Wondering how to keep your kids busy these July school holidays? Maybe like me, you want to lay low leading up to travelling overseas, you’re in isolation or you just want to avoid the horrible sickness going around. I’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a heap of fun online activities for kids to do from home.
Activities range from art tutorials, cooking classes and lego building to nature play and watching live theatre from the comfort of your home. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you want to reduce screen-time there’s activity sheets you can print off ready for when you hear “I’m bored” for the one hundredth time.
I hope you find this helpful in the weeks ahead. If you come across any great online activities please share in the comments below. Bel x
1. Northern Beaches Council – Make a Cool Collage
Local Sydney Artist Kevin Diallo demonstrates how to make a cool collage giving old magazines or newspapers a second life. Frame your creation and hang it in your bedroom.
2. The Good Foundation – Online Cooking Classes
Get your boys cooking up a storm with The Good Foundation cooking classes based on Jamie Oliver’s recipes. We haven’t tried out these classes but I love the idea of my boys cooking me dinner.
3. Gingerbread Folk – Gingerbread House Kits
Building a gingerbread house is fun any time of the year. We love Gingerbread Folk gingerbread house kits as they’re super easy to assemble with everything you need except your choice of lollies to decorate. The gingerbread is deliciously soft to eat, vegan, nut-free and palm oil free with no colours, flavours or preservatives.
4. Northern Beaches Council – Make a Sustainable ‘Swingin’ Succulent
Create a fun sustainable ‘Swingin’ Succulent from a can or other object found around your home. Make a few different ones and hang them from a tree to brighten up your back garden.
5. Taronga Zoo Sydney – Taronga TV
Check out Taronga TV to see what the animals are getting up to at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. As well as 24/7 live-streaming cameras, you’ll find Keeper chats and other interesting behind the scenes videos.
6. LEGO.com for kids
Head to LEGO.com for loads of LEGO activity inspiration including challenges, tutorials and downloadable activity packs.
7. The World of David Walliams – Megamonster Activity Sheets
Our favourite author right now is David Walliams! We love this fabulous author’s website packed full of activity sheets, audio stories, giveaways and more. All absolutely free and perfect for printing out ready for a rainy day.
8. Dav Pilkey – Activity Sheets
Did you know Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia when he was a kid? His teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day due to him disrupting the class. It was here than he created his own original comic books Dog Man and Captain Underpants. My boys love Dav Pilkey’s website which has step by step instructions on how to draw the characters from his books. There’s also colouring ins, mazes and word challenges to print off and keep your boys busy for hours.
9. Sydney Opera House – Streaming Platform
It’s no surprise we love visiting the Sydney Opera House. I was excited to come across this streaming platform offering access to full length performances from the Opera House stages, presentations and original content created especially for the platform. Head to the ‘something for the kids’ section where you can rent live performances to watch from the comfort of your home.
Needing more Inspo?
Head to our list of 70 + activities for kids in isolation on our homepage. You’ll find fun things to do in the backyard, rainy day ideas, nature play, movies, unique kids apps, ways to get your kids active and more!!