Stuck for children’s entertainment ideas in lockdown?

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Forget the mind numbing antics of Tiger King (we’re not the only ones having nightmares, right?) and perhaps get your children to turn off Netflix altogether for the time being.

The World Animal Protection has released 10 animal activities and wild facts on its website to kids to get excited about.

More: https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/

Backyard bliss

What’s in your backyard?

Costa Georgiadis wants kids stuck inside at home to send a photo of ‘What’s In Your Backyard?’ 

Joining forces with Junior Landcare, the popular TV star and Landcare champion launched the ‘What’s In Your Backyard?’ campaign to encourage the next generation to get into their backyard, onto their balcony or even look outside their window to see the amazing flora and fauna right on their doorstep.
Kids can submit photos to Junior Landcare and explain why the photo is important to them to be in with a chance to win one of ten $250 cameras. When conditions allow, the major school prize will be a visit from Costa to check out the school’s environment projects.
“Right now, kids across the country are stuck inside but there’s a whole world of nature right outside their window, waiting to be discovered. Junior Landcare knows children can’t protect the landscape if they don’t love it and the only way for them to love it is to open their eyes and see what’s out there in their own backyard.” 
‘What’s in Your Backyard?’ is a key activity in Junior Landcare’s new Learning Centre.  Perfect for kids bored at home – and parents needing a well-deserved break – this resource has 30-minute learning activities developed by education professionals to help children be aware, empowered and active in caring for their local environment. 
More: juniorlandcare.org.au/campaigns/whatsinyourbackyard/

Natural beauty

Parents and carers are wondering how they’re going to entertain the children through the Easter holidays and beyond now that we’re all on forced social distancing and isolation courtesy of coronavirus.

As there’s only so much space in the fridge and pantry for home baking, thought you might like these cute free DIY beauty hack videos below on how to make your own products from Australian natural skin care brand MooGoo.
Most of MooGoo’s products are naturally derived and contain non-irritating ingredients as close to food as possible – but just because you can eat them, doesn’t mean you should, so you probably don’t want to let the little ones lick the bowl!


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Cleansing oil

Body scrub

I see a Sea Museum

Stem the tide of boredom these school holidays and beyond, with the Australian National Maritime Museum’s range of online activities and games at www.sea.museum

Kids can play, create, learn and discover with fun-filled online games, activity sheets, and print-out and make templates.

Programs Coordinator Annalice Creighton, said the museum’s online children’s activities not only provide hours of fun and creativity but also have a strong learning element.

“The topics cover science, the natural environment/marine biology, archaeology, astronomy, history, art and design – all things inspired by the sea and our exhibitions.”

The Voyage for example is the museum’s most popular educational online game and is based on real convict voyages.  Players make decisions, solve problems and deal with conflicts on a perilous journey across the globe.https://www.sea.museum/discover/apps-and-games/voyage-game

The craft ideas feature easy step-by-step guides and include projects such as making prehistoric sea monster pet rocks, a steampunk ‘socktopus’, a fizzy carrot submarine to a curiosity jar filled with treasures, plus many more. https://www.sea.museum/kids-craft

With a focus on re-use and recycling, they are made with materials that are easily accessible and found within the house or the back garden, providing a great solution for a stay-at- home holiday. https://www.sea.museum/arts-and-crafts

From a large range of print-out–and-make downloadable templates children can also make their own pirate hats and paper ships, cake toppers, ocean ‘superheroes’ and snow globes, amongst others. https://www.sea.museum/kids-activity-sheets

When hunger strikes, there’s easy-to-follow adventure themed recipes such as Pirate Treasure Cookies and a delicious butter cream cake recipe made into the shape of the HMAS Vampire, Australia’s largest museum ship.

Children can also venture into the secret world of a submarine HMAS Onslow or climb aboard the hard-working patrol boat HMAS Advance by taking one of the museum’s 360-degree on-line tours www.sea.museum/whats-on/vessels

Online craft activities are primarily for families with children aged 4-12 years old. However 360 tours of the vessels and some of the more advanced craft activities such as casting and soft sculpture, are suitable for older children and adults.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is temporarily closed due to social distancing practices in response to COVID-19.  The museum website is a source of great discovery, where the public can explore the rich collection of artefacts, a range of stories that delve into maritime science and archaeology, and various online exhibitions.

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