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Kids: Make Something

Cook a new recipe with A to Z World Food or find inspiration for your next art project on Access Video On Demand-Just For Kids! We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

Featured Blogs

Who doesn’t want a pet rock? Make a rock buddy that will patiently listen to all your stories this summer...
three plants in pots
The sun is shining and the gardens are growing. Why not bring a little bit of that beauty inside with...
Getting bored at home? Try making these marshmallow launchers and see how far you can send a marshmallow into orbit!...
Picture of a bowl of popcorn
Here is a tasty popcorn recipe for you to try at home. Need a suggestion of free movie streaming services?...
Offer mom some pretty flowers for Mother’s Day! You can use these flowers to decorate your dinner table, make a...
Child with toys
What is STEAM? Why is it important? How can you do it at home? What is STEAM? STEAM is an...

Online resources

Homepage of AtoZ World Food
Learn more about food in history and culture while discovering thousands of traditional recipes from 174 countries. AtoZ World Food features: 6,500 + Recipes 750 + World Beer Reviews 13,000 + High Quality photos 500 + Ingredient Articles 850 + Future Culture Articles 6 Food Glossaries Personal Recipe Book
Homepage for Just for Kids
Over 8,092 fun and informative video and audio titles featuring Berenstain Bears, Franklin the Turtle, Wild Kratts and many more. Subject areas include arts, music, animals, sports, hobbies, math, science and reading. More than 430 educational interactives are also available.
Homepage for Toutapprendre
Free and unlimited online courses in French. Learn languages, sewing, singing, coding for kids, and more!

Featured web content

Make Something (Kids) | Crée quelque chose (Enfants)by ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for making something. Please note that these are external links which will take you away from the Ottawa Public Library website. // Voici quelques-unes des meilleures ressources du Web pour créer quelque chose. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • Ingenium

    Ingenium has dozens of educational activities for all ages available online. Watch their social media channels for other fun science ideas! // Ingenium propose des dizaines d'activités éducatives pour tous les âges disponibles en ligne. Regardez leurs chaînes de médias sociaux pour d'autres idées scientifiques amusantes!
  • Chef Bambino

    Chef Bambino est un acteur de l’éducation nutritionnelle des nouvelles générations. Il réalise des fables culinaires, des recettes autour des fruits et légumes, des vidéos autour des produits de saison, des articles, des ateliers culinaires ludiques et propose des idée repas pour enfants.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

    Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1:00 pm to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.
  • Le DADA de l'Enfant Terrible: Projets

    Des activités toutes simples mais créatives liées aux arts plastiques. Elles ont pour but de ne pas couper la liberté d’expression des enfants et leurs parents et, au contraire, favoriser leur imagination.
  • The Dad Lab

    Join Sergei a full-time dad to two boys and discover easy crafts, fun kids activities, and kids science experiments that any parent can do at home.
  • Débrouillards

    Retrouve des expériences à réaliser sur la chaine YouTube des Débrouillards
  • Fork and Bean

    At Fork and Beans, you will find creativity at every corner. From snack ideas, to holiday fun–even crafts and activities to do with your kids.
  • Mamans créatives

    Une chaine regroupant pleins de jolies idées créatives, tuto, déco et DIY pour les mamans (et pourquoi pas les papas) et leurs enfants.
  • KidsGardening

    KidsGardening offers easy parent & kid gardening activities. KidsGardening wants to share ‘tried and true’ plant-based activities that are joyful for any age and don’t involve any screen time.