How to help kids survive (even thrive) while stuck at home
There are animal webcams, virtual galleries and lots more online
Looking for ideas to keep your family engaged while safe at home?
Last week, the Ontario government sent out resources for learning at home, in English and French. Here are some other options that might help kids and teens — and therefore their parents — survive and even thrive.
Science and nature
Zoos are closed, but their inhabitants are still doing their spring thing.
Check out the webcams being offered by the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and choose from a naked mole rat, lion, panda or elephant.
There are also these webcams that capture animals in the wild.
Teens got a thing for world history? Psychology? Astronomy? Biology? Check out The Crash Course and learn — I kid you not — about the sex lives of non-vascular plants and other intriguing material.
Audible is offering its libraries of classics and children and teen literature for free.
Think Anne of Green Gables, Jack London's White Fang, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged in five different languages.
Thinking old school? There are thousands of books in the public domain and you can choose from roughly 60,000 by heading over to Project Gutenberg.
The Ottawa Public Library might be closed, but it's still offering cool stuff online for kids and teens including links to movies, magazines, and music.
CBC is also offering free access to Curio, an online learning platform featuring content from Canadian educational institutions.
Museums all over the world are closed, but your family can go on virtual tours of our planet's best collections here, from the Musée d'Orsay and the Uffizi to the Rijksmuseum and the Art institute of Chicago.
You can see virtual collections from Canadian museums, too.
Finally, if you're thinking of taking up the guitar, the piano or even bongo drums, you can do so virtually here.
You can find tons of games, videos and quizzes on CBC Kids.
Searching for some calm? Here's a list of recommended kids' yoga videos.
Is your home school really une école à la maison? There are lots of French-language resources to be found.
For Canadian history in bite-sized chunks, highly produced and watchable, there's Historica Canada's complete list of heritage minutes.