Watts of fun: Energy-themed activities to do with your kids

As March break approaches, you might find yourself in search of creative ways to spend some quality time with your kids. We get it – convincing them to break away from the endless scroll of TikToks and Reels isn’t always easy. And if you're still looking for ideas, worry not! We think these energy-themed activities may spark their interest. 

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Kids' electrical safety contest for a chance to win an iPad  [Watts of wisdom]

Electricity powers our daily lives, providing the energy we need for everything from charging our phones to lighting our homes. However, it's important to understand and follow safety rules to make sure that this powerful force remains a valuable asset, not a danger.

Our Smart as a Fox Whiz Quiz contest was created for kids in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to power-up their electrical safety knowledge. Take the quiz with your kids and they’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win an iPad. While it might seem counterintuitive to entice your kids away from screens with the promise of winning another one, rest assured—it's all in the name of safety. An iPad might be in the mix, but the real prize is empowering your children with crucial safety knowledge for their well-being.

Covering key takeaways such as never tampering with electrical equipment, maintaining a safe distance from power lines and avoiding contact with downed wires, this short online quiz is designed to equip them with essential and potentially life-saving electrical knowledge.

Contest closes March 31, 2024.

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Get creative with solar-powered art [Watts of creativity]

Have an aspiring artist at home? Try Sun Print Art, a creative activity that harnesses the power of sunlight.

Also known as cyanotype printing, it's a simple yet cool way to make artistic prints using the power of the sun with a special paper that reacts to UV (find cyanotype paper on Amazon or at your local craft store). This hands-on activity not only sparks creativity but also introduces the concept of using the sun, a clean and renewable energy source, to make art.

How to create your Sun Print Art:

Step 1:Place interesting objects or use stencils on the paper to create designs.

Step 2: Take the paper outside on a sunny day, exposing it to sunlight. Exposure time varies, so enjoy the sunshine.

Step 3: Witness the magic. A chemical reaction occurs as the paper is exposed to UV light. Watch as the areas exposed change color. The areas covered by objects or designs remain the original color of the paper, creating a unique and detailed print. 

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Take a walk to Chaudiere Falls [Watts of steps]

Is it time to get your family out of the house and into the fresh air? Consider taking a walk to appreciate the scenic views and the park space that is home to Ottawa’s clean, sustainable past and future. Nestled amidst the heart of Ottawa, Chaudière Falls stands as one of the city's most breathtaking natural landmarks.

There is a year-round accessible public space with stunning viewing platforms of the falls and Ring Dam, a pedestrian bridge across the intake canal, and a revitalized park space that pays homage to our area’s Indigenous roots and industrialist past

Think of it as more than just a stroll; it's an opportunity for your kids to learn about generating hydroelectricity and about the area’s rich history.

We hope you found these energy-themed activities both fun and educational, and allowed you to spend some quality time with your family.


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