Welcome to BC SPCA Learn at Home!
Created for both fun and learning, our specially designed activities are sure to entertain the animal-loving kids in your house, while they explore interesting and important ideas about all things animals. Download our activities and their corresponding resource packages below!
We’ll be adding new activities weekly, so make sure to check back in and join our private Facebook group where we will post new activities, and where we can engage as a community of animal-loving parents and teachers. Plus, it’s an awesome place for your kids to share their work!
Cat & Dog Activities
Clicker Training Challenge (all ages)
Rewards-based training is a positive way to teach your pet new tasks. Practise positive reinforcement training with the people in your household with this fun clicker training activity!
Bake Your Own Dog Biscuits (all ages)
Are you trying to teach your pet something new? These biscuits make the perfect treat to use as you work on positive reinforcement training with your pup.
Cat Grass Creatures (all ages)
Cats love to munch on grass! Try growing your own green treat in the shape of a funky, one-of-a-kind recycled creature. Be kind to your cat and the planet at the same time!
No-Bake Cat or Dog Treats (all ages)
This NO-BAKE pet treat recipe is so simple, and one of the most popular activities in our BC SPCA camps. Nothing like messing around with a big bowl, a spoon and some simple ingredients to make kids happy. And every pet deserves a healthy treat!
Cat Claws Challenge (ages 5-8)
Cat claws might look like fingernails, but they are really more like a cat’s fingers. When people make the decision to declaw their cats, it takes away their ability to express many natural behaviours. Through this activity, imagine what life might feel like for a declawed cat.
Reading to Pets Log (ages 6+)
Reading to our pets is good for us and good for them! Grab a great book, find a comfortable spot for you and your pet, and keep track of your reading experiences together.
Make a Snuffle Mat for Your Pet (ages 7+)
Animals need lots of opportunities to play and challenge their brains. Learn how to make this fun and challenging activity for your cat or dog in just a few easy steps.
Pet Fitness (ages 7+)
Just like humans, it is very important for pets to get exercise to help them stay healthy and happy. Learn fun fitness tips for helping pets stay active and entertained.
Square Knot Fleece Toy (ages 7+)
Toys are very important to your pet’s well-being. They encourage your pet to play and express natural behaviours, and they can also provide comfort and help fight boredom. Learn how to make a fun fleece toy that is sure to entertain your furry family member!
Think and Thump (ages 7+)
When the weather gets cold, animals living outside look for warm places to sleep. One warm spot we DON’T want them is under the hoods of our cars! This activity reminds us to think about the creatures who could be sheltering under the hood, and thump on the hood to ensure they get out safely before we start the car.
Treat Toys for Pets (ages 7+)
Everyone likes receiving a special gift, even our pets. Recycle used cardboard rolls into gift boxes, place a cat or dog treat inside to give to your pet or make one for everyone in your family!
Emergency Pet Plan Activity (ages 7-12)
When an emergency situation happens—like an earthquake or wildfire—being prepared ahead of time will help you get out of your home quickly if you have to, with all the important items you need. Learn how to make a plan and an emergency kit for your pets.
Top 10 Reasons (ages 8+)
The BC SPCA has lots of animals who are looking for their forever homes, but where do we get these animals from? In this activity, kids explore the top 10 reasons animals are surrendered to a shelter.
Design a Mini Catio (ages 12+)
How do we let our feline friends be themselves while staying safe inside? Catios, of course! A catio is an enclosed outdoor patio designed to let cats express their natural behaviours.
Farm Animal Activities
Special Swines Colouring and Fact Sheet (all ages)
Pigs are amazing and intelligent animals! This fun colouring sheet is filled with fascinating facts, all about pigs.
Learn the Life Cycle of a Chicken (ages 5-7)
Grab your art supplies, and get ready to lean about the life cycle of a chicken, beginning with the egg!
Get Creative: Pigs in a Pen (ages 6-9)
Consider what life is like for a pig living in a pen, and learn, through this hands-on acting challenge, what pigs need to be happy and healthy.
Experiments: How Strong is an Egg? (ages 7-12)
Through fun experiments, find out how strong an egg actually is!
Farm Animal Guess Who? (ages 8-11)
Did you know farm animals like to do a lot of the same things we do? Complete this fun activity to learn lots of fun facts about the amazing animals that live on the farm.
Wildlife & The Environment Activities
Winter Wildlife Haven
Winter is a tough season for wildlife, with deep snow and freezing temperatures. Learn how you can help by making your backyard a winter wildlife haven!
Bird Window Decals (all ages)
In Canada more than 25 million birds are injured or die from collisions with windows because they cannot see them. You can help reduce this by creating decals and placing them on your windows to help birds see the glass.
BC Wild Animal Homes (all ages)
There are a lot of wild animals in BC and different animals have different needs, especially for the place they call home. Explore the nature around you, and see what animal homes you can observe.
Get Creative! Paint Bee Watering Station Rocks (all ages)
Spring is here, and with warm weather comes the return of the bees. Bees are so very important to humans. Without them as pollinators, many of our foods and flowers would not grow.
Creating bee watering stations is an easy and fun project for all ages that helps our bee friends by providing them with a safe place to land and get the water they need. The PDF below has the how-to’s.
Nature Scavenger Hunt (all ages)
Ecosystems are made up of all living and non-living things in a specific area. Discover the great outdoors, and explore the unique ecosystem in your own backyard!
Nature Scavenger Hunt – Part 2! (all ages)
Get outside and enjoy the summer edition of our Nature Scavenger Hunt!
Nester Helper (all ages)
Birds have to work hard to find the materials they need to make their nests. Lend a helping hand to the birds in your neighbourhood through this fun outdoor exploration.
Polar Bear Blubber Experiment (ages 5-8)
How do warm-blooded mammals like polar bears survive
in cold water? Try this experiment to find out!
Outdoor Activity: Sound Mapping Nature (ages 5-12)
Grab a pencil and paper, close your eyes and listen, and discover a world of sound.
Take a Nature Snapshot (ages 6+)
Beauty in nature is all around us, and this activity reminds us to stop, notice and appreciate it. Use your various senses to create a mental snapshot of the nature around you, and then create a beautiful piece of art to celebrate it!
Silent Stalker (ages 7+)
Enjoy one of our most popular summer camp games from the comfort of your own backyard, or a park in your neighbourhood!
Wild animals rely on their senses even more than humans do. Get a sense of how wild animals use their sight, hearing and smell to survive.
Animal Abilities Self-Portraits (ages 8+)
Animals have developed physical adaptations in order to have the best chance of survival in their native habitats. These adaptations lead to the body parts of some animals becoming specialized over time, giving them physical features that help them thrive, but aren’t found in all other animals in that environment.
It’s time to get creative and draw yourself with unique animal ability adaptations!
Backyard Biodiversity Challenge (ages 8-11)
Have you ever noticed just how many different plants, animals, insects and trees are living right in your own backyard? Explore and learn about the fascinating biodiversity that exists where you live.
Create an Animal Habitat (ages 8-11)
Choose an interesting habitat that you’d like to learn more about. Research the different plants, animals and other features that make up that environment. Then, using materials from your house, design and create your own version of the habitat!
Is Your Yard Wildlife-Safe? (ages 8-11)
We are so lucky to share our communities with a wide variety of wildlife! While we want to attract some wildlife to our yards like bees, butterflies and birds, there are definitely some we would prefer stay at a safe distance. Wildlife that becomes too used to people is not good for animals or people. In this activity, we look around us in our own environments to check that our spaces are not tempting wildlife like bears to come in looking for food.
Zoology Challenge (ages 8-12)
Zoologists research animals in their natural environments, such as forests, oceans and deserts. Your challenge is to identify the animals in this activity, and maybe you will discover a brand new species!
Small Animals Activities
Create an Adoption Poster (all ages)
The BC SPCA helps thousands of animals find their fur-ever homes each year, and you can help! Create an eye-catching adoption poster to help Harry the rabbit find his fur-ever home.
Get crafty! Make Treat Puzzles for Pets (all ages)
Give your pet challenges to keep their minds (and paws) busy. Use recycled materials from around your house to make these entertaining treat puzzles for your furry friends.
Storytime: The Forgotten Rabbit (ages 6-8)
Learn what pet rabbits need to have happy and healthy lives.
Adoption Match Activities (ages 8+)
Finding animals their fur-ever homes is a big part of what we do at the BC SPCA. Become an adoption match expert by reading through various animals’ profiles, learning what different types of animals need to stay happy and healthy, and help each of these animals find their perfect home!
- Meet Hammy (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
- Meet Lego (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
- Meet Harry (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
- Meet Fred and George (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
- Meet Buttercup (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
- Meet Moe (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
Meet Your Match (ages 8-11)
Sometimes people think of small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs or gerbils as “starter pets,” but “small” doesn’t mean less care. Each small animal has different housing, space, and feeding requirements and all of them need enrichment materials like toys. Learn what small pet might work for your family!
Bunny Biscuit Recipe (ages 8-12)
Like cats and dogs, rabbits enjoy the occasional treat. Check out this recipe for yummy pumpkin and banana cookies for your bunny.
Take Action Activities
Animal Resolution Bookmarks (all ages)
Design a special collection of bookmarks with resolutions that remind us all to be kind to animals.
Kind Acts Challenge (all ages)
Check out these ideas for different ways that you can help spread kindness to people, animals and the environment.
Kind Acts Challenge – Part 2! (all ages)
Kindness Counts! Here are some all-new ideas for different ways that you can help spread kindness to people, animals and the environment. Fill out the paw print included with this activity to tell us how you are spreading kindness, or send us a photo of you doing your kind act!
Get Creative: Neighbourhood Window Walk (all ages)
Create an animal-themed art gallery in your window for your neighbours to enjoy!
Get crafty for the planet! Make a T-shirt Tote Bag (all ages)
Turn an old favourite t-shirt into a handy reusable tote bag with this no-sew project. This helps keep clothes out of the landfill, and keeps plastic bags out of the ecosystem!
Animal Reflection Writing Prompts (ages 7-11)
Designed for both teachers and parents to use with students who are learning at home, these Animal Reflection writing prompts are sure to get kids thinking and journalling about how animals may feel in different situations.
Investigate: The Great Label Detective (ages 7-12)
Discover what kinds of labels are on the food and products in your home, and learn what these labels tell us about the lives of the animals who helped make them.
Just for Fun Activities
- Adopt from the SPCA Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Big Heart for Small Animals Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Billions of Bunnies Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Cat Word Search (PDF)
- Dog Breed Word Search (PDF)
- Don’t Shop… Adopt! Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Fantastic Frogs Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Farm Animal Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Farm Animals Have Feelings Too Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Farm Animal Match-Up (PDF)
- Go Wild for Wildlife Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- House of Hazards (PDF)
- Pet ID Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Pet ID Crossword (PDF)
- Small Animal Scramble (PDF)
- Small Animal Word Search (PDF)
- Seal Sudoku (PDF)
- Time to Adopt a Kitten Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Wild Animal Tracks Matching Game (PDF)
- Wild Animal Word Search (PDF)
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