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I started compiling this over the past week or so then have just been finishing it off when we’ve been recommended to keep kids at home where it is “practically possible.”

It’s going to be a strange and tough time to get through but as I said to my friend today, take one day at a time. Find little sparks of joy in everything. Get back to basics. Do gardening, have a picnic in the backyard, play boardgames, teach your kids to cook. Bake bread! This is an opportunity for us to slow down, revaluate our lives and hit the ‘pause’ button. It will all end in time but for now, try and embrace our new lives. And remember, your kids are just as confused and scared and anxious as you are. But we are all in this together and we WILL get through it.

So, from opera to kid’s workouts, live cam of Melbourne Zoo to cooking lessons, there’s a great range of activities here and I’ll be adding to it.

Best wishes, stay safe! x Alison


Coffs Libraries

Click on the “Young People” tab for some great links to resources


Blueberry Beetle Art Challenge

Submit a drawing, based on a theme given. Upload picture to win a prize.


Melbourne Zoo Live Cam

Watch ‘Penguin Cam’, ‘Giraffe Cam’, ‘Snow Leopard Cub Cam’ and more!


Scholastic Learn at Home

Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.


National Geographic Kids Australia

Fantastic site with interesting stories, competitions, games and more.


Smithsonian TT Junior

Interesting articles and facts.


12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Includes British Museum in London, Guggenheim in NYC and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.


Daily Drawing Classes with Mo Willems

Well-known illustrator Mo Willems has announced that he’ll be doing Lunch Doodles for kids on YouTube!


Colouring-in Pages to Download

Created by Nathan Patterson,  artwork with a mixture of contemporary designs using traditional techniques that incorporate the dreamtime stories.


The Paris Opera

Screening its performances online for free – various shows coming up.

The Metropolitan Opera NYC

Another option to see opera, new shows every 24 hours.


Storyline Online

A collection of books read by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.


Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour!


Yellowstone National Park

Take a virtual tour of various sections of this amazing park in America.


Kid’s Cooking Classes

This is an American site, but still a really easy and simple way for kids to learn how to cook.


35 Recipes to Make with Your Kids


Kid workout site

Various programs just for kids to stay active.


PE with Joe

PE lessons every weekday to keep the kids moving.


Online Science Lessons with Street Science!

Explore the properties of energy.


30 Days of Lego Play



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have the rest of your week sorted with our daily animal live streams! ?

Start by watching us feed our mammoth Saltwater Crocodile, Rocky, today at 2:30pm.

At 11:30am tomorrow, head on over to @sealifesydneyaquarium to watch feeding time with the penguins.

And then tune in back with us on Friday to watch some adorable Quokka cuddles with Davey at 3pm


Labcoat Learning

Fun science lessons for kids.


Audio Elevenses

David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days.


ABC Radio School: Become a nature detective with Costa Georgiadis

Listen to how your kids can become nature detectives while staying at home.


And finally! Here’s a BIG list of education websites offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

 


If you know of or come across any other websites good to keep the kids busy leave a comment or send me an email – alison@coffsforkids.com



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Feb
23

Week #2 – Mother Nature’s Challenge

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I am super excited to be partnering with Mother Nature’s for a weekly challenge.

Basically each week I am given a hamper of the weekly specials and my challenge is to cook at least ONE meal using one of the specials.

This week’s specials:

 

We are loving the new season apples, they are so crunchy and perfect for lunch boxes! The kids quickly took to the oranges and love when I freeze segments, perfect for hot summer afternoons!

Since I had an abundance of apples I decided to make some apple muffins. My kids love apples, but I found a recipe that disguses the apple, for those fussy eaters!

Recipe from Kidspot.

INVISIBLE APPLE MUFFINS

  • 2 cups self raising flour ( I used 1 cup white / 1 cup wholemeal)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (I used 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) olive or vegetable oil (I used melted butter)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar, extra

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C and place paper cases in muffin tray. Sift flour into large bowl, add caster sugar and mix well. In a glass jug, measure out oil (to 1/3 cup), add milk (to 1/3 cup), eggs and vanilla, whisk to combine. Pour liquid into dry ingredients, add grated apple and stir or beat well to combine. Sprinkle with combined cinnamon and extra caster sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted into the muffin comes out clean.


These weekly specials are available until next Tuesday or unless sold out.

Visit Mother Nature’s located at Coffs and Woolgoolga.

Make sure you follow them on Facebook to see their specials and competitions.


 

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Feb
15

Week #1 – Mother Nature’s Challenge

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I am super excited to be partnering with Mother Nature’s for a weekly challenge.

Basically each week I am given a hamper of the weekly specials and my challenge is to cook at least ONE meal using one of the specials.

This week’s specials:

 

The fruit has been quickly devoured by my kids and I have to say the gala apples are SO crunchy and juicy. And the perfect little size for kid’s lunchboxes.

So I chose the sweet potato and garlic. In searching for a recipe I came across this website which has some great ideas on ways to use sweet potato, including easy recipes for homemade baby food – www.australiansweetpotatoes.com.au

And this is what I cooked, to be used for the kid’s lunches. It can be frozen so after it cooled I sliced it up and popped in the freezer!

BACON AND SWEET POTATO SLICE

(Recipe taken from kidspot.com.au)


However, I was feeling particularly enthusiastic and had four peaches sitting on my bench so I made this recipe and the kids LOVED it! Definitely a keeper!

EASY PEACH COBBLER

(recipe taken from www.myrecipes.com)

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup plain flour

2 cups sugar, divided (I halved the amount of sugar and it was still rather sweet)

1 T baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk

4 cups fresh peach slices

1T lemon juice

Method:

1.Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

2. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).

3. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

4. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool with vanilla ice-cream.


These weekly specials are available until next Tuesday or unless sold out.

Visit Mother Nature’s located at Coffs and Woolgoolga.

Make sure you follow them on Facebook to see their specials and competitions.


 

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Jan
28

Active AND Creative Kids Coffs Harbour

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The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.

Running for the second year now, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.

To use the voucher, give your voucher details to an approved Active Kids Provider.

The program runs year-round, so kids can get active at any time!

To find out more and download your voucher, click here.

To to a search on what local providers are participating, click here.

NEWS FOR 2019!

NSW Government is helping your cost of living with more than 40 rebates and savings including Creative Kids, which is all about making it easier for school-aged kids (4.5 to 18 years old) to get involved in creative and cultural activities.

Parents, guardians and carers can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers.

It’s a great opportunity to let kids find their passion and learn new skills.

Vouchers can be used to contribute to registration, participation and tuition costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literature, music and other creative and cultural activities with our approved list of activity providers.

To find out more and download your voucher, click here.

To to a search on what local providers are participating, click here.

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