Educating and Entertaining Children at Home

Looking to entertain and educate your children during these challenging times?

At YPRL we have plenty of free library e-resources. To access these, you will need internet access and a valid library card number. If you are not a member, don’t worry, you can Join YPRL with a digital membership and get free instant access to our collection.

To begin, visit YPRL’s e-library page eLibrary: Play. Click on 'Browse' then - 'e-Library' - 'Fun for Kids' and click 'View All'. You can access these resources through your computer or mobile device.

A great e-resource for iPad/iPhone is ‎Animalia Education - Libraries on the App Store. This printed book by Graem Base has now moved from printed form into a digital space. The Apple program contains games and puzzles focusing on language and literacy for children aged 5-12.

Another website to check out is Busy Things. This website has a range of colourful, fun and educational games for children 3-6.

For students who like to learn computer science while playing real games, the go to is CodeCombat - Coding games to learn Python and JavaScript | CodeCombat. CodeCombat is a community project which uses code to add features, fix bugs and translate the game into other languages.

You can also check out our eBooks on coding, such as Coding for Beginners--using Scratch (for Tablet Devices)

Another great e-resource is Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share. This is a great programme for children between 8-16 years old. It will help young people learn to think creatively, share their creations and work collaboratively.

Along with these programmes we also provide Kanopy kids, Story box library, Tumble books, Tumble books for kids ( Existing picture books and you can add animation, sound, music and narration in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Russian) and Tynker.

You can also search our catalogue and select 'Children' under audience to only see ones for kids, like this awesome book of Minecraft tips:The Big Book of Hacks for Minecrafters

For more information on YPRL's services and programs visit Your Library at Home., opens a new window

Ann Perera, Officer, Reading, Learning and Community, Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

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