Lights Off! 10 Low-Fi Activities for Earth Hour

Post by Aimee and Megan, Information Services staff

Earth hour is Saturday March 27, from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm. 

Switch off the lights, burn a candle, gather your family and join us for an old fashioned listening party. Check out these ideas and have some fun at home while the lights are off this weekend. 

A table set with plates of food and ingredients in bowls including cherry tomatoes, olives, avocados, bread, and small purple and white flowers in a vase. Hands reach out across the table to take ingredients from the bowls.

PICNIC. Have a picnic indoors. Doesn’t everyone want a little romance with their covid-cohorts? It doesn’t have to be fancy. A change in routine can bring unexpected joy. 

Four people are sitting on a wooden fence in the middle of a field. It is nighttime and they are looking up at a sky full of stars.

GAZE. Go outside and do some star gazing with helpful tips from the Canada Space Agency. You could even print and craft a star wheel to guide you in your visual journey. 

Four people sit around a coffee table. The room is full of plants. One person is looking at their phone and the rest are looking at the person holding the phone.

PLAY. Gather your household for a few rounds of Categories. The classic circle game where you must quickly name something that fits in the given category. 

A blank sheet of paper sits on a desk surrounded by an easel, tubes of paint, paintbrushes in a glass jar, and a rag covered in paint smudges.

PAINT. Channel your inner Bob Ross with a painting tutorial, a book of techniques or go freestyle with items you find around your home.   

A person is crocheting with silver yarn. They are wearing a knitted green scarf and their hands are in focus.

UNWIND.  Grab your fibres and needles! Crochet a free pattern like a gabu, try knitting or even embroidery

An adult and a child both do the downward dog yoga pose in a small indoor space.

STRETCH. Make your favourite animal pose. Cat. Cow. Downward Dog. Eagle. Yoga is all about nature’s creatures, right? 

A close up of a person touching their face and showing off the glow of their skin while wearing a bathrobe and towel on their head.

PAMPER. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure, or make a natural face mask. No polish? No problem. Treat yourself to a soak and lotion treatment. You’ve washed those little piggies A LOT this year. 

Three playing cards that show the Jack, Queen, and King of Diamonds.

FISH. Or if that’s not your style, maybe Crazy Eights? Gin Rummy? Euchre? Find a new or old favourite with a classic deck of cards. 

A diagram on how to create shadow puppets that look like a rabbit and a wolf.

IMAGINE. Put your creativity to work and make shadow puppets. It’s not just an activity for camping! 

Cover of Joshua Whitehead's book, Jonny Appleseed

READ. Grab the audiobook version of Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. Canada Reads winner Devery Jacobs championed this year and everyone is talking about it. Reading with kids? Checkout the Forest of Reading nominees on the KPL Kids blog. 

Interested in more Environmental programs? Join us Tuesday April 20th at 7:00 pm for Climate Change in Waterloo Region: What Should We Expect and What Do We Do About it? This lecture will be hosted by Dr. Chris Fletcher and Dr. Johanna Wandel of the University of Waterloo. 

Looking for something to read / watch / listen to but don’t know where to start? Check out our DicoveRead service and we will choose for you!  

Have questions? Call: 519-743-0271 | TTY: 1-877-614-4832 | Email: askkpl@kpl.org | Chat: kpl.org   

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