Community Connections During COVID-19

Check out these Locally Sourced resources and activities:

 

Emergency Community Support – Call for Applications: United Way Niagara is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during COVID-19 pandemic.  Click Here for more information

Local Food Week: Traditionally Ontario Food Markets celebrate Local Food Week the first week of June.  Click Here for information on how Local Food Week is still being celebrated this year. Click Here to find a Farmer Markets near you.

Safari Niagara: New Wild Adventure Drive-Thru:  Take a tour around the Zoo from the comfort of your own car with your very own Zoo keeper commentary to learn about animals as you pass through the variety of Zoogeographic areas. Click Here to buy tickets.

Pathstone Mental Health: is now open for face to face consultation. Click Here to find out times and restrictions for each location. Also Click Here  for your mental health tool kit on talking to children about all of the changes and cancellations.

Resources francophone pour vous et nos familles Cliquez ici

Niagara Community Garden Network Click Here for resources on how to start a garden, planting your garden, dealing with pests and disease in your garden and how to use the produce from your garden.

 

 

Things to do to keep you and your children busy while you are at home:

 

Child celebrating their birthday? Click Here for tips on How to Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday While Social Distancing

  • For those living in Fort Erie: Fort Erie Fire Department would like to help you celebrate your child’s birthday (age 2 to 10) by delivering Birthday Bags to your house.  Call 905-871-1600 x 5600 or email fepubliceducation@gmail.com if you live in the Fort Erie area to request yours.

Simply Well-balanced Click Here for 15 Fun Games for Kids to Play with Friends on Video Chat

Adventure in Familyhood: Click Here for 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids

6 Clever Sisters: Click Here for some new backyard activities for kids or Click Here  for Indoor Games for When You’re Running Out of Ideas!

Canada’s Wonderland: Click Here  for activities to motivate your children to be creative inspired by Canada's Wonderland

TVO Kids: Click Here for preschool videos, activities and games or Click Here for School age videos, games and live shows. 

Help! we’ve got kids: Click Here for Experiments That Make At-Home Science Class Fun or Shake Up Your Routine With These 6 Fun At-Home Events Click Here

True North Sports Camp Click Here Since they are not currently running any programs, they will upload weekly activities that families could do on their own. Each week they will add drills, games and activities that can either be performed in order or you can pick and choose the activity based on your child’s interests.

GoNoodle: Click Here free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning

 

How do you measure 6 feet so that you are maintaining the correct social distance? Forget the tape measure and click here to learn some fun measurement options. Alternatively, do you have an extra hockey stick around the house?  Click here to learn how a hockey stick can help maintain social distance and be a useful coronavirus tool!

Window on the World: Travelling pretty much anywhere is not an option this summer but click here to enjoy a peek out of a window in countries around the world.

Mackin “distance learning essentials” Click here to see how they have opened up their resources and are offering e-books, reference point digital database and Lightbox subscription all free of charge!

Literacy Concordia: Are you looking for more reading material for young children? Click here to find e-books, literacy supports plus parent and teacher resources all free. Français:  Cliquez ici

Dieticians of Canada have provided an informative article about nutrition and dietary issues related to Covid. Click here to visit their website with lots of other articles about food and the science behind it.

DecouvrezLesAliments:  Cliquez ici pour conseils pour le public au sujet de la COVID-19 / du coronavirus

Sandra Boynton: If you are a fan of “Barnyard Dance” or any of Sandra Boynton’s fun children’s books then this break is for you. Click here to check out her Twitter feed for great pictures and fun holiday reminders – National Fudge Day anyone?

Today’s Parent publishes a great Canadian magazine and their website has lots of great content on everything from Covid to back to school to crafts and fun ideas. Click Here  to check out all that this Canadian website has to offer.

Social Thinking:   Click Here for free activities, read-a-loud books and more to help your child become a better listener and therefore improve their Self-regulation, Social-emotional learning, Executive functioning, Perspective taking, and Social problem solving.  Updated weekly

Nature Conservancy of Canada: Practicing safe physical distancing doesn’t mean staying away from nature. Connecting with nature will help reduce your stress level and improve both physical and mental health during these unusual times. Click Here

Atlas Obscura: Click Here for 107 cool and unusual things to see and do in Ontario

Ontario Live: Click Here  to find a virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province.

  •  Click Here to visit your favourite Ontario attractions virtually
  •  Click Here for virtual local experiences and sports
  •  Click Here for arts and cultures activities and podcasts from Ontario artists

Storytime with Celebrities: Storyline Online has a wide selection of children’s books being read by celebrities, a nice break when parents or caregivers are tired of reading the same book for the thousandth time! Once you select a book, the YouTube video will open with a celebrity reader and there are options to also open the resource materials that go with each book, activities, crafts even recipes! Click here to explore all that Storyline Online has to offer.

PBS Kids for Parents: Combine your children’s favourite PBS Kids shows and characters with at home activities. At PBS Kids for Parents you can select your children’s age ranges and even topics that you would lie to explore together. The site includes information on the shows, crafts, activities, articles and Learn & Grow information. Click here to explore PBS Kids for Parents.

Agriculture for Kids: Whether it is a backyard garden or a field in the country, everything is growing right now which presents a great opportunity to teach children about where their food comes from. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada has harvested resources from across the country to help children learn more about food that grows in Canada. Click here to visit the site

L'agriculture en classe Canada: Cliquez ici L'agriculture dans chaque   classe, inspirant tous  étudiant! L'agriculture en classe Canada a récolté des ressources de partout au pays pour aider les enfants à en apprendre davantage sur les aliments qui poussent au Canada

Bonus Puzzle Books: Owl Kids has just released a new activity and puzzle book that is free to download. Click here to see the new release as well as the previously shared editions.

Camp Candlewick: Candlewick Press has created an on-line Camp that focuses on helping kids to discover new authors, books and a love of reading. No registration is required, you can select your “camp” by age and each session has a video from the author plus lots of great resources. Click here to go to Camp Candlewick

CBC for Parents is filled with information on play, parenting, food and shows that can be selected by age of the children plus there are lots of great printable options. Click here to see all that CBC for Parents has to offer your family

 

Spotlight Activity: Time to Get Outside!

 

“A simple stay in the outdoors can do wonders for relieving anxiety, stress, and depression. Countless studies have proven that nature has a positive effect on your mental health. What you see, hear, and experience in nature can improve your mood in a moment.” from the Parks Blog of Ontario Parks:

We have all spent so much time indoors that it is time to get outside, enjoy summer and soak up some sun, safely of course. Niagara has a lot of outdoor space to explore on foot or on bike and most trails offer lots of room for social distancing. To help you find an outdoor space to explore, click here to visit Niagara Region’s Guide to Biking and Walking Trails in Niagara.

Take the 30x30 Challenge! Ontario Parks wants you to reconnect with nature by spending 30 minutes a day outside for 30 days. By doing this you will be creating a nature habit that supports a healthy lifestyle. Click Here

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Area also offers a variety of parks to hike, visit and explore. Learn more by clicking here.

If you are looking to go a little further afield, click here to visit the Ontario Parks website and don’t forget that there are provincial parks close by in Haldimand.

 

“Just being surrounded by bountiful nature, rejuvenates and inspires us.“

– EO Wilson

 

Updated: August 4, 2020