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Learn at Home

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!

Clicker Training Challenge (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Dog Biscuit Recipe (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Cat Grass Creatures (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

No-Bake Cat of Dog Treats (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Cat Claws Challenge (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Reading to Pets Log (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Snuffle Mats (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Pet Fitness (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Square Knot Fleece Toy (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Treat Toys for Pets (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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)

 

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.

Top 10 Reasons (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.

Mini Catio Design Challenge (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)


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.

Special Swines Colouring Sheet (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Life Cycle of a Chicken (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Pigs in a Pen (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

Experiments: How Strong is an Egg? (ages 7-12)

Through fun experiments, find out how strong an egg actually is!

How Strong is an Egg? (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Farm Animal Guess Who? (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 


Wildlife & The Environment Activities

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.

Bird Window Decal (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

BC Wild Animal Homes with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Bee Watering Station Rocks (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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 (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt – Part 2! (all ages)

Get outside and enjoy the summer edition of our Nature Scavenger Hunt!

Nature Scavenger Hunt Summer Edition (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Nest Helper (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Polar Bear Blubber Experiment (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

Outdoor Activity: Sound Mapping Nature (ages 5-12)

Grab a pencil and paper, close your eyes and listen, and discover a world of sound.

Sound Mapping Nature (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Take a Nature Snapshot (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Silent Stalker (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Animal Abilities Self-Portraits (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Backyard Biodiversity (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Have to Have a Habitat (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Wild-Safe Spaces (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Zoology Challenge (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)


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.

Help Harry Find a Home (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)


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.

Treat Puzzles (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

Storytime: The Forgotten Rabbit (ages 6-8)

Learn what pet rabbits need to have happy and healthy lives.

Storytime with the BC SPCA: The Forgotten Rabbit (video) and worksheet (PDF)

 

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 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!

Meet Your Match (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Bunny Biscuit Recipe (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)


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.

Animal Resolution Bookmarks (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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 Count! (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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!

Kind Acts Challenge 2 (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

Get Creative: Neighbourhood Window Walk (all ages)

Create an animal-themed art gallery in your window for your neighbours to enjoy!

Neighbourhood Window Walk (PDF)

 

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!

T-shirt Tote Bag (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

Animal Reflection Prompts (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)

 

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.

The Great Label Detective (PDF) with additional resources (PDF)


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