Activities and Ideas

Being at home can be boring, why not try one of these ideas or activities to kill some time,.

ANIMALS

ANIMALS 


ZOOS VICTORIA 

Zoos Victoria in Australia might be closed but they have decided to bring the animals direct to our homes via live webcams. * Be mindful that if you are wanting to stream live, the time difference between the UK and Victoria, Australia is 9 Hours  

https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/ 


ZSL LONDON ZOO  

Since having to temporarily close their doors due to COVID-19, ZSL London Zoo are keeping visitors and supporters of the Zoo up to date with videos of the animals being cared for by the zookeepers. 

https://www.zsl.org/videos/behind-the-scenes/keeper-diary-jessica-courtney-jones-animal-activities 

https://www.youtube.com/user/ZSLvideo 

ART – There are some lessons as well as films

Art Tutorials on-line – Paul Priestley

Lots of easy to follow videos with a wide range of lessons 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMyMtFsqCf0K3Boa1Ig0ApA



Visual Arts LESSONS

https://ed.ted.com/lessons?category=visual-arts



Design – LESSONS

https://ed.ted.com/lessons?category=design



Salvador Dali - Dreams of Dali 360 degree video 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1eLeIocAcU

The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France – Explore the museum by taking a virtual walk around its exhibits online

The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography


https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en



Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Explore the museum by taking a virtual walk around the ground Floor, 1st Floor, 2nd Floor and 3rd Floor

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

The Painting Life of Vincent van Gogh (1 hour documentary film)

A unique TV documentary of the life and the works of Vincent van Gogh. For 60 minutes we are travelling with Vincent in a geographical reconstruction of his life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T750HY_ZcZo



Learn from Masters

A huge collection of mainly short films, which feature a huge collection of Artists from around the world together with interesting accompanying information.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWjLl5TDZqMZimHbHXk0Wpg/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid

Digital Activities from Michael O’Hara Books 

Here you’ll find a host of online colouring activities, quizzes and downloadable extras 

https://www.mombooks.com/mom/online-activities/ 


ORIGAMI ONLINE (Paper-folding) 

Origami Instructions and Diagrams to access FREE  

This website states the following ‘Step by Step diagrams are probably the most popular and easiest to follow way to show how to fold things out of paper. Trying to find good Origami instructions on the Internet can be a lot of work though. To help your search, we’ve put together the largest database of FREE Origami Diagrams anywhere on the Internet’. 

https://origami.me/diagrams/ 

BRAIN – A whole bunch of short but very interesting videos to help us learn about the brain and how it works

THE BRAIN - BASIC INFORMATION

Areas of the Brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_vT_mnKomY



THE BRAIN & FOOD

How the food you eat affects your brain

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-the-food-you-eat-affects-your-brain-mia-nacamulli



THE BRAIN & SUGAR

How sugar affects the brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEXBxijQREo



THE BRAIN & MUSIC

How music benefits the brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZJ8BfEu-P8



THE BRAIN, MUSIC & EMOTIONS

How music affects the brain and your emotions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTyDHwtBozE



THE BRAIN & EARWORMS 

Earworms – Those songs that get stuck in your head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NE_OoO-N54



THE BRAIN & IMAGINATION

The neuroscience of imagination

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-neuroscience-of-imagination-andrey-vyshedskiy



THE BRAIN & MEMORIES

How memories form and how we lose them

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-memories-form-and-how-we-lose-them-catharine-young



THE BRAIN & MINDFULNESS

Mind the Bump – Mindfulness and how the brain works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNCB1MZDgQA



THE BRAIN & STRESS

How stress affects your brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuyPuH9ojCE

BOOKS – AUDIO BOOKS

A VARIETY of AUDIO BOOKS to listen to

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=audio+books+for+adults



CLASSIC AUDIO BOOKS

Includes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, Charlotte Brontë, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTLQR-c2Hn-s8wF_i_vRRqhsJqKCjK2he

AUDIBLE  

Audible has just released hundreds of free audio books to listeners/readers who find themselves in isolation due to COVID-19. Visit the Audible website to discover more about what’s on offer: 

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen 


BBC SOUNDS  

BBC sounds host a range of podcasts, music mixes and audiobooks. It’s well worth having a roam around the website, lots to offer and something for everyone. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/category/audiobooks?sort=title 

COMPUTER LESSONS ONLINE

LEARN MY WAY

Free Courses on using a Computer

https://www.learnmyway.com/

COOKING AND BAKING

As restaurants, bars and cafés are now closed, many are turning to digital platforms to share recipes and step-by-step cookery classes online. 


Home Cooking with The Athenian 

The Athenian restaurant in London are using Instagram to sharing authentic Greek-style recipes. They are hosting interactive live streaming cooking classes every Saturday @7pm.   

https://www.instagram.com/theathenianuk/channel/ 

https://www.theathenian.co.uk/ 


Wagamama’s (Waga Wednesday)  

Wagamama are releasing step-by-step cookery videos on Wednesdays and a store-cupboard challenge on Fridays. Check out Wagamama’s Instagram for more information. 

https://www.instagram.com/wagamama_uk/  

DANCE

The Peoples Dance Company
Under that come Fitness With Friends- weekly classes for the mature and retired age group. 45 minutes of cheesy and fun dance style exercise to music followed by time for a cuppa and a chat.
Classes postponed for now but online clips for everyone to join in with via the dropbox link
@thepeoplesdanceco on Facebook for more info

Also comes Tots With Tempo, Sessions for babies- 7 year olds.... music & movement , ballet, tiny tots and outdoor activity sessions & bedtime stories all now running as online classes through a Facebook Live group ‘Tots TV Live’!, 6 days a week.
Message @totswtempo for info

Or email


Hello@thepeoplesdancecompany.co.uk for any of the above

All run by Beckie Davis, a professional dancer and qualified fitness instructor & dance teacher.
Credits include: Lead Dancer in Spirit of the Dance, worldwide tours.
Dancer on board Carnival Cruise Lines
Dancer 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR CLASSES

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uhzpuaaqw2kcr51/AAAO79lP8AvZr67I7Yt1kTt4a?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR2tv_ZpnXeKH-Q0-z8mjiMNreh6qQ6HyLC6Tc0Ou_8O4Lk2oSJnuIB9cpg

EXERCISE

10 Minute Exercise from Home – Easy to Follow Class led by Joe Wicks – The Body Coach TV

Take care when exercises and if you don't already exercise regularly take it slowly at first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVMu31DLQU

FAVOURITES (USING A COMPUTER OR PEN AND PAPER)

CREATE YOUR OWN UNIQUE LIST OF FAVOURITES IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES AND EXPLAIN WHY THESE HAVE MADE IT ON TO YOUR LIST 


SONGS - TOP 10  

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite SONGS and explain what it is you like about these Songs


MUSICIANS / SINGERS / BANDS ETC – TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite MUSICIANS, SINGERS or BANDS and explain why the have made it to your list


FILMS – TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite FILMS and explain what it is you like about these Films


TV PROGRAMMES – TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite TV PROGRAMMES and explain what it is you like about these 


BOOKS – TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite BOOKS and explain what it is you like about these Books


TRAVEL - COUNTRIES / CITIES / PLACES – TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite COUNTRIES, CITIES or PLACES you have visited and explain what you like about each


ARTISTS / SCULPTERS – TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite ARTISTS and/or SULPTERS and explain why the have made it to your list


FOOD - TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite FOOD and explain what it is you like about these


SPORTING MOMENTS - TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite SPORTING MOMENTS explain what it is you like about these


MOST MEMORABLE EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED DURING YOUR LIFE - TOP 10 

Create a list of your Top 10 favourite EVENTS that have happened during your life and explain why they have made it on to your list

TIDY AND DE-CLUTTER PROJECT

Dedicate your new-found time and attention to sorting out your clothes, decluter your home, ditching items you haven't worn for a year or so and co-ordinating clothes into sections so it's easier to browse in the mornings. This is a great opportunity to get inspired by new outfits or rediscover an old favourite.

HISTORY

London History Tours – Joolz Guides

If you are looking for a London guide who is really passionate about his topic, Joolz Guides are perfect for you. Not only do you learn about London history in a fun way but you also meet locals as Joolz talks to anyone he comes across on the streets of London.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Joolzybaby/videos

Horrible Histories

A fun way to learn about History!

Horrible Histories is a hit CBBC show that explores the side of history that they don’t teach you about in school! From the Vicious Vikings and Awful Egyptians to the Slimy Stuarts and Terrible Tudors, Horrible Histories covers the funniest, yuckiest and most gruesome bits of history. What’s not to like?!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUNYSwNARexFwxXp3oPAtvg/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid

Exhibitions – From Europe 

There is a wide variety of different exhibitions covering a multitude of categories and themes. 

https://www.europeana.eu/en/exhibitions 


National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum 

Take a virtual tour, check out some fun and educational projects you can do at home, explore latest exhibitions and more 

https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/ 

INTERACTIVE COGNITIVE GAMES TO PLAY VIA COMPUTER

THERE ARE SOME VERY GOOD WEBSITES, WHICH HAVE INTERACTIVE COGNITIVE GAMES ON THEM. BELOW ARE A FEW OF THESE: 


SHARP BRAINS 

Here you can enjoy the 25 Brain Teasers, Puzzles & Games that Sharp Brains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010. It is always good to learn more about our brains and to exercise them!

https://sharpbrains.com/brainteasers/



GAMES FOR THE BRAIN

Play never ending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking.

https://www.gamesforthebrain.com/



BRAINGYMMER

Start brain training with our online brain games and improve your memory, math, concentration and thinking speed. It's fun and challenging. Play for free!

https://www.braingymmer.com/en/brain-games/



JIGSAW PUZZLES ONLINE

This site has a whole range of different jigsaw puzzles

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/

JIGSAW PUZZLES ONLINE – DAILY JIGSAW PUZZLES 

A FREE Jigsaw Puzzle Game EVERY DAY! 

https://www.dailyjigsawpuzzles.net/ 



LOGO-QUIZ ONLINE 

This site has an on-line Logo Quiz 

https://logoquiz.net/ 



ORIGAMI ONLINE (Paper-folding) 

Origami Instructions and Diagrams to access FREE  

This website states the following ‘Step by Step diagrams are probably the most popular and easiest to follow way to show how to fold things out of paper. Trying to find good Origami instructions on the Internet can be a lot of work though. To help your search, we’ve put together the largest database of FREE Origami Diagrams anywhere on the Internet’. 

https://origami.me/diagrams/ 

MOVIE REVIEWS

EMPIRE – Movie Reviews and More!

Find the latest film reviews, news and celebrity interviews from Empire, the world's biggest movie destination. Discover our new TV and gaming content.

HOME PAGE - https://www.empireonline.com/

REVIEWS PAGE - https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/

MUSIC HISTORY VIDEOS

THE PEOPLES HISTORY OF POP - The Birth of the Fan Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1mboziqWHc


REGGAE BRITTANIA DOCUMENTARY PART 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQXyK1uxTps


REGGAE BRITTANIA DOCUMENTARY PART 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbQ335N_hs4


REGGAE BRITTANIA DOCUMENTARY PART 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbtEDL1bqQk


PUNK – ATTITUDE – PUNK ROCK DOCUMENTARY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3jKfg_2OBE

RELAXATION / MEDITATION - LESSONS/GUIDES

8 Minute Relaxation - Onda Beach Relaxing Waves (located on Samana peninsula in Republica Dominicana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn8tufsbSz0



5 Minute Meditation Guide – Reset your day in a positive way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpok4MKVLM



5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGFog-OuFDM



“Celestial Relaxation” 1 Hour of 4K NASA Space/Galaxy Footage + 432HZ Ambient Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gosjiD288Jk



Virtual nature walks from around the world

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nature+virtual+tour

LoungeV Films – Relaxing Music and Nature Sounds

LoungeV Studio provides scenery videos in 4K Ultra HD and 1080p Full HD with relaxing music and nature sounds. The nature video series of beaches with sound recording of waves, refreshing mountain rivers, breathtaking rocky mountains, picturesque waterfalls, astonishing lakes, snow covered volcanoes and captivating underwater landscapes provide a peaceful natural oasis and reduce stress at homes of millions of people across the globe. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/LoungeVstudio/videos

SPACE- Go Interstellar from your armchair

SPACE 1

The official NASA website has a whole range of videos, galleries and information about missions, astronaughts and the history of the exploration of space

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/videos/index.html


SPACE 2

Relaxing Space Flight 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3-lbPpxUEw


SPACE 3

Space and the Universe - A range of videos and live streams

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9pYOJPB5UYlMlGKKZWo-Bw/videos


SPACE 4

NASA ISS (International Space Station) Live Stream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEIk7gwjgIM&feature=emb_title


SPACE 5

Journey to the Edge of Space

Experience what it’s like to leave Earth, travelling to over 90,000 feet into the stratosphere. Never before has a 360 video been recorded at these heights – so buckle up and enjoy the view as Seeker takes you on a journey to the Edge of Space

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCve1w1GFOs

VOYAGER 1 1978-2019 THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

A Short Documentary on the journey of Voyager 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_T0Xt_PooM

SHORT FILMS

SHORT FILMS

A variety of short films from 6 - 30 minutes long approximately.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=award+winning+Short+films+uk

TRAVEL- See the world from your Living Room

DRONE TOURS

A selection of tours filmed using drones to capture a unique view of the world we live in

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=drone+tours



TRAVEL 1

Wanderlust Travel Videos is a channel that stems from the fascination of travelling through various sceneries in the world. Experience the videos as if you were actually there as a traveller, a moment in time to be documented. Playlists include the main sceneries: Urban Environments - Beach Areas - Nature and Parks – Infrastructure - Attractions and Events. 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=WanderlustTravelVideos



TRAVEL 2 - SAFARI

360 degree Safari Experience Films

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=360+degree+safari



TRAVEL 3 – OCEANS / UNDER THE SEA

Join Nekton Mission on a submersible dive for a journey of original exploration, deep into the last unknown frontier on our planet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlPN9Ox_MIk



TRAVEL 4 – SWIMMING WITH GIANTS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOsq7fQ9Z3A



TRAVEL 5 – Top 10 creepy deep sea creatures you didn’t know existed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

TRAVEL 6 - 4K Walking Tours of Cities, Wildlife, Nature and Festivals

A huge collection of Walking Tours of Cities, Wildlife, Nature and Festivals from around the World

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-JKqNo_T0yoeDZff1y7Kw/videos



TRAVEL 7 – Amazing Places on our Planet

The Beauty of Our Planet without words! Enjoy hundreds of 4K Ultra HD and HD travel videos from some of the most astonishing, scenic locations on Earth: - Sacred places of worship - Stunning creations of Nature - Ruins of ancient civilizations - National Parks - UNESCO World Heritage Sites - World's best hiking trails

https://www.youtube.com/user/milosh9k/videos



TRAVEL 8 – Discover The World - Touropia

Touropia features the most amazing sights around the world divided into various “best of” lists. Topics can range from landscapes, ancient monuments, islands, wildlife, countries and anything else that we find interesting. We create these lists for entertainment purposes but also to provide a sense of what there is to see in a country, city or continent and hope they are useful as a starting point for your next great travel journey.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh3Rpsdv1fxefE0ZcKBaNcQ

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HUASHAN PLANK WALK, FULL EXPERIENCE IN HD, WITH SNOW!

Watch this to see the entire walk and issues faced when there's just too many people there at the same time!! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjvLIvnrTvU

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