Keeping Your Kids Busy at Home – Awesome Links/Ideas and Navigating Volatility during the Covid-19 Crisis

Here we are, week 2 of social distancing and like most of us, you are likely working from home.  It can be a challenge managing calls and working, all while having to keep our kids and grandkids occupied and feeling included.

Our colleague Allison and friends at Invesco have put together a list of websites that can be a great way to keep our kids connected to the outside world and feel busy, and give us the time we need to connect with others during this period of market volatility.

We hope you find these helpful, and your kids enjoy exploring new ways to spend their time.  The zoos and museum section has been a fan favorite of the kids of Invesco.  Feel free to share with your friends!

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at any time via email or phone should you have any needs.  We have attached a picture of a great morning coffee. Let us know if you would like to connect and share a virtual one – looks like one Natalie might make 😊.   

Please take a look at the Navigating Volatility slide deck.  There are many great slides here to share with those who are feeling uneasy with this market downturn.  With the US Fed 2T$ stimulus package, and the Bank of Canada rate cut this morning and bond purchasing announcement, we hope to see calmer waters ahead.

Hope you and your families are all keeping well.

Your friends at Capital Wealth Partners

Storytimes & Book Readings

Author Mac Barnett: Most days at 3pm, Mac Barnett reads his books on Instagram Live.

Author Monique Gray Smith: Reads her books and shares the videos on Instagram Live.

Author Oliver Jeffers: Every weekday at 2pm, Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books on Instagram Live.

Author Peter H Reynolds: Every weekday at 3pm, Peter Reynolds will read one of his books on Facebook Live.

Jbrary: A directory of online storytimes and resources for songs and rhymes.

OperationStoryTime on Instagram: Search #operationstorytime on social media to find authors reading their works online.

Penguin Kids: Every weekday at 11am, Penguin Kids will share a read aloud on Instagram Live.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation: Listen to famous actors and personalities like Betty White, Oprah, and Kristin Bell read children’s books.

Zoos, Museums & Other Experiences

Cincinnati Zoo: Facebook Live videos highlighting a new animal each weekday at 3pm, and shared via Youtube after the live stream.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Live free events with scientists and explorers around the world, hosted Live on Youtube.

San Diego Zoo: Live cameras in various zoo exhibits, paired with educational resources.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Self-guided tours of select current and past exhibits.

Activities, Curriculum, Lessons & More

All Kids Network: Crafts, worksheets, colouring pages, printable mazes, dot to dots, and more.

Bedtime Math: Daily prompts to make math easy and fun to talk about. Try adding into your bedtime routine!

CBC Online streaming platform, currently with complimentary access, with collections of educational videos.

Funbrain: Online games, books, and activities divided by grades K-8.

The Kennedy Centre presents Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.

Khan Academy: A non-profit providing free education through fun lessons, like “Imagineering in a Box.”

Learn at Home: Resources for elementary and secondary students from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Math Playground: Free online math games and puzzles, for grades 1-6.

NASA STEM @Home: Science, tech, engineering, and math activities for families with kids in grades K-4.

PBS Kids Design Squad Global: Videos, games and design challenges to promote engineering and design skills.

Pete the Cat, Harper Collins Children’s Books: Songs, videos, and activities about everyone’s favourite cat.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Seussville, Random House Children’s Books: Activzzities, crafts, and printables.

Todd Parr Fun!: Printable and online activities from always positive author Todd Parr. Be sure to check out the Things That Make You Feel Good activity book.

Vroom by Bezos Family Foundation: A free app and website with brain building tips for kids 5 and under.

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