Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve logo
            

At Home Family Activities & Resources

At Home Family Activities & Resources

GBBR staff have created a running list of activity ideas and online resources designed for kids and families to complete at home. These are fun, engaging, and educational for everyone.

On this page you’ll find:

We will continue to add links, activity sheets, and other information as we see it, so please check back weekly! And be sure to follow GBBR on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more ideas and information.

Are you aware of something great for families that isn’t listed here but perhaps should be? Email Delaina Arnold with your suggestions!


Bonus! Kids in the Biosphere Blog

Are you a kid in the Biosphere? If yes, then you will want to check this out! This is where you will find information about the awesome plants, animals and natural wonder we can find in the Biosphere, cool pictures, ways to help nature, activity ideas, and much much more!

Read the Kids in the Biosphere Blog

Kids Activity Sheets

The Complete Summer Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt has it all: wildlife, plants, rocks, weather, animal signs, and much more! It will keep the young, and young at heart, busy all summer long.

Snap a picture of each item in this scavenger hunt, print the card and check the boxes, or record what you see in a notebook. There are 25 items listed, how many can you find over the summer?

Download The Complete Summer Scavenger Hunt
Kids Can Grow

Spring – Summer

Rocking & Rolling

Spring – Fall

Solar Energy

Spring – Fall

Mad About Maps

Any Season

Ice is Nice

Any Season

Wonders of Water

Spring – Fall

Weather

Spring – Fall

Root for Trees

Spring – Fall

Seeds of Life

Summer – Fall

Buzz About Bees

Spring – Fall

Invasive Species

Summer – Fall

Pollination Power

Summer-Fall

Amphibian Alert

Spring – Summer

Citizen Science

Year Round

Biosphere Birds

Spring – Fall

Insects at Night

Summer – Fall


Learning Naturally Photo Album

Are you a student at home who has a piece of artwork or an awesome discovery in nature you want to share? Ask your parent/guardian to email it to Delaina and we can share it here.


Additional Resources

Nuhop‘s meaningful, fun, and indoor activities with a healthy dose of the outdoors: https://sites.google.com/nuhop.org/at-home-outdoor-education/home

Turning Green Classroom offers thirty days of eco learning for students and families with simple, fun, impactful daily activities. Become informed, inspired and mobilized: www.turninggreenclassroom.org

80+ science activities: elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities

Everyday Earth’s GeoGarage lists many experiments you can try at home. The website is loaded with other neat learning opportunities too: everyday-earth.com/courses/experiments

Science projects with or without Internet access: sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html

The Experiment Library contains tons of science experiments: stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments

Science podcasts to listen to with your kids: medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8

National Geographic for Kids holds a ton of different learning options for kids of all ages: kids.nationalgeographic.com

Forests Ontario‘s collection for kids: https://lnk.bio/ForestsOntario

Skype a Scientist! This is a Q&A, not a lecture, so be prepared with your science questions! skypeascientist.com/for-families.html

Space science for youth Earthlings: nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA initiative covers weather, climate, water, energy, plants, and animals: climatekids.nasa.gov

Meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather: weatherwizkids.com

Ask Dr. Universe! Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they have about plants, animals, technology, math, and more: askdruniverse.wsu.edu

Explore dozens of Live Cams featuring species all over the word. There are links to related lesson plans as well to further the learning: explore.org/livecams

Live videos, see everything from the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab: si.edu/kids

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s activity bank of wildlife resources. Check them out for offline learning opportunities to provide your children: cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/for-educators

The National Wildlife Federation’s lesson plans are designed to introduce students to ecology, wildlife biology, and observation. Find one for your children to work through: nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Educator-Tools/Lesson-Plans-and-Webinars

Earth Rangers free app has kids accept missions, protect wildlife, explore and discover: www.earthrangers.com

TVO FishHeads video on Ontario’s fish species: www.tvokids.com/school-age/leos-fishheads

Ontario Invading Species Awareness Program Kid’s Corner holds games, videos, information about invasive species, and more: www.kids.invadingspecies.com

Guide to sketch a chickadee: www.facebook.com/358787267539963/posts/2812417078843624/?d=n

TVO mPower interactive K-6 math skills: www.tvompower.com

Pearson School Canada works with educators and learners to stimulate curiosity and foster education. They’re now providing the opportunity to continue the learning experience at home with no cost, K-12 resources: www.pearsoncanadaschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS3eZw

Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry K-8: www.mathscore.com

Math as a fun part of your daily family routine: www.bedtimemath.org

Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors: www.hmhco.com/math-at-work

National Geographic Young Explorers magazine is designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text: ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer

Printable at-home activity packs provide students with self-directed exercises and practice during absences from school (math and reading, multiple grade levels): curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school

Kid’s books read by famous people: www.storylineonline.net

Astronauts reading stories:  www.storytimefromspace.com

Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities: www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities

Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their family. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science: nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

Kid friendly recipes, activities to promote culinary skills, and more: kidfoodnation.ytv.com

Kids Cook Monday encourages families to set aside time for cooking and eating together. Find family friendly recipes and video demonstrations: thekidscookmonday.org

The Royal Botanical Garden is offering learning opportunities for all ages: www.rbg.ca/athome

Guide to gardening for kids, activities, project ideas, and more: planetnatural.com/gardening-kids

Easy parent and child gardening activities, lesson plan on gardening, growing ideas and a resourceful blog: kidsgardening.org

The Family Gardening Guide lists everything from seed starting to harvest, how to get your kids to love veggies to in-garden activities. Everything a family needs to get started: www.familyfoodgarden.com/family-gardening-veggie-garden

Kid-friendly workouts — choose from pre designed workouts or create your own custom workout: app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/

Movement and mindfulness videos by child development experts: gonoodle.com

Energy burning games with objects already around the house: www.whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy

Minecraft Yoga, and more by Cosmic Kids Yoga: www.youtube.com/watch?v=02E1468SdHg&t=82s

Chrome Music Lab makes learning music accessible through fun, hands-on experiments: musiclab.chromeexperiments.com

Virtual Musical Instruments lets kids play instruments online – guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos: virtualmusicalinstruments.com

The Arkells are offering free daily music classes on their Instagram account: instagram.com/arkellsmusic

Art with Mo Willems: www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems

Stoneridge Art Studios turtle colouring pages: www.mpattersonart.com

National Film Board Indigenous Cinema: nfb.ca/indigenous-cinema

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival showcases inspiring outdoor films. Check out some of audience favorites films for free: https://digg.com/2020/here-are-some-great-short-films-about-the-outdoors-you-can-watch-for-free-as-featured-at-the-banff-film-festival

TVO Kids games, activities and learning for multiple age groups: www.tvokids.com

CBC Parent’s Spring Scavenger Hunt – sights and smells: www.cbc.ca/parents/content/pdf/springscavengerhunt_cbcparents.pdf

March – May calendar of virtual field trips: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qpFAQz_QJt0ZTVTixAyuGRjsKGYI23CjlaO9eLBkThE/preview

30 Virtual Field Trips: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing, K-9: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

The Farmer’s Almanac for kids: almanac.com/kids

Maker Stations keep your children creating at home for three weeks! Each challenge uses materials around the house, has QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T4CZCt8hJqYLVT5ZVYpR7SgHLWDWaaUO/view

Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own: superchargedschool.com

Support Your Biosphere!

With your support, we can expand our impact in the Georgian Bay region through conservation and education.

Join today!  Donate today!