For Kids

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

Creative activities for the kids (and your inner child) with crafternoons by Craft Victoria.

Enjoy a selection of their favourite craft activities from the State Library of Victoria Storytime.

Celebrate the iconic ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson with this fun colouring activity(PDF, 283KB).

Be creative and decorate your very own wand(PDF, 273KB).

Looking for something fun and creative to do? Try this cute paper fairy garden and writing booklet.

Use cardboard, paper scraps and simple joining techniques to create a freestanding 3D collage creature of your choice!  

Looking for some easy outdoor fun? This enchanting and adorable Flowerpot Toadstool craft will have kids entertained.

Kids will adore playing outdoors or indoors with this egg carton fairy craft.

Make a piece of art by blowing bubbles! All you need paint, paper, and bubble liquid!

Make your own Bluey and Bingo paper masks(PDF, 852KB) to play with.

Enjoy these fun printables from our friends at Cleverpatch. Fold this Exercise Chatterbox(PDF, 46KB) to keep fit and healthy; and enjoy some fun Winter Activities(PDF, 103KB).

Looking for a fun craft time activity with beautiful results? Kids can create their own colourful marbled paper to turn into greeting cards, or just display as is.

Spark your kids’ imagination with a project from this creative list of DIY activities from Better Homes and Gardens. Activities include egg shell gardening, fairy wonderlands, soft drink bottle jetpacks and more. Fun to make, and play with once they’re done. 

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 paper flowers(PDF, 4MB). 

Make a pom pom from following this You Tube video. Younger children may need help with scissors. Suitable for kids aged 5 plus. 

This easy to follow video from makes and takes shows you how to make a dream-catcher with items most people would have at home. Suitable for kids aged 10 plus. 

Turn those spare toilet rolls into an art project! Build these Bluey & Bingo Tube Toys(PDF, 3MB) at home.

Bring life back to an old pair of socks by making your own animal sock puppet using simple craft materials. No sewing required! Put on a puppet show or share a picture of your creation on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #createexploreplay.

Colouring and Drawing

Picture book author Mo Willems, encourages kids to draw along with him with these daily You Tube videos.

Use those autumn leaves in your garden to make a pretty autumn leaf picture(PDF, 478KB)

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

Lego® Builders at HOME

Each week we will post a Lego® Challenge for you to complete at home. Post your coolest design to our social media and add #createexploreplay or email it to us at libraryevents@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

Challenge week beginning 21 September - Monsters

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Challenge week beginning 28 September - Cities

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Cooking

Enjoy some simple recipe ideas(PDF, 287KB) for getting the kids into the kitchen and engaged with healthy food eating.

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. 

Animal Crossing activities

Colouring pages and activities related to the Nintendo game Animal Crossing.

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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

Are you missing your regular Storytime at the Library? Explore our Storytime at HOME and Rhyme Time at HOME featuring our talented Children's team on Facebook. New videos are added Monday-Thursday for Storytime and on Fridays for Rhyme Time. Want more stories? 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. 

Scavenger Hunts

Time for a scavenger hunt with these printable worksheets from Messy Little Monster! Search outside(PDF, 570KB), or stay inside(PDF, 1004KB) if it's cold and wet! How many can you find? 

Find things to see and things to do, as you complete this special Winter Scavenger Hunt(PDF, 748KB) at home. 

Bug Hunt

How many bugs can you find outside with this Messy Little Monster Bug Hunt(PDF, 3MB)?

Kids Write!

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

Nature Streaming

Stream Phillip Island's Little Penguins into your lounge rooms for free every night just after sunset.

Bringing the zoo to you! Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo have a terrific selection of virtual tours, keeper talks and animal encounters available online. Learn about life at the zoo while getting a cuteness overload! 

Melbourne’s very own Peregrine Falcons have laid three eggs this season. Watch live as they nest in the middle of Melbourne.

Follow along with a bird’s eye view of Sydney’s White-bellied Sea-Eagles, as they raise their newest eaglets.

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 Zoos Victoria 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.

Scienceworks at home

While you can't visit Scienceworks right now they do have a range of activities to play at home including jigsaw puzzles!

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!

 

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