Activities and Ideas to try at Home
It can be difficult to find a variety of fun, interesting and different activities and ideas to try whilst at home. We have put together this webpage as a starting point.
- The EDI team have put together lists of recommended books and podcasts for you to enjoy and to learn more about topics you may be interested in. They have been grouped together in themes, so choose from a number of different topics.
- Shakespeare’s Globe is sharing free plays online, including 37 short films and six filmed performances.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals will be released once a week on YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On for 48 hours.
- The Royal Opera House are streaming ballet and opera performances as part of their #OurHousetoYourHouse series.
- Explore a museum from home with Google Arts and Culture. Virtually travel to New York, Paris, Seoul, Berlin, Mexico City and more.
- Explore the Louvre exhibition rooms and galleries.
- The National Theatre is streaming a selection of much-loved shows on YouTube every week, free for anyone. Get the best seats in the house!
- The National Theatre also run a virtual Quiz on the last Monday of every month with quizmasters ranging from Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Lenny Henry, Lesley Manville and Sir Ian McKellen.
- Fancy some Opera? New York’s Metropolitan Opera will be offering free digital shows every night at 7.30pm (EDT), avaliable for 24 hours.
- BBC Music Memories is an archive and holds music-based radio programmes covering the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, accompanied by printable activity sheets.
- Try your hand at origami with these beginner tutorials from Paper Kawaii.
- Learn a new language.
- Don't miss Waga Wednesdays, where restaurant chain Wagamama's will post videos on their Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels, demonstrating how to prepare their classic dishes.
- Red Ted Art has a host of easy arts and crafts ideas for all ages.
- Explore London through a virtual walking tour.
- Watch wildlife in action with The Wildlife Trusts webcams.
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute has set up live cameras on their Cheetah cubs, Naked Mole-rats, Lions, Giant Pandas and Elephants. Educational activities are also avaliable to download.
- Experience an ocean adventure via JetLagged's 360 degree videos. Explore coral reefs and swim with sharks and turtles!
- A camera feed in northern Manitoba, Canada, is streaming the Northern Lights whenever they appear. Find out more.
- Go on safari in South Africa. Catch up with lions, elephants and hyenas on one of the twice-daily safaris on the Djuma Private Game Reserve.
- Take a tour around Buckingham Palace.
- Explore some of America’s national parks in Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah and Florida.
Exercise, Meditation and Movement
- Sign up to the Fitness Blender, which has 600 free workout videos including Pilates and kickboxing
- The NHS have 10 minute workoutsyou can do at home without any equipment.
- Relax with some yoga.
- The Royal Academy of Dance has created content to help you make the most of dancing at home. There is Beginner Ballet for Adults, ‘Silver Swans’ ballet classes for the older generations and children’s online exercises – something for everyone.
- Listen to Dolly Parton read a selection of bedtime stories.
- Explore Carnegie Hall's Listening Adventures
- Hundreds of children’s audiobooks have been released for free on Audible.
- David Walliams’ Elevenses are short stories from his collections read each day at 11am.
- Homeschool History hosts podcasts from BBC Sounds, from the makers of Horrible Histories.
- ‘Our Diverse Planet’ are activity packs from this years’ British Science Week.
- Kids Gardening contains loads of activities for kids of all ages, some great re-using and recycling ideas.
- Do you have an aspiring author on your hands? Pobble365 provides a new image everyday as a prompt for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.
- The government has publish a list of online education resources to help children learn at home, collated by some of the country’s leading education experts covering:
- Special education needs and disabilities (SEND)
- The Maths Factor, a maths site for ages 4-12 years, has waived suscription fees due to coronavirus.