For Children

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For Children

Explore digital productions for children from a growing number of performing arts centres and artists from around the world.


Preschool

Join singer-songwriter Claire Tustin and her dog Charlie on a wonderful musical nature walk on her YouTube channel.

Concerteenies with Polly Ives is a live music series for babies, toddlers and their grownups available free online.

Imaginary Theatre and the Brisbane Powerhouse Powerkids program runs a weekly 5-10 min multi art tutorial.

Little Match Production Little Critters Club has some great music, story and art and the series of episodes based on their production of Owl & Pussycat is great.

Questions about identity and race abound as children identify themselves in the context of their community. This is a very topical conversation right now but also a difficult one. Sesame Workshop has a wonderful audio stream on Talking Race With Young Children that has great information in it for adults. Have a listen.

This Play School episode is a great intro to the topic for students. Watch on the ABC iview app: (27min 18sec)

Snow Mouse is a delightful production for children under four presented by The egg and Travelling Light Theatre from Bath in the UK.

Treehouse Theatre have a series of bed-time stories available for free on their YouTube channel.

Wizard Presents have a collection of fully captioned bedtime stories available on their YouTube channel.

Primary

Audioplay is a podcast meets audiobook meets theatre, where children can step into the story and become the characters. Designed for children aged 6 -12, current episodes are based on the book trilogy The Turners by Australian author Mick Elliott. Audioplay is available from the App Store (fees apply).

Alive & Kicking Theatre Company have made their education packs available for free.

CDP Theatre Producers have just launched CDP Education – a world of high-quality education resources available free for Australian teachers and registered homeschoolers. Register and gain access to resources and the full online performance of David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy and Horrible Harriet Live on Stage.

Scotland’s Imaginate has a wonderful resource for children to see and make a stop motion story. There are 3 x 3min episodes each with an activity attached to them.

I Wish I Was a Mountain is a beautiful performance for children aged 7+ from performance poet Toby Thompson.

A wonderful project called Small Voices Louder by MAYBE ( ) Together where children respond to the big questions in the world. This audio feed is a response to children telling a fish with a three second memory what is important to remember. It runs 3min 33sec but is a great start to a group exercise in philosophy, or to unpack some positions for a creative or persuasive writing text.

Nanogirl has a science podcast for kids, answering their burning questions and showing them the wonders of discovery.

Scottish Book Trust have a series of author talks and readings for children available on demand.

The Arty Teacher provides at home art learning resources and ideas.

The Gallery of Children’s Art and Museum of Brisbane are partnering to create a virtual exhibition of children’s artwork in a response to COVID-19. Get involved...

The Wind in the Willows, a 2017 production from Julian Fellows, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, staged at the London Palladium is available to stream – fees apply.

Secondary

NGV has a great interactive exhibition Marking Time. Dive into the virtual exhibition which includes videos from the Curators.

British theatre maker Tim Crouch is renowned for his solo Shakespeare-inspired shows for young audiences. This is a version of Julius Caesar as told by the unlucky poet Cinna. Suitable for children 12 years and up.

 

Family

The Natural History Museum has a range of activities and ideas for the family – for home, in the garden or the local outdoor space.

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) On Demand offers world class productions of Australian stories, along with drama classes, curriculum links and learning resources for children aged 8 to 18 years. It is available for free to anyone with an education email account (most school-aged children will have one of these).

CDP Theatre Producers have created a digital platform with lots of things to make, share and do, along with behind the scenes videos.

Cosmic Kids is a great site for mindfulness and yoga activities (including Star Wars yoga).

Disney on Stage have a bunch of fun downloadable resources online for families, pinned to beloved shows including Lion King, Mary Poppins and Frozen. Activities include The Lion King-inspired mask making for ages 6 -11 and a script writing exercises for ages 11-14.

Patch Theatre have a range of fun and educational activities to try at home or school.

Pinocchio Puppet Theatre has made its charming production of Sleeping Beauty available free to view. Performed in Serbian, but the story is universal and definitely worth watching.

Sadlers Wells has some wonderful dance workshops for the whole family.

Windmill Theatre Co has an online platform for children and families with story readings, work out videos, craft activities and film.


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