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Online Activities for Children During COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean children have to stop engaging with new experiences. Here are some online resources that will keep your children learning—and give you some much-needed quiet time—during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For Animal Lovers

Home Safaris by the Cincinnati Zoo

Tour the zoo right from your home! The Cincinnati Zoo is running educational safaris every weekday at 3:00 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Live Habitat Tours with the Toronto Zoo

Take a look behind the scenes at the Toronto Zoo. The Zoo has been posting live Facebook videos most days around 12:50 p.m.

Story Time with Esther the Wonder Pig

Love barnyard animals? Join Esther the Wonder Pig every Friday at 10:30 a.m., when her dads broadcast a live story book reading from their home at the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. Find the videos on Facebook and Instagram.

National Geographic Kids

Learn all about fascinating animals and their habitats with the National Geographic.

For Bookworms

Tumblebooks

Thanks to our friends at the Brampton Library, you can access Tumblebooks for free! Tumblebooks is an on-demand, online collection of books for preschoolers, elementary school children, and their families. To access it 24/7 from any desktop or mobile device, use the link at the bottom of the eBooks & eAudiobooks page on the Brampton Library website. Mobile users can use their local library card to access the app (get a Brampton Library card here).

Audible

While schools are closed, Audible is open to children for free. Audible is currently offering free streaming of an incredible collection of stories in six languages; kids of all ages can listen to these audiobooks from a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.

Mississauga Library’s Dial-a-Story

Call 905-615-3500 to listen to stories read by Mississauga librarians in English, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Polish, and Urdu. After a brief message about the closure, you will be connected to Dial-A-Story.

Boukili

Parlez-vous français? Boukili is a free app where children can read along with illustrated French books.

Seussville

Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.

Storyline Online

Find some of your favourite storybooks read by movie stars!

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic Learn at Home provides projects to encourage reading, thinking, and growing.

For Aspiring Astronauts

Kennedy Space Centre

Educators at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex share Facebook Live videos to teach children about topics like rocketry and living in space.

Storytime from Space

Children who love to look up at the moon and stars will adore Storytime from Space, a library of space-themed children’s books read by astronauts on the International Space Station.

For Dinosaur Fanatics

PaleontOlogy

The American Museum of Natural History offers online videos, games, and activities to teach children about dinosaurs. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can also download the app to let them explore the museum’s dinosaur collection.

London Children’s Museum

The London Children’s Museum posts video presentations about their different exhibits, including their dinosaur collection! Check out their Facebook feed for educational content and activities.

For Ocean Dwellers

Ripley’s Aquarium’s Shark Cam

Is it marine life that catches your eye? Watch sharks, fish, and even sea turtles in real time on Ripley’s Aquarium’s live Shark Cam!

For Movers and Shakers

YMCA Greater Toronto

Stay active with free Facebook Live video classes for the whole family.

87 Indoor Games & Activities by What Moms Love

Need to get rid of extra energy? Try out some of these indoor activies!

How are you spending your time at home? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!