Create, Explore, Play! at HOME

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Welcome to Create, Explore, Play! at HOME. Here you will find craft tutorials from You Tube, our famous Kids Art Hub activities, puzzles, games and more.

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Get crafty with our Children's Team

HATS OFF to Nadia and Amy from our Children's Team for presenting this exciting and entertaining craft activity as they show us how to make cool, colourful HATS!

You only need for things to join in:
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard 

Kids Art Hub

Crafty ideas that will inspire you to cut, paste and design your way to your own piece of art at home. Watch our Kids Art Hub videos on Facebook.

Scratch Coding

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

We have put together step-by-step instructions for a few projects that will provide you with a basic overview of the Scratch coding program, show you some basics, and most importantly make a cool thing to show off! 

Rock band
Letters
Animation
Chase game
Dancing
Translator

Coding

Try a one-hour code tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages

Explore

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I SPY bingo sheet

Explore the outdoors with your family using this I SPY bingo sheet(PDF, 633KB) and find out how many of objects around your neighbourhood you can spot! See if you can find 4 in a row - up, down, across, or diagonal. Children can also draw a picture or write a story about their walking adventure! If you would like to share your picture/story, you can tag @stonningtonlibraries on Instagram.    

Museums and zoos

Explore the latest exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, Triceratops: Unearthing an Icon. Find activities to do at home from Scienceworks Museum. Find a great selection of Australian virtual tours, zoo cams and museums to explore from home. Go further abroad and take a look at some of the world's top museums offering virtual tours and exhibitions.

Educational videos

Short, educational videos on a whole variety of subjects bought to you by the people who gave us TEDtalks. TedEd is designed to spark curiosity.  

Stories and Songs

Log into Story Box Library with your Library card and watch unlimited Picture Books being read aloud by fantastic storytellers including Justine Clarke, Eddie Perfect, Nick Cave and more! Celebrate CBCA Book Week by exploring the shortlisted stories available. Each story also has an activity to complete. 

After watching stories on Story Box Library, kids can engage with the Activity Time instructional videos and PDFs, get inspired about creativity and craft.

The Storykids podcast, which is in partnership with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, creates 10-minute episodes featuring stories written by children read by a host of well-known Australian personalities followed by interviews with the young authors.  

Britannica Library

Want to learn more about the animals you're seeing on the Nature live feeds? Log into Britannica Library with your Stonnington Library card and explore!

Gardening and Recycling 

Use kitchen scraps to create your very own vegetable garden(PDF, 515KB). 

Activity Time 

Encourage your child's imagination with this STEM-based activity sheet from Raising Literacy Australia(PDF, 879KB).

A collection of fun self-directed activities that children can do at HOME from the Department of Education and Training. Activities include art, crafts, STEM and more and are suitable for early childhood (up to 5 years of age), Primary and Secondary school students.

Constructing and play together, respond to movement and sound, and use what’s in your home to help the development of your child’s fine motor skills using sensory elements with the Melbourne Museum Virtual Play Box.

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Games 

Get creative with ABC's Let’s create

The ABC website provides these fun, education and free games kids can play. A must for Peppa Pig and Sesame Street fans.

A great learning tool for little ones aged 3-6. Busythings features games to help children with numeracy, literacy and creative development and is free with your Stonnington Library card. 

Escape Room Challenge

Get ready for a piratical adventure on the high seas full of swashbucklers, pieces of eight and dastardly buccaneer riddles. Complete our Pirate escape room challenge today!