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.

Create

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Mother's Day - Sunday 9 May

Autumn Crafts

 General Crafts and Activities

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

Cooking

Looking for a delicious Australian Day food idea that kids and adults will absolutely love!

Try these easy speedy sausage rolls for back to school lunches which are sure to be a hit.

Start your day off with a healthy and delicious breakfast(PDF, 520KB) of toast and fresh fruit, and make some new friends along the way. 

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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!

Knitting

Learning to knit is made easy with this You Tube tutorial on the basic knit stitch. 

Kids Write!

Create your very own digital book with some great suggestions from Scholastic.com.

Birds

Attention Bird lovers! Learn about the Melbirds project and then download a copy of the book. How many of Melbourne's birds you can spot through your window or out on a walk?

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).

News

Kids can explore local and international current events with this child-friendly news website from News Corp Australia. Kids News is suitable for grade 3 to year 8. About Kids News

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

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.

Orisinal Games are fun, easy to play, and utterly gorgeous, both in terms of illustration style and music.

Bingo!(PDF, 148KB) Colour in each square as you complete the activity, and try to get a bingo! You can read books you have at home, or borrow ebooks to read and listen to from the library. Fill yours in across, up or down!

All you need is a piece of string to play Cat's Cradle, and this tutorial will show you how to start. 

National Gallery of Victoria

There's loads of fun activities to play at home from our friends at the NGV.

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!