Books

The Curious Kid's Science Book by Asia Citro  – Tons of open ended science activities that allow kids to guide themselves through the scientific method rather than follow step by step instructions. 

The Sand Bucket List by David Hoffman– A fun collection of activities and adventures to engage in as a family. Pick your favourites and go.

100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life by Keith Bellows– A unique guide to many world destinations.

A Little Bit of Dirt by Asia Citro– Art and science activities for kids to do in the wild or their own backyard.

In The Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia by Lella Gandini and Louise Cadwell –An intensive reflection on the role of place in learning that provides guidance on how to implement a studio inspired space wherever you and your family learn. 

If... A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith - From the Author of If the World Were a Village this interesting book for kids provides visual metaphors of aspects of history, geology and more. Beautifully illustrated, it is worth perusing with your kids. 

Little Kids First Big Book Series by National Geographic – These colourful and engaging guides to big topics like the world and how things work are engaging for kids from toddlerhood to late elementary age. 

The Whole Brained Child by Daniel Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson –A great parenting resource based on neuroscience that offers concrete strategies to help kids flourish, at home and wherever you go. 

Draw, Paint, Print Like the Great Artists by Marion Deuchars – A beautifully designed interactive book that gets kids started on all kinds of art activities inspired by the masters. We love it. 

Dreaming Up by Christie Hale - A wonderful book aimed at kids that combines poetry, play and architecture. 

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv - An exploration of why we need nature more than ever and the movements that are growing to connect kids and families to nature. 


Podcasts

Brains On -  A kids science podcast. Fun and engaging, it is one of our absolute favourites.

Storynory - Original and classic stories for kids, including world stories, mythology and serialized novels. 

Story Pirates – Stories by kid authors brought to life as radio plays. This is a wonderful resource to encourage kids to write their own stories. 

 

Tumble – Another kids science podcast that covers an array of topics. 

99% Invisible – A podcast aimed at adults about the design elements in the world all around. Many episodes make great family listening, including those centered on sport. 

Short and Curly - An ethics podcast aimed at older kids. It poses lots of great, challenging questions about big issues in a kid friendly way. 

 


Websites & Tech

lonelyplanet.com – In addition to lonely planet's wealth of general travel resources they feature a family holidays section with tips for travel with kids, suggested destinations and related articles. 

mylittlenomads.com – A popular dad run website that provides lots of recommendations for traveling internationally with kids to specific destinations, especially regarding accommodations.

familyfuncanada.com – Information rich website with articles about events and destinations all around Canada, as well as resources for traveling with kids all over the world.

CBC Kids You Want to Go Here - Information for kids about Canada's national parks and other travel destinations.

 

 

exploratorium.edu – This website for a San Fransisco based museum provides numerous activities that allow kids to explore science and art as well as many resources for adults interested in kids' learning. 

mindshift – A blog from kqed that looks at research about learning. While it has a lot of content focused on schools, many of the articles provide significant insights that can be applied outside of the classroom.

openculture.com – This site provides information about free quality online resources for learning and engaging with the world.