Resources & Activities for At-Home Learning

We at FFDC know how tough adapting to an in-home learning environment has been. While we have been closed, our staff have been working hard creating some at-home resources and activities for you to do with your young learners!

Once a week, we will release a BRAND NEW activity that you and your kids can do together. These activities could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours and may include videos, baking, quizzes, games and more. These will be ideal for Early and Middle Years students. Additionally, every week we will be highlighting some of the awesome resources that are already out there that are tried, tested and true!

 

FFDC's Resources:

NEW - Virtual Tour of the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
While FFDC remains closed, the staff of the Glenlea Research Station (the farm where FFDC is located) are working just as hard as ever to care for the animals. The Discovery Centre has many exhibits that showcase modern Canadian agriculture. Although you can't physically visit FFDC yet, we would like to invite you to check out some of the exhibits and barns, through this virtual tour that highlights some of the coolest things at FFDC including the windows directly into the hog barn!

Tour Includes Exhibits/Discussion on:

  • Modern Farm Equipment
  • Crop Farming
  • Plant needs and care
  • Crops grown in Manitoba
  • Biosecurity
  • Hog barn tour
  • Animal Care

Estimated Activity Time: 20 minutes
Ideal for any age
Link to the Youtube Video

A model barn inside the Discovery Centre with 3 overlaying images: tractor, pigs and potato plant.

 

 

FFDC's Signature Pizza
If you love pizza... you can thank a Canadian farmer! Almost all the ingredients in this delicious recipe can be grown and raised right here in Canada. Learn about the role Canadian Famers play in the ingredients, discover some fun food science facts, make easy and delicious dough from scratch, top with your favourite local toppings, and enjoy your creation. What’s not to love?

Resource Includes:

Estimated Activity Time: 2 hours
Ideal for any age with adult supervision
Free download of FFDC's Signature Pizza Resource.

 

 Overhead image of rectangular homemade pizza on a cookie sheet. FFDC's logo and text "Signature Pizza Recipe" in the Centre of the pizza.

 

 

The Amazing Bee Race
This relay race at FFDC that models all the steps bees take when making honey. With this resource you can create your own version at home! Answer the pre-activity questions and then watch a short video. Then enjoy some crafting time when you create all of the tools you’ll need to become a bee. Once you’ve completed all of the crafts, set up your Amazing Bee Race and have fun!

Resource Includes:

Estimates Activity Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Ideal for grades 2-4, Adaptable to younger ages with adult supervision and by replacing the PBS video with AITC-Canada's Storybook (see complimentary resources)
Free download of The Amazing Bee Race resource.

Animated design of a bee flying over a yellow background with honeycomb and a bee hive. With the words "The Amazing Bee Race" in a brown circle

 

 

FFDC's Signature Pumpkin Hemp Heart Muffins
Make FFDC's Signature Pumpkin Hemp Heart Muffins and learn a little something about local food production!
For the past 4 years, this has been a staple recipe that teachers request repeatedly as their food activity during field trips. While there are quite a few ingredients, the recipe is very forgiving for errors making it the perfect recipe for bakers that are just beginning their baking adventures

Resource Includes:

  • A Pre-Baking Questionnaire
  • A written recipe and link to a YouTube muffin recipe video
  • Fun Food Science Facts
  • Fun Farm Facts
  • Complementary Resources

Estimated Activity Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Ideal for any age with adult assistance and supervision
Free download of FFDC's Signature Pumpkin Hemp Heart Muffins.

three pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips and hemp hearts visible arranges in a triangle with a fourth stacked on top

 

 

Seed Sprouting Science
This resource helps you and your kids conduct a fun science experiment with supplies you may already have around the house! The goal is to try to get a seed to sprout in different growing conditions and to write down what happens, similar to what scientists do in a laboratory.

Resource Includes:

  •     "Instructions and Background"
  •     Instructions to prepare your seed experiment
  •     An "Experiment Prediction" section
  •     An "Experiment Observation Chart" to track your progress
  •     An "Experiment Conclusion" section
  •     Complementary Resources


Estimated Activity Time: 15 minutes prep plus 5 minutes daily for roughly a week
Ideal for Grades 3+
Free download of Seed Sprouting Science.

 

Three images next to one another. First image is an overhead view of water, beans seeds, cotton balls, a marker and a plastic bag. Second image is an overhead view of seeds with a 1 inch sprout after a week. Third image is an overhead view of seeds with 3 inch roots and leaves emerging from the seed after 2 weeks.

 

 

"Manure Milkshake" Smoothie Bowls
Make FFDC's signature smoothie bowl base, get creative and top your bowl beautifully with nutritious toppings, and discover why we call these "Manure Milkshakes"

Resource Includes:

  • A Pre-Blending Questionnaire - questions to fill in or discuss before making your smoothie bowls
  • A recipe for FFDC's Signature Manure Milkshake Smoothie Base
  • A "Manure Milkshake" brainstorm web
  • Fun Manure Facts - including the explanation of why these are called "Manure Milkshakes"
  • Complementary Resources

Estimated Activity Time: 30 minutes
Ideal for Grades 2+
Free download of Manure Milkshake Smoothie Bowls.

 

Overhead image of a smoothie bowl

 

 

 

Easy and Effective Sanitizer Mixture
Out of sanitizing wipes? No Problem! FFDC is a certified commecial kitchen space due to the food preparation we do with school groups. As such, we are required to prepare and have counter-top sanitizer available to clean the tables and counters. This is how we make our mixture based on guidelines from our Certified Public Health Inspectot and staff experience. Please read the disclaimer in the document and take care whenever using chemicals or mixing your own products.

Resource Includes

  • Guidelines for mixing sanitizer with bleach and water
  • Disclaimer
  • Images of FFDC's process

Not suitable for children to make.
Free download of Easy and Effective Sanitizer Mixture.

Water pouring into sanitizer bottle

 

 

 

Where It's Made, Winkler Meats - Educator Resource
Ever wonder how your food gets to your plate? What role does Manitoba take in producing food? This short documentary will bring you into the Winkler Meats processing plant to discover how they makes their world famous farmer sausage!

Resource Includes:

  • a link to Where It's Made Winkler Meats video 
  • Pre-Viewing Questionnaire - questions to fill in or discuss before watching the video
  • During Video Questions & Answer Key - questions for your kids to fill in while watching the video
  • Post-Viewing Reflection - questions to fill in or discuss after watching the video
  • Complimentary Resources

Estimated Activity Time: 45 minutes
Ideal for Grades 4+
Free Download of Where It's Made, Winkler Meats.

 WIM WInkler MEats image

 

 

 

Resource Highlight from our Partners:

 

NEW - Simple Machines are Everywhere on the Farm - by Agriculture in the Classroom, Manitoba.
"This activity sheet is linked to the Forces and Simple Machines Science unit. Students can identify simple machines found on farm machines, discover where their food comes from and see how science and technology have increased productivity on the farm."

Estimated activity time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Ideal for Grade 5
Free download of Simple Machines Teacher Guide.
Free download of Simple Machines Worksheet.
Free download of Simple Machines Answer Key.

 Red Combine in a field with the title: simple machines are everywhere on the farm in the sky.

 




Team Mustard Activity Book
- by Agriculture in the Classroom, Canada.
"This activity booklet is just the top of the jar of all there is to know about mustard! This booklet was designed to support Grade 3 and Grade 4 students in Saskatchewan as they realize curricular outcomes while increasing their understanding of how valuable mustard is to the province!"

Estimated Activity Time: 1-2 hours to complete all activity pages
Ideal for Grades 3-4
Free download of Team Mustard Activity Book.

Cover of Team Mustard acrivity book overtop of a crumpled brown paper bag. AITC's logo in the bottom left corner

 

 

 

NEW - DIY Salad Dressing Guide - by Canola Eat Well.
"DIY Salad Dressing 101. Yes, that means do it yourself! No more buying pre-made dressing from the store. Make your own dressing just the way you like it! All you have to do is know the ratio between canola oil, acids and emulsifiers. Get creative!"

Estimated Activity Time: 10 minutes
Ideal for any age with adult supervision
Free download of DIY Salad Dressing Guide.

 Four image collage of canola oil in a bottle, lemons on a black countertop, honey dripping off a wooden dowel and fresh herbs on a white-wash wood surface. A white circle superimposed on the four images stating "DIY Salad Dressing 101" with Canola Eat Well's logo.

 

 

 

Blossom's Big Job storybook - by Agriculture in the Classroom, Canada.
"Blossom’s Big Job is about a busy honey bee on a mission to pollinate her flowers until they mature into fruit. Readers follow Blossom as she helps collect nectar for her hive and works hard to pollinate her flowers."

Estimated Activity Time: 10 minutes
Ideal for Pre-K to Grade 2
Free download of Blossom's Big Job storybook.

Two stamps over a stucco background with a sun and leaf drawn. One stamp has a book cover with a bee, orange flowers and the title: Blossom's Big Job. The other stamp has an animated bee. Agriculture in the Classroom, Canada's logo is at the bottom of the image.

 

 

 

Food Gratitude Project - by Agriculture in the Classroom, Manitoba.
"Help your students show support for those working in our food supply chain with our "Thank you for our food!" activity sheet. Ask students to think about all the folks along the food supply chain who continue to work every day to provide safe and healthy food to Canadians. Then, they can either draw a picture for or write a message to those essential workers. Post a photo of their work on social media using the hashtag #foodgratitude."

Estimated activity time: 20 minutes
Ideal for any age
Free download of Food Gratitude Project (English).
Free download of Food Gratitude Project (French).

 

Two overlapping activity sheets with the english and french phrase "Thank you for our food!" at the top. The top image has yellow drawings of food. The activity sheets are on a strawberry pile background with Agriculture in the Classroom's logo in the bootm left corner.

 

 

 

Thre Three Sisters: Indigenous Ingenuity in Planting and Nutrition - by Food and Nutrition Literacy (FANLit).
"Through the story of the three sisters, students will explore three traditional vegetables and how the three not only helped each other grow, but also provided food year-round for the planters. The story highlights the interaction of plant-to-plant and plant-and-human relationships."

Estimated activity time: 30 minutes
Ideal for Pre-K to Grade 4
Free download of The Three Sisters Resource.
Free download of The Three Sisters Appendix.

Collage of three photos: beans, corn and squash on an orange background. FANlit logo in the bottom left corner

 

 

 

Alex's First Seed storybook - by Agriculture in the Classroom - Canada.
"This story explores how worms help keep soil healthy for food production. It educates on composting, soil, environment and agriculture. It showcases the role of worms growing vegetables through a cartoon character Alex the worm and his family and friends. Alex learns his role and responsibility of growing his first seed."

Estimated activity time: 10 minutes
Ideal for Kindergarten to Grade 2
Free download of Alex's First Seed Storybook.

 

Worm wearing a hat with the letter AITC, holding a book named Plants and Science, wearing a shirt that reads Soil, in a tunnel.


 

 

What are Nutritious Snacks - by Food and Nutrition Literacy.
"Snacks are an important part of a kid’s day! They bridge the gap between mealtimes, providing kids with the energy they need to do their best. However, it is important to choose snacks that are going to fit within Canada’s “Eat Well Plate”. This lesson gets students thinking about snacking while introducing them to healthy snack options that they may have not considered."

Estimated Activity Time: 30 minutes
Ideal for Pre-K - Grade 4
Free download of What are Nutritious Snacks Resource.
Free download of What are Nutritious Snacks Appendix.

FANLit logo over various healthy snacks

 

 

 

Agriculture Scavenger Hunt - by Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba.
"Students can use this scavenger hunt in their home to find dozens of agricultural products they use everyday, and not just food!"

Estimated Activity Time: 30 minutes
Ideal for Grades 3+
Free download of Agriculture Scavenger Hunt.

 Agriculture Works in Mysterious Ways

 

 

 

FarmFood360 Virtual Farm Tours - by Farm and Food Care.
Immerse yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours… from the comfort of your home using a phone, tablet or computer.

Estimated Activity Time: 10 minutes per tour
Ideal for any age
Check out the FarmFood360 videos here.

 Farmfood360 image

 

 

 

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