Now that everyone is staying home in isolation, what to do – alone or with kids?
You don’t want to spend the entire time online so here are options to print colouring sheets, crafts, create treasure hunts, and much more. It is an amazing array of creative ideas, offers of free stories, books, museum visits, trips to national parks and much more.
I will try to update this list often. I also try to only use links to sites that are truly free and don’t require sign up. Enjoy your time of being creative, reading, learning and staying well.
• Here’s a great site for birdwatchers: https://modernpaint.org/beginners-guide-to-birdwatching/
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
• For educators and older students, this list includes virtual visits, musea, science activities and other very impressive stuff to do at home.
• Vancouver Aquarium offers live webcams to observe sea otters, penguins and jelly fish.
• If you have learned about Egypt, why not go down into the tomb of King Tut? If you imagine it getting cooler and quieter as you descend, this is just what it’s like for real! Notice the many hieroglyphs and look at the ceiling. They tell the stories of the pharaoh’s life.https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=NeiMEZa9d93&mls=1Zxr0RpKgpTws
• Over 30 different field trips, including San Diego Zoo and even to Mars!
• Virtual Tours and 360º views of US National Parks.
• Real National parks across the US will temporarily be free for all visitors, offering easier access to natural spaces during the coronavirus outbreak. Entrance fees will be waived at all national park sites that remain open, the National Park Service effective until further notice.
• And Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico invites you to come along with a park ranger
• Lots of links here for virtual tours, free e-books, and games, from England.
• Web cams of bears, otters and more.
• Feel like a stroll along the Great Wall of China? Now you can do it virtually: https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
• The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC offers free talks and activities: Royal BC Museum, https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/engage-us-home
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA has an amazing website full of films, documentaries, filmed books, historical stuff, science for all ages and more: https://www.nfb.ca It’s free but you do need to set up an account.
• The Wall of Birds has an interactive component that lets you learn details and listen to the sounds of many birds.
• Print these scavenger hunts out to use any time: