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.
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!
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.
Square Knot Fleece Toy
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!
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.
Emergency Pet Plan (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)
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
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!
Get Outside: 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!
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!
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.
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!
Take Action Activities
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
- Billions of Bunnies Colouring Sheet (PDF)
- Dog Breed Word Search (PDF)
- House of Hazards (PDF)
- Small Animal Word Search (PDF)
- Seal Sudoku (PDF)
- Wild Animal Tracks Matching Game (PDF)
- Wild Animal Word Search (PDF)
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