Kids Resources – COVID-19

If you need some help chasing down some great resources to use while your children are at home with you in these extra-ordinary times, we are here to help.

In response to what has been happening different organisations and people around the world are providing resources for you and your family.

While the library is closed we will be scouring the internet and beyond for things you can keep doing at home.

As always we have some great free resources that you can access with your library card. (Not a member? Sign up now for free and get instant access).

ACLF

The Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) is a not-for-profit organisation with representation from across the field of children’s and young adult literature. Founded in 2008 as the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA), the name was changed to ACLF in 2018 to clarify the focus of the organisation’s work.

Have you met Ursula Dubosarsky, the current Australian Children’s Laureate? If you’re not all that sure of her name I think you might know some of her over 60 books – including the 2014 National Simultaneous Storytime book – Too Many Elephants in this House. On the website you will find downloads, videos and lots of resources to explore. Plus, the chance to write or read with Ursula Dubosarsky.

Playgroup WA – Building Active Bodies and Brains

Building Active Bodies and Brains is a series of free resources for parents of children aged one to five years, developed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Playgroup WA. The series includes videos, information and imaginative play ideas to help your child develop fundamental movement skills.

Are you missing your playgroup? We can’t replace the social interaction and play they get there but the PlaygroupWA webpage has some wonderful resources; building active bodies and brains is just one but I felt it was an important one to highlight especially at the moment.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy website, meaning you will see stories read by actors you may know from TV (like Eva Longoria to the right). While the Story Box Library is exclusively Australian content the books and storytellers on this website are from all over the world (including some Australian titles you might recognise).

 

Goodstart@Home

You may be familiar with Goodstart as a childcare centre, as so many children are now at home, they are providing access to Goodstart@Home. Free activities you can do at home, whether you are an existing Goodstart family or not.

We have officially launched a new and improved Goodstart@Home for families. If you are an existing Goodstart family member you will receive a special link to access the site, all other families all you need to do is head over and click register/sign up. In the meantime read on to find out more about why we created Goodstart@Home.

Home learning is such an important part of the mix and that’s where Goodstart@Home can help! Goodstart@Home is a regularly updated online collection of fun and enriching learning activities and experiences for you and your child to discover at home.

Some of the activities and experiences are designed for you to play together with your child, and some might even let you take a well-earned backseat while they explore and learn.

Each activity has been developed by our incredibly experienced early childhood education experts, so you can be sure you are getting access to the very latest evidence-informed play and learning ideas and early years advice.

 

Western Australian Museum – Kids activity sheets

We can’t visit the museum these school holidays, but the WA Museum has us covered with a great selection of Kids activity sheets. There is sure to be something of interest here.

HelpingMinds – Online Webinars and Events

Our mental health is so important at the moment. HelpingMinds is here to help all the time, but with the current social distancing measures, they have a range of online webinars and events for kids, teens, and parents. Look at their roster now.

HelpingMinds offers free support to the family and friends of people living with mental health challenges across WA.

We started as ARAFMI over 40 years ago and we understand that having a loved one who is experiencing mental ill-health can be a difficult and isolating experience. But you don’t have to go through it alone.

We are here to listen and to provide you with emotional and practical supports that will help you and your family cope during stressful times.