For any parents worrying about keeping the kids engaged during this extended time away, we have put together this list of apps and places to access educational videos, and art activities for your children!
Lots of Activities for Staying at home
Fluency and Fitness:
Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.
Little Twisters Yoga
Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans
Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.
Les Mills On Demand
Born to Move (kids workouts) *Free for 14 days and about $60 for 3 months
Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities
Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
Food Network 30 easy recipes with kids
Twinkl (This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.)
Red T Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students
The OT Tool Box At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.
At Home Education
ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn.
Scholastic Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Khan Academy Online education program for toddler through high school.
Arts & Crafts Activities
Red Ted Art (Easy arts and crafts for little ones)
Maker Stations created by Brooke Brown 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
Math & Science
Mystery Science K-5th Science lessons
Prodigies is a colourful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free
Songs for Teaching A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students
CODING & PROGRAMMING
Blockly (Learn computer programming skills – fun and free)
Scratch (Creative computer programming)
Tinkercad (All kinds of coding)
EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS & ONLINE GAMES
Ted Ed (All sorts of engaging educational videos)
YouTube Ed (Educational videos ranging from Sesame Street to Harvard courses)
ANIMALS, NATURE & GEOGRAPHY
Nature Detectives (A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!)
National Geographic Kids Geography and animals
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas
LITERACY & LANGUAGES
International Children’s Library (Children’s books by age category, in many languages)
Duolingo (Learn languages for free. Web or app.)
Epic! (Free for 30 days – reading children’s books online)
Oxford Owl for Home (Lots of free resources for Primary age)
Starfall Phonics skills
Storyline Online Fave kids books read by famous people
Turtle Diary PreK – 5 games for all subjects
Sight Reading Factory Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises.