Activities for Kids During COVID-19

OHS Animal-Art Competition

OHS Animal-Art Competition

Calling on all children and youth who are wild about animals and art!

Are you a passionate painter, dedicated doodler, spirited sculptor or simply crazy about construction paper? The OHS has the purr-fect art challenge for you!

Our Humane Education team is challenging YOU to get in-touch with your inner artist and create the best animal-themed masterpiece for our OHS Animal-Art Competition. All skill levels are welcome and you can use any safe materials you’d like for your totally paw-some creation!

Who can enter? To keep things fair – we will be awarding four prizes for the following age groups:

  • 6-7 years
  • 8-10 years
  • 11-12 years
  • 13-15

When is the competition deadline? The competition closes August 30, 2020 and winners will be announced by September 7, 2020.

What are the prizes? The winners will each receive a special OHS goodie bag (valued at $75) dropped off at their home AND a hands-free, physically-distanced doggy visit with our coordinator: humane education, Sydney, and her registered OHS program dog, Beau. We will also share all winning masterpieces on the OHS Facebook page for everyone to see!

How to submit? Simply take a photo or video of your masterpiece and send by email to humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca. Don’t forget to include your name and your age when you submit!

Build that Bond: Enrichment Activities for You and Your Pet

Build a better friendship and keep your pet entertained for hours with these fun-filled activities!

Cats:

  1. Hide and Seek
  2. Cat food puzzles
  3. Homemade toilet paper roll cat toy
  4. Sock toys for cats

Dogs:

  1. Come when called
  2. Find it
  3. Hide and Seek
  4. Magic cup game

OHS Foster “Pen Pals”

You’re at home – and guess what?! So are many of our animals! Since the OHS is not completing adoptions right now, we’ve sent as many animals as we can to foster homes. OHS foster volunteers are taking care of them by providing shelter, food, water, playtime, cuddles and of course – lots of unconditional love. They even bring them to and from the OHS for essential medical check-ups to make sure they stay healthy and safe.

We’d like to encourage you to write a letter to a cat, dog or small animal in foster care, or to one of our fabulous foster volunteers! Once we receive your letter, we’ll share it with our foster team! All letters can be submitted by email to humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca. Our team will get back to you within a week with a foster animal’s photo and a short note in response to your letter.

To get you started – here are a few ideas for you to write about:

  • Why is foster care important?
  • What could animals and their foster parents do for fun at home?
  • What type of home do you think is best for a cat, dog or small animal?
  • Do you want to work with animals when you grow up? If so, tell us why!
  • What does responsible pet ownership mean to you?
  • Why do cats, dogs or small animals make great pets?
  • Motivational words of encouragement
  • A “thank you” to OHS foster volunteers

Feel free to get creative! We’d love to see some drawings, poems or even a fun photo! We hope to hear from you soon.

DIY Crafts for Kids

Here are a few links to some of the most popular crafts we do at the OHS Camp Program! Send us a photo of your completed crafts by emailing humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca. Please note – for safety reasons, we are currently not taking donations of toys for the animals – keep them for your pets at home or save them for a friend/family member with a pet!

  1. Cat Toys
  2. Bird Feeders
  3. Fleece Dog Toys
  4. Toilet Paper Roll Toys for Small Animals
  5. Popsicle Stick Animals
  6. Paper Plate Animals
  7. Egg Carton Animals
  8. Hedgehog Craft
  9. Egg Carton Owls
  10. Reptile Crafts

Hide and Seek

Help your indoor cat express their normal hunting behavior—one of the Five Freedoms—by playing hide and seek. This purr-fect game will allow your feline friend to burn off some energy and embrace their wild-side!

How to play: You can use a stuffed animal or any other cat toy and hide behind a door or wall. Wave it and move it to get their attention. Once you’ve captured their eyes, just throw the object across the room, and watch them pounce! Find a new spot and repeat 😊!

Cat food puzzles

Want to give your cat’s mind a work-out, while giving them their favourite treats?!

How to play: Grab a cardboard box, some scissors, toys and treats. Simply poke small holes in the box top, add kitty toys and treats to the box and put the lid back on. Watch as your feline friend plays around the box searching for their favourite treasures!

Homemade toilet paper roll cat toy

Who knew you could use toilet paper rolls as cat toys? All you will need is an empty toilet paper roll, scissors, and cat treats.

How to play: Mark four, finger-width marks on the side of the roll, then use the scissors to cut each ring. Next, insert the first ring into the second ring, then continue until you have formed a little ball! Add some treats before closing the ball and watch your kitty go wild!

Sock toys for cats

Finally time to use up those old, unmatched socks and keep your furry, feline friend busy!

How to play: Grab an old pair of socks and a piece of paper to stuff the sock with. Roll the paper into a ball and stuff it into the sock, tie the sock end and voila! Toss it to your kitty and let the fun begin!

Come when called

Knowing that your dog will come when called can keep them safe and sound. Here is fun way to work on this skill in your very own home!

How to play: You can play this game at any level. If your dog is a beginner, just stay close by. Get them to sit and then call their name. As soon as they come to you, give them a treat and tell them how much you love them!

If your dog already comes when called, you can still play — just make it a little harder for them. Try moving further away each time! As soon as they find you — give them a treat and tell them how proud you are of them!

Find it

Give your dog’s brain a work-out while working out their powerful nose!

How to play: Grab a handful of treats or pieces of kibble and throw them around a small area or hide them in different areas of your house! Then tell your dog to “find it” and watch as your dog searches to find them. Watch how happy they are when they get to eat the treats they find!

Hide and Seek

Looking for ideas on how to get your dog excited and keep him engaged? Why not play this simple game of “hide and seek”!

How to play: Once your pooch comes when you call them, it’s time to play “hide and seek.” All you need to do is find a hiding spot—without your dog watching. Then, call out your dog’s name. Once they find you, give them a treat and praise them. Repeat this as many times as you can and see how excited your pup gets!

Magic cup game

This activity is a great way for your dog to get their most important sense fulfilled- their sense of smell!

How to play: What you will need are a few treats and 3 cups.

Simply place one treat under one cup and rotate the 3 cups to engage your dog’s sense of smell by getting them to choose which cup has a treat hidden under it. They may tell you by giving you a paw, or by trying to move the cup with their nose. Once they guess the correct cup, reward them with the treat hidden inside!

Extra tip: If they don’t guess the correct cup, show them the right one and give them the hidden treat to teach them the game!