The following websites have links to programs, services and resources suitable for a range of ages. Most of the websites have categories of their own, so please click on the links for more information on what is available for each age group.
FREE ONLINE CLASSES WITH THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM
Classes, live streams and other activities for children and youth (ages 2-18). Content is updated regularly so keep checking back!
AMAZON AUDIBLE (AUDIO BOOKS)
Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of FREE stories, including titles across six different languages that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Nat Geo Kids makes it fun to explore your world with weird, wild, and wacky videos! Videos featuring awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and more, are made just for curious kids like you. So pick a topic you love and start watching today!
SCHOLASTIC KIDS: LEARN AT HOME
Scholastic Canada has provided free access to a variety of online reading activities for kids (preschool to grade 9). If you browse their website, you will find movement activities, science and nature topics, and even "Dav Pilkey at Home" - weekly videos from the author of Captain Underpants!
NETFLIX JR. YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Access hundreds of Netflix Kids shows for free on the Netflix Jr. YouTube channel.
UBC GEERING UP (STEM)
UBC is offering free virtual STEM camps, courses and other e-learning activities offered to K - 12 students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NATIONAL FILM BOARD EDUCATION
The National Film Board Education program is extending its content to families for free during COVID-19. Browse hundreds of amazing films, including those on diversity/inclusion, Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation, and environment/sustainability. Suitable for ages 7-17.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.
WORKSHEET PLACE FOR GREAT EDUCATORS
Endless FREE worksheets to help your child learn. Worksheets available for 1st to 10th grade students and examples include social emotional learning, feelings, science, math, reading and writing, phonics, goal setting and problem solving!
UNITE FOR LITERACY
Access to an abundance of children’s books that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
A Youtube channel offering KIDZ BOP Kids interviews, behind the scenes footage, music videos, singing, and dancing lessons for free! Tune in at 12 PM PST for the daily Dance Break.
VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS
A list of 12 free virtual tours of world-renowned museums that you can watch from home.
FREE AND FAMILY FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT SUBSCRIPTIONS
A CBC article highlighting affordable TV/movie subscriptions in Canada.
KIDS Q&A WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions posed by kids around the country about coronavirus.
SCIENCE WORLD RESOURCES (PRE-K TO GRADE 12)
Telus World of Science has hundreds of cool science videos available online for children of all ages. Videos can be filtered by topic and/or grade level.
BC HYDRO POWERSMART FOR SCHOOLS (K-12)
Interactive activities on conservation, electricity, energy, sustainability and safety. While many of these are intended to be group assignments, they can also be modified to be individual, home-friendly lessons.
SciShow (from the makers of Crash Course) explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: JAY’S CARE FOUNDATION UNSTOPPABLE KIDS FITNESS CHALLENGE
Work through as many of the challenges as you can in a day. Each time you complete a challenge, take a photo of the completed challenge and log it in the Challenge Log Book (found at the end of each challenge package). When you've filled a log page, submit it (along with the photos) to Jays Care at UnstoppableKids@bluejays.com. At the end of the week, Jays Care staff will look through all of the submitted challenges, tally points and send prizes to top 50 points earners! Challenges suitable for ages 4-18.
TREKK: TRANSLATING EMERGENCY KNOWLEDGE FOR KIDS
Researchers, clinicians, and community partners collaborating to make knowledge of COVID-19 and other health information accessible and understandable for children through visuals and video lessons.
DIGITAL GRADE-APPROPRIATE RESOURCE LIST
The Toronto School District has compiled a long list of external resources for children to support learning at home.
DISCOVERY EDUCATION (K-12)
This collection of resources provides timely updates regarding the coronavirus, describes what a virus is and how it spreads, offers an overview of the history of viruses and outbreaks around the world, and reveals essential guidelines for staying healthy.
HOUR OF CODE
Kids of all ages can try a free one-hour coding tutorial. Available in over 45 languages.
Adaptive online tutoring system that helps students practice and learn mathematics. They are offering 60-days of free access to students whose schools are closed due to the impact of COVID-19.
CAMP KINDA (K-8)
A FREE virtual summer camp for kids (Kindergarten to Grade 8). "Sign up and your kids will get 3-4 hours’ worth of activities each day, all connected to a weekly theme. Nothing boring. We’re talking about exploring the art of graphic novels, unlocking the mysteries of history, or jumping into the world’s craziest sports. Start any time you want. End any time you want. Camp Kinda runs on your schedule. We’ll add new adventures every week, and save them all for you right here."
VARSITY TUTORS: VIRTUAL SCHOOL DAY
Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are "Intro to Spanish for Kids", “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”.
VARSITY TUTORS: VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS
Free half-day summer camps are a week long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive camps will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors' platform. There are 300+ camps scheduled for the summer for ages 5-18.
TELUS HOME LEARNING RESOURCES
Click the following link to access the Microsoft Family Learning Center, TELUS Wise free online youth workshops, free educational content on Optik TV and free WE.org home learning resources.
We are still in the process of posting individual resources in the list above. This is a relatively time consuming process but we recognize that you need support sooner rather than later. Therefore, we are providing you with access to our list of unpublished resources and will continuously update this page as frequently as possible.