The internet has never really lived up to its potential to bring people together.
In this unprecedented time of self-isolation and social distancing, there has been a worldwide digital explosion of community. Your children can now have daily art lessons with author and illustrator Mo Willems, see Sleeping Beauty at the Australian Ballet, or visit the National Museum; ALL from the comfort of your living room, and ALL for free. Museums, zoos, ballet companies, musicians, artists are all moving online to give the world free access to quality experiences and resources during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Below, we have curated some of the best of these opportunities. This list is designed to be used with our free downloadable schedule (tailored to two different age groups) to help you and your children find a rhythm that works for you in this new season.
Drive on the surface of mars, build different types of rockets, complete puzzles and quizzes online with NASA Kid’s Club. Divided into sections for younger and older children, this will keep you going for quite some time!
Even though you may not be able to visit your local library in person, take a look at their online collection. You will find audible books for your children to listen to, poetry, novels, non-fiction…plus, it’s all free!
The National Geographic Kids website has a whole host of resources for a range of subjects including Maths, History and Animals. You’ll find puzzles, activities and fun information sheets.
Your children can visit a bunch of Australian museums from home, including Geoscience Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Find the full list here
The engineers at James Dyson have put together 44 science and engineering experiments specifically for kids. Do yourself a favour and print out their challenge cards. The experiments mostly use simple ingredients such as pantry staples, and explain each of the concepts behind the experiment. Your kids will have a ball learning about inertia, surface tension and density!
For the rest of this year, Time Magazine is giving anyone FREE access to their TIME Magazine for Kids library. There are issues for each different age and stage, with differing levels of complexity and length to suit. An excellent resource that could be used as a prompt for a range of projects, from drawing to public speaking to written work.
Free access to the Paris Louvre’s exhibition rooms and galleries.
The Lincoln Center has gone online, hosting a range of pop-up classes for kids including puppetry, songwriting, dance and creating sculptures from simple materials around the home.
Plus, you can stream a range of performances including dance, ballet and classical music.
For 30 minutes every day for three weeks, Mo Willems (author and illustrator) hosted a virtual lunchtime session for kids to draw, chat and create together. The episodes are all available to view here.
The Australian Ballet has selected some of its most-loved performances, such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, to stream online for free during the COVID-19 lockdown. Every two weeks, a new ballet will be available.
Having something active for your kids to do EVERY day is a real sanity saver. Joe is fun, energetic and the kids love him! And why not join in to get your endorphins going too!
Gonoodle has range of resources for getting kids up and moving – dance videos, workout clips plus associated activity ideas to keep the good energy going!
Finis Jhung's Dance At Home videos on Youtube offer a short (10 minutes or less) ballet exercise which features three parts: instructions, breakdown of exercise, and demonstration with music.
Imagine coming out of self-isolation feeling not that you have wasted time, but that you have invested time. To turn self-isolation into something positive for you and your family, we highly recommend having a goal. Perhaps you’d like to come out of self-isolation with a toilet-trained toddler, an edible garden, or having taught a few key chores to your primary school-aged child.
Self-isolation. Hazmat suits. Empty grocery stores. Does anyone else feel like they've somehow fallen into an apocalyptic Hollywood movie?
But here's the thing. Sometimes, something good can come out of really tough stuff. Whatever is to come over the next season, we've got three practical tips to help you turn self-isolation into a positive experience for you and your kids.
Well, we've all heard that plastics are bad and we shouldn't be eating from it, let alone our kids. But what about Melamine? What about Bamboo? I think we stick to the plastic options most of the time because the information about other options is just too overwhelming and confusing.
So we stick with plastic, because it is cheap and doesn't break, but all the time feel vaguely uneasy that we may be doing something that might one day harm our kid's health.