Kids Corner: ACMI Game Builder

Kids Corner is the place to find fun activities to help fill the long days of lockdown.

Age Guide: primary and high school

ACMI have created a brilliant platform for young gamers to build skills and create their own games. The site is designed for teachers and students, but easily used by students at home. Rather than a coding-based approach to game design which focuses on the mechanics and coding aspects of making a game, this site encourages young people to think about all aspects of games including visual looks, music/sounds and what makes a game irresistable.

Head over to the ACMI website to check it out.

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Kids Corner Archive

Previous Kids Corner activities...

Gratitude Tree: create an artwork for the whole family to contribute their moments of gratitude to

Penguins: live stream a Phillip Island burrow or watch video of penguin chicks at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Jigsaws: DIY paper versions or digital jigsaws

Make a worm house

Build a paper rocket

Breakfast experiment: a science experiment with toast

Journey through an exploded star: an interactive simulation of the aftermath of a supernova explosion

Drag queen storytime: a drag queen reads picture book Julian is a Mermaid

Family first aid challenge: follow this guide so the whole family learn to prepare for emergencies

Make a mini-book: an online tutorial to help you create a perfect miniature book for toys or your own enjoyment

Dino explorations: take a 3D virtual tour of Melb Museum's dino gallery, watch a paleontologist talk about their work and spot the fake dinosaurs in an online quiz

Origami spinning tops: papercraft video tutorial

Zoo cam bingo: bingo sheets and other fun activities to do while watching live camera streams from the zoo

Home theatre: scripts to act out at home for kids or the whole family

Coding explained: what is it, learning basic skills and free online ways to learn and play

Video chat hacks: games and tricks to help kids connect with family and friends by video chat

Homemade instruments: make your own, watch videos of homemade instruments or see MSO performances for children

Spaghetti construction: video of an engineering-based challenge using spaghetti as a building material

Beautiful Oops: recycled craft and art ideas based on the picture book

Lego extension activities: inspiration to use Lego differently

Plastic pollution: watch documentary short films then tackle plastics in real life

Create a zoo animal enrichment activity

Muzafar's true story: online game/storytelling portal of a young refugee's journey to Australia

String art: get hands-on with hammers and string to make some art

Bugs in your backyard: create a pitfall trap and study crawly critters

Magic Treehouse games: history and geography online game based on the books

Grug: watch a book being read and join in the grugrobic workout

Choose your own adventure: an online game teaching ethics and critical thinking skills

Behind the News: kid friendly news broadcasts

Listen in to space: podcasts from NASA

Crack the code: cryptology and cipher online games

Digital etiquette: online safety and smart behaviour

Backyard scientist: Bush Blitz teach you to find flora and fauna

Interview your sibling(s)

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