FREE Resources for Children to Use During School Closure

For the past three weeks the schools are closed in Calgary and my children haven’t left the house. They spend all their time in the house or in our back yard. My husband and I take turns going shopping. Otherwise, just like our children, we have been spending the rest of the time inside.

I think that most children started some form of online classes. One of my children’ school has been teaching online classes for the past two weeks, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The other one didn’t start yet, but we have been doing math and reading using online programs.

Since children need to expand their brain beyond math and reading, we found quite a few FREE online resources that help us do that. I hope you’ll also find them useful. And if you know any other awesome links, please share them with us below.

I’ll update this post as we find more free resources that we like.

Cooking

Learn about food and do fun experiments

Music

Royal Opera House videos

Andrea Bocelli videos

Coding

Free coding classes

Beginner coding

Intermediate coding 

Languages

Duolingo

Learn languages online – a Calgary Public Library card is needed

Art

UK National Theatre videos

Bolshoi Theatre videos

Shakespeare’s Globe videos

Virtual tour of the Louvre museum

Nature coloring pages

Coloring pages for kids and for adults

Learn how to draw

Doodling with Mo Willems, one of our favourite authors

Activities about animals 

Make a glow-in-the-dark Easter bunny

Make your own comic

Exercise

Dance videos

Yoga videos for kids

Math

Math games for grades 1-6 

Math games, lessons, quizzes

Level up math games

Reading

Story time from space

Children’s stories read by actors and actresses

Story time at the library

Books read aloud

Book read aloud divided in useful categories

Space

NASA Kids’ Club

Space and science experiment 

Videos about the space

Surface of Mars

The size of space

Animals and Nature

Live cameras at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Live cameras at San Diego Zoo 

Animals photos and facts 

Farm virtual tours

Videos, images and facts 

Videos from the Calgary Zoo

The deep sea

Nature lab

Combinations

Coloring, drawing, science, crafts, etc.

Fun activities, free books, etc.

Science and art experiments

Explore the world through videos 

STEM Videos by grade

Videos about space, biology, science, etc.

Videos about animals, fun facts, science, etc. 

Videos on various topics – quite fun and educational 

Digital resources from the Calgary Public Library

Scholastic resources

Worksheets, coloring pages, crafts

And last but not last, one of our favourites

Cirque du Soleil videos

And 20 more other awesome things we can do with our children at home. Lots of options to choose from. Choose one activity a day. Many days will pass before you repeat each activity. Don’t forget to add your own ideas to the list.

  1. Build a fort using pillows, blankets, cushions, sheets, etc.
  2. Manicure and pedicure
  3. Play board games – we like Dixit, Axis and Allies, Pass the Pigs
  4. Play dress up
  5. Have a dance party
  6. Cook and bake
  7. Write letters to grandparents and to seniors
  8. Learn a new language
  9. Make a LEGO movie – we use this to record
  10. Make paper planes and have a paper plane competition
  11. Play hopscotch
  12. Write a story together
  13. Color and draw together
  14. Play bowling with cups
  15. Play with balloons
  16. Play hide and seek
  17. Make your own picture book. Fold a few pieces of paper in half and staple them. Draw characters, write the story
  18. Have an indoor or backyard picnic or a fancy tea party (make invitations – invite your plushies, make tiny sandwiches and mini muffins, dress up)
  19. Make a list of things you like about yourself.
  20. Journal or draw what you are feeling. This is an awesomely creative booklet for kids to work on and have fun with.

The upcoming weeks and months will be challenging, but we can make them pass more joyfully by being intentional with how we spend our time.

What are your favourite free resources for children? Comment below and I’ll add them to the list. Let’s keep our children happy and healthy. 🙂