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30+ Stay Home Activities: Things to Do, Bake, Play, Learn, Watch and Do with Kids

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Check out our bumper issue of activities for fun things to do with the kids at home over the weekend or whenever you have some free time!

We’ve put together a bunch of ideas to keep you and the kids busy at home. For our most recent weekend planner click here otherwise scroll on for our bumper roundup of activities and things to do with kids. Check out the Recipe section for fun snacks, treats and play recipes to make with the kids, our Kids’ App/E-learning Resource section for something educational or fun for the kids to discover online and our Activities section for good old-fashioned play inspiration.

Fun Places to Go
Recipes for Kids
Fun Stay Home Activities for Kids
E-learning Resources for Kids

Fun Places to Go

things to do go to the Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo photos shot on iPhone 11 Pro by @fazgaffa

Visit the Singapore Zoo!

We are excited that the Singapore Zoo has now reopened (along with other popular attractions like S.E.A. Aquarium, ArtScience Museum, Universal Studios Singapore and others)! Entry is limited to 25% capacity at any one time and you need to reserve a designated arrival time prior to your visit, and enter the park within 45 minutes of that time. Note that certain attractions and shows at the Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park – as well as tram rides and water play area – will be closed through 31 July. If you want to feed the animals you’ll need to book a slot beforehand online – currently only the giraffes, white rhinoceros and Aldabra giant tortoises can be fed. Click here for further details.

Admiralty Park Playground, with one of the longest slides in Singapore
Admiralty Park has slides galore

Check out these Playgrounds

With Phase 2 public playgrounds have reopened so pick one that sounds fun for your kiddo (from slides galore at Admiralty to water play at The Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay, there’s something for every family. It’s important to stay safe with your outing to the playground and beyond so remember to pack that mosquito repellant to ward off Dengue carrying mosquitos and of course pack that mask or face shield along with a kid-safe sunscreen.

Read more: Phase 2: What You Can and Can’t Do at a Playground in Singapore

Kid-Friendly Recipes:

things to do make this recipe of sugar free banana bread with your kids

One Bowl Sugar Free Banana Bread

Anyone else feeling like it’s snack o’clock every hour at home? Here’s a tried and tested zero-sugar spelt banana bread recipe that our family made with the kids. It’s great because you can make it in one bowl so there’s minimal cleaning up. The sweetness of this really hinges on the ripeness of your bananas — the riper and spottier the better. If you’re not used to sugar free recipes you could sneak a tablespoon of honey in here. Or try the recipe as is without sweetener and if it’s not sweet enough you can drizzle some honey or maple syrup on top to serve. Thanks to the nutty spelt flour and the wholesome ingredients this makes a super healthy snack for kids and adults and is a nutritious breakfast bread-cake too!

Read more: 6 Healthy Substitutes for Sassy Snackers!

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Making kids bath bombs (Image: Pexels)

Fizzy Bath Bombs

Ok so this week we are steering out of the kitchen (because we happen to have a bumper article of healthy snack recipes for something delicious and edible). Instead we’re making a play recipe: fizzy bath bombs! If there are any dads reading this, we reckon these could make marvellous a Mother’s Day present, too. This bath bomb recipe is double the fun — it’s a fun activity in itself to make the bath bombs, and then later the kids can play with them at bath time. If you don’t have a bathtub you can still let the kids play with these in a large bowl or bucket, just add boats, figurines and let the imaginative play begin!

Bath Bomb Ingredients
– 1 cup baking soda
– 1/2 cup  citric acid (available at Phoon Huat)
– 1/2 cup salt
– 3/4 cup cornstarch
– 2 TBsp oil (coconut oil or any oil works)
– 2 tsp water plus a little more if needed
– 15 drops of essential oils or dried rose petals

  1. Mix everything apart from the water together. Gently drop a little water in (or use a spritz bottle) – the soda will cause the mixture to foam up so try not to add excess water – just what you need to bring the mixture together. You don’t want it too wet.
  2. Mix well with hands (wear gloves if your kid’s have sensitive skin).
  3. Squeeze mixture together so it comes together without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more water to do this.
  4. Add mixture to your molds, press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours in the fridge. As it expands try push it down into the molds. We kept our bath bombs in the molds in the fridge until we wanted to use them.
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Chocolate truffles for Mother’s Day (Image: David Leggett via Flickr)

DIY Chocolate Truffles

This healthy recipe for chocolate truffles is packed with nuts, seeds and dates and is so simple that older kids can make it themselves while younger kids will just need help with the food processor and melting the dipping chocolate. Looking for a more indulgent truffle recipe with heavy cream and chocolate? Try this recipe.

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Easy recipes for kids (Image credit: Pexels)

Kid-friendly Mini Frittatas

The recipe of the week is a fun one to make with your kids. And the good news is that there’s no flour or yeast involved (if anyone knows where to get these at the moment, please shout!). Mini Vegetable Frittatas just require eggs and whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. The kiddos can help cut up the veg and it’s fun to crack open eggs (with no probs if the yolks and whites mix as you’ll be scrambling them anyway). Get this recipe and plenty more kid-friendly recipes in our free downloadable here.

Cheese & Onion Buns

Try making these tasty sugar free Cheese & Onion buns with the kids for a savoury snack. These cheesy buns are similar to Brazilian cheese bread, or Pão de Queijo (which is traditionally made with gluten-free tapioca flour instead).

Ingredients for 7 buns
• 1 cup flour
• 3 tsp baking powder
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of dried mustard powder
• 2 cups of grated cheddar
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1⁄2 cup milk
• Extra grated cheese for tops
• 1 onion (chopped, microwaved for 1 minute)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 390F/200C. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl but be careful not to over mix.
2. Drop large soup-spoonfuls on a cold baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle tops with extra grated cheese.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden.

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Easy peasy frozen fruit pops (Image credit: @flavourforager)

Frozen fruit “Lollipops”

This week the kids are making frozen fruit lollipops! You’ll be surprised how tasty these frozen treats are and when you put fruit on a stick it makes it so much more appealing to kids, freeze them and as they take longer to eat, these refreshing healthy treats are perfect for afternoon munchies. This fun and easy recipe is just one of the many snacks in our Healthy Snacks article and is a great healthy alternative to store-bought popsicles with artificial flavours and added sugar.

Ingredients for 8 Skewers (we used chopsticks for safety)
– 4 strawberries
– 3 tangerines
– 1 pack of blueberries
– 2 medium bananas
– 16 cubes of watermelon

Directions
1. Cut the fruit into large chunks and place in separate bowls.
2. Let the kids place the fruit they want on their lollipop on the chopsticks.
3. Place on chopping board and into the freezer for an hour.

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Pizza Wraps (Image credit: @flavourforager)

Wholemeal Pizza Wraps

So mama and dad understand the deliciousness of a “proper pizza” with its chewy crust and dough lovingly slow fermented over many hours to achieve the tangy taste and chewy crumb. Your kids? Not so much maybe. My two little food critics were all gung-ho about these super easy made-from-scratch pizza wraps! You can make wraps one day for lunch and eat as regular wraps and then the next day use them for pizza! My kids loved decorating their own pizzas and lunch was made and served in under 30 minutes.

Wholemeal Pizza Wraps
Ingredients
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1.5 Tbsp coconut oil (or any neutral oil)
– pinch salt
– 1/3 cup warm water

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oil and salt then add the warm water while mixing until a rough dough comes together. Add a little extra water if needed. Then knead dough on the counter for about two minutes. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes (if you have the time if not just continue). Divide dough into 4 equal balls then roll into a thin wrap circle shape.
  2. Heat a pan over medium high heat and cook each side until bubbles form- about 1 minute.
  3. Top with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and your fave pizza toppings.
  4. Grill in the oven until the cheese melts- roughly 4 minutes.

Nicecream

Have you tried Nicecream? This one-ingredient home made ice cream is so easy to make it barely needs a recipe, but here we go anyway! Just freeze banana chunks (peeled) – the riper the better – and then blend for a delicious and creamy treat. You can store for later but it will freeze up and go hard if frozen for too long. Add in any flavours you like — raspberry, cocoa powder, a squeeze of lemon…and you can top with sauces or sprinkles, too. Go wild! Tag us @sassymamasg with your kiddos, mamas — we’d love to share your pics of trying out our recipes in our Instagram Stories!

1-Ingredient Nice Cream
– Ripe Bananas (cut into chunks and frozen)
– Optional; any other ingredients to flavour: cocoa powder, peanut butter, other fruit etc

Directions
1.Peel and chop bananas up — the riper they are the sweeter they’ll be. Freeze.
2. Blend frozen bananas in a food processor (you’ll need to scrape the sides down regularly). You can add in extra ingredients here – coconut cream if you are having troubling blitzing; other fruit; peanut butter; cinnamon or go pure. You can also add toppings after blending like chocolate chips or peanuts.
3. Serve immediately for a soft creamy nice cream or pop in freezer for no more than an hour to make firmer.

Activities of the Week:

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Fizzy rainbows with baking soda and vinegar (Image credit: @flavourforager)

Make Colourful Rainbow Fizz!

This activity is so easy to set up with stuff you most likely have in your pantry! Kids will love filling syringes with different colours and making rainbow patterns on the baking soda that fizzes as it reacts with the vinegar. Both my kids (5 and 8 years old) had fun with this (but do watch out as the food dye will stain clothes and marble floors so best to do this somewhere where clean up is easy!). Just fill a tray with baking soda and set out containers filled with vinegar and a couple of drops of different food dye/colouring. It’s fun using syringes (and good for hand muscles to maneuver them) but if you don’t have medicine syringe or pipettes, then a teaspoon in each container will do. Now just add dribbles of vinegar colour solution to the baking soda, watch as the vinegar reacts and fizzes with the soda. See what happens when different colours mix!

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Join a LIVE Kids Maker Session with Playeum

Join Playeum with your little ones (18 month olds to tweens) for a free 45-minute session every Friday at 3pm on Instagram, where kids are encouraged to take charge of their own maker projects at home! Playeum will be exploring the different ways we can experiment, play and create with everyday materials (from rubber bands to toilet rolls) that we find in our homes. There are no instructions, allowing for the imagination to take over. Join Playeum’s playmakers live, enjoy some virtual social interaction with other kids, and get started on your own project at home!

Suggest Mama gets Some Down Time

So this might not have been what you had in mind when you started reading activities to do this weekend with your kids, but bear with us. While we love spending time with our family, sometimes it’s even better to spend time alone. Not entertaining little ones, not cooking for others, not cleaning, not researching how to keep kids busy. So suggest to your kids and partner that you might like some alone time to do your own thing without feeling guilty. We loved this article by a fellow mum of a 4-year-old who says maybe it’s time to give parents a break while we adjust to life in a pandemic. And maybe it’s time for kids to develop a new skill (like the opportunity to learn how to learn, through self-exploration and observation.). So put your feet up, mamas, enjoy your cup of tea hot and pick up a free e-copy of your fave mag at NLB’s OverDrive collection!

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Try Science Experiments at Home

Get kids excited about science with these easy experiments that illustrate some cool science concepts. Check out our roundup of fun home science experiments for kids of all ages that can be done with simple and easy-to-find materials. The “Bubbles in Oil” experiment here makes a great, aesthetically pleasing experiment that older kids will enjoy. All you’ll need is: a clear cup, water, oil and food colours. As you add colour droplets to your layer of oil – you’ll see they won’t reach the layer of water. This experiment is a great way to teach children about the concept that water and oil molecules do not mix and for older kids, polar and nonpolar molecules. Read more here.

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Join Science O’Clock Junior at Pepper’s Lab

If you are a little unsure about science experiments at home on your own, why not follow Science Centre’s lead and tune in to their online sessions curated by the Educators at KidsSTOP? Learn to create a lemon volcano, magic milk or a homemade pH indicator using everyday household items with the weekly Science o’Clock Junior: Pepper’s Lab series. Look out for helpful instructional videos with an easy to follow step-by-step guide. We loved the “Cloud in a Jar” experiment complete with #sciencefact explainers to complete the science lesson. 

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30 Day Lego Challenge

Use Your LEGO in New Ways

If you haven’t jumped on the 30 Day LEGO Challenge bandwagon, it’s not too late. The plan outlines a daily challenge that you can set for the children, from ‘build a house’ to ‘design a new space rocket’ or ‘build a Lego maze’. Children will play with their LEGO in a new way and be encouraged to think outside the box. A fellow mama mentioned she loves to dump a bunch of LEGO in the bath for her kids to play with, dive for (get the old snorkel or goggles out) so there’s another way to use your beloved old toys.

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Play doh arts and crafts at home (Image credit: Play-Doh)

Play Play-Doh WITH your kids 

It’s great when kids get on with playing and leave us parents to work, get jobs done, or just relax! But occasionally getting down to their level and playing with your kids can be great for bonding and opening up communication. Joining in with your kids when they crack open the Play-Doh also lets you keep an eye on the mess! Play-Doh has been shown to help creativity, communication skills, fine motor skills and has even been recommended as one of the best toys to combat delayed motor development from too much screen time. Read up on the benefits of Play-Doh plus tips on how to clean up any mess here. Plus enter our giveaway to win a Play-Doh Tootie Ice Cream set for your kids!

Read more: Make your own playdough recipe

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Home spa for mum  (Image: Pexels)

Make a Home Spa

Time to pamper mama! Kids will have a blast setting up a home salon for mama to enjoy. Older kids can help write out the salon treatment options (sneaky handwriting practice, haha!), design a salon name, set up the sofa or a comfy chair and get some kid-safe products ready. Some ideas: body lotion for a foot or leg massage; make-up remover or plain water and cotton pads for face treatments; face cream (not your best one in case little fingers use too much!) and lip balm so kids can apply; slices of cucumber to place on your eyes. The kids can even write out a Home Spa gift certificate to present to you for use on your visit. Go enjoy mama, you deserve it!

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Crazy golf DIY at home

Indoor Crazy Golf

Challenge the kids to a game of indoor DIY crazy golf! The kids can design a complex course with anything around the house, train sets, DUPLO, tracks and bricks. Get the old cardboard boxes out to make ramps and holes – see how creative they can be. Then see who can make it around the course without falling in any traps or getting the ball lost!

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Blind taste test (Image credit: Samantha Saw)

Do a Kid-friendly Blindfolded Taste Test

This activity idea came from a fellow mama and we just love it so we had to share. Blindfold your child or get them to close their eyes, and no peeking! Lay out a spread of whatever you have at home – vegetables, cheese, something you know your kids will love, something new. The kids have to guess what they are eating. It’s lots of fun and also a super sneaky way to get kids to try something they haven’t wanted to eat before.

Magic Milk Experiment

Remember the pepper-and-soap experiment from earlier this year that helped show kids the importance of washing their hands? This Magic Milk experiment has a similar concept, except this time it’s with milk, food colouring and soap. Watch the video above to find out how, and get ready to amaze the kiddos!

Make a Book or Journal 

Chances are you’re well versed in the benefits of journalling. It helps improve handwriting skills, helps with big feelings and communication skills. Get the kids to make their very own journal with scrap paper at home. One of our favourite STEAM blogs, Babble Dabble Do does a great job of explaining 5 different book binding methods with materials you are likely to have at home.

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Art challenge #TussenKunstenQuarantine with kids at home

Accept an art challenge #TussenKunstenQuarantaine

Get involved in the latest social media trend started by The Getty Museum on twitter. Recreate classic art paintings at home. No we aren’t asking you to channel your inner Picasso, this is more about replicating famous works of art using props you have at home to stage a photo. Just find a favourite art painting, gather your props and any willing children to help. Take a pic and use the hashtag #TussenKunstenQuarantaine (which translates to “between art and quarantine”) and you are set. How fun is the comparison pic above from Jess on the Sassy Mama team?

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Singapore
(Image: courtesy of National Museum of Singapore)

DIY Craft: Performer Puppets

Try out this fun craft activity by the National Museum of Singapore with your little ones! Download the template here and watch the video on how you can create your own performer puppets using materials that you can find at home. There’s also a fun Online Scavenger Hunt (with a prize to be won!) to learn about the museum and its collection, and Singapore’s diverse traditional social and cultural practices!

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Kids fun with Nam Hwa Opera (Image courtesy of Nam Hwa Opera)

Pick up Teochew with Nam Hwa Opera

Have your kids ever watched Nam Hwa Opera, one of Singapore’s oldest Teochew opera associations? Now’s the time to learn about the rich history behind this traditional art form and connect with your grandparents by picking up some Teochew! Catch the opera performances online via their Facebook page ​here​.

Let the Kids Listen to Free Storytelling with Arts

Gateway Kids Club is a weekly kids’ programme that includes storytelling, and arts & crafts to help feed kids’ imaginations. Look out for free storytelling sessions on their Facebook page at 11am on Saturdays. From “Oh the places you’ll go” to “David & Goliath,” storyteller Dwayne share fun stories with kids in a colourful interactive way complete with an activity. Recommended for children 3 to 8 years old.

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Easy Gardening at Home

Always wanted to grow your own veggies or herbs? Try your hand at gardening with the kids with NParks’s Gardening with Edibles initiative. Sign up to redeem FREE seed packets for your household and check out the NParksSG YouTube channel for useful how-to videos!

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Check out National Gallery for Kids Online

Missing a bit of culture? National Gallery, Singapore has created a dedicated kids’ website, Gallery Kids. Here you can explore paintings from around Southeast Asia, play dozens of interactive games, and listen to tales from animated storytellers. We think kiddos will particularly love My INK-credible Adventure, where they can make their own (digital) splat paintings inspired by Yeo Shih Yun. You can also take a virtual tour of the gallery’s collections through Google Arts & Culture.

Read more: Virtual Museum Tours in Singapore and around the World

Read JK Rowling’s FREE Online Book Ickabog

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has released a new surprise chapter book The Ickabog online for free! Rowling announced that she first started writing the book Ickabog “in fits and starts” while she was between Potter books, but never pursued publishing it. Good news for us is that from May 26th, until July 10th, Rowling will post a new chapter every weekday. Plus there’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids to get involved in the published book! Kids are invited to submit illustrations of the book and the best will be included in the print version. Ickabog is for kids aged 7 to 9 to read to themselves, or for parents to read to kids.

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Create an Obstacle Course Using Crepe Paper

Make your own obstacle course in your hallway with just crepe paper. Zig zag the lines high and low and get the kids to walk through without breaking the crepe paper! This idea is from hellowonderful.co, where you can find plenty more stay at home activities like “minute to win it” games and more for kids of all ages.

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Learn Some Fun New Origami Tricks

Origami is the art of folding one square into different shapes (no glue or cutting allowed!). Have you tried it with the kids? It’s surprisingly relaxing (until you can’t figure out where you went wrong) but with Red Ted Art‘s tutorials we didn’t actually get stuck at all! There are so many benefits of getting the kiddos into origami – not just for the cute end results. Origami develops eye hand co-ordination, sequencing skills, maths reasoning, spatial skills, memory, as well as patience and attention skills. With the help of Red Ted Art’s Youtube tutorials we made butterflies, birds and beautiful tropical palm fronds (now all hanging up next our masks in our hallway). Go on give it a go!

Make Secret Agent Invisible Ink

The most talked about method of homemade invisible ink is using lemon juice on paper to write invisible code that can then be revealed when you apply heat (via a hot iron). But, we have found a much better invisible ink method that doesn’t involve heat (so it’s much safer for kids). Mix a small amount of water and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, then paint out your letters onto paper with a cotton bud or paint brush. To reveal, let the “ink” dry then mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (if you have any leftover from making your DIY hand sanitizer) and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (careful, this will stain if it gets on material or surfaces). Paint your turmeric solution over the paper with a paintbrush and magically see the letters reveal – the paper turns yellow and the letters turn bright red! So exciting and visual – we bet your kids will be thrilled with the results.

Grab a Little Footprints Fun Kit

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) with Science Centre’s fun and engaging Little Footprints Fun Kit ($5 only, while stocks last) that’s specially designed for 4-8 year olds and delivered to your doorstep! Learn to build a circuit with the Little Electrician Kit, or engineer a toy from scratch with the Little Engineer Kit.  Also check out one of these online subscription boxes for babies and kids of all ages.

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Set up a Home Cinema

We can’t get to Golden Village or any cinema until they reopen 13th  July, so how about setting up a cinema night at home? Kids can make cinema tickets and practice their drawing and writing skills. Rearrange your furniture cinema-style, dim the lights, choose a movie (we help out with this roundup of 33 family movies to choose from) and get the snacks ready!

E-learning Resources of the Week:

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Have a Dance off with Go Noodle

Our kids just loooooove Go Noodle — a website that features fun dance sequences for kids to follow. You parents may even find yourself bopping away to fun tunes like “The Water Cycle,” which simultaneously educates about precipitation and other parts of the water cycle while teaching some jamming moves – what’s not to like?

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Get Musical with Chrome Music Lab

If your kids are missing their usual music lessons, check out Chrome Music Lab. This website makes learning music fun through hands-on experiments. Plus you’ll get to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. Your kids will even be able to make their own songs with the Song Maker experiment.

Read more: Guide to Online Enrichment during the Circuit Breaker: Kids Coding Classes, Language, Art & More

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Fun & Educational Activity Ideas from The Artground

#HomewithTAG is a contribution of ideas from the wonderful artist friends of The Artground. If you’re on the lookout for activities to do at home with the kids, check out their page for some creative and fun ideas! Write a letter, dehydrate flowers at home, or go on a backyard outdoor exploration and more! If you complete any of these activities, do share a photo or video on social media and tag them so they can continue to share them with other families and artists in an effort to “Let art do, what art does.”

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Lions spotted on Safari (Image: Pexels)

Real Safari Live at Kruger

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is doing two safari drives a day Monday – Sunday (12pm and 9:30pm Singapore time), which you can watch “live” on WildEarth – LIVE safari YouTube. The drives happen at dusk in South Africa and at sunset and last a few hours. It’s super interesting and informative, and there’s something magic knowing it’s a real setting and anything could happen – will you spot impala or maybe a lion or elephant?

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Check out Tate Kids website

So while Mum is having that me-time, how about another adult in the house help the kids with some art? The (temporarily closed) museum Tate in London offers artistic activities to children confined indoors during the pandemic. We hopped on to their Tate Kids website and loved the look of the activities in store for kids. Tate Kids’ posts outline how the activity ties in to famous art techniques, what you’ll need, and how much time it takes so it’s super to prepare in advance. We also like that one of these activities could produce a fab gift for mum! On our list: how to make marbled paper with foam; learning to weave like Anni Albers; and how to make Pop Art like Warhol. Plus the kids will love the Quizzes section and watching the little video snippets like Jacqueline Wilson’s magical tour of Tate Britain to get inspired.

Read more: Best Free Online Resources & Educational Apps

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Tune in for Library Story Time

The National Library Board (NLB) has launched weekly virtual storytelling sessions for children in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. These prerecorded sessions will be hosted by librarians, volunteers and local authors on Facebook.

  • English stories suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years old will happen here at 6:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 10am Thursday (find an archive of past storytimes here).
  • Chinese stories for 4 to 8-year-olds happen here, Monday- Friday at 7:30pm.
  • Malay sessions happen here Tuesday (8pm) and Saturday (11:30am)
  • Tamil sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm.

Read more: 5 Outdoor Sensory Play Ideas to Get Babies and Kids Outside

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 Draw with TIME’s Drew (and Rosie)

If your kids just love to draw, check out the new Draw with Drew (and Rosie!). Drew is creative director of TIME for Kids, and he and his sidekick, fourth-grader Rosie, explore their imaginations and dream up fun things to sketch each week in the latest free offering from TIME for Kids. There’s a new subject each week with lots of helpful hints to help make your kids’ artwork the best it can be. Also check out TIME for Kids’s free digital library.

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Kids activities at home with SRT Playhouse (Image credit: SRT Facebook)

SRT’s Playhouse of Theatrical Activities

While we may not be able to go to the theatre yet, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)’s The Little Company has been working on fun weekly ideas and activities for kids with their TLC Playhouse. There’s lots of activities drawing on characters and scenes from SRT’s past productions such as The Gingerbread Man, Gretel and Hansel and so many more. Make your own story using characters from different stories – go crazy and put Little Red Riding Hood and the Gingerbread Man all in one scene! Cut out stick puppets, download colouring sheets, check out drama games for older kidsbe a journalist for a day and more! Check back in every Tuesday, as SRT will be adding a new activity of the week!

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Get inspired by ArtScience Museum’s new online programmes

ArtScience Museum launches a new online programme called ArtScience at Home this month. Here you can experience their museum programmes and educational activities such as guided exhibition tours and craft workshops, from home. You can watch their in-house craft creator Dina’s tutorials (every Friday fortnightly) as you create your own DIY space mission patches with materials easily found around the house, go on a virtual tour of Future World and more. Look out for Online Talks: Feeling the Future, and ArtScience Late, for intimate, living room performances from musicians and performing artists on the third Thursday of each month.

Read more: Best Free Online Resources & Educational Apps

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Get Nature-Based Activity Ideas for Free

Feeling a little cooped up recently and looking to get your kiddos playing in nature more? Outdoor School Singapore has developed a series of nature-based activities aiming to bring nature indoors for young explorers. Sign up to their newsletter for two nature-based activities sent to your inbox each week (complimentary during the circuit breaker period). The activities can be done both at home as well as in your immediate outdoor environment so there’s no need to travel far to get your kids back into nature.

Read more: Guide to Online Enrichment during the Circuit Breaker: Kids Coding Classes, Language, Art & More

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Join a LIVE Kids Maker Session with Playeum

Join Playeum with your little ones (18 month olds to tweens) for a free 45-minute session every Friday at 3pm on Instagram, where kids are encouraged to take charge of their own maker projects at home! Playeum will be exploring the different ways we can experiment, play and create with everyday materials (from rubber bands to toilet rolls) that we find in our homes. There are no instructions, allowing for the imagination to take over. Join Playeum’s playmakers live, enjoy some virtual social interaction with other kids, and get started on your own project at home!

Hear all about Dragon Boat Festival, Make Rice Dumplings & More

Do you know why we eat rice dumplings during Dragon Boat Festival/Dumpling Festival? Or how the practice of dragon boat racing came to be? Uncover the legends and myths behind Dumpling Festival through an animated short story via Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Facebook page, in support of the online celebration of Wan Qing Dumpling Festival this year. Plus look out for the exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives such as cooking classes, game contests, quizzes, interactive craft demonstrations and more.

        Read more: Where to Find Rice Dumplings in SG

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Get involved with Science with Bill Nye

Don’t believe you have super powers (even after the work-hbl-life juggle?). With Bill Nye (The Science Guy) you will learn how to bend a light beam through a water stream (physics) and a whole bunch of other cool science tricks (just look for ‘Learn’ and Home Demos). We like how the instructions are simple and easy to follow with a short kid-friendly “What’s Happening” explainer to understand the basics of the science theory.

Read more: 6 Easy Home Science Experiments for Ages 2-8

Check out Brain Teasers MonstersUnited by NLB

Follow NLB’s Facebook page for Terrific Tuesdays with Monsters United! The online version of this workshop (uploaded biweekly on Tuesdays) includes fun-filled brainteasers suitable for children aged seven to nine.

Read more: Best Free Online Resources & Educational Apps

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Look what I made! Digital Art from the “Artists Tropical Landscape” game on #SmallBigDreamersAtHome

Children’s Festival Small Big Dreamers opens!

National Gallery Singapore’s bi-annual children’s festival, Small Big Dreamers, returns for its second edition with a digital twist from 1 June 2020 to 28 March 2021! Following the introduction of new weekly activities on Gallery Kids! #SmallBigDreamersAtHome is the first online art festival in Singapore that serves up a series of fun and engaging activities for children aged six to 12, featuring interactive games, and easy-to-follow, hands-on activities (some downloadable) designed to let them unleash their inner artist. We especially liked the “Watch and Listen” videos on making art and music from material around the house, and I personally had fun with the “Play and Discover” section – check out my art pictured above using the interactive online “Artists Tropical Landscape” activity!

Read more: Virtual Museum Tours in Singapore and around the World

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Join a free live painting class

Local art school Chalk N Pencils is conducting free painting classes via Instagram Live every weekend for you to participate in from the comfort of your home. Follow them @chalknpencils and tune in every Saturday from 3pm to 5:30pm with art supplies like brushes, a canvas and acrylic paints. Need art supplies? You can also drop them a DM to order a Chalk N Pencils Stay Home Artist Kit and have it delivered to your home!

See Human Anatomy in 3D

If you are tired of your kids grabbing your phone to take pics and play with your filters, look away now. Google has come up with some more fun Augmented reality (AR) in Search so that you can bring 3D objects to life. Earlier this year we all had tigers and snakes in our living room thanks to Google’s AR, but they’ve now added 23 creepy crawlies to its AR Search results. You can also check out the human anatomy (from 11 body systems) as well as tiny organisms like mitochondria in 3D! How cool is tech?
To find it:
 Search for the name of the insect/anatomy type and select the “View in 3D” option. 

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