CASW recognizes that children, youth and their families are needing to get creative during this time of isolation and physical distancing.
CASW has pulled together free online resources to help support adapting to the new realities of day to day life during these extraordinary times.
In doing so, CASW fully recognizes that the online resources compiled can only be accessed by people with the financial means and resources to access the internet. CASW commits to join others in making internet access not a privilege but a human right in this time that connectively dictates accessibility to learning, employment and entertainment.
Back to School Resources:
Students and parents are facing new challenges this school year due to COVID-19. Whether students take classes online or in class, the pressures remain the same.
Activities for Children and Youth:
Jays Care Foundation
Unstoppable Kids Challenge: Get involved in Jays Care's daily challenges and have fun while gaining new skills at home (for children and youth ages 4 to 18 who live in Canada).
Mothers Matter Centre
Mothers Matter Centre’s guide to parents for a weekly, in-home schedule that is full of easy to follow parent-child activities.
YMCA Health & Fitness Videos
Kid's Activities - Free kids classes that are full of energy and fun for all members of the family. Get your kids off the couch with exercise tailored for them.
The Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross has compiled a list of free resources and links to entertain while at home whether looking to be entertained by performing arts, in need of kids’ activities to online education or even mental health support, there’s something here for you to enjoy.
Canada's National Ballet School
Dance at Home Kids - you will find step-by-step videos, activity plans, and more to help your child discover the joy of creative movement—all in fun and engaging activities that are easy to do at home. The age-rages are approximate and we encourage you to dance together as a family. If you are looking for more activities to keep your family active during this time, visit NBS' Online Learning Space, which offers a variety of freely available online dance resources that can be adapted for home use.
The Toronto Public Library
TPL Storytimes on YouTube - A collection of popular storytime songs, performed by library staff so you can sing along at home
Ready for Reading - a collection of songs, stories, activities and games to help your little ones aged 0-5 develop their early literacy skills.
Nuna (Inuktitut, English and French)
mindyourmind partnered with a group of youth in Arviat, Nunavut to develop the Nuna journal book. They wanted a way to share their Inuit culture, recipes, coping strategies, and more.
Code.org is a fantastic entry into coding, absolutely no experience required. Jump in with the resources on their at-home learning intro page, then pick a game or character your child likes from one of the Hour of Code activities.
Mystery Science is good for ages 5–adult.
For the mad scientist in your child, here are some suggestions for science experiments that can be done at home, using materials typically found around the house. Ideas range from soap-powered boats and musical straws, to ghost bubbles and instant ice cream. Each idea features a YouTube video demonstrating the experiment as well as a PDF with step-by-step instructions.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
FAMILY TIPSHEET: Fun and budget-friendly stay-at-home activities
Activities Specific to Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities:
The National Organisation for FASD - UK
Stay-at-Home-Guide for Kids with FASD - This guide offers some suggestions – but it’s only a start to help get everyone thinking of some fun and calming home activities.
HCARDD is offering a series of virtual wellness events during this time. These events are free, online, and open to all.
Join us on Mondays during COVID-19 for free online mindfulness sessions for people in the developmental disability community and their caregivers, regardless of age or disability.
Every Monday during COVID-19 | 2:00-3:00PM EST
Take part in accessible and inclusive guided meditation sessions, whether you've practiced mindfulness before or not. These sessions will be facilitated by Sue Hutton, a clinician with over 30 years of mindfulness experience.
Every Tuesday during COVID-19 | 3:00-4:00PM EST
Using My COVID Disability Q., youth and their family members are invited to ask questions relating to disabilities and the ongoing COVID-19 situation and get credible answers from some of Canada’s leading disability experts working in a wide range of fields including health, research, science, policy, leisure, and wellbeing.
Autism Ontario has compiled a list of fun activities to do at home