Below are some suggestions of what you could do at home when self-isolating:
Some ideas for those with children (more ideas added on 29/03) :
- Some more museums with activities for children: Justice Museum, Eden Project, Tate
- Lots of educational quizzes on Education Quizzes, listed in Key Stages
- Join a facebook video story telling session: Wee Bookworms, Wantage Library
- Chester Zoo have some live feeding times on their facebook page
- The BBC have lots of games and quizzes on their CBBC and CBeebies pages. Also some learning materials on Bitesize
- A number of Museums and Art Galleries have made video tours of galleries or talks on paintings for adults and children. If you google “museum at home” (with the quote marks) you should find some. MOMA have talks for children.
- Pininterest have a collection of ideas for indoor activities
- James Dyson foundation have some challenge cards you can download.
- Usborne books activity sheets. You do need to register.
On-line learning courses for adults
- The Open University have lots of free on-line courses on a wide range of subjects.
- You can also search for free on-line courses on the Future Learn web-site. Type free courses in their search box and you should find a wide variety from Burns poetry to an Introduction to Frisian.
Some other idea for adults (more ideas added on 29/03):
- If watching, reading or listening to the news is getting you down try out some more positive news-sites: The happy newspaper, Positive news, Good news network
- Some groups are using Zoom for online meetings, singing groups and exercise groups. Locally this includes Alan Baker who runs Tai Chi classes for the over 50s
- Join Gareth Malone’s home alone singing
- Try out some exercises on the Undefeatable web-site
- Raise money for charity by entering a 100 cryptic quiz on Rainbow Charity
- Give your brain some exercise with BBC Memory Games
- Try out an online jigsaw or crossword eg jigzone
Hazel from Wantage and Grove U3A wrote these suggestions in the recent edition of Wagtales. I’ve added a few links:
- write that novel
- compose a symphony
- dye your hair
- finally get around to re-writing your will. Age UK have some guidance on willwriting.
- learn origami, how about a butterfly!
- sort out your wardrobe
- re-do your garden (if you have one)
- plan a holiday for when you’re let out
- phone friends
- sort out your books
- knit. If you have some red wool how about knitting some poppies for the draping of the plane!
- Or if you have lots of bits of wool, how about joining in Wantage Methodist Church and knit some angels for December.
- watch telly.
- start exercising (NHS exercises, NHS fitness studio videos, which includes pilates and yoga)
- clean the house from top to bottom
- write letters
- learn some Shakespeare sonnets
- do a drawing course
- keep a journal
- talk to your houseplants
- listen to music. If you are living with someone with dementia try a trip down memory lane with BBC rewind
- learn a language
- read through all your cookbooks so when you’re let out, and can get to the shops you can have a complete new menu etc etc etc……