Bubble Busters

Our library team have been hard at work searching the web to find the best library-related activities you can do while in your lock down bubble. You can find them below. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you find any amazing pastimes on your internet travels.  We will pass them on to our home activity testers team and if it is a hit with them and has a library connection, we will add it to our website for others to try! 



Build-A-Toddler Time.Build-A-Toddler Time

Build-A-Toddler Time from the comfort of your own home! Take our Hello song, add your choice of music plus stories, and finish with our goodbye song. 

Children's Reading Challenge Children's Reading Challenge

Did your children participate in our joint reading challenge with Hauraki Libraries last term?  We have a new set of children's challenges for term 2. 

Homework Help.Homework Help

We've got lots of tools to help you find the homework answers you need.

 Online Library Resources.Online Library Resources

Use your library card number to log in and access our kids resources such as Story Box and TumbleBooks.

Best of Story Time RNZ. Best of Story Time RNZ

 Radio NZ have made available their storytimes via their website or using podcast apps.

Challenge Cards.Challenge Cards

Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds                                     to get excited about engineering.

Cosmic Kids Yoga. Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. 

Dav Pilkey at home. Dav Pilkey At Home

 Dav Pilkey has created some new activities, exciting videos and so much more.

Good night Kiwi.Good Night Kiwi

   Need a bedtime story? TVNZ has put together a range of famous NZ'ers reading bedtime stories including our PM!

National Geographic Kids. National Geographic Kids Mag

 National Geographic have made their digital Kids Magazine FREE for the next three month. 


Family Friendly

Bird Identification online Course.Bird Identification Online Course

The Bird Identification online course will help you identify the 10 New Zealand forest birds most commonly recorded during five minute bird counts.

Easy Origami instructions and diagrams. Easy Origami Instructions and Diagrams

 Learn how to do Origami with the best of them.

Harry Potter At Home Harry Potter At Home

 Including 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. We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Hour Of Code Hour of Code

 The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing youth to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. 

Kanikani Kids.Kanikani Kids

Zumba® for ages 3 and up with an emphasis on using Māori language, playing fun games and introducing them to new cultural experiences. 

Live Zoo Cams.Live Zoo Cams

Heaps of zoos now offer live web cams or daily videos of their enclosures such as Hamilton ZooAuckland ZooZoos Victoria, Australian Reptile ParkEdinburgh Zoo, San Diego Zoo, to name but a few.

National Geographic New Zealand - Together At Home.National Geographic New Zealand - Together at Home 

For every day of this lock-down, New Zealand Geographic will send a story or a video that can be shared among your family. There is an article/video plus talking points and an activity. 

Sign Ninja.Sign Ninja

Introducing Sign Ninja, an engaging online game, a way to have fun learning New Zealand Sign Language.

Stay At Home Book Club.Stay Home Book Club

 A new online reading challenge from Read NZ Te Pou Muramura. We want to help Kiwi kids explore new and familiar stories during this stay-home                                             time.

Te Reo Singalong At Home.Te Reo Singalong At Home

                  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. The previous books will remain there for viewing.


 Combine colouring in with Augmented Reality and you get moving pictures. Fun and easy! Please note that not all content is free but there is a lot of content that you can use free of charge.



Online Library Resources.

Online Library Resources

Provides access to high quality electronic online databases such as Ancestry, Haynes, Press Reader and much more. 

360 Cities.360 Cities

Take 360 degree tours around places all over the world.

Free online learningFree Online Learning

Free online courses in subjects like technology, reading, maths and more!

New Zealand Writers Read.New Zealand Writers Read

You guessed it - New Zealand writers read from their books - covers all genres and age groups. 

Google Arts CultureOnline Museums

 Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with more than 2500 museums and galleries worldwide to offer virtual tours Museums include some of New Zealand's own such as Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa. 


    The Local Government Geospatial Alliance (LGGA) has a large collection of historical images available which you can access on this website.

Te Papa Jigsaws.   Te Papa Jigsaws

    Take a moment or two to relax with Te Papa's online jigsaw puzzles using taonga from their collections. 

Anne Frank's house.The Secret Annex

Take a look around and discover the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than 2 years during WWII and where she wrote her diary.



Click Happy Isolation Challenge. Click Happy Isolation Challenge

A free 5 day photography course for 7-17 year olds using cell phones or cameras. Spending a mere 30 minutes a day will give you a photographic portfolio at the end of the course.

Homework Help.Homework Help

We've got lots of tools to help you find the homework answers you need


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month.

She Can Code.She can code

This year's She Can Code Event will be fun, creative and can be completed from home. Aimed at youth from 9 years up. 

The Body Coach TV.The Body Coach TV

People are tuning in from all over the world to get a free P.E. lesson.


LIANZA.Friends of the Library

Other libraries have also been hard at work gathering interesting resources. We have shared some of our favourites with you below. 

Note: Not all resources listed on the links above will be available to our library members, so if you see something you really like but can't access, please get This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we may have similar resources available to you.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in links on this page are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Matamata-Piako District Council.

Updated 04/05/2020