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11 ideas for offline activities for kids

Think your kids may be having too much screen time while we’ve been at home more these days? You’re not alone. While screen time has its uses, we thought to provide a few offline activities that can help kids transition from the virtual world to the real world again.

Differences forge friendly calls friendship

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Brought together by the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program, Erma Crouse and Sasha Sadlemyer have forged a strong bond over their six months of weekly phone calls.
The differences between the pair are striking, making their shared connection even more special.
 

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Know someone who’s tech-shy? Here’s how to introduce them to the online world

A middle aged couple look at a digital tablet, smiling

Digital skills are a great tool for connecting to others and enriching social lives, but it doesn’t come intuitively to everyone. Here’s a few tips on helping someone less familiar with technology learn computer and internet skills.

A middle aged couple look at a digital tablet, smiling

Tips to exercise outdoors safely this spring while keeping your distance

A person runs on a road during a sunny day

While Health Canada is telling Canadians to stay at home as much as possible, they also encourage you to “go outside to exercise but stay close to home.” So how do you enjoy being outdoors in a safe way? Here are our tips to make the most out of spring weather despite the social distancing measures imposed by COVID-19.

A person runs on a road during a sunny day

Feeling stressed? How to handle the ongoing pandemic

For many Canadians, probably every Canadian, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing some form of upset in daily life. The cycles of lockdowns and various protocols can be overwhelming at a time when your stress levels are already higher than normal. With so many things out of our control, what can we do about it?

Fun activities to do with the family this spring

A yellow and red painted bird house

The exceptional circumstances we’re experiencing under COVID-19 are forcing us to get creative to find safe activities while keeping a social distance. Since the beginning of the pandemic, several organizations and businesses have been generous in offering free movies, videos, music, training and other content to keep us entertained at home. We've compiled online entertainment ideas.

A yellow and red painted bird house

Knitting through COVID-19, and through Red Cross history

A black and white photo from the archives showing a circle of women sitting around a table with knitting supplies

For me, knitting is one of those things that does wonders for my mental health, now more than ever.
As the pile of my so called “pandemic projects” and “COVID cast-ons” grew, I couldn’t help but connect the dots to other times when my chosen hobby played a part during history.

A black and white photo from the archives showing a circle of women sitting around a table with knitting supplies

Keeping “DUDES” connected during the pandemic

“The primary goal of our work is to increase social connectedness,” explains Frank Cohn, director of DUDES Club, a British Columbia-based non-profit organization that promotes men’s health and wellness, particularly among Indigenous communities.
 

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