COVID-19 - Suggested activities for children at home

COVID-19 - Suggested activities for children at home

Posted in News Sidebar, COVID 19 Bulletins

The department has compiled a list of online activities and educational resources to help parents and caregivers keep children active and engaged at home.


Stay tuned for a new resource coming soon from the Department of Education that will guide parents and caregivers in how to support learning from home while in-school classes are suspended.

Important: caregivers must supervise children and talk to their kids about how to safely use social media and the internet. Parents and children can access online resources to ensure their safety. Understanding the risks is the best way to protect our children. Visit The Canadian Centre for Child Protection for more information.

Please share this information with parents and caregivers.

For the latest provincial public health information on COVID-19, including helpful information for citizens, service providers and employers, please regularly visit the Manitoba government's website.

List of Resources for Parents & Caregivers

Government Resources

  • Manitoba ParentZone is a comprehensive website that provides parents with resources and information that reflects best practices in health and child and adolescent development. Parents can access helpful tip sheets, ask question using the “Ask an Expert” feature and learn more about parenting programs and resources available to them. Click here to visit
  • Online Resources for Manitoba Educators offers a wide variety of free learning resources for parents including videos, audiobooks, books, as well as an alternate formats collection for children with disabilities. Click here to visit
  • For educators and parents who are seeking learning materials in French, please contact the Direction des Ressources Éducatives Françaises (DREF) at or call (204) 945-8594 / toll-free 1 (800) 667-2950. Click here to visit
  • Webinar for Kids Who have Questions about COVID-19, a special event hosted by Ace Burpee (103.1 radio host), where children asked questions and received answers from Manitoba health care practitioners. Click here to visit

Activities for Young Children (Preschool to Age 6)

  • BrainPOPjr is a website for young learners to complete activities, games, and ask questions and explore their world. Subjects cover STEM, social studies, reading/writing, health, and arts. Click here to visit
  • Cbeebies (part of the British Broadcast Corporation) is an online site that provides young children with shoes, games, match and sing, and other learning activities. Click here to visit
  • Oxford Owl for Home (part of Oxford University Press) is an online site with free educational activities and games, advice and support for parents, and a free book library for 3 – to 11 year olds. Click here to visit
  • PBS Kids, a website where young children can play with their favourite show characters and learn too. Click here to visit
  • San Diego Zoo has a website for children with videos, activities and games. Click here to visit 
  • Seussville is a website where children can read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss. Click here to visit

Activities for School-Age Children & Youth

  • Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is a Code with Google program designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. Click here to visit
  • ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. This site is regularly used by homeschooling families. Click here to visit
  • Scratch is an online tool for children to create, learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. It is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group and the MIT Media Lab. Click here to visit aged 5 to 7 years Click here to visit aged 8 to 16 years

Learning for Children of All Ages

  • Crest Awards (British Science Association) is a website dedicated to student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Children aged 5 to 19 years earn awards for completing challenges. Click here to visit
  • FarmFood 360, a Canadian website that offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. Click here to visit
  • Highlights Kids is a free online tool through YouTube with games, activities, jokes, podcasts and more. Click here to visit
  • National Film Board of Canada, an amazing library of films and documentaries to discover. Click here to visit
  • National Geographic provides a wide range of videos and games for children to learn about geography and animals. Click here to visit
  • Scholastic offers learning journeys for grade levels ranging from pre-kindergarten to Grade 9. These activities explore a wide range of subjects, and culminate in reading quests that can be done alone, or with a parent. Click here to visit
  • TED ED has created high-quality interactive video-based lessons and presentations for children. Click here to visit
  • The Canadian Space Agency has inspiring resources and activities to stimulate students' interest in the sciences, mathematics and technology. Click here to visit


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