Our goal is to empower our families and community members to have tools and ideas to support them during Public Health Canada's recommended social distancing period.
For any questions, please connect with us at email@example.com and we will do our best to support you during this challenging time.
This page will be updated frequently with more resources and updates to come. [Last Update: April 3, 2020]
Hand washing is very important in keeping our bodies safe from sickness! Here are some fun ways to encourage your children to wash their hands. So fun, they may not even realize they’re doing it!
20 ideas to make hand washing fun:
Songs to sing while washing your hands:
Hands-on activities including water, soap and bubbles:
Give your animals a bath! Put your dinkies through a car wash! Bathe your Mr. Potato Head or your baby doll!
Make dish soap silly putty:
Make jelly soap:
Television Channels free!
Sites for Families to use while school is closed:
Lindsay Hurley Fine Art - Kids Art Lessons
All grade curriculum for Kidzone - Music (FREE)
Fun & Games with Music (FREE)
Splash Learn - (FREE) K-5 Math
Old Farmer’s Almanac - Science (FREE)
Scholastic - Reading (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT)
Adapted Mind - Math & Reading (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT)
ABC Mouse - Reading - Math - Science - Art & Colors (Ages 2-8) (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT)
Raz Kids - Reading - (FREE TRIAL)
Adventure Academy - Math - Science (Ages 8-13) (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT)
Prodigy - Math (FREE ACCOUNT)
National Geographic Kids - (FREE)
Cool Math 4 Kids - Math & Games for Kids (FREE)
PBS Kids (FREE)
Coloring Printable Pages (FREE)
Coloring Pages - Drawing Tutorials - Paper Crafts - Puzzles & Games (FREE)
Yellowstone National Park - https://www.nps.gov/…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
Canadian Farm & Food Tours https://www.farmfood360.ca
ANIMAL CAMERA'S (FREE) Monterey Bay Aquarium - https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
Houston Zoo Cams - https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/
Jellyfish & Beluga Webcam - https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/
How to Remain Physically Active at Home
Physical activity is an important part of the day for both adults and children. Along with the long-term health benefits, being physically active can help us feel calmer, sleep better, and improve attention during other activities.
Lots of opportunity for a variety of physical activities also provides toddlers with the movement experiences and practice they need to develop future movement skills. Children aged 1 to 4 years old should have 180 minutes of physical activity per day, spread out throughout their day. This may be more challenging during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as family routines change and access to outdoor spaces are limited. However, a toddler’s need for physical activity are well suited to a lot of indoor and backyard ideas.
Remember, physical activity is important for parents, too! Not only are you keeping yourself healthy, but you are also modelling these activities for your little ones, which is an important way they learn to make these activities part of their life.
The Active for Life website’s “Recipe for an Active Day” (https://activeforlife.com/recipe-for-an-active-day/) shows an example of how families can include a variety of physical activities into the day. Fun activities that can be part of your “recipe” are below.
Indoor Physical Activities for Children and Toddlers
50 ideas for indoor physical activities for children: https://thinkgreenparentin.wixsite.com/home/single-post/2015/12/15/50-indoor-physical-activities-for-kids
38 indoor gross motor activities for toddlers: https://toddlerinaction.com/fun-indoor-physical-activities-for-toddlers-who-dont-sleep/
Giant Collection of Physical Activities Toddlers Love: https://handsonaswegrow.com/physical-activities-toddlers/
12 Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers: https://playworld.com/blog/12-indoor-physical-activities-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers/
12 Ways to Play with a Cardboard Box: https://activeforlife.com/cardboard-boxes/
49 fun physical activities to do with kids aged 2 to 4: https://activeforlife.com/49-fun-physical-activities-to-do-with-kids-aged-2-to-4/
Yoga for Children:
Some Ideas for Parents:
Yoga with Adrienne: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos?app=desktop
Instagram Accounts offering free or discounted yoga:
Online Exercise Classes for Adults
5 Best Online Workout Programs That are Free: https://1051thebounce.com/2017/08/30/5-of-the-best-online-workout-programs-that-are-free/
Fitness Blender: https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos
A list of free or discounted online workout programs: https://makeyourbodywork.com/how-to-exercise-at-home/
Instagram Accounts offering free workouts:
Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4)
Active for Life