Read J.K. Rowling’s new story free online – part of our updated super list of great ideas for kids at home

We can get out more, but there's still lots of time at home. Here's our growing super list of resources to keep kids of all ages (including big kids) engaged and entertained while they are at home – J.K. Rowling's new story The Ickabog free online with a competition to illustrate it, Lego workshops, classic biscuit recipes, Australia's sporting treasures, and more.

We might be able to get out more, but there’s still plenty of time at home. Here’s our growing list of ideas to keep the kids of all ages – and adults – entertained and engaged.

We’ve grouped these loosely into age-appropriate content, however, you’ll find some will suit varying ages, so be sure to check them all out.

And let us know of any other resources – we’ll add them to the growing list. Contact us with the details via email.

Compiled by Natalie Moutafis.

Early years

NEW!
Sesame Street
A wide range of resources to help your family play, learn and breathe deeply together.

Ikea Forts
Needing inspiration on how to make a fort/cubbyhouse at home? Ikea has released a set of 6 instructions to help you out.

Nature Play
Lists of ideas on how to play in nature with little ones.

Bluey
Everyone’s favourite Blue Heeler family have colouring-in and crafts to enjoy.

Playgroup at Home
Ideas for fun at home or in the backyard.

Beanstalk
Free on-demand educational classes for ages 18 months to 6 years that move children from the screen to the real world.

Playschool
Loads of craft ideas and recipes available with a special
Coronavirus episode that aired Thursday 2 April to help explain why we are staying home and washing hands.

Kinderling Kids Radio
Listen anytime for family-friendly music and stories.  The ‘
Mother Tongue’ podcast is also great to learn a few new words.

Storyline Online
Books read by famous people.

The Kid Should See This
Special coronavirus section and loads of other fun videos.

Red Ted Art
Cute and easy crafts for kids.

Nature Detective
Some simple ideas to take to the backyard.

The Imagination Tree
Craft and invitation to play ideas.

Backyard scavenger hunt
Make your own or use this one to start.

Younger kids

NEW!
Crayola
Colouring-in pages, crafts and games.

NEW!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Activities to do at home inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Legoland
Live stream workshops each week along with downloadable activity packs.

NGV Kids at Home
Providing creative experiences for children and families at home.

V&A Museum of Childhood
Art and craft activities for all ages.

Claris the Mouse
Storytime with author Megan Hess, printables, craft, characters and more.

Dreamworks Activity Centre
Activities, recipes, music, colouring and more of all your favourite movies.

Draw Like Disney
A Disney Parks artist will take you through how to draw some of your favourite Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Anna from Frozen, Tinker Bell, Winne the Pooh, and more.

Hachette Australia Activity Sheets
The book publisher has book-based activity sheets available to download for all ages.

Hannah Shaw
The Unipiggle author and illustrator has activities and draw-along videos

Billie B Brown
Sally Rippin holiday program, weekly activities (age 4+).

Audible
All kids books are available for free.

Goodnight with Dolly
Dolly Parton reads bedtime stories from the Imagination Library.

The Dad Lab
Art, craft and science activities.

Daily lunchtime doodle class with Mo Willems

PE with Joe Wicks
Daily 30 minute PE classes.

GoNoodle
Mindfulness and movement classes created by child development experts.

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Available via YouTube or their app.

Nomster Chef
Online recipe library with illustrations to get kids excited about cooking.

Mind Snacks
App games to learn a new language.

Hoffman Academy
Learn to play the piano online (free trial).

Children’s Museum of South Dakota – Recipes for Play
Craft, yoga, baking and more.

Tate Kids
Crafts, quizzes and games and videos.

Older Kids

NEW!
The Ickabog 
JK Rowling’s new free story, updated weekly online. Includes illustration competition.

NEW!
James and the Giant Peach
Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi reads Roald Dahl’s book with celebrity friends like Chris Hemsworth, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett.

Suessville
Explore the world of Dr. Suess.

Stories in the Wall
Original audio stories from Victorian primary students.

Puzzle Games
A treasure trove of online puzzles and board games.

Arnott’s Biscuits
Arnott’s are releasing home inspired recipes to some of your favourite biscuits.

Meredith Gaston
The author and illustrator shares colouring-in activities.

Kerrie Hess Watercolour Lessons
Learn to paint watercolours with artist Kerrie Hess, free weekly lessons upon sign up.

Bananagrams
Printable activities based on the popular game, updated weekly.

Little Angel Theatre
Puppetry productions, storytime, and puppetry craft and activities (suit up to age 11).

Rebel Girls
Activities and podcast episodes plus free digital journal.

Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter, plus wizarding craft, fun, videos, quizzes, puzzles, and plenty more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You can now add artworks from the Getty Museum to your Animal Crossing game for free (note: may require the purchase of the Nintendo Switch app).

Digital Technologies Challenge
30 days of different challenges relating to technology.

Tinkerlab
Art, science and craft/creativity.

Guitar Lessons
Three months of free guitar lessons with Fender.

Quick Draw
Online style Pictionary – test your drawing skills against Google.

Jamie Oliver and Buddy
Cooking lessons.

Art for Kids Hub
Learn how to paint and draw (various ages).

Scratch
Create stories, games, and animations.

Girls Who Code
Some at-home activities for anyone interested in learning to code.

Met Kids
Videos, a virtual time machine.

Dav Pilkey at Home
Weekly lessons from Captain Underpants and Dog Man author Dav Pilkey.

NASA at Home
Activities, videos and more.

Teens and adults

NEW!
Ubisoft Games
Game developer Ubisoft has released free games to download including the popular Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours. Explore ancient Greece and Egypt learning about the region and famous members of the societies.

The Amazing Face 
The National Portrait Gallery is launching a 14-day online portraiture class where at the end of 14 days participants are encouraged to create their own portrait.

Headhunt@Home 
The National Portrait Gallery is launching its interactive app that allows children (ages 5-15) to virtually explore the Portrait Gallery.

The Met – Drop-in Drawing
New York’s The Met is hosting Drop-in Drawing classes. They post a source photo and guide you through the class.

The Typing Club
Learn touch typing for free.

Pixar in a Box
Behind the scenes look at how Pixar movies are made.

Kids Think Design
Information about design careers.

Rachel Castle
Colouring in sheets.

Laura Blyhthman
Downloadable (small fee – various price points available) activity book.

Discover a new podcast
A top ten list to get you started.

Stop Motion Studio
Download the app and make a stop motion movie.

Smiling Mind
Mindfulness app.

Virtual cultural experiences – tours of museums, galleries, zoos and streaming performances