With everyone staying home as much as possible, you might be looking for some activities for kids that will stave off boredom and maybe even teach them something. Here are five tips from our resident reporter Sophia Morris.

1. A virtual zoo

While it’s currently closed, Taronga Zoo has live cameras in the enclosures of several animals, so we can check in on elephants and otters from the comfort of our homes.

There’s also a bunch of videos that teach fun facts about various animals.

2. Famous storytellers

Several well-known children’s book authors have been reading their books out loud and recording it for kids to enjoy online.

This list rounds up many of them, while also offering activities for older kids that have been put together by authors.

3. Out of Africa

If you’re looking for something new to read with your kids, African Storybook offers hundreds of stories available to download online. They can be read in English or in African languages, and they’re all written by African writers.

4. Let’s play cards

Card games are reliably fun, and this list outlines the rules of some classic games.

5. Museum fun at home

The Australian Museum has made many of its exhibits available online, and has put together a collection of activities for curious kids.

The Powerhouse Museum also has a guide from artist Rosie Deacon on how to make paper chains, garlands and pom poms at home.


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