Free Resources to Extend Your Child’s Learning & Development
Back in February 2006 SparkleBox was launched as a means of sharing useful downloadable resources with parents and teachers around the world. Since then the site has grown from a handful of products to many thousands, but the fundamental aim of sharing resources remains: nearly every resource on the site is completely FREE to download! We hope you enjoy looking around and find some useful products to use with your children.
ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
And it really works!
Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.
Your child can learn to read right now. Register now to start your FREE trial!
From what to cook for dinner, to how to tackle an unsettled newborn, to the day’s latest news written just for them, Australia’s parents know that Kidspot is the right place to go for news, inspiration and guidance.
We have a number of ABC KIDS apps available across a number of popular platforms.
ABC KIDS TV Apps are FREE within Australia.
Our brand new ABC KIDS Play app features games from ABC KIDS favourites Giggle & Hoot, Bananas in Pyjamas and Play School! MORE
ABC KIDS iview app, specifically designed for our preschool viewers. Watch all your ABC KIDS favourites anytime and anywhere! MORE
Play Time enecourages imagination and creativity through open-ended play, exploratory tasks and engagement with Play School character’s world. MORE
Get creative with Humpty, Jemima, Big Ted and Little Ted! Make pictures and naimated movies using Play School toys and craft items. MORE
The Crayola website provides a great selection of children’s craft and colouring templates and resources.
Resources for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children. We’ve got thousands of fun kids activities like kids crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more.
Brisbane Kids is the biggest kids website in Brisbane both in online audience and in terms of community engagement. They also produce a seasonal Brisbane family magazine that is distributed to local schools and and kindergartens. Operating for over 7 years, we are all about creating memories in the wonderful community of Brisbane and providing a platform that makes that easier. We share information that will assist with every day parenting in Brisbane as well as supporting our wider community during challenges, emergencies and natural disasters.
ABC Kids is home to loved and trusted preschool programs. Explore the website for games, apps, songs, craft and much more.
Early childhood focused resources COVID-19 resources
Early childhood focused resources produced by the World Health Organisation. From tips for talking with very young children about the virus to play and learning-at-home resources.
The Early Years Count
This Queensland Government website empowers parents of children aged 0-8 to make the most of everyday situations to support their child’s learning and development. A range of activities, videos and culturally-appropriate resources to support your child’s development.
First 5 Forever
Explore this online resource developed by the State Library to encourage early literacy in the first 5 years of your child’s life.
Victorian Government—For parents: Learning and Play
This Victorian Department Education and Training website has information for parents of babies, toddlers and preschool aged children to help their child learn and build skills through play.
Melbourne Zoo—Animal House
No need for a plane, packed lunch and tired legs—Melbourne Zoo is live-streaming so your child can still enjoy an adventure to the zoo, in your own home.
Nature Play—Creating a Child-Friendly Backyard
Nature Play encourages outdoor play. Connecting with nature not only supports your family’s mental health and wellbeing, it provides learning opportunities. If you need to stay in the yard, try these ideas.
Zero to Three—Parenting
A website from the US, designed to support parents in developing their own individual ways to promote their children’s wellbeing and growth.
Raising Children—Learning in the baby to preschool years
Developed by professionals and practitioners, the Raising Children website is Australia’s most reliable resource for Australian parents of children at every age and stage.
Below is a selection of links to information that you may find useful.
They provide you with information on government entitlements, the National Quality Standards, licensing, as well as general information on children’s development, parenting and childcare.
Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
ACECQA is the national body responsible for implementing the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and for ensuring consistency in its delivery.
Qld State Government website
Office for Early Childhood Education and Care
The OECECC aims to achieve a nationally consistent, accessible, affordable and high quality early childhood education and childcare system for all Australian children and families.
Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.
Raising Children Network
Provides parenting information from newborns to teens