Teach and learn at home with our fun activities for kids! We’ve got you covered with more than 180 free resources and lessons – 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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The Two Types of [email protected] 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.
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Self-Directed – these DON’T require your input!

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!

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Social and Emotional Education with Bluey

Cool Australia has partnered with Ludo Studio to create a range of Bluey educational resources. Each resource showcases an episode from Bluey and contains all the instructional information needed to help develop kids mental and emotional resilience while enjoying their fave cartoon.

Bluey ‘Baby Race’
Achievement

A challenging balloon game requires perseverance and effort for success.

Bluey ‘Octopus’
Inclusivity

Children recreate a circus setting, putting on different acts and helping others be a part of the show.

Bluey ‘Fancy Restaurant’
Respect

Children recreate a restaurant setting to create a nice experience for someone they value.

Bluey ‘Hammerbarn’
Teamwork

Students share limited materials in the construction of their dream house.

Early Learning

Paint A Little Positivity
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. 

Leaf Investigators
STEM, Arts

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

Ramp it Up!
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. 

Vegetable stamps
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.

Foundation

Alphabet Collage
Arts, English

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

Sing Together Now
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.

My Garden Treasure Map
Geography, Arts

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!

Get Into Birds
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. 

Primary

Sustainable Shopping List Meal Challenge
HASS, English, Maths

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?

Where Does Your Food Come From?
Design & Tech, Science

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

Paint Like an Animal Activist
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.

Energy Production Investigation
English, Science

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

Secondary

Anti Sugar Ads
English, Maths

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.

Healthwashing And Weasel Words
English

Ever heard someone say “they weaselled out of that cleverly”? 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!

News Consumption And Mental Health
English

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.

Make Your Own pH Indicator
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.
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Communicating Clearly About COVID-19
English

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.

Fictional Friends
English

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.

Bushfires and Ecosystems
English

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

Keeping Anxiety At Bay During COVID-19
English

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.