Does the COVID-19 lockdown have you stumped for ideas to keep your children entertained?

We hear you!

Here are some lists that you can cherry-pick for ideas to match their interests – and your energy levels…

  • ABC Education has lots of interesting material on its website, sorted into age groups. They also have educational tv programming on ABC Me (Channel 23 on free-to-air) from 10am-3pm weekdays.
  • Education website Scootle has a guest log in for parents during the COVID-19 lockdown period – which provides free access to interactive activities, videos, teaching ideas and student resources for all subjects as well as links to specialist resource hubs such as the Early Years Resource Hub, Student Wellbeing Hub and Digital Technologies Hub. Everything is linked to the Australian Curriculum. Look for the “guest log in” button on their home page.
  • The ‘learning@home’ site from the Queensland Department of Education is full of ideas matched to the Australian curriculum. Read our story about how to navigate this jam-packed site.
  • There is also learning@home TV, reading@home TV and coding@home TV – a partnership between the Queensland Department of Education and Channels 7, 9 and 10. Find the schedules here.
  • There’s a comprehensive list of resources for parents and carers compiled by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • Looking for podcasts? Here’s our list of popular ones for kids.
  • The team at Maggie Dent HQ have put together this comprehensive list that includes podcasts, indoor adventure challenges and pretty much everything else in between.
  • The Queensland Museum (physically closed) has lots of great suggestions on their new Queensland Museum Network At Home site – pick from downloadable craft activities, videos and teaching resources.
  • The Australian Government’s Learning Potential site sorts activities and resources into age groups and topics.
  • Nature Play Qld’s website has some great suggestions like these diy terrarium jars.
  • There are free downloadable art worksheets available from the Ken Done website, divided into age brackets.

Do you have other suggestions? We’d love you to send them to us via a message on our Facebook page.