Wellness Kits

Online Resources

Wellkin has created these Wellness Kits with families in mind!

In this time where parents and children are adapting quickly to changes, Wellkin wants to provide both tangible and virtual supports while you, along with our community continues to physically distance to stay safe. We have compiled a list of online resources to support you in navigating through this experience.

The resources are organized into categories for you to browse:

Virtual Family Wellness Resources

Breathball guided breathing exercise mobile app – Breathball.com

Breathing exercises to reduce stress – Headspace

“Mental Health Is Important And That’s Why We Have First Aid Kits For It” – Janice Quirt, CBC

Your COVID-19 Mental Health Tool Kit – Pathstone Mental Health

Emotional Wellness Toolkit – National Institutes of Health

Mental Wellness First Aid Kit (for purchase) – Lost + Found

COVID-19 Wellness Kit [PDF] – Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Virtual Caregiver Wellness and Support

COVID-19 Caregiver Resource Centre – Ontario Caregiver Organization

Caregiver Fact Sheet [PDF] – Mental Health Commission of Canada

COVID-19: Self-Care for Parents & Caregivers – Complex Trauma Resources

COVID-19 resources: Self-care, working from home, and tips for parents – Canadian Red Cross

“Self-care for the caregiver” – Marlynn Wei, MD, JD, Harvard Health Publishing

Yoga, Meditation and Guided Visualization for Kids

Learn about mindfulness, relaxation, forest meditation, visualization, basic yoga poses.

Why Forest Bathing Is Good for Your Health – Karin Evans, Mindful.org

Wildlife Sanctuary: Visualization Relaxation Script – Inner Health Studio

An Accessible Meditation Practice for Beginners – Yoga International

7 Meditation Scripts for Kids – Mindfulness Exercises

Treehouse Relaxation Script – Kids’ Relaxation

5 Best Kids Yoga Videos on Youtube – Awake & Mindful

58 Fun and Easy Yoga Poses for Kids (Printable Posters) – Kids Yoga Stories

The Best Kid Yoga Videos – Preschool Inspirations

Guided Meditation for Teens

Guided Meditations – Mindfulness for Teens

10 Cool Meditations for Pre-Teens and Teens – DOYOU Media Pte. Ltd.

Free Online Books for Kids

Free access to online books and reading resources

Raz-Kids – LAZEL, Inc.

A Library for the World’s Children – International Children’s Digital Library

Open Library – Internet Archive

Kids: Free eBooks – Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc.

Free Online Books for Teens

Free access to online books and reading resources

eLibrary for Teens – Harvard Public Library Trust

Free Reads of Young Adult & Teen Books – Riveted by Simon Teen

Nature Activities & Education for Kids

Learn how to identify different species of wildlife, scavenger hunts and nature conservation

Six Kid-Friendly Bird Guides – National Audubon Society

Teaching Bird ID – Cornell University

Forest Education – Forests Ontario

Resources for Children – Nature Canada

Connecting Youth with Nature – David Suzuki Foundation

130+ FREE Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck at Home – Outdoor Families Magazine

Edible Education for Kids

Kids can learn how to follow recipes, measure ingredients and prepare meals

30 Easy Recipes Kids Can Help Make – Food Network

Cooking with Kids – Television Food Network, G.P.

20 Easy Recipes to Make with Your Kids – Weelicious

Involve kids in planning and preparing meals – Canada’s Food Guide

Kids DIY & Crafts

Kids can learn how to follow recipes, measure ingredients and prepare meals

DIY Crafts – Crayola

Easy, 10-Minute Crafts for Kids – The Spruce Crafts

Kids’ Crafts – DIY Network

STEM at Home – Let’s Talk Science

Sensory DIY

Ways to make playdough, elephant toothpaste, slime, calm down jars etc.

Kinetic Sand Recipe – Growing A Jeweled Rose

Fluffy Slime Recipe – The Best Ideas for Kids

6 Homemade Playdough Recipes – FamilyEducation

6 Ways to Make a Calm Down Jar – Preschool Inspirations

Science/STEM for kids

Science information and projects that can be done at home

10 Free Science Websites To Expand Your Science Lessons – The Canadian Homeschooler

Fun experiments – Canadian Space Agency

STEM Camp @ Home – STEM Camp

Using Purple Mash when school is closed – 2Simple Ltd

Support for schools affected by Coronavirus – Book Creator

National Geographic Kids – National Geographic Society

Fun math learning platform for kids – Prodigy

Learning games for kids – Cookie

Children’s Music Education Resources

PC drumming beats on virtual drum kits – VirtualDrumming

Virtual Classes – Little Rebels Music + Development

Movement and Mindfulness Videos – GoNoodle

Free Online Music Lessons for Kids – MakingMusicFun

Learn with Binogi – Binogi Canada

Art for Kids

Art activities, online colouring book, puppets, free broadway plays, art history, digital art lessons

Free Online Drawing Lessons for Kids, Led by Favorite Artists & Illustrators – Open Culture, LLC.

Center for Puppetry Arts @ Home – Center for Puppetry Arts

Art Maker – Sesame Street

Elementary Art Lesson Plans – KinderArt

Elementary Art Lesson Plans – Music with Recyclable Items

Free Online Coloring Pages – ScrapColoring

Learning Resources – National Gallery of Art

How To Draw For Kids – Art For Kids Hub

Pixar in a Box – Khan Academy

Digital Classroom Resources – National Women’s History Museum

Artsology: Art Games for Kids, Arts Education Resources for Teachers, and much more! – Artsology

16 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home – Playbill

Journaling 101

Resources for kids to learn about mindfulness journaling, journaling apps, journal prompts

5 Game-Changing Tips for Journaling with Kids – Page Flutter

Art Journaling with Kids – Imperfect Families

Your journal for work and life – Mindwave

Journal Apps, Online Diaries, and Digital Scrapbooks – Common Sense Media

Nature Journaling for Kids: Journal Page Printables – Scratch Made Journal

Mini Mindful Journal (Free Printable Mindfulness Journal for Kids) – Coriaria

Mindfulness: Journaling, Breathing and More! – Action for Healthy Kids

Mindfulness Journal Prompts – Journal Buddies

Feel free to share these resources with other families so that they can benefit from some of the suggestions that Wellkin has put together! And if you really love one of the activities in your kit or one of our virtual sites, go ahead and post on one our social media pages!