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).

Hogwarts at Home

While I still haven’t received my Hogwarts letter (I’ve been waiting a REALLY long time) you can access Hogwarts at Home during this time of self-isolation.

The Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The British Library is opening up its exhibit: Harry Potter: A History of Magic which ran from 20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. To help during this pandemic, they are opening up the exhibit free to the world.

The collection is divided—like the original exhibition—into various subjects, most of which are taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Potions, Herbology, Charms, Astronomy, Divination, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures, and Alchemy.

Animal House – Zoos Victoria

I love going to the zoo. It’s a brilliant day out in the sun, a great walk, a good time to learn about animals and it’s a wonderful place to learn about the programs in place to help breeding and protecting fauna across the world. At the moment we can’t visit the Zoo but we can see the animals.

We’ve set up a few live stream cameras from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere.

Can’t see them? That’s because our animals live in areas that are much bigger than what a camera can capture and they have the choice to wander wherever they please. Check back in later to spot them or see what you missed over the last few hours by clicking on the red line underneath each video.

Melbourne Aquarium – Special Facebook Live Stream

Out And About – Bear Hunt

One of the things I am doing now that I’m working from home is to make sure I go out and have a walk every day at lunch. It’s definitely become my favourite part of the day. As exercise is still encouraged within the current structure, there is something you can do when out and about – or even in your own home.

A bear!

On my Monday walk I expected to see, and did see rainbows (check them out on Carlie’s Creative Kids post), but I also saw bears.

People all around the world have been putting teddy bears and other soft toys in windows and trees and on balconies, encouraging children to get outdoors for a walk with their parents while hunting for bears.

The hunt is inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, in which the characters sing: “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one — what a beautiful day, we’re not scared.’’

Out and About – Nature Play WA

Nature Play WA is a great organisation that aims to increase the amount of time people spend outside playing in nature. You will probably have seen them if you have attended a Teddy Bears Picnic or other event held in Cockburn. To help with this time of self-isolation they have come up with a brilliant list of things to do outside.

In addition they too are keeping lists of resources to use at home.

 

Constable Care

With videos now to help children understand what self-isolating means, how to wash hands well, and more videos coming in Term 2 to help with at-home learning. Constable Care, a brand that children will be very familiar with, is here for families with a range of great, educational videos.

Constable Care comes to the rescue with home-based learning. With Western Australian children now being schooled at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Constable Care Child Safety Foundation has swiftly adapted part of its business model to assist parents and teachers looking to keep students engaged from Term Two.

SCBWI

SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) is the society to which all of your favourite WA authors and illustrators belong and they have done something wonderful while they can’t come to libraries and schools to visit everyone.

Many of our talented West Australian creators of children’s books have risen to the call for help from teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis by creating online materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people. Some are reading their books and discussing them. Some have created mini-lessons on art or history or craft projects.

From here you will also find some great videos from the Paper Bird Books YouTube channel.