For Adults

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Welcome to Create, Explore, Play! at HOME for Adults. Here you will find craft tutorials from You Tube, links to puzzles, games and more. We'd love to see your creations so please share your creations on social media with us. Simply like and tag us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and add the tag #createexploreplay

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Gardening

Join Jane Edmanson from Gardening Australia and learn how to propagate popular indoor plants. 

As we head into the warmer weather, you might consider leaving some life-saving water out for birds and wildlife. Make it fancy with these DIY birdbaths.

General Craft Ideas

Before there were ready made dyes available for purchase, natural dyes where the only way to give fabrics and clothing beautiful colours. It can be fun and rewarding to make your own dyes at home. This tutorial will get you started.

This ingenious craft only requires cardboard, toothpicks, felt, and wool. You can embellish it with ribbon or charms. Make a heart shaped basket today.

Using basic stationery supplies and a bit of imagination, bind pages together to create a simple but beautiful handmade book, five ways. This is part of a fun YouTube series of Creative Basics by Babble Dabble Do.  

Follow this You Tube video to make an easy, environmentally friendly dish cloth. Suitable for beginner knitters. Children aged 10 plus could try this with help from adults.

This paper mache collage bowl(PDF, 10MB) will have you creating a stunning piece of functional artwork using things you'll have around your house.

Follow these easy You Tube tutorials and create your own mosaic project.  Learn the basic skills you need to build a mosaic tile or flower pot.

Use your craft skills to create this beautiful bird diorama(PDF, 5MB) at home.

Kelly from Malvern Library has put together a tutorial for the craft enthusiasts and craft novices out there. Follow her step by step instructions to create a masterpiece at home. Gather your supplies because this week we are making (not knitting) a bowl made out of scraps of yarn(PDF, 4MB).

Find some inspiration for quick and easy sewing projects in this video by Janelle from Rosery Apparel. Great for beginner sewers or those looking for creative ways to use up fabric scraps.

Get creative and test your green thumb, all from the warmth of your own home, with this simple yet comphrensive guide to creating your own garden-in-a-jar. Make a terrarium.

Get your paintbrushes out and follow along with Bob Ross's famous tutorials, with every episode of the 1983 - 1994 series The Joy of Painting available here.

Cooking

Get creative in the kitchen, save money, and reduce food waste with BBC Good Food's guide to using up common leftover ingredients. Featuring delicious recipes to try today.

Got a spare two minutes and some common pantry ingredients? Appease your sweet tooth by trying this delicious, couldn't-be-easier, single serve cake. Make a chocolate mug cake

Computer programming

Always wanted to code, or curious to try something totally new? Check out this comprehensive introduction to the Python programming language, and learn something new today.

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Experience the Royal Botanic Gardens from the comfort of your home with a selection of videos, workshops, talks and tours. Enjoy a Forest Therapy session at Melbourne Gardens, take a slow walk through Cranbourne Gardens, or meet the Southern Brown Bandicoots that call the bushland home.

The Immigration Museum at Home is always open. Enjoy a world of museum experiences at home, school or anywhere.

Check out this easy to follow guide to what to plant each month in Melbourne, from seed or seedling.

Antidote Festival 2020 is all about coming together to work out how we can make the world better. The one-day event, held at the Opera House on November 29, will see a small, thoughtfully chosen selection of speakers discuss collective challenges – from global climate catastrophe to the faltering of American democracy – and how we might be able to make them right. Alongside the ticketed program is a series of free, digital events to watch, read and listen to.

TED talks

Short, powerful video talks about subjects ranging from science to business to global issues. Explore TED talks.

MSO Live

Follow the MSO online concert series on You Tube with performances from the archives. 

Music

Loved listening to the MSO? Prefer Pop music? Explore the 13 million plus songs available on Freegal Music. Download the Freegal Music app (App Store or Android) or stream from your PC. Login with your Library card number and Library PIN. Freegal has unlimited streaming until 30 September and you can download your 5 favourite tracks each week.  

Recycling

Be inspired to make small changes to your every day life with this list of eco-friendly item swaps, ideas for reusing and recycling, and more.

Organisation

Decluttering or organising your home? Explore organisation guru Marie Kondo's youtube channel for tips and tricks on folding your clothes, letting go, and sharing food with love.

Astronomy

Expand your knowledge of the universe one day at a time, with NASA's Picture of the Day. Each day a new image of the (much) wider world is featured, alongside a brief explanation by a professional astronomer.

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Trivia

Have fun with friends online, or test yourself with this random trivia generator.

Puzzles and games

Melbourne Museum have turned some of their much loved collection items and iconic buildings into puzzles. Select your level of difficulty (up to 200 pieces) and away you go!  

AI Dungeon 2 is a text adventure game, but you’re playing a game being written in real-time by an “artificial intelligence.” It’ll go some pretty wild places.  

A fun 5 minute, point and click adventure where you are summoned by a wizard. Play Full Moon Coffee today.

A game of building and survival: by day you match bricks, wood, etc. to gather materials needed to construct a little village. When night comes, rats, zombies and skeletons emerge as you connect their relevant icons on the game board. Play Gridland today. 

A sweet, point and click adventure where you try to save an elderly ladies cats. Play Six cats under.

The popular Japanese puzzle game Sudoku is based on the logical placement of numbers. An online game of logic, Sudoku doesn’t require any calculation or special math skills; all that is needed are brains and concentration. Play Sudoku today.

Complete this online puzzle - pet-proof and no missing pieces guaranteed!

Complete this online word search.

Your library membership offers you access to a range of free e-resources. Find them all in this online word search.

Test your memory and keep your brain sharp with these free and fun online memory games. Suitable for all ages.

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!

Colouring

Browse images such as mandalas, zentangles, animals, famous paintings, to print and colour in with supercoloring.com.

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