Kids Corner: Oral Histories

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

Age Guide: all ages

Oral History is the oldest form of sharing knowledge and culture. Aboriginal people of Australia have been sharing their stories orally for 60,000 years or more.

Koorie Heritage Trust have put together a selection of oral stories from Aboriginal people from South-Eastern Australia, which you can listen to as a family and learn more about the local history of the lands we live on.

Listen on the Koorie Heritage Trust website. If you enjoy hearing these stories, remember to check back in with Koorie Heritage Trust when pandemic restrictions are lifted and arrange to take one of their walking history tours of Melbourne.

For more stories from First Nations Australians take a look at these books in our collection...

Charlie Burr and the Three Stolen Dollars

Catching Teller Crow

Patty Takes Charge

Dan's Grandpa

An Australian ABC of Animals

The Little Corroboree Frog

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia

Welcome to My Country

Kids Corner Archive

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Jigsaws: DIY paper versions or digital jigsaws

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

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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

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

Lego extension activities: inspiration to use Lego differently

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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

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Digital etiquette: online safety and smart behaviour

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Interview your sibling(s)

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