School’s out and the kids are looking for entertainment ... but you need stay home and practise social distancing. So how do you keep the kids occupied? Don't worry, we’ve scoured the internet for ideas, so you don’t have to!
Many well-known authors, performers and cultural institutions are offering free activities, and videos online to support the millions of people stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a roundup of what's on offer:
Zoos Victoria has live cams on some of our favourite animals from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo including baby snow leopards, penguins, lions, giraffes and zebras.
Melbourne Museum has partnered with comedians The Listies to produce a very special audio guide. The Listies totally serious 100% fact filled guide to the Melbourne Museum is suitable for humans age 5 to 500 million!
Pair the Listies audio guide with a virtual tour, powered by Google Maps.
The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium has four live streaming events over the next two weeks. Watch the fascinating aquatic animals and meet their human keepers!
Listen to David Walliams reading from his World’s Worst Children book series. There’s a new story every day.
Sally Rippin has created the terrific Billie B Brown Holiday Program. Register at her website to receive an activity pack around a different Billie B Brown story each week. The pack is filled with games, puzzles, videos, read-alongs and interviews.
Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) invites you to Lunch Doodles! Where he shares tips on drawing, doodling and writing. There’s a new one each weekday.
Oliver Jeffers chats and reads one of his quirky books live each day. (Luckily for Australian audiences, they are recorded)
Rebel Girls has offered free access to a number of activity guides as well as a free downloadable copy of their I am a Rebel Girl journal. The activity guides include How to Write a Business Plan! Challenging and meaningful activities for the Rebel Girls in your life.
PE with Joe has become an internet phenomenon! What started as free 30-minute daily workouts, aiming to keep British kids active during lockdown, have been watched and enjoyed by millions of families from around the world.
Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel has a series of cooking videos starring his 10 year-old son Buddy. Learn kid-friendly recipes including pancakes, scrambled eggs and spaghetti bolognaise.
By Karen Seligman, Learning Coordinator