Activities for Kids

The Buzz: a colouring story inspired by bee research at rare

Illustrated by Suzanne Matheson, inspired by the research of Janean Sharkey, this book includes drawings of several native species of plants, bees, and other insects. Kids and their parents are encouraged to research these species online and colour them in based on their real-life appearance.

Paw Prints: home activities to engage children during the pandemic and after.

Paw Prints Cover

As many of people are working from home amidst COVID-19 while trying to keep kids engaged and entertained, our rare education department has compiled a list of various activities — just for kids! If you happen to do any of these activities, take a photo and tag rare on social media. We would love to see what activities you choose!

Download all the Paw Print activities below!

  1. rare Scavenger Hunt
  2. Paw Prints Activity 1
  3. Paw Prints Activity 2
  4. Paw Prints Activity 3
  5. Paw Prints Activity 4
  6. Paw Prints Activity 5
  7. Paw Prints Activity 6
  8. Paw Prints Activity 7
  9. Make Your Own Nature Journal Video
  10. Outdoor Activity: Create a Nature Perfume Video
  11. Make a Nature Snapshot Video
  12. Steve Sutherland’s Mugwumps Book Reading Video

rare Virtual Field Trips:

  1. Benthic Invertebrate Sampling Virtual Field Trip Documents
  2. Hypothetical Benthic Invertebrate Data
  3. Bird Tally Sheet Example
  4. Bird Tally Sheet

Other Activities

Workshops/ Courses/ Lessons:

  1. Short online workshops on a number of environmental topics:
  2. A number of topics:
  3. Inside Birding Series from Cornell — learn birding basics:
  4. Learn about bird songs and get tested along the way:

Games/ Activities:

  1. Games focusing on ocean and air themes:
  2. Recycling:
  3. Air Pollution:
  4. Desert Ecosystem:
  5. A number of phone games:
  6. Grow an avocado:


  1. Hot Ice:
  2. How Snowshoes Work:
  3. Elephant Toothpaste:
  4. Pepper and Soap:
  5. Reptile vs amphibian egg experiment with hardboiled eggs:
  6. How to make slime at home:
  7. Diet Coke and Mentos: