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).

Connecting Through Creativity

The Scribblers Festival has been cancelled this year as a result of COVID-19 so they have launched Connecting Through Creativity.

During this time of change and uneasiness, we believe connection is more important than ever. Without our normal freedoms to do so, we are forced to find new ways to connect – whether it’s with your neighbourhood or community, with new technologies, with the environment around you, or even within your own family or self.  

We challenge YOU to get creative using a method of visual storytelling to explore the topic of CONNECTIVITY during the global COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Create your artistic response in any visual method that inspires you! Some examples include 2D Arts (drawing, illustration, painting, collage, photography, comic, etc.); Video (video diary, performance, stop motion, interview, short film, etc.); and 3D Arts (ephemeral art, land art, sculpture, pop up book, etc.).

All T&Cs are available on their website.

National Simultaneous Storytime

This year’s National Simultaneous Storytime is going virtual and out into your home. As part of this, National Simultaneous Storytime is also holding a competition this year.

Competition Time. Spread the word and “tell your neighbours” how you will be reading and celebrating #NSS2020.

Take a photo of how you are sharing NSS with everyone and upload to social media with the hashtag #NSS2020. The best photo wins one of five packs including an author signed copy of the book and merchandise.

Competition closes 5PM AEST on Friday 15 May 2020.

Tag us in your posts as well @cockburnlibraries so we can see how you’re sharing National Simultaneous Storytime this year.

Royal Opera House – Ballet

Maybe kids can’t go to their ballet classes at the moment, but the Royal Opera House has given us something else – a range of ballet performances to watch at home.

Wizarding World Reads

The Boy Who Lived (aka Daniel Radcliffe) has read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone. This is part of the #HarryPotteratHome program as discussed in a previous resource blog.

In addition to Daniel’s reading, there are also further readings and new activities at the bottom of the page.

Further chapters will be released read by a range of different people. In case you can’t wait after hearing the first chapter, you can borrow Harry Potter as an ebook or eaudiobook with no wait time through the library now.

West Cycle – The Great #WABikeHunt

West Cycle has released a checklist you can use on your bike rides.

The Great #WABikeHunt is a free, online and printable resource designed by WestCycle to help encourage your kids get out on their bikes and explore their local neighbourhood.

The Hunt includes a list of 10 points of interest for you to explore by bike in your neighbourhood, including your local park, school, and teddybear or rainbow trail.

Make sure to share the fun of the Hunt with us on social media and inspire other families to get out on their bikes this school holidays using the hashtag #WABikeHunt!

Me at Two

Connecting Community for Kids have been putting together great activities to do at home related to their Me at Two project on their facebook page.

The Me at 2 Passport aims to ensure 2 year old children in the community are meeting their developmental milestones through play-based activities. It acts as a starting point for parents to see how their child is growing and developing and to teach them new skills. It will highlight any areas for concern which you can then speak to your Child Health Nurse about.

Wendy Binks

After watching Shane Jacobson read Where is Stripey, check out the online resources that WA author Wendy Binks has created including activity sheets and videos.

K-Zone Boredom Busters

The weekend is over but K-Zone will help you with any boredom in the coming week, or maybe you can prepare for next weekend with a range of activities you can do at home.

Hey K-Zoners! This free Weekend Boredom Busters Pack can be downloaded and printed, but many of the activities, recipes and puzzles can also be enjoyed without printing anything at all!

Can’t print the Activity Book, or don’t want to? No worries! Grab some paper and a pencil so you can solve the puzzles on screen and keep track of your answers.

Learn how to draw Mario with Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey, complete word finds, move through mazes, spot the difference in busy scenes and search for hidden characters.