Online Resources for Kids

Online Resources for Kids

Information Overload?
There is so much content out there we though we would make things easier. We have curated a list of online resources available for free online during lock down.
These will help your kids with their learning and prevent boredom. Check out these simple, secure and easy to use websites to make your learning and entertainment easier!


Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more

Harry Potter at Home
Includes special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

Te Reo Singalong
A free site for children and teacher to use during the lockdown. Each week day will feature one Te Reo Singalong book, with a video introducing the book, a video of her doing the book with the song, and a video with an activity.

Animal Livestreams
Watch live from your home animals in zoos and aquariums all over the world

Story Time From Space
NASA astronauts read stories to kids while they float around in space.


Any Questions
Offers online help to assist New Zealand students with their inquiries. Between 10am and 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your inquiry.

The Ministry’s Learning from Home
Resources, guidance and information for parents, whānau, teachers and leaders from early learning to senior secondary

Scholastic Learn at Home
Day to Day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, growing

Kauwhata Reo
Visit if your tamaraki are learning te reo Maori, or you would like resources in te reo.

Find out how to achieve particular achievement standards, and general study and exam advice for NCEA Science, Maths and English. Ask questions in the forum to discuss NCEA issues with other students and teachers.


Bubble Scavenger Hunts
Wellington City Libraries has come up with the awesome idea of bubble scavenger hunts. Click the link for ideas and templates

Educational activities to keep kids engaged. Includes arts and crafts, reading and games

Covid-19 Support

Nosy Crow information book
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, with expert input from Graham Medley

Getting Through Together
The 'Getting through together campaign' shares coping mechanisms and provides support for parents to talk with their primary school-aged children about their own mental health.

Waitaki District Libraries

Waitaki District Libraries offers a range of online services and access points - from eBooks to eAudiobooks, to movie streaming. Check out our offerings here