With the weather still relatively warm and fine, its a great time to spend in your garden at home - whether it be garden beds or a potted balcony garden. We have heard about lots of families getting inventive with ways to keep the kids entertained - old fashioned board games, puzzles, reading and some time on media can help us keep connected to the wider community or be entertained. Below are also some great ideas and resources from around the world that you might find useful (this list gets updated regularly so do pop back here every now and then...):
Auckland Libraries Online
Enjoy streaming films via "Beamafilm"( ww.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/streaming-films.aspx), Australasia’s premiere streaming channel for true stories and independent voices, online courses and browse the latest eCollections and podcasts all from the comfort of home. Read an eBook, learn a new skill, travel around the world (virtually) or simply curl up with an old classic. Check out what Auckland Libraries have to offer here, it's all completely free with your library membership!
New Zealand Geographic - "Together at Home"
Every day of the lock-down New Zealand Geographic will post a story or video that can be shared among your family and with them some talking points to fill your days at home together. Enjoy! www.nzgeo.com/together-at-home/
OLogy: a Science Website for Kids from the American Museum of Natural History:
Learn about Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biodiversity, Brain, Climate Change, Earth, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, PalentOlogy, Physics, Water, Zoology. Something to suit everyone's interest!
Online jigsaw puzzles using Te Papa's Collection.
Online jigsaw puzzles
Take a moment or two to relax with online jigsaw puzzles using Te Papa Museum collections. Choose a puzzle here, then select your difficulty (the number of pieces) once it has opened. Keep visiting this website – you may find some new ones.
Nine free virtual garden tours, from all over the world, that can help beat the self-isolation blues: gardenillustrated.com
Colouring has the ability to relax the fear centre of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work. Sign up here for a weekly update through lockdown for new printables, and to access previous uploads from illustrator/designer Tania Hassounia from Drawer Full of Giants:
Meet a life- sized tiger up close
With Google's new 3D Augmented Reality (AR) objects.
Just go to google.com and search for “tiger”, which will bring up a Google Search Knowledge Panel. These panels are often shown for movies, famous celebrities, and other subjects. In the case of a 3D animal through Google, you’ll see an overview of what the animal is, a few images of it, and a section which says “Meet a life-sized tiger up close” and a “View in 3D” button. That button launches the AR experience. Give it a go, try: Alligator, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Dog for example. So much fun to do with kids!
Some more ideas and handy resources: