Whether they are in the classroom, the virtual classroom or just hanging out at home, there are plenty of free and fun activities to keep the youngest members of our community engaged.
Freebies for little ones, ages zero to six
Take your littlies from icy deserts to the jungle and from the backyard to the sea with activities for picture books Antarctica by Moira Court, Rodney by Kelly Canby, Backyard Birds by Helen Milroy and What Colour Is the Sea? by Katie Stewart.
Freebies for junior readers, ages six to ten
Featuring Off the Track by Cristy Burne, Gastronauts by James Foley, Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories by Helen Milroy and In the Lamplight by Dianne Wolfer, this kit will teach kids how to diagnose WWI ailments and how to make a rescue whistle for in the wild, plus there is a sheet designed to get kids thinking about their character traits and another to help them label their bodies’ inner workings.
Freebies for middle readers, ages ten to 14
This virtual trove of activities highlights key moments in Australia’s history with crossword puzzles and treasure maps for Goldfields Girl by Elaine Forrestal and The Wreckers’ Revenge by Norman Jorgensen. The activity that accompanies CBCA Notable book Maddie in the Middle will get kids thinking about the orchestra pit, and they’ll experience the ups and downs of life in the mountains in the game version of HM Waugh’s Aurealis shortlisted book The Lost Stone of SkyCity.