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Learning At Home















Ideas for Learning at Home. Try these activities with your children. Other links that could be useful

Design and make an obstacle course at home or in the garden. How fast can you complete it?

Can you create a story bag? Find a bag and collect items to go in it that relate to a well known story. If you can’t find an item, you could draw a picture to include.

Turn your favourite book into a comic strip. Writing a story doesn’t always have to be about the words

Story hunt. Collect items that give clues to a book then share them with someone. Can they guess the story?

Upcycle! Use items from your recycling to make something cool. A model, a piece of art or something else.

Prehistoric Marine Animal Quiz

If you could write a non-fiction book, what would you write about? Write down five facts about your chosen topic?

Decorate an item to look like your favourite book character. You could choose a stone, a wooden spoon or something else.

Treasures & Tales online: The Wonders of Ancient Egypt – Auckland Museum

Write a letter to your favourite author. What will you tell them or ask them?

Story Mash-up! Write a new story that mixes together your favourite characters from different books.

Can you make a model of a famous book setting? You could use a box and decorate it!

Treasures & Tales online: Bizarre Butterflies – Auckland Museum

Imagine you need to make a cake for a special event. It needs to have 5 layers of different flavours. Design and label how it would look.

Rainbow foods. There are 7 colours in the rainbow. Can you think of a food that’s the colour of each one? Draw a picture to show these.

Treasures & Tales online: Volcanoes of Auckland – Auckland Museum

Make some wild art using sticks, leaves, flowers and anything else you can find outdoors.

Ping pong story telling! Write the opening sentence to a story, then someone else writes the next line. Then it’s your turn again! Keep alternating until you have a full story.

Describe the most disgusting meal EVER! What is in it? Spaghetti worms, toenails on toast or something else?

Treasures & Tales online: Dino Discovery – Auckland Museum

Hello me! Write a letter to yourself to open in 20 years time.

Quiz time! Can you think of ten questions about the earth today? Try them out on someone! How many can they answer correctly?

What would it be like to time travel? Write a story about it! Which year will you travel to? What does the earth look like then?

A Little Model Railway For You – MOTAT

Design the front cover of your own recipe book. What will you call your book and how will you make it stand out?

Alphabet food! Can you name something you would find in the kitchen that starts with the letter a,b,c and so on?

Word search fun! Create your own word search using words on the topic of food or cooking and then ask someone to complete it.

Create a word-find, board game or cross word to practice your te reo.

Make a te reo Māori Kahoot and test your family’s knowledge


Create a Māori kupu/object scavenger hunt for you and your whānau to do. (Homai te/ngā ____)

Create a comic strip about an animal who turns into a superhero. Which animal will you choose?

Play alphabet bingo! Can you spot an item in your home or garden that starts with the letter a,b,c and so on?

Miss Nicky Says  -Sing along with Whāea Nicky to learn the Months of the Year in Te Reo Māori

DC Waiata playlist and sing along! 

List making! Write a list of things that make you happy, things you’re grateful for or things you are good at. 

Do something kind for someone. Can you pay them a compliment, make them something or
help them with a task?

Murray Gadd reads  “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” – for Year 4-8 students



Create your own animal. Could you combine two of your favourites? What will you call it?

Design and draw a new musical instrument. How would you play it? What will you call it?

Ping pong story telling! Write the opening sentence to a story, then someone else writes the next line. Then it’s your turn again! Keep alternating until you have a full story.

Murray Gadd reads “Busting” for Year 1-8 students


Design and make an obstacle course at home or in the garden. How fast can you complete it? New Zealand students are learning Maori in Minecraft


1/2: Love Generation – https://vimeo.com/580675287/aadb6aa025

3/4: Chammak Challo: https://vimeo.com/594396897/488ba4a905

5/6:  Heads will Roll – https://vimeo.com/580679917/fe0d97f4a3

Practise Thankfulness

Ask the cchildren daily to name something they are thankful for as part of your daily  routine. Ask them why they are thankful for it.

Kid President’s 25 Reasons to be Thankful Video Link
Before showing the video collect different ideas that you think the Kid President might include in his 25 reasons to be thankful.

Young Ocean Explorers COMPETITION

Kia Ora! Lets have some fun! Every day by 9.30am the Young Ocean Explorers team will share a link on our Facebook page Young Ocean Explorers

Each link is a “how to draw” video. Encourage your kids to draw their entry and if their parent or caregiver then uploads the picture to our facebook page – in the comments of that days link by 5pm. Each day, Riley and Steve from Young Ocean Explorers will judge their favorite entry – and courier the winner a copy of the book –  Love our Ocean

Todays Challenge is The Great White


Make a 3D model.

Make a 3D model of a sea creature. You could try one of the printables or design your own idea. Check out this great whale made by Bayswater Enviro Group. 

Cardboard or plastic from your recycling – eg cereal boxes, toilet rolls, tissue boxes, milk bottles.  Printable 3D sea creatures

Create your own marine reserve mural. Which amazing creatures will be in your marine reserve? 

  • Draw the creatures and add them to your mural. 
  • Add facts about each creature to your mural. 
  • Name your marine reserve.

You might like to make your reserve 3D as a diorama in a cardboard box.

Young Ocean Explorers – Learn to draw series

Diorama idea

Cardboard box, string, paper, pens etc

1) What is your favourite space at home

2) What is your favourite space at school

3) Draw pictures, make videos or write a story in and about your favourite space.

Footsteps Dance

1/2: Zero to Hero  https://vimeo.com/575221764/e446d5bfaa

3/4: Swing Punk  https://vimeo.com/575215297/a00e6b6f68

5/6: Sing Sing Sing https://vimeo.com/575219669/c5431cd0fb

Read-at-home bingo

Get the children reading more with a read-at-home bingo activity. Here is a great one that you can print out and the kids can cross off as they go. This activity works well if you have siblings around the same age so they can have some healthy competition with who can complete their bingo grid first.

Nanogirl’s Lab

Go for a nature walk Support your child’s learning Years 1-6 PDF’s (Reading, Writing & Mathematics)
Take photos and write about them Mathletics  (email sthompson@dairyflat.school.nz for logins/passwords)  Mathletics – Parent support pack
Do some family exercises together  Studyladder
Write letters, emails to family and friends  Science in a van
  Auckland Museum
Construct using lego, outdoor materials, construction blocks Prototec Basic Facts Maths Practice
Make huts Night Zookeeper  (Writing) Free e-Book  The Giraffes of Whispering Wood
Do some baking Epic (Reading)
Plan the menu with the food available in the cupboard KIWIKIDS NEWS
Board games, puzzles, play cards and build with blocks Handwriting Tutorials
Read songs, waiata, poems and rhymes, have fun together. Sing them together. Number of the Day
Draw IXL – Maths & Literacy
Paint Listen to Reading (Links)
Skype your friends and family Writing Fun
Make some puppets – old socks, tubes of paper or card. Act out the story.  Art Activities
Write out recipes or instructions for other people to follow.  Audible Stories 
Cut out letters from old magazines and newspapers to make messages Vooks Storybooks brought to life
Make up a play, you could write the play down. Use puppets to give the performance to the family. Khan Academy 
Make your own advertising pamphlet – cut out and sort items to go on it. Make your own pretend money. Coding – If you have forgotten or don’t have a login email sthompson@dairyflat.school.nz
Go on a treasure hunt – make a map with clues and see who can get to the treasure first. Scratch Jr (Coding – Free iPad App)
Dance to music and sing, make up a dance sequence, can you copy each other? Scratch (Laptop, chromebook, workstation)
Do timed activities. You hold the watch and count how many times they can bounce a ball in a minute. Colouring and paper craft
Fold and cut paper dolls and other repeating patterns. Make a puzzle online (e.g. you can use Essential Spelling words)
Hide something from each other and draw a map or hide several clues – can you follow the map or clues and find it? Kids Should See this Video site with experiments and a range of videos on interesting topics
Collect the family birthdays and put in order – make a reminder calendar for the year. National Geographic Kids Club
Make kites using a variety of shapes and materials. How high can it fly, how long can it fly for? David Walliams is reading a story each day for children
  Frog Hop Number Maze – printables (Juniors)
  30 Day LEGO challenge
  Ocean Soap Foam
  Nano Girl Science Experiments 
  Happy Hooligans Science Experiments for Kids
  About COVID – 19 for Kids 
  Maths with Len’s Gems 
  Fractions – models & word problems (seniors)
  Brainzy – Education
  Kids Art Works
  Vocabulary Spelling City  Learning Activities & Games
  Where would a Kiwi make its home?
  LEARNZ virtual field trips
  Autumn Experience – Let’s go leaf hunting.
  Merlin’s Education Toolbox
  Kiwi Kids News – Level 3&4 (Yrs 5&6) Daily activities
  Kiwi Kids News – Bingo Board of awesomeness
  Sparklers – at Home
  Double digit array multiplication – game
  MOTAT fun 
  The Olympic Ambassador Programme is online!
  89 awesome activities from Independent Schools of Victoria.
  Night Zookeeper – write a letter to a Key Worker competition
  EPro8 Challenge electronics simulator
  Maths – Rapid recall 
  Writing – Night Zookeeper’s free resources
  Fraction – free downloads
  Get ready to speed up those typing skills with this game titled Home Row Typing