Lockdown learning: Resources and activities for the classroom and home
We’ve got a wide variety of high-quality resources and ready-to-go activities to support young people at home or in the classroom. These creative activities will empower young minds through explorations of topics including sustainability, self, rights and responsibilities, being helpful, contributing to important conversations, and so much more.
Age range: Primary school students
Best for: Students who love flipping through their favourite picture books
Use these activities to explore work from a range of popular children’s literature authors, like Patrick and Jonathan Bentley’s Windows, which shows the perspectives of five young people stuck indoors during lockdown, wondering about the world through their windows. Or, get reflective with our mindscape activity: a unique, visual way for students to think about who they are and who they might want to be.
With easy-to-follow instructions and lots of questions to promote curiosity, these resources are perfect for any family looking for some lockdown-friendly learning!
Make a Difference [PDF download]
Age range: No age limit on this one!
Best for: When you need to spread some much-needed kindness in the community
Our Make a Difference activity helps students strengthen their understanding of community building and the importance of active citizenship. Dr. Stephanie Smith, MoADs Learning Manager, says 'It’s been very popular with teachers and families connecting through our social channels – they’ve been particularly drawn to the simple, accessible activity ideas.’ The Make a Difference matrix is a bingo sheet of caring deeds suited to all capabilities and any kind of materials you can find at home. 'Bring a smile to someone else’s day, while also developing empathy, understanding of others and social skills with these activities' says Stephanie.
Age range: Years 5/6 and 7/8, but honestly, the podcasts and activities are great no matter your age
Best for: Future change makers
Have you ever wondered about the trailblazing women who pushed Australia’s democracy forward while working in Old Parliament House? Well, look no further than our History Detective Podcast series: Ladies in the House. Through bite-sized episodes developed in collaboration with Kelly Chase, you’ll learn about three influential women in Australian political history and the parts they played in the operation of Australia’s parliament. In Episode One, you'll meet Hazel Craig, who served as a secretary for five different prime ministers and worked in Old Parliament House for more than 40 years.
Accompanying each biographical podcast is a call-to-action activity that is sure to encourage the next generation in their own political action.
Age range: Fun for the whole family
Best for: when you need a laugh, a craft, and a creative way to use up some toilet rolls
Do you need some crafting inspiration? Follow along with our step-by-step On Air PlayUP craft videos! There are twenty-one unique craft videos encapsulate the interactivity and play-based learning of our PlayUP exhibition. Each video covers a different theme inspired by United Nations international days and significant Australian dates.
Need more to keep you occupied? Each video is accompanied by a digital family guide designed for intergenerational learning and linked to both the Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being, Becoming and theAustralian Curriculum’s General Capabilities Learning Continuum (Levels 1-4). These fun and in-depth programs provide unique ways to interpret the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.