Get with the Program December 2021 - January 2022

Published on 06 December 2021

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Due to concerns around the increase in COVID-19 cases, as well as State restrictions, we have cancelled all face-to-face activities which were organised as part of our School Holiday Program this Summer. Those who have booked spaces for these events will be given priority to attend rescheduled events during future school holiday periods.

In the meantime, our fun and creative team has come up with a list of online activities which you may wish to dip into.

We apologise for any inconvenience to those who had booked any of our face-to-face activities and thank you for your understanding at this time. 

 

Craft kits

Pick up a craft kit to take home and get creative - available only to One Card members.
Only one kit per child as supplies are limited. Ask the staff at the Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton. 

 

Online resources: available to library members only

Story Box Library Online

Enjoy story time, any time! Story Box Library has been created for children to view stories online that are read aloud by a range of fantastic storytellers.

  • Continually expanding library of enchanting, entertaining storytelling segments.
  • Australian content to inspire pre-schoolers and primary school aged children.
  • Range of short films that enable children to discover the creative process behind the books.
  • Related ‘At Home Activity’ for each story.
  • Captions option available with each story.

Visit Story Box Online

 

Busy Things Online

For early learners of all aptitudes and abilities. 120 learning games for 3 to 6 year olds.

Visit Busy Things Online

 

10 Monkeys Online

10monkeys.com is a maths learning tool to help 6 to 10 year old kids learn basic mathematical skills in a fun game-like environment. It has:

  • More than 200 maths challenges in 7 categories: understanding numbers, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and verbal and money-related calculations.
  • Four easily adjustable skill levels.
  • Four fun themes to choose from: jungle, beach, safari and space.
  • Light-hearted score sheet for stars and badges and monkey level.

Visit 10Monkeys online

 

Libby and Borrow Box

Access thousands of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile device, available 24/7 through Public Libraries SA.

eBooks and eMagazines

 

Things to make, do and learn

How to make a volcano with kids

Make a simple volcano using household items.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Happy Brown House

 

Make a pencil catapult

Learn how to make your own pencil-powered projectiles.

Recommended ages: 8+ years

Pencil catapult

 

Bugs n Slugs

Local educator Bugs n Slugs is dedicated to the conservation and promotion of invertebrate animals such as insects, spiders, lobsters, worms and snails. In response to the current situation, they have begun producing free videos on their Facebook page.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Bugs n Slugs on Facebook

 

Nature Play SA

To help you make the most of time spent outdoors, Nature Play SA has developed a range of lists and information sheets with practical, creative and simple ideas for you to try with your children.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Nature Play SA

 

Geocaching

Have you tried geocaching yet? Geocaching is a fun, outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called ‘geocaches’ at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. 

Recommended for all ages. 

Visit Geocaching

 

Fitbit challenges

If you own a Fitbit, challenges are a fun way to help you stay motivated. Compete with family or complete personal, non-competitive challenges.

Recommended ages: All ages

Fitbit challenges

 

Six podcasts for children that are stuck inside

Check out the ABC’s list of the best podcasts for children under 5, aged 5 and above and aged over 10.

Recommended ages: various

 

Zoo Victoria’s Animal House

Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo have set up live streaming cameras so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere.

Recommended ages: All ages

Animals at home - live

 

NASA STEM @ Home for students in reception to year 12

Launch rockets, build a hovercraft, create a winning science project and more.

Recommended ages: various

 

iDEA

Mini courses with certificates for senior students including subjects in coding, VR and social media.

Recommended ages: 13+ years

Visit iDEA

 

Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture features more than 2,500 museums and galleries and includes virtual tours and online exhibits. Explore collections from around the world from our very own South Australian Museum, to the British Museum and Macchu Pichu.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Google Arts & Culture

 

Virtual field trips

Explore a variety of landscapes around the world from your computer.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit virtual field trips

 

Melbourne Museum at Home

Includes virtual tours of the Phar Lap, dinosaurs and First Peoples displays.

Recommended ages: All ages

Melbourne Museum

 

Doodles Academy

Free art curriculum for kids in school years 1 to 5.

Recommended ages: 5 - 11 years

Doodles Academy

 

How to draw a mandala

Drawing a mandala is not only great fun but is also great art therapy and has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit YouTube

 

How to play table tennis in 10 days

How to play table tennis in 10 days is an accelerated table tennis course that will systematically teach you the proper fundamentals of table tennis technique in ten simple steps. It’s the fastest way for beginners to learn how to play table tennis.

Recommended ages: 10 - 17 years

Visit Expert Table Tennis

 

10 scooter tricks for beginners

Watch this series of instructional videos to become a scooter master.

Recommended ages: 10 - 17 years

Visit Skatehut

 

Yoga for kids

Not to be confused with Baby Yoda! Perfect for middle primary aged children, this is a fun and family-friendly introduction to yoga.

Recommended ages: 6 - 10 years

Visit YouTube

 

Active Kids Do Better

Free exercise and play tips that are easy to do in your home.

Recommended ages: all ages

Visit Active Kids Do Better

 

HomeCourt (available on App Store)

Homecourt is free (with some in app purchases) - and is a fast and fun way for anyone to develop core basketball skills, from beginner to pro.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit HomeCourt

   

Art for Kids Hub

Find all kinds of art lessons for kids, including how to draw, paint and make origami. All you need is something to draw with, some paper and colouring supplies.

Recommended ages: 4 and above.

Visit Art for Kids

 

Kinderling

Need help getting the kids to sleep? Bedtime Explorers is Kinderling’s super-popular relaxing meditation podcast designed specifically for little ones. Featuring mindfulness coach Amy Taylor-Kabbaz, each episode invites kids on an imaginative journey, using easy-to-learn meditation techniques to get them ready for bed.

Recommended ages: 0 - 7 years.

Visit Kinderling

 

Art Gallery of SA art at home

Be inspired by great artworks and try these free art activities at home.

Recommended ages: 3 - 12 years.

Visit Art Gallery of SA

 

Minecraft for children with autism

Autcraft is a whitelisted Minecraft server for children (and adults) that have autism and their families.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Autcraft

 

Play Roly

This site helps children aged 3 to 5 develop the essential sound processing skills they will need for learning to read.

Recommended ages: 3 - 5 years.

Visit Play Roly

 

Learn a new card game!

Garbage is an easy-to-learn card game that can be enjoyed by two or more players. Be the first player to get your cards in the right sequence to win this game! Find the video tutorial and written explanation for how to play garbage here.

Recommended ages: 4 and above.

Visit Gather Together Games

 

The Crash Course

Awesome fast paced learning for older kids on a variety of subjects.

Recommended ages: 10 - 17 years.

Visit The Crash Course

 

Curious Creatures Drawing workshops with local illustrator Lauren Mullinder

Every week we will share a new drawing workshop with you to create and design Curious Creatures based on your submitted prompts! Everyone can join in, there’s no age limit or requirements. All you need is a pencil and some paper. For those who want to draw digitally, we recommend a Wacom or a tablet with pen.

Recommended ages: 7 - 14 years

Visit Lauren Mullinder Curious Creatures

 

Mo Willems Lunch Doodles

Mo Willems, the author of one of our favourite books ‘Don’t let the pigeon stay up late’ is uploading daily drawing lessons on YouTube with lunch doodles.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Lunch Doodles on YouTube

 

MetKids

Tour New York’s Met Museum on their Met Kids website. Hop in their virtual time machine and search by time period, idea or location to uncover artworks and objects from the museum.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit Met Kids

 

The ultimate Lego animation guide

Learn what it takes to become an expert in stop motion brick-filming through this 5-week animation tutorial series!

Recommended ages: 10 - 17

Visit Lego animation guide on YouTube

 

Kahoot!

Start a fun game show from your living room! Even if you can’t gather in person, playing Kahoot! with your family and friends is a great way to stay connected, have some fun together and even learn something new along the way. Recommended ages: 5 - 17 years - costs apply.

Visit Kahoot

 

50 great short walks and hikes for kids in SA

There are loads of great short walks and hikes around South Australia for kids, with opportunities to explore rock formations, big trees, caves, creeks, waterfalls and see wildlife. Many of these spots have playgrounds too, so pack a picnic and enjoy a great family day out.

Recommended ages: All ages

Visit WalkingSA