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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School Holiday Arts and Crafts

Enjoy these fun printables from our friends at Cleverpatch. Fold this Exercise Chatterbox(PDF, 46KB) to keep fit and healthy; make a Holiday Bucket List(PDF, 154KB) and enjoy some fun Winter Activities(PDF, 103KB). 

General Craft Ideas

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! 

Letters
Animation
Chase game
Dancing
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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 29 June - Sports(PDF, 619KB)
Challenge week beginning 6 July - Art(PDF, 999KB)

Cooking

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

 

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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? 

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.

Zoos Victoria Live Stream 

Zoos Victoria brings the zoo to you with 24/7 animal live feeds and updates to watch at home. 

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 

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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.

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!

Harry Potter Escape Room

Test your knowledge and attempt this Harry Potter themed Escape Room. Muggles welcome!

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