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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body


We've put together a list of activities, tips and information for you and your family to help you stay active and healthy during self-isolation. Remember to take care of your physical and mental health, keep in touch with friends and family and practise safe physical and social distancing.

Kid-Friendly Activities

Sensory paint

Make-Your-Own Sensory Paint


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gel food colouring
  • Washable cups or containers
  • Popsicle sticks or spoons to stir with
  • Jumbo marshmallows for stamping or paint with your fingers


  1. Mix the water and flour, then add colour and stir.
  2. Use any white paper (watercolour or finger paint paper work best). Use a tablecloth to protect your table from messes.
  3. You’re ready to paint. Use the marshmallows as stamps by dipping them in the paint and pressing them to the paper.

What other items can you find to make different kinds of shapes?

Child playing with play dough

Make-Your-Own Play Dough


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works, too)
  • Food colouring, optional
  • Gallon-sized bags or waxed paper
  • Quart-sized bags


  1. Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot.
  2. Next, add the water and oil. If you’re only making one colour, add in the the colour now as well.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball.
  4. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon-sized bag or onto waxed paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colours after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colours you want) and then add the dough into the quart-sized bags. Start with about five drops of colour and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together you’re ready to play.

Ice Paint

Ice Paint


  • Ice cube tray
  • Water
  • Food colouring or substitute with washable paints*
  • Seven popsicle sticks cut in half


  1. Fill ice cube tray with water. Careful not to over fill.
  2. Add a small drop of food colouring to each cube.
  3. Use the cut side of the popsicle stick to gently mix the water and food colouring. Leave one popsicle stick inside each cube.
  4. Freeze overnight (roughly six to eight hours)
  5. Enjoy painting. Any white paper can be used to paint, however, water colour paper produces the best results.

*If you're substituting with washable paints, begin by filling the tray roughly one-third of the way with paint, then add warm water the rest of the way and carefully stir until combined.

Dad and daughter playing

Tape Geometry, Numeracy and Literacy

Use the tape to make a variety of shapes, letters and numbers on your floor. To begin, have your child choose one of the shapes, letters or numbers to start on. Give them instructions that will lead them to their next destination (for example: bear crawl to the triangle, hop like a frog to the T, run to the square, tiptoe to the four, fly like a butterfly to the B, or slither to the rectangle like a snake). Tape games are great to keep your child moving and also to help support their learning through geometry, numeracy and literacy. For a fun change, instead of naming the letters, try using the sounds they make. To incorporate older children, try quizzing them by using more advanced concepts (bear crawl to the shape that has four equal sides and four vertices).

Tape Ladder


Make six to 12 separate lines of tape, each roughly a foot apart (or a distance that works for your child) on your floor.

  • Alternating two foot and one foot jumps
  • Jump and turn 90-degrees
  • One foot jumps, alternating feet
  • Forward two foot hops
  • Lateral two foot hops
  • Jump and turn 180-degrees (front to back, back to front)

Come up with many other ideas to keep your body moving through the ladder. Don't be afraid to get your hands and arms involved by adding frog jumps, grab walks, plank walks etc.). This active game is great for the whole family.

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Fitness Activities

Family running outdoor on paved trail

Enjoy Clarington's Trails

Get out and enjoy nature on Clarington's trails. Clarington offers over 21 kilometers of recreational trails made of asphalt and limestone surfaces.

Woman Stretching

Stretching: Simply and Safely

Start your workout with five to 10 minutes of active stretching. Active (or dynamic) stretches are multiple, short repetitions through a range of motion – for example, arm circles, or torso twists – movements are quick but controlled and you don’t stop moving. This will get you moving, waking up all of your supporting systems and warming up all your muscles. This will increase the effectiveness and enjoyment of your workout.

Always end your workout with five to 10 minutes of inactive/static stretching. Static stretching involves holding repetitions of a stretch for longer periods of time, allowing the muscles to relax and your body to sink into the stretch. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds, allowing your body to slow and settle down. This will increase the range of motion and flexibility of your body and the serenity and tranquility of your mind.

Dad and son doing a modified plank exercise


ParticipACTION has been encouraging Canadians to get healthy by getting active since 1971. They have resources on the website and app including videos, articles and tips. 

Check out their article on 15 ways for you & your family to stay active at home.

Family Fitness Challenge

Family Fitness Challenge

Use Google maps to print a map of your neighbourhood or recreate your own simplified drawing. Choose a route and assign a challenge at different points. This could be 20 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups, 10 box jumps, etc. You can also include a scavenger hunt checklist if you wish.

Challenges and scavenger hunt items can be modified depending on the ages and fitness levels of your participants. Active adults, older kids and teens can modify the activity to include some jogging or running between challenge points and to create more difficult fitness activities. For those just starting to get active, challenges can include gentle stretches or low impact activities.

For very young children, keep the route short and include challenges such as jumping like a frog, twirling like a ballerina, or galloping like a horse. Does your route pass along a creek? Why not create a challenge stop on your map to see who can skip a stone the most times?

Planning out activities, drawing maps, and completing challenges will keep you and your family busy for hours. You’ll get a great workout, fresh air and have a chance to be creative as well.

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Cardio Workouts

Watch Clarington  Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Aquafit Instructor Karen Ross as she guides you through simple exercises to keep you moving while you're at home.

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Healthy Recipes 

Quinoa-stuffed Avocado

Quinoa-Stuffed Avocados

By Ethan Calabrese,


  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of two limes
  • kosher salt


  1. Scoop out avocados, leaving a small border. Dice avocado and set aside.
  2. Make quinoa salad: In a large bowl, combine quinoa, beans, scallions, peppers, corn and diced avocado. Add olive oil and lime juice and toss to combine. Season with salt.
  3. Divide salad among four avocado halves.

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple Chips

By Sarah Kozoski,


  • 3 large Red Delicious apples, cored
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, slice the apples as thin as possible.
  3. Lay apple slices on parchment paper, making sure not to overlap them, sprinkle mix of cinnamon and sugar onto the sliced apples.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Then flip apples, add cinnamon to the other side and bake for another 40  to 50 minutes. They should look shriveled up a bit, and the plain apples get a little golden brown. They should feel almost dry to the touch. 
  5. Remove from oven and let chips cool completely before transferring to a sealed container for up to three days, but these are best eaten within a couple hours of removing from the oven.

Blueberry Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins

By Elizabeth,


  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh


  1. Combine one cup flour, oats, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, honey, milk, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Toss the blueberries in the remaining flour and then carefully fold them into the batter.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling to the top.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are firm and just starting to turn golden. A toothpick should come out clean.

Energy Balls

Eight No-Bake Energy Balls

by Melissa,

Learn how to make eight variations of this no-bake energy ball. Our favourite are the peanut butter chocolate chip.


  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional


  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.
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