Activity Inspiration – Children

Activity suggestions for children

There are many activities to help keep kids busy while practicing social distancing.

  • Build a cubby house with blankets, sheets and a heap of pegs.
  • Cook something simple together like pikelets – click here for a recipe.
  • Draw portraits of each other. Set a timer and enjoy the hilarious or spectacular results. Click here for a video with drawing some tips.
  • Make pom-poms with scrap wool – click here for a YouTube video with instructions.
  • Do a family jigsaw puzzle together. You can even have your own puzzle made from a family photo.
  • Have a family photography challenge where you all have to take a photo of the same object e.g. an apple and see who can be the most creative.
  • See our other great suggestions below which include craft activities, stories read out loud, zoo animal cams and much more!

Animal Cams

Check out zoos who are streaming their animals live.

Symbio Zoo is running educational programs, live feeds, letters from your favourite animal and more click here.

Links to Educational Programs/Videos

Children’s Stories

  • Audible are offering streaming of a huge selection of children’s stories while schools are closed.
  • Storybox Library is a great resource that features authors and others reading children’s story books. You need to sign up with your library card number (from participating libraries) to get access.
  • You can find videos of people reading books on YouTube e.g. The Very Brave Bear – by Nick Bland
  • Story about Coronavirus by Kim St Lawrence called Time to come in bear.
  • Noni the Pony read by Alison Lester.

Celebrities reading children’s books

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.