Self Isolation activity ideas Virtual reality to traditional craft

March 18, 2020 4 min read

Self isolation activities - things to do from virtual days out to creative activities... Free

Virtual free online visitor attractions

The British Museum https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com

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

Buckingham Palace https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

Shakespeare’s the Globe theatre https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/discover/about-us/virtual-tour/#virtual-tour

The National Museum https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours

Vatican Museums of Rome http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

The  Lourvre  Museum Paris https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Visit London virtual tour https://360.visitlondon.com/#

London Houses of Parliament https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/virtualtour/

Virtual Tower of London https://www.youvisit.com/tour/meadk

Virtual look inside 10 Downing Street https://www.eyerevolution.co.uk/blog/get-inside-10-downing-street/

Hampton Court Place https://in360degrees.co.uk/indie360/HamptonCourt/

Twickenham Stadium https://www.eyerevolution.co.uk/virtual-tours/stadium-360s-england-rugby-twickenham/

Churchill War rooms https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=xJJGeY51FeQ&start=%7B%22camera_position%22:%7B%22x%22:-16.5778,%22y%22:1.4152,%22z%22:-7.7258%7D,%22camera_quaternion%22:%7B%22x%22:-0.0674,%22y%22:0.679,%22z%22:0.0628,%22w%22:0.7283%7D,%22camera_mode%22:1,%22scan_id%22:%2281a7b01444bd439599b5dd65a83119a4%22%7D

Fancy a virtual holiday?

Taj Mahal India https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/eiffel-tower/

Pyramids of Giza  https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/pyramids-of-giza/

Peru Machu Picchu,

https://www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu

Coliseum Rome Italy https://artsandculture.google.com/story/colosseum/WQLi5E4TA1p9IQ

One day in Jerusalem? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/pyramids-of-giza/

Eiffel Tower Paris France https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/eiffel-tower/

Take a look at Lapland https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx6-8cW9rHGNGhELh83fcCg

New York Central Park https://www.youvisit.com/tour/centralpark

America’s Yosemite National Park https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Disney Florida https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g31977949/virtual-disney-rides/

https://www.visitorlando.com/en/things-to-do/virtual-tours

Disney have put together a fun course for designing a theme park, give it a try https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box 

The Sydney Opera House virtual experience https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/sydney-opera-house/KgGPW2YWtcHpBg?sv_lng=151.2135034733324&sv_lat=-33.85845058282505&sv_h=7.803483721808343&sv_p=-17.420927533713837&sv_pid=opBj2MqN2Mk4yX5QdZPYDw&sv_z=1.2620948453701795

Why not try a virtual experience and write a postcard like you were there!

Some Zoos are offering virtual visits and lots of free online videos like SAN DIEGO zoo 

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams Or try Vancouver Aquarium  https://vanaqua.org/live-cams

maybe make a poster about what you have learnt.

Craft websites

Start 2 help your mental wellbeing with 70 creative practical tasks being creative, using art, photography, writing, drawing, collage, textiles, animation, mindfulness self-help and fun however artistic you are   http://www.start2.co.uk/

Free colouring sites likeJust Colour https://www.justcolor.ne

Take part in a drawing challenge – Instagram has many different drawing challenges and useful  prompts. Use the time to try them out and inspire you.

Randomly pick a theme like animals, trees, flowers etc and do a 100 day challenge to use this theme in a creative way such as painting/drawing/writing keeping a record of your efforts. Consider sharing the theme with others so you can compare ideas and show what you have achieved.

Try some finger painting or paint with your feet.

Other ideas for activities or to relax

Have a picnic in the garden.

Sensory sites http://weavesilk.com

Background noise Rain https://www.rainymood.com

Useful site mimics conversation and may help if feeling anxious or worried https://www.wysa.io

Listen To some Audio books from Audible Amazon free during the Coronavirus  https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Quick Reads book list https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/quick-reads

Brain testers from Sharp Brains https://sharpbrains.com/brainteasers/ or Luminosity https://www.lumosity.com/en/

Ted Ed offers insightful short education videos free https://ed.ted.com

Let’s days in virtual days out and online demonstrations like cooking https://letsdayout.com/about-the-app/

Read a disability blog like from this website.

Watch a Classical concert  https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/

If you are a Harry Potter fan try an online Harry Potter class http://www.hogwartsishere.com

Also https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

Check outExplore and watch animals in there natural Habitat-what have you learned about them? https://explore.org/livecams

London online gaming festival https://games.london

Look at the British Comedy Guide   https://www.comedy.co.uk

write a review of some comedy-what did you think?

Stay at home virtual Choir https://www.classicfm.com/artists/gareth-malone/choirmaster-gareth-malone-home-chorus-coronavirus/

Formula 1 Virtual experience videos. Write about what you see as a Sports Reporter https://www.youtube.com/user/Formula1/videos?app=desktop

Look for good news stories, happy or funny pictures or quotes not related to the the virus (Covid 19/coronavirus) Then share these like on social media or make a poster of your findings to show others. 

Update your free apps and try apps like Draw Something Classic that get you and your friends interacting and guessing drawings. 

Host an online virtual  party on Skype, messenger or Zoom

Watch a film

Keep a diary or use a creative writing websites look at the following

Literary Shed   https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

Story Starter http://thestorystarter.com

Creative Writing Prompts http://www.creativewritingprompts.com

Play a  Quiz Like Kahoot! Online 

Use an advert, a photo, a magazine picture or headline as a writing prompt or try a activity like writing to your older or younger self. 
Use music lyrics or a music video to write a story.
Create origami 

write a letter to someone who are not currently with or an interview 

Make up a memory box or time capsule. Set up a photo booth and use different props.

Listen to a Podcast 
Attend a social distancing festival celebrating different types of art https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com

Explore virtual NASSA learn about the stars and planets! 
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/explore 

Maybe do a poster about NASSA or a Planet

Revist a childhood game like a favourite board game with your family or a card game like UNO.

Learn to play and practice the card game solitaire that you find on most computers.

Learn to touch type or simple improve your typing and IT skills there are some good free websites for this https://www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-tutor

Watch National theatre online https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre
Look through this website from improving your maths, English, life skills to reading disability blogs.

Learn and put into practice a life skill such as cleaning or cooking..

Cooking

Mencap easy read visual recipes book https://www.southwiltsmencap.org.uk/news/easy-read-cookbook-bromley-mencap

CookABILITY visual recipe videos United Response for people with learning disabilities on YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cookability

The Cyrenians Good Food pictorial recipe book Programme is a social enterprise with a mission to bring good food and healthy lifestyles to people who are experiencing disadvantage, isolation, poverty, homelessness and social exclusion. They have produced a visual pectoral recipe book for easy follow recipe’s https://cyrenians.scot/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Cyrenians-Recipes-1.pdf

The Accessible Chef https://accessiblechef.com

 Exercise 

Do a NHS Fitness Studio exercise workout  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/ Or 

Mr Motivator http://www.mrmotivator.com/welcome/

Try some NHS seated exercise https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/
Do some gardening at home.

Try an online YouTube free Yoga class  
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZkDZKOcvYTh4dRDXQ71m7gQUmWkDmLAl
Active in the community Bucks have a wide range of online exercise classes people can participate in https://www.activeinthecommunity.org.uk/bucks/


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