With schools and daycare centres closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are looking for new ways to keep their children engaged, active and learning at home. George Brown College’s School of Early Childhood has put together a list of online resources for families and children.
Please note: The links below are largely geared towards preschoolers and school aged children. Links marked with an asterisk offer activities and games for infants and toddlers as well.
Learning resources and educational games
ABCya: Learning games for preschool to Grade 6.
Amazing Educational Resources: A crowd-sourced list of free educational resources for school aged children.
*Audible Stories: Free audiobooks for kids
Cool Math 4 Kids: Math games for school aged kids.
E-Learning for Kids: Free digital education for school aged children worldwide.
FunBrain: Educational games for preschool to Grade 6.
*Highlights Kids: Activities, games and jokes from the makers of Highlights magazine.
International Children’s Digital Library: Online library for children aged three to 13.
Literactive: Reading material for preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1.
Math Game Time: Math games for preschool to Grade 6.
Museums with Virtual Tours: Links to 12 international museums offering virtual tours. >
National Geographic Kids: Games, videos and articles for school aged kids.
PBS Kids: Games and videos from the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service.
Reggio Emilia: Empowering children in their learning process.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects for pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Science Kids: Science and technology for school aged children.
SplashLearn: Math learning program for Kindergarten to Grade 5.
Starfall: Free reading, math and language arts materials for preschool to Grade 3.
Storyline Online: Children’s books read by celebrated actors.
>Switch Zoo: Animal games for school aged children.
*Toronto District School Board Library: Links to ebooks, videos and other learning resources for Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Turtle Diary: Online learning games for school aged children.
Unite for Literacy: Online books for school aged children.
Virtual Playdate App: Information on using a family-friendly video-calling app.
Virtual School Activities: Links to virtual tours/trips, live webcams and other educational sites.
Activities and experiments with household items
Positive mental health resources
Resiliency Resources for Parents: Tips, videos and success stories to build resilience in parents and children.
Healthy recipes and nutrition tips
Child Care Resources from Ontario Dietitians in Public Health: Tips on planning/preparing healthy food for children.
Family Friendly Cookbooks: Quick and tasty recipes to increase fruit and vegetable intake.
Fifteen Kid Friendly Smoothies: Collection of recipes.
Now Is the Time to Cook with Kids: Recipes from America’s Test Kitchen
Paint Your Plate: Recipes, activities and responsive feeding practices.
Ultimate Guide to Healthy, Kid-Friendly Wraps: Collection of recipes.