Our super list of great ideas for kids at home

Play the new Science Island game, learn how to juggle, plus fun activities from The Gruffalo books – all new on our updated list of ideas for kids of all ages, curated from around the world.

Where are you going to little brown mouse?

Young Kids can have fun at home with The Gruffalo activities from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, older kids can lose themselves on Science Island with scientists from Swinburne University while teens (and adults) can learn to juggle with NICA.

Here’s our growing list of ideas from around the world to keep 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.

Games to play and invent together from Reggio Children

Access Story Box Library for free through your local public library

Make coloured rice for sensory play activities

First 5 Forever baby story time, rhyme time and activities

Create, draw and play with the NGV

Easy play at-home activities for toddlers and above

Storytime Online with the State Library of Victoria 

Encourage reading and comprehension skills with Reading Eggs

Get crafty or sing along with the Teeny Tiny Stevies

Play ideas and activity packs from the Good Play Guide

Ballet lessons with Wiggle Emma’s Bowtiful Ballet Studio

MiniRoos soccer skill challenges

Online activities with Museum of Contemporary Art Kids

STEAM, arts, craft, geography and culture themed activities with KiwiCo

Eco Explorers resources for outdoor play and learning

Sesame Street has plenty of activities for families to play and learn together

Nature Play's activity finder for little ones 

Activate dance mode or get crafty with Bluey

Ideas from Playgroup Australia for staying at Home

Educational classes to move from screen to the real world with Beanstalk

Playschool have plenty to make and do 

Family-friendly music and stories from Kinderling Kids Radio

Famous people reading children's stories at Storyline Online

The Kid Should See This have kid-friendly videos for curious minds

Cute and easy craft ideas from Red Ted Art

Get into the backyard with Nature Detective

The Imagination Tree provide craft and invitation to play ideas

Print out a ready-made backyard scavenger hunt list

Activity pages from your favourite Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books

Daily activities with the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Affirmation colouring in pages from Kyree Harvey

Try gymnastics at home with BK's Gym

Set up a Ninja Parc obstacle course at home

Explore DIY.org for free hands-on projects, courses and how-to's

Mr Squiggle worksheets to inspire a new artwork

The Silly Seabed song activity pack

Bluey and friends colouring-in sheets

What Zola Did on Thursday activity pack

Activities from Dreamworks with all your favourites like Shrek, Boss Baby, Trolls and more

Get crafty with these easy-to-follow activities using objects at home

Become a junior shark keeper with SEA LIFE Melbourne

Craft and play the day away with The Craft Train

Podcast meets audiobook meets creative play for 6 to 12-year-olds

Australian Marine Conservation Society Colouring Book

Nature inspired activities from Little Pine Learners

Over 40 I spy game printables with Paper Trail Design

Print out and complete the My Lockdown Diary

CSIRO's The Dish radio telescope colouring in

Junior Penguin Keeper with SEA LIFE Melbourne

Art and craft with May Gibbs

Free printables to have fun Mad Libs style

An interactive generative art game to create symmetrical art

Space themed activities from Virgin Galactic Kids Corner

Learn to play the guitar at Kids Guitar Zone

Simple origami for kids

Auskick Activities to improve your footy skills 

Storytime and activities with Koorie Heritage Trust Kids

Choosing for children: A family-friendly movie guide

Musical crafts and activities inspired by The Sound of Music

Crayola colouring in pages and activities

Activity pages inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Legoland Discovery Centre live streams and lego fun

Creative experiences with NGV Kids

V&A Museum of Childhood art and craft activities

Storytime and craft with Claris the Mouse

Learn how to draw like Disney

Activity sheets from book publisher Hachette Australia

Learning to draw with Unipiggle author Hannah Shaw

Billie B Brown inspired holiday program

All kids books are free to listen to with Audible

Bedtime stories read by Dolly Parton

Art, craft and science activities at The Dad Lab

Learn to draw with author and illustrator Mo Willems

Mindfulness and movement classes with GoNoodle

Cosmic Kids Yoga classes

Illustrated online recipe library to get kids in the kitchen

Free trial to learn piano from Hoffman Academy

Recipes for play with Children’s Museum of South Dakota

Craft, quizzes, games and videos with Tate Kids

Play Science Island, a STEM-based game created by scientists all over the world

Creative ideas from The Art Institue of Chicago

Fun activities and writing resources from the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation

At-home science experiments with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Discover what your school or street looked like in the past

NASA Climate Kids to become a climate change warrior

Filmmakers Camp with Legoland

Art challenges with The Whitney Museum of American Art

Girl Geek Academy free weekly coding and AI classes

Get moving with the Nike Playlist, for kids by kids.

Daily boredom busters from Legoland

Interactive online artworks with Playable Web

Marine Mindfulness meditation with SEA LIFE Melbourne

Colouring and paper craft downloads from Glenn Jones Art

Workout with sports stars in your own backyard

3D and augmented reality models at home

Math puzzles, games and worksheets

Draw Together with Wendy Mac

Engineering inspired challenges created by Dyson engineers

Colouring worksheets from Ken Done

Immersive program with The Lion King Experience

Kid-friendly plays for young people

JK Rowling's The Ickabog 

James and the Giant Peach read by celebrities

Explore Seussville by Dr Seuss

Original audio stories from Victorian students

A treasure trove of online puzzle and board games

Arnott’s Biscuits recipes to recreate at home

Colouring-in activities by author and illustrator Meredith Gaston

Learn to paint watercolours with artist Kerrie Hess

Printable activities based on the Bananagrams game

Little Angel Theatre puppetry productions and activities

Activities, podcast and more from the Rebel Girls book

Harry Potter at home: activities, videos, craft and more

How to add artworks to your Animal Crossing: New Horizons game

30 day digital technologies challenge

Art, science and creativity by Tinkerlab

Pictionary style game against Google

Cooking with Jamie Oliver and his son Buddy

Learn to paint and draw at Art for Kids Hub

Create stories, games and animations with MIT media lab's Scratch

Videos and a virtual time machine at Met Kids

Dog Man and Captain Underpants drawing at home by Dav Pilkey

NASA at Home

Virtual cultural experiences

Here you’ll find virtual cultural experiences from around the globe – tours of museums, galleries, parks, zoos and streaming performances.

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