips together (3 layers of 3), tie the string around the sponges, pulling tightly, and knot in the middle. Make a double knot just to be safe. You're done! It's that easy!
The great thing about these sponge bombs is that they’re durable. The kids can throw them around for hours and at the end of the day after a quick wash they’re still in great shape. It’s a fun summer activity when the kids are bored and it’s hot outside.
Masterpiece Monday - Homemade Pinwheels
During these hot, humid days, I have chosen a craft that doesn't require a lot of energy but it will need some adult supervision. This one is from my childhood...homemade pinwheels!!
July 13th - Masterpiece Monday - Decorated rocks
During these muggy summer days I have chosen an easy,inexpensive craft that can really let your imagination run wild. When they're done keep them to decorate your room, your yard, or go hide them throughout your community and watch the smiles they bring to your family, friends, and neighbours.
Smooth, rounded rocks (or any rocks you can find in your driveway)
Glue (if needed)
Optional ideas - google eyes, pieces of fabric, stickers...the only limitation is your imagination.
Clean off the rocks, dry them and decorate, Be creative!!
Here's some ideas I found online...
Masterpiece Monday - July 7 - Relaxing and enjoying a rainy day
Today, we are keeping things simple...we’re going to colour. Choose the picture below, click on it, print it off and enjoy a relaxing day.
Canada Day Tin Can Wind Sock
Of course we're doing something for Canada Day!! We live in the best country ever so we have to celebrate it. This is a simple craft you and the kids can do and it is a great decoration for the Canada Day festivities. This one is courtesy of Today's Parent. Here are the easy steps:
Materials - scissors, ribbon, twine, a soup can, white paint, a paint brush, red paper, plastic jewels and a glue gun.
Paint the can white and cut a maple leaf from the red paper. Click maple leaf for a template.
Using the glue gun, stick the maple leaf, jewels and the string handle to the can. Glue ribbons to the inside of the can’s open rim.
Yep, it's that easy!! And you can bling it up as much as you want! Have fun with this one and Happy Canada Day!
June 22 Masterpiece Monday
Have you ever heard of a Daisy Chain? Me either...but my friend discovered daisies have arrived for the season and she was telling me about a Daisy Chain. I thought this was a perfect, fun, simple summer craft to kick-off our first official summer Masterpiece Monday.
Here are the easy steps:
1) Go pick a bunch of daises.
2) Using your fingernail, crave a 1/2 inch slit into the stem on one of the daisies
3) Now take another daisy from your bunch and pull the stem through the slit of the original daisy. Repeat this with your other daisies to create a chain-like effect.
4) Once you have linked all of your daisies together, finish off the chain by connecting the first daisy to the last daisy. To do this, you must make a slit in the last daisy on the chain. But this time, instead of making the slit a half inch long, go for about an inch. This way you can link the original daisy through the slit. To make the daisy fit through the slit more readily, you may pluck the petals off of your original daisy, and pull her on through!
You could really use any flower to create this pretty chain...send me your creation at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll share your masterpieces on our Facebook page.
Have fun and enjoy summer!
Masterpiece Monday June 15th:
Peanut Butter Birdfeeder - This is a great activity that our little feathered friends will appreciate...and the squirrels! Make sure there is an adult present to help you.
Peanut butter mix (peanut butter and, if you have some on hand, oat bran - this helps birds digest the peanut butter)
Scissors (to cut twine)
Paper (to place the completed bird feeders on)
To start, put a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter and a spoonful of oat bran (if you have s
some) in a bowl and mix it together and set aside. With the help of a grown up, take the twine and twist in around the pinecone so you'll be able to hang it up when the project is complete. Now, carefully take the butter knife and use it to spread the peanut butter mixture all over the pinecone. Take your peanut butter pinecone and roll it around in the bowl of birdseed. As each feeder is completed on the paper and continue to make the feeders until your materials are gone.
Now, take your birdfeeders and hang them in the bushes and trees around your property where the birds will enjoy a feast!
June 8th Masterpiece Monday
Happy Monday!!! Today I'm bringing something back from a few months ago. It's a creative craft my daughter and I had fun doing for Earth Day, but with all the new foliage and flowers blooming I think it would be fun to see what colourful masterpieces could be created now.
Use your imagination...the possibilities are endless.
container eg. shoe box, kleenex box
assortment of items you can find around your house or outdoors to create your miniature world (eg. small toys, coloured paper, magazines, twigs, bark, pine cones, moss, pressed and dried leaves and flowers, etc.)
Just cut the top off your box and you’re good to go. Pick out a theme so you can decide what supplies to collect. It can be based on a book you read or a movie you saw; something you’re passionate about like insects, pirates or music; travelling back to prehistoric times, to dinosaurs, to the roaring 20’s; an enchanted garden; the most amazing candy shop in the world, etc. The inside of the box can be painted, or covered with coloured paper, magazine cutouts or printables. Double sided tape is great for sticking the paper on, so you don’t have to wait for glue to dry before working on the rest. The rest involves filling the space with small items that fit in with your theme.
June 1st - It's Bike Week!!!
Today is more of a Master"mind" activity than a Masterpiece but either way it's fun! We're doing some bike-themed activity pages!! Try one or all of them!
Bicycle connect the dots Click Here
Bicycle Maze Click Here
Bicycle "Name the Parts" activity page Click Here
Sheet I Click Here
Sheet II Click Here
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Sheet II Click Here
Sheet I Click Here
Sheet II Click Here
Dabbling in Play Dough
Today is all about being creative! Here is a super, simple two-ingredient recipe for play dough. Ask a grown up for some help! After you have your dough made and have made some fantastic sculptures, send me a picture (email@example.com) that I can share on Facebook!
1/2 c hair conditioner
1 c cornstarch
** food colouring (optional)
Pour the conditioner in a bowl, add food colouring (if desired) and mix well. Add cornstarch to conditioner and mix together until a dough-like ball forms. That's it! Start getting creative!
Colour Contest - Theme: Kindness
Directions: Click on the image shown below your age category, print off the colour sheet, and spend a little time relaxing in the most colourful way. Send your masterpiece via email (either scan or take a picture of your work) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday (May 15) at 4:30 pm. Your art will be shared on the County website and Facebook Page. All entries will be placed in a random draw and a winner from each category will be announced the following Monday (May 18th). The winners will receive some colouring supplies which will be mailed out to them.
Please note: Include your first name only on your picture. In the body of your email please include all your contact information (first/last name, email and mailing address). Also, please indicate if you do not wish to have your artwork posted to social media.
12 and older
6-11 years of age
5 and under
(5 and Under)
May 18: Masterpiece Monday
Theme: Annapolis County Bike Week!!!
Today's activity is an introduction to our upcoming Annapolis County Bike Week (June 1-7) and the favourite, annual Picture Contest!
Picture Drawing Contest:
This year the picture contest is open to all school-age youth in Annapolis County!
Print off the entry form, draw us a picture of your "favourite place to ride", and email your picture to Nadine at email@example.com with a subject line Bicycle Picture Drawing Contest. There will be one winner for each age group: Primary - Gr. 2; Gr. 3-5; Gr. 6-8; and Gr. 9-12
We will do our best to share all entries on our Facebook Page (unless you indicate you do not want your picture shared). However, all the winning artwork will be featured. Only your name and grade will be included on the social media post (no personal information). The judging will be done by a community volunteer.
Winners will have a $75 gift card mailed to them.
Be creative! Have fun!
The deadline is Friday, May 29th, 12:00 pm (Noon).
Click here to access the Picture Drawing Contest entry form.
Click here for more Bike Week information.
Trivia Tuesday November 3, 2020
Theme: The Poppy
The Poppy Campaign which starts the end of October and continues until November 11th – Remembrance Day is conducted by Legion Branches in cities, towns and communities across our great country. We wear our poppies with pride to remember those who gave their lives in battle on behalf of their country. Donations collected during the Campaign directly support Veterans and their families within their community. Lest we Forget!
Click the links below to check out this poppy trivia and learn about this very symbolic flower.
Answers will be posted next week.
Answers October 27th Trivia
Question 1: Ailurophobia: Fear of cats and Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween
Question 2: It was once believed that a witch could shape-shift into a cat nine times: thus the belief that cats have nine lives.
Question 3: Phantasmophobia: fear of ghosts and Kinemortophobia: Fear of zombies.
Question 4: The use of pumpkins as Jack-o’-lanterns didn’t begin until the 1800s. Upon their arrival to the United States, Irish immigrants discovered pumpkins were much easier to carve than turnips.
Question 5: The Celts celebrated the end of the harvest and the start of the long winter with a festival, called Samhain.
Question 6: More than 35 million pounds each year!
Trivia Tuesday October 27, 2020 - Theme: Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween week! Did you know that Canadians love Halloween so much we spend more per capita on costumes, decorating and candy than Americans! Another belief is that Canadians may have coined the term "Trick or Treat". A 1927 newspaper clipping in Alberta is the thought to be the first recorded use of the seasonal question!
Cool eh. Test your knowledge with this spooky Halloween trivia. Click the links below and have fun. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers October 20th Trivia
Question 1: Eight (8). Before Julius Caesar reformed the calendar October was the eighth month, not the tenth!
Question 2: Calendula. This flower is also known as the marigold. Some others also consider cosmos as October’s flower.
Question 3: Opal and Tourmaline. Opals have beautiful mixed colours and tourmaline can come in different colours like blue and green.
Question 4: World Habitat Day. In 1995 this day was picked to consider ways to provide shelter for the homeless.
Question 5: Libra and Scorpio.
Question 6: Pumpkin (Pie)
Trivia Tuesday October 20, 2020
Theme: October, did you know?
October is generally known for Thanksgiving and of course Halloween. There are so many other fun facts about this fall month. “October skips along the lanes, it kicks the leaves and laughs with rains.” Quote by Inez Rice.
Test your knowledge with this interesting October trivia!
Click the links below and have fun. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers October 6th Trivia
Question 1: German Shepherd
Question 2: Dachshunds
Question 3: Pug
Question 4: Bloodhound
Question 5: Bulldog
Question 6: Siberian Huskies
Trivia Tuesday October 6, 2020
Theme: Dog Breeds.
Did you know it is a common myth that dogs only see in black and white? It is actually believed that dog’s see primarily in greenish-yellow, yellow, blue and different shades of grey. The World Canine Organization recognizes over 300 different types of dog breeds! Wow! How many do you know? Test your knowledge with this fun dog breed trivia!
Click the links below and have fun. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: September 29, 2020
Question 1: Cortland
Question 2: Red Delicious
Question 3: McIntosh
Question 4: Gravenstein
Question 5: Russet
Question 6: Empire
Trivia Tuesday September 29, 2020
Theme: Nova Scotia Apples.
With fall in the air it’s a great time to go apple picking! We are very fortunate to have many local farms that provide us with this delicious fruit! There are at least 40 other varieties of apples grown in Nova Scotia. How many varieties do you know? Grab a local apple and test your knowledge with this interesting apple trivia.
Click the links below and test your knowledge. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: September 22, 2020
Question 1: -63 degrees Celsius. Recorded at Snag, Yukon on Feb. 3, 1947 (also in North America!)
Question 2: British Columbia. Mitchell Inlet, Haida Gwaii is the wettest place in Canada, typically receiving 6,325 mm of precipitation a year!
Question 3: Windsor Ont. With 33 days a year on average with thunder and lightning.
Question 4: Newfoundland, St. John’s averaging 3.5 metres of snowfall a year!
Question 5: Saskatchewan. Recorded at 45 degrees Celsius in Midale and Yellow Grass on Jul. 5, 1937
Question 6: Newfoundland. The Grand Banks off the coast of NL is considered the foggiest. This area experiences 40% fog cover in the winter and up to 84% in the summer!
Trivia Tuesday September 22, 2020
Theme: Canadian Weather.
Fall is officially here and with the changing of the season, how well do you know your Canadian weather? Test your knowledge and learn about some interesting facts about our weather in Canada.
Click the links below and test your knowledge. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: September 15, 2020
Question 1: Tulip
Question 2: Daffodils
Question 3: Alliums
Question 4: Muscari
Question 5: Snowdrops
Question 6: Crocus
Trivia Tuesday September 15, 2020
Theme: Planting Fall Bulbs!
Fall is almost here and that doesn’t mean gardening season is over. You can start to plan and plant now for some beautiful spring colours in the yard. Test your knowledge and learn about some flower bulbs to plant this upcoming season.
Click the links below and test your knowledge on these fall planting bulbs. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: September 8, 2020
Question 1: Canada and Mexico
Question 2: Cucumber
Question 3: South America
Question 4: 5
Question 5: Rodents
Question 6: Den
Trivia Tuesday September 8, 2020
Theme: Trivia with the kiddos!
It’s back to school today, share in some trivia with the kiddos! Test your knowledge with this fun and informative trivia quiz that the kids can play along with.
Click the links below to have some fun with the kiddos and test your knowledge. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: September 1, 2020
Question 1: Yarmouth
Question 2: Confederation and Holiday Island
Question 3: The Straight of Canso
Question 4: 5
Question 5: Grand Lake
Question 6: Mayflower
Trivia Tuesday September 1, 2020
Theme: Nova Scotia Trivia!
How well do you know Nova Scotia? With many of us sticking around our own province this summer, we may have picked up a few facts along the way! Test your knowledge with this fun and informative trivia quiz on our beautiful province of Nova Scotia.
Click the links below to test your knowledge about Nova Scotia. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: August 25, 2020
Question 1: Toronto, ON
Question 2: Halifax, NS
Question 3: Calgary, AB
Question 4: Thunder Bay, ON
Question 5: Vancouver, BC
Question 6: Sudbury, ON
Trivia Tuesday August 25, 2020
Theme: Canadian Cities!
Back to school soon! Let’s brush up on some fun Canadian geography trivia. How well do you know these Canadian cities? Find out some interesting facts too that may help you answer the questions.
Click the links below to test your knowledge with this Canadian cities trivia. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: August 18, 2020
Question 1: Red Pine
Question 2: Eastern Hemlock
Question 3: Sugar Maple
Question 4: White Birch
Question 5: Balsam Fir
Question 6: Jack Pine
Trivia Tuesday August 18, 2020
Theme: Trees of Nova Scotia!
Nova Scotia has a wide variety of trees which provides a beautiful landscape for us all to enjoy! Some trees stay green all year long and others we can watch their leaves change with the seasons. Summer is a beautiful time of year to check out the different trees we have in Nova Scotia!
Click the links below to test your knowledge with this tree trivia. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: August 11, 2020
Question 1: Lacrosse
Question 2: 9 Players
Question 3: Turkey
Question 4: 10 Feet
Question 5: 50 metres long 25 metres wide
Question 6: about 3.5 feet high at the posts and 3 feet high in the middle
Trivia Tuesday August 11, 2020
Theme: Sports Trivia!
Being involved in sports and recreational activities has many benefits for us all. Not only do we get exercise they help with stress relief, team building, and can be a great hobby! We are seeing many of our community sports and recreation evolving now due to restrictions, however we can still get out and practice with friends and neighbours.
Click the links below to test your knowledge with this fun sports trivia. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: August 4, 2020
Question 1: Basil
Question 2: Lovage
Question 3: Oregano
Question 4: Nasturtiums, Pansies, Marigolds
Question 5: Parsley
Question 6: Borage
Trivia Tuesday August 4, 2020
Theme: Add Some Herbs!
Want to jazz up your garden? Why not plant some Herbs! They add some awesome greenery and/or colour to the space and taste as good as they look! They also attract friendly pollinators to your garden and can be helpful in keeping away pests!
Click the links below to test your knowledge with this herb trivia; can you guess the answers? Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: July 28, 2020
Plant 1: Thrift (Armeria maritima)
Plant 2: Chives (Allium shoenoprasum)
Plant 3: Rose (Rosa)
Plant 4: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
Plant 5: Autumn Joy (Sedum var)
Plant 6: Christmas Rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Trivia Tuesday July 28, 2020
Theme: Pollinator Plants!
For more than a decade, the bee population has been decreasing at an alarming pace around the world. We need to help the bees as much as we can because of the important role they play in our ecosystem. Bees collect pollen and nectar and move pollen from male flower parts to female receptors, thus fertilizing the plants. We can help them by planting plants they love to go to!
Click the links below to test your knowledge with this picture trivia; can you guess what these plants are? Answers will be posted next week.
Answers to last week’s Trivia: July 23, 2020
Garden 1: Seafoam Lavender Company and Gardens – River John
Garden 2: Halifax Historic Gardens
Garden 3: Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Garden 4: Pine Grove Park, Milton
Garden 5: Jubilee Park – Butterfly Gardens
Garden 6: The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Gardens
Trivia Tuesday July 21, 2020
Theme: Gardens in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is home to some of the most beautiful east coast gardens. This is the perfect summer to stick around home and “staycation” or take a drive on a beautiful day to visit what Annapolis Valley and Nova Scotia has to offer! Click the links below to test your knowledge with this picture trivia; can you guess where these gardens are located? Answers will be posted next week.
Answer's to last week's trivia: July 14th - Cornwallis Gardens
Question 1: On the corner of South Broadway and Brig Lane in Cornwallis Park. Cornwallis Park is situated on highway # 1 half way between Annapolis Royal and Digby.
Question 2: Elizabeth McMichael in 2010.
Question 3: A structure covered with clear plastic to allow the sun to heat the interior thus extending the growing season.
Question 4: A green house has some form of auxiliary heat while a cold frame depends on the natural heat generated by the sun. This is a very simplistic answer.
Question 5: A tomatoe is a fruit because they form from a flower and contain seeds.
Question 6: The ones you like to eat! (saucy answer but oh so true!)
Special thanks to Elizabeth McMichael for helping with this trivia. Happy Gardening Everyone!
July 14, 2020
Theme: Community Garden – Cornwallis N.S.
Its gardening season and we are fortunate for our community gardens in Annapolis County! Did you know that one of our most successful community gardens is located in the community of Cornwallis? Whether you are gardening at home this year or taking advantage of a community facility, gardening is certainly gaining popularity this year! Test your knowledge on the Cornwallis Community Gardens and some fun basic garden trivia! Special thanks to Elizabeth McMichael for helping with the content! Click the links below and have fun.
Answers to Trivia Tuesday June 30th
Question 1: 1982
Question 2: Kanata
Question 3: July 24, 1880
Question 4: July 1836
Question 5: 1873
Question 6: LtCol John McCrae
Question 7: Hamilton, Ontario
Question 8: Molson
Question 9: 1996
Question 10: Kim Campbell
Question 11: Blueberries
Question 12: Blunenose
Theme: Canada Day – Interesting Facts!
Tomorrow is Canada Day! Let’s celebrate together and test our knowledge with some interesting trivia about our great country. How many of these facts can you answer?
Answers to Trivia Tuesday (June 23rd):
Question 2: (1) Collision (2) Criminal Code
Question 3: (1) Overtaking (2) overtaken
Question 4: Port
Question 5: (1) Right (2) Starboard (3) Starboard
Question 6: Maneuverable
Trivia Tuesday June 23rd
Theme: It’s Boating Season – Know the Rules!
As we continue on with our safe boating theme and we enjoy the many opportunities in Annapolis County to go boating it is important for us to know the laws that govern this recreational activity. Test your knowledge with this informative quiz on the nautical “rules of the road” (boating).
Safe Boating and Have Fun!
Answers to Trivia Tuesday (June 16th):
Question 1: Pleasure Craft
Question 2: Proof of Competency
Question 3: Before Buying:
- A hull serial number
- A Canadian Compliance Notice (if applicable)
- A copy of the declaration of conformity. If you see a new boat for sale that does not have the required hull serial number and Canadian compliance notice (if it applies), ask the seller to get them for you before you buy. It is the manufacturers’ and importers’ responsibility to demonstrate that the boats that they sell in Canada meet the Canadian construction requirements.
Question 4: Canadian Compliance Notice
Question 5: Hull Serial Number
Question 6: Pleasure Craft Licence. NOTE: If you operate or keep your boat mostly in Canada, and it is powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, you must get it licensed, unless you register it. You must also license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat. A pleasure craft licence is a document giving your boat a unique licence number that is valid for 10 years.
Question 7: (1) Personal Floatation Device (2) Yes, they are required for each person on board and must fit them properly.
Trivia Tuesday! June 16th
Theme: It’s Boating Season! Know the Law.
Boating season is upon us and we have so many wonderful opportunities in Annapolis County to enjoy this recreational activity. There are laws and regulations that we have to follow to enjoy boating. Test your knowledge with this informative quiz on operating boats for pleasure.
Safe Boating and Have Fun!
Answers to Trivia Tuesday (June 9th):
Question 1: Old Mill Trail
Question 2: Shannon River Canoe Access Park
Question 3: Hebb’s Landing
Question 4: Young’s Cove Coastal Access Park
Question 5: Lake Pleasant Park and Boat Launch
Question 6: Annapolis River Causeway Park and Boat Launch
Question 7: Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Park
Trivia Tuesday June 9th.
Theme: June is Recreation Month!
June is Recreation Month – Let’s Celebrate! What a perfect time of year to get active and get outside. Annapolis County has many beautiful, accessible Parks, Trails and Open Spaces located throughout the county. Here are a few for the whole family to enjoy. Can you name each one?
Answers to Trivia Tuesday Bike Week Quiz (May 2)
Question 1: Feet
Question 2: Helmet
Question 3: Left Turn
Question 4: Right Turn
Question 5: Stop
Annapolis County Lighthouses
Did you know that Nova Scotia has the largest number of lighthouses of any province in Canada, and some of the oldest continuously operating lighthouses in North America!
All of Nova Scotia's lighthouses have been automated and de-staffed. Some are in the care of communities and are open to the public. Others can be seen as you drive our coasts. In Annapolis County we are fortunate to have a rich maritime history and have six (6) historic Lighthouses to view and enjoy!
Click on the links below and try to guess each one! Have fun!
Title Slide Trivia Tuesday May 19
Answers to last weeks Trivia (May 12)
Question 1: Where is this iconic lighthouse located? Answer: Margaretsville
Question 2: What waterway is this? Answer: Annapolis River
Question 2 Bonus: What water access point are they paddling from? Answer: Brickton
Question 3: What municipal park is this? Answer: Lake Pleasant Park and Boat Launch
Question 4: One of our most ACCESSIBLE trails, which one is it? Answer: Old Mill Trail
Question 5: What beach is this view from? Answer: Hampton Beach
Question 6: Where is this view from? Answer: Valley View Provincial Park
Question 7: One of our most visited trails. Which one is it? Answer: Bohaker Trail, Delaps Cove
Question 8: Where is this view taken from? Answer: Fort Anne National Historic Site
Question 9: What is the name of this trail? Answer: Harvest Moon Trailway
Question 10: Where is this view from? Answer: Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Cornwallis
Bonus Question: What is the name of this flower? Answer: Red Geranium
May 12 - Theme: Annapolis County Road Trip
Today's Trivia Challenge Introduction Page
May 26 - Theme: A Virtual Tour of some Historic places in Annapolis County
Take a historic tour around Annapolis County! We are rich in culture and HISTORY. Can you guess these historic places? Have fun and answers will be posted next week!
Answers to last week's Lighthouse Trivia Challenge:
Lighthouse 1: Hampton Lighthouse
Lighthouse 2:Victoria Beach Lighthouse
Lighthouse 3: Port George Lighthouse
Lighthouse 4: Margaretsville Lighthouse
Lighthouse 5: Annapolis Royal Lighthouse
Lighthouse 6: Schafner Point Lighthouse
May 2: Bike Week Trivia
Let's get outside and moving. It's bike week and what a great time of year to get outside and moving. Dust off the bike and also test your knowledge with this fun quiz.
Answers to last week's Trivia (May 26) Historic Places
Question 1: Port Royal
Question 2: Tupperville
Question 3: Victoria Beach
Question 4: Lequille
Question 5: Bloody Creek
Question 6: Cornwallis
Trivia Tuesday November 10, 2020
Theme: Remembrance Day
Last week we learned about the Poppy and tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Canada. This special day was first observed on November 11, 1931 and every year on this day at the 11th hour, Canadians will pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember all the people who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.
Did you know that Canada’s Navy was ranked third largest in the world by the end of the Second World War. We had more than 95,000 members and 434 vessels. Click the links below to test your knowledge and learn more about Canadian Wartime facts. Answers will be posted next week.
Answers November 3rd Trivia
Question 1: The debris and rubble from First World War in France and Belgium caused soil to become rich in lime, causing the small red flowers to grow around gravesites of dead soldiers.
Question 2: 1921
Question 3: The money raised from donations provides direct assistance for veterans in financial distress, as well as funding for medical equipment, medical research, home services, long-term care facilities and many other purposes.
Question 4: The poppy is often worn on the left lapel on a jacket or shirt, and as close to the heart as possible.
Question 5: In Flanders Fields.
Question 6: Anna Guérin—the French Poppy Lady
Trivia Tuesday November 17, 2020
Theme: Awesome Sites in Annapolis County
Annapolis County has so many beautiful places to explore and see. We are rich with history and amazing views including beautiful wooded areas and breathtaking coastlines with the best sunsets! Click the links below to test your knowledge and learn more about awesome sites in Annapolis County to explore.
Answers will be posted next week.
Answers November 10th Trivia
Question 1: The quarter
Question 2: More than 50,000 women!
Question 3: France
Question 4: Approximately 4,000
Question 5: First Special Service Force.
Question 6: 40,000