Useful Websites:

Due to the recent Pandemic of Covid-19 – many families have been required to work from home.

With Kindergarten children also being at home, we have put together a helpful list of websites with activities that your child may like.

1. Virtual Tour of Healesville Sanctuary:

2. Virtual Tour of Melbourne Zoo:

3. Virtual Safari Tour at Werribee Open Range Zoo:

4. Virtual walking tour of Werribee Open Range Zoo:

Koala keeper talk from Melbourne Zoo:

Safeguard the Handwashing Soap | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure

No Time For Flash Cards: It was recommended to us in a Professional Development course we did this week, and on exploring it, there are a lot of different types of activities that can be done at home. It may give you a few minutes peace!

Flintart: Is the local primary school art teacher’s drawing channel for kids.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt performed by Michael Rosen

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Play-based learning for preschoolers

Everyday activities can be fun learning opportunities. Pretending, creating and helping allows your child to discover new things. Play helps children learn about themselves and where they fit in the world. Evidence shows that play can support learning across physical, social, emotional and intellectual areas of development.

Let your child’s imagination run wild. Encourage them to play dress ups or pretend to be a favourite character. Ask them to tell you about it.

Play is often social – that is, it involves other children. Social play gives your child a chance to practise getting along with other children and to learn new skills.

A few suggestions of good play experiences for three to five-year-olds include:

  • drawing, painting, finger painting and making potato prints
  • emptying and filling containers in the bath or paddling pool – but never leave your child unsupervised
  • dressing up in your old clothes, shoes and jewellery
  • climbing, digging and running outdoors
  • singing
  • playing with dolls
  • experiencing books.

It’s important for children to engage in both structured and unstructured play. Structured play (organised play) usually includes rules, time limits or special equipment. Examples of structured play include sports games, swimming lessons and dance lessons. Unstructured play (also known as free time) involves games that are made up on the spot or allow children to use the equipment around them as they like. Examples include playing at the park, imaginative play with make-believe stories and dancing to music at home.

There are many activities suitable for indoors and outdoors that you can play with your child. You can get creative with recyclable objects that you have around the house. Milk cartons can be used to mark goals (in sports matches) and toilet rolls can be used to build structures. It’s inexpensive and encourages your child to use their imagination and think creatively.

Ideas for indoor activities include:

  • musical chairs and musical statues
  • making an obstacle course
  • jumping over soft objects or a rope
  • acting out stories
  • hide and seek
  • follow the leader games
  • throwing a soft ball or bean bag into a bucket
  • involve your child in cooking and other household duties. Cooking teaches about healthy food, numbers and measurement, science, sharing and new words.

Ideas for outdoor activities include:

  • running and stopping
  • throwing and catching a ball
  • hitting soft balls with a tennis racket or soft cricket bat
  • follow the leader games
  • going to the park and playing on the equipment
  • potato sack races
  • hop-scotch
  • making an obstacle course
  • making suggestions about imaginary play, for example asking ‘What would it be like to be small like a mouse?’, or providing props to use for play.

Read with your child every chance you get, words are everywhere! Talk about signs, food labels, and always keep a book handy.

We also include Educational Resources guided by the Australian and Victorian Early Learning Frameworks.

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)
The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF): Belonging, Being and Becoming (available in 20 languages)

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has a wide range of resources for parents to read.

The DEECD also releases newsletters regularly. They are written for educators but are also a great family resource. They are based on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

The Families section of ACECQA’s website outlines how quality education and care is vital to your child’s development and explains what the National Quality Framework means for you.

Early Childhood Australia features useful articles in the Parent Resources section.

The Raising Children Network is specifically for parents and is constantly updated with practical ideas, videos, new research and articles on children from newborns to preteens.

The Raising Children Network includes information in languages other than English, including this resource about the importance of play-based learning.

School Holiday Activities:

Top six school holiday activities to do at home

Thanks to a host of Victorian organisations and initiatives, there’s more to do at home than ever before.