Activities for kids at home

With kids home from school and daycare, many parents are looking activities to keep them educated and entertained.

Many of our team members are experiencing the same reality so we put together a list of resources for parents. From arts and crafts, to home schooling activities and museum exhibits being streamed online, there’s something for everyone. We’ve thought of all ages too – from pre-school to teens.

 

Art and Crafts

Britto Colouring Book is available free children’s colouring book. Sign up here.

Google Art Project gives you access to view thousands of art appearing in museums across the world.

Kids Activities Blog offers a collection of printables and learning activities.

 

Educational Resources

Audible is offering a free kids subscription to listen to a collection of stories. Sign up here.

Explore Mars with Google’s 360 camera.

Kids can learn to code at Code.org.

Mad Scientist has a range of home science activities downloadable through PDF.

National Geographic offers games, videos, and explorative learning activities for kids.

Instructables is an online community for people that makes things. Explore projects that you can do with your family, including math and the art of origami and how to make your own mandala colouring page.

Khan Academy offers free courses for children (and adults) at all levels, including math, grammar, engineering, and art history.

Open Culture’s K-12 free educational resources for parents and kids.

Prodigy has a range of math topics from Grades 1 to 8.

Purple Mash (children’s curriculum learning) and Serial Mash (online library with guided reading resources) are available free during school closures. Sign up free here.

Scholastic Learning Journeys is available for pre-kindergarten to Grade 9. Scholastic also has a list of Resources for Families.

TVOKids offers Pre-School and School Age online games and activities free. You can also watch their channel live and ad-free on their YouTube channel.

Connect with nature in Canada by exploring its inhabitants by iNaturalist.

 

Health and Exercise

Simple Mindfulness Activities Kids (And Parents!), from CBC.

YMCA exercise programs classes, including fitness, dancing, yoga, and more.

 

Museums

Ripley’s Aquarium’s Shark Camera allows users to take the plunge into a shark tank.

Calgary Zoo’s Panda Cam can be viewed 24/7 free of charge.

Vancouver Aquarium’s live feed allows you to view sea life from the ocean floor.

Art Gallery of Ontario’s online collection can be viewed free of charge.

Canadian Museum of History has several exhibits online.

Googles Top 10 Museums to walk virtually, including the British Museum and Guggenheim Museum.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is sharing content via their Instagram and Facebook pages daily.

National Gallery of Canada’s online archive of photos is accessible to the public.

Royal Ontario Museum’s collection can be viewed through their online archive. A Google virtual tour of inside the museum is also available free.

Vancouver Art Gallery’s virtual tour through Google accesses the art gallery’s floor itself. Some images can also be found related to their current exhibits free.

Virtual Museums has several Canadian virtual tours online free of charge.

 

Resources for parents

How can we talk to kids about COVID-19? Be “realistically reassuring” – Canadian Pediatric Society.

Talking to your anxious child about COVID-19 – Children’s Mental Health of Ontario.