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Fun and Games

This pages contains information about games and puzzles in our libraries and links to safe websites for children. They are great fun, try them out!
Updated: 17/01/2014 4:28 p.m.

Children doing a puzzle in the library.

There are lots of games and puzzles in our libraries to play with there or borrow and play with at home. Board games and jigsaw puzzles are free to borrow for 2 weeks.

Fun and interesting websites for kids

Fun activities

Jackanory
This website helps you read and write and you can have lots of fun making your own characters and stories.

Recommended for 4 - 7 year olds.

Bubble Dome
Trying to impress your parents? Learning is FUN at Bubble Dome education workshops and resources.

Free Clip Art
Go here to pick up some exciting clip art for your assignments and projects. 

The O.S.C.A.R. Foundation
Go here for puzzles, craft ideas, printable activity sheets, recipes and much more!

Play School - ABC Childrens TV
Bored? Here are lots of things to make and do and colour-in.

Stories from the Web
Stories Galore – choose your genre! This is a great place to go for advice and information. Also art and craft resources puzzles, printable activity sheets, recipes and much more!

The Magic School Bus
For an online family playground take a ride on The Magic School Bus.

Books

If you like...
Captain Underpants, or perhaps J K Rowling go here to see what else you may like. Try your favourite authors and see who writes like them.

International Children's Digital Library
This is a really great site for everyone… and especially if you’re interested in WORLD LANGUAGES.

Kids Pages at HarperCollins - Children's Books
If you’re not a serious reader . . .  χ don’t go here!

Kids Read
Readers MUST go there!

Authors

Mem Fox
Here Mem Fox will give tips on how to read aloud. She tells the stories behind her published work and, if you like, you can even hear her read.

Paul Jennings
Paul Jennings is really zany . . . and it shows when you check out his nutty and interactive website. You can have FUN listening to him read, write him a letter or check out his latest books. 

Mark Sommerset
Finalist author in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 with his mischevious book Baa Baa Smart Sheep.

Craig (Wonky Donkey) Smith
If you like The Wonky Donkey you'll just love this website. The Kids Section (HeeHaw!) contains lots of photos and videos of Craig's books and performances. 

Favourite characters

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate events - The Movie
If Lemony Snicket is for you . . . be brave and go here ↑or here ↓

Lemony Snicket 
If you like Lemony Snicket - check this out!

Paddington Bear
Love Paddington Bear – don’t miss this site!

Winnie the Pooh 
Listen to Winnie the Pooh stories read by celebrities and find out more about this bear and his friends.

Resources

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