Obviously all our children are doing exactly as those are in the photo right? lol Remember those encyclopedias though? Schools and daycare have shut down here in Winnipeg and Manitoba and I have seen lots of great resources popping up for how to keep kids engaged while at home. Check out these online and at home activities for kids during social distancing for COVID-19.

I am putting them into this page continually so you can check back from time to time. My apologies if they are not all credited! Please note I have not personally vetted all these resources so, as with anything online, please look and make your own determination of the content quality/appropriateness.

https://littlepinelearners.com/ is a website with lots of craft/make ideas using items found outdoors. With it still being winter – you may have to search for ones relevant to what we have access to right now.

Fort Whyte is keeping its outdoor areas accessible for free but I am not sure that any washrooms are available so pee before you go! http://www.fortwhyte.org/health-and-safety-at-fortwhyte-alive/

In Winnipeg, families are posting art in their windows – so you can look for them when you go for walks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/212580663181099/

Paint rocks and hide them in the neighbourhood – maybe just leave the ones you find instead of taking them home. Parents can also hide rocks then get the kids to look for them

Treasure Hunt indoor or outdoor – make a map of your house, yard or nearby park/school ground and hide clues or a treasure. I have made a series of maps where the next location is marked on the one they find until the last map leads to the final ‘treasure’.

Neighbourhood Bingo:

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt:

Make a bubble worm!

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Scholastic’s Learn from Home tool: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Learning resources for many different grades: https://www.abcya.com/

Not just reading/learning but games as well: https://www.funbrain.com/

Learning resources/games for K-Grade 3 https://www.starfall.com/h/

Math: https://play.prodigygame.com/

Learn how to draw with Mo Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N90fLxaBCGE&t=5s – several episodes available

Make art for your windows – check out what some Winnipeggers are up to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/212580663181099/

There are some pretty accessible crafts here – I like the jelly fish one at the beginning: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1389/diy-kids-activities/?slide=1

Dye macaroni and make art/necklaces! https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/macaroni-necklace-4175051

If you can find some rocks suitable for painting, paint rocks to make a tic-tac-toe (Xs and Os) game! You can do colours, matching designs or straight up Xs and Os. https://www.wherethesmileshavebeen.com/diy-painted-rock-tic-tac-toe-travel-game/

Manitoba outfit Prairie Exotics has tons of Youtube videos up so kids can learn about animals: https://www.youtube.com/user/PrairieExotics/videos

Assiniboine Zoo is doing Facebook Lives on Monday/Wednesday/Friday: https://www.assiniboineparkzoo.ca/zoo/home/plan-your-visit/upcomingevents

Nat Geo’s cool website with games and learning just for kids! https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Canadian Museum of Human Rights Virtual Tour: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1072421356449684 – Probably better for older kids

Storytelling from Canadian Authors: https://www.cbc.ca/books/canadian-children-s-writers-illustrators-are-sharing-readings-of-their-books-online-1.5500364?fbclid=IwAR1F43LCTOiXldfjOkmYLS44hCcQr-f9BrZB2I5aMNdlIRC68juWZc_B3XM

More storytelling: https://www.storylineonline.net/

Cool interactive games from Highlights – a veteran kids learning resource: https://www.highlightskids.com/

A mix of indoor activities – I like the ‘laser’ path in the hallway one: https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/best-indoor-kid-crafts-activities.html

Practical skills around the house – it’s a great time to teach how to do laundry, introduce some new chores, help with house management, garden planning etc – a few ideas here: https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/10-life-skills-to-teach-your-child-by-age-10/

You have probably seen this schedule floating around:

Lots of games to play on a computer for kids: https://pbskids.org/

Here are some cool sciencey looking crafts: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/science-fair-project-ideas-4172625

I finally ordered one of those Kiwi boxes someone had recommended to me. I don’t know if their mailing will halt or if our mail system will face challenges so maybe look into that before you order: https://www.kiwico.com/Refer?i=AmieL29

More simple science activities: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-awesome-diy-science-projects-with-your-kids.html

And more: https://mommypoppins.com/kids/50-easy-science-experiments-for-kids-fun-educational-activities-using-household-stuff

Most importantly – you do what is best and the safest for your family. You don’t have to have a full day of learning magic on the schedule. Just keep safe, have some fun and do your best.

A reminder that the most updated resource for information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found here: http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/