Looking for fun activities to do with the kids? We’ve got you covered with more than 180 free activities – for kids of all ages!

Cool’s [email protected] resources are designed for parents & carers to use with kids at home. You will find activities like building fairy gardens, cooking, treasure maps, singing, games, fact-checking, dancing and bird-watching. The best part is, while you think you are just having fun and entertaining the kids, you are actually sneakily educating them! We call it ninja education!



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We’ve split our [email protected] series into two different types of resources:

Facilitated Activity – these require your input!

Designed to get kids off their tech and outside or engaged in hands-on tasks like science experiments, craft or art – these are for all ages. 

These activities are designed to be adaptable. Most activities take 20-30 minutes and cover real-world topics that you can relate to and easily complete in a home environment.

Creativity is key! If you don’t have a backyard:

  • use your balcony as an observation deck or
  • get some exercise and complete your activity at the same time.

Self-Directed – these DON’T require your input! (so put your feet up)

Self-directed learning for kids ages 10+, which means your kids can guide their own learning independently while you do what you need to do.

Where possible our self-directed lessons include hands-on activities to give kids a break from tech.

We have also included ideas to spark conversation and communication, which are important to learning and development. This might be with a teacher through an online chat or a video conference with kids. Or, if you are doing it independently, it can be a great conversation starter for family dinner!

Early Learning

To view all of our [email protected] Early learning activities, click here.

Paint A Little Positivity

Leaf Investigators

Ramp It Up!

Vegetable Stamps

HPE, Visual Arts

In this activity, you will explore those things you can do to feel good. You will also record a range of different positive and negative feelings and think about what colours you would use to describe these feelings. 

STEM, Arts

In this activity, you’ll measure leaves, uncover how they grow and change and make some artwork using leaves.

Science, Maths, Arts

Ever wondered how to get your race car to go a bit faster? Different surfaces create different kinds of friction and can really slow your car down or let it speed up. 

Arts, Science

This easy activity will create the perfect opportunity to play with your food! Take your favourite vegetables, put some paint on them and stamp them all over.

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To view all of our [email protected] Foundation activities, click here.

Alphabet Collage

Sing Together Now

My Garden Treasure Map

Get Into Birds

 Arts, English

Choose your favourite letter of the alphabet then go hunting through old magazines or newspapers to find pictures related to that letter.

Arts, English

Artists and musicians are often inspired by nature. In this activity, you will sing about what you see on your daily garden exploration.

Geography, Maths

Maps are a great tool for explorers. It’s time for you to be an explorer by getting outside. While you are exploring, notice the features of your garden. Show your favourite features on the map, creating your own natural treasures map!

Arts, Science

Use your eagle eye to observe some birds, thinking about what they do and how they move. Then you’ll have a chance to imagine what it’s like to be a bird and why they do what they do. 

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To view all of our [email protected] Primary activities, click here.

Sustainable Shopping List Meal Challenge

Where Does Your Food Come From?

Paint Like An Animal Activist

Energy Production Investigation

English, Humanities, Mathematics

Plan your budget, choose a recipe and go shopping for ingredients. Is there any way you could source ingredients locally/sustainably to save money and the environment?

Design and Technology, Science

Artists and musicians are often inspired by nature. In this activity, you will sing about what you see on your daily garden exploration.

Visual Arts, Science

Get yourself into the mindset of an animal artist who has been affected by climate change and create an artwork communicating your thoughts and feelings to a human audience..

English, Science

As an investigative journalist, use your sources to lift the lid on energy production practices, and inform the world of your findings.

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To view all of our [email protected] Secondary activities, click here

Antisugar Ads

Healthwashing And Weasel Words

News Consumption And Mental Health

Make Your Own pH Indicator

English, Mathematics

In this activity you’ll view some ads that explain why eating too much sugar isn’t the best idea for your health. Using some of the techniques you observed, you’ll then make your own ad.


Ever heard someone say “they weaselled out of that cleverly”? Weasels may be getting a bad wrap here, but in this activity, you’ll work out how the experts cleverly use ‘weasel words’ to get themselves out of trouble. Then you’ll get to try it. Just don’t get caught!


Track your news consumption habits for a week and then reflect on the way the news is shaping your mindset. Found some habits that aren’t doing you any good? Then you’ll explore some ways to change them

English, Science

In this experiment, you’re going to make your own pH indicator using everyday ingredients. With your indicator, you’ll test out some common substances around the home

The Conversation

A special body of work, put together in partnership with The Conversation to address some of the complicated topics and issues Australians and the world have been facing recently. From bushfires and mental health to COVID-19, we have a range of resources your students can enjoy independently. You might even find them informative too!

We have also added a new digital library topic – COVID-19 – with a collection of factsheets, articles, videos and links to keep up to date with the latest information available.

Check out some of The Conversation lessons that teachers and parents have been loving so far. You can view all the available activities here.

Communicating Clearly About COVID-19

Fictional Friends

Bushfires and Ecosystems

Keeping Anxiety At Bay During COVID-19


Students will gain a greater understanding of COVID-19 including its symptoms, how it is contracted, at risk groups, incubation period and how it is different to influenza by reading through an article.


In this lesson, students learn the value of fictional characters for their social and emotional health. After identifying the key benefits of ‘socialising’ with characters, students make connections between their world and the literary world of texts they enjoy.


Students will read ‘The Conversation’ article about bushfires and ecosystems, then watch a short video. Students will then refer back to ‘The Conversation’ article and answer questions, reflecting on the connections between the clip and the article and how both help them to understand ecosystems..


Students will consider how COVID-19 is impacting their life. They will read a short article from The Conversation about coping with anxiety caused by the stress of COVID-19.

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