Keep entertained at home with our top picks for fun, free and educational activities for families and individuals – all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. At Rykneld Homes we recognise that it’s difficult to stay at home, so we hope these ideas to keep entertained and inspired will help.
We also want to say a big thank you to everyone for following the guidance and helping to keep the infection rate as low as possible in North East Derbyshire. Remember that if you or someone you know is struggling, we are on hand to help, advise and signpost to services.
There are loads of things out there for people to do. Here are some of our favourite suggestions:
Fun activities for kids
There are so many arts, craft and exercise activities out there for children and families.
Easter Hunt – you don’t even need Easter eggs for this one. Hide chocolate treats or other random items such as fruit, snacks or toys around the house or garden and your kids can spend hours on the hunt, burning energy and giving you a short break in the mean time!
Craft activities – There are lots of craft activities you can do with children that will spark their creativity. Try this origami bunny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QqBvy_yO_M, or get cracking with these craft eggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06w-u-NNU. For more ideas, just search online for children’s craft activities and you will find a whole world of fun waiting for you.
Colouring, games and puzzles – There are so many different things on offer. Education.com provides hundreds of ideas. Have a look at their vast Easter themed selection here https://www.education.com/slideshow/everything-easter/?cid=10.571.
Virtual trips to arts and cultural attractions:
British Museum - You don’t have to travel to London and buy a ticket at the British Museum to see what they have to offer. The museum has a fantastic interactive exhibition on their website, and it’s free of charge. It enables you to travel through the ages, looking at their many exhibits and learning while you go. Suitable for adults and children alike, it’s a great way of learning and has enough in there for hours of entertainment. Visit here for more https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
The Louvre - And why stop at London? Hop across the channel and you can visit the Louvre, probably the world’s most iconic arts gallery. You can take a virtual tour for free here https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne.
Central Park, New York City - Or go further afield with a trip across the pond to New York’s Central Park, where you can see the sites and get a guided tour of the history of the park here https://www.youvisit.com/tour/centralpark.
National Theatre Shows - Have you watched all you can watch on TV and through streaming services? Why not watch some world class theatre shows online too? The National Theatre has introduced a season of online shows that can be streamed for free on their YouTube channel https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home?queueittoken=e_safetyevent9apr20~q_59576ee5-ac95-466a-8a67-ea58b7f813e5~ts_1586436374~ce_true~rt_safetynet~h_ff1e541faf960cf4d489e3bb24225cf4add66f8b1ab9ba209ecb91ced74dff97
Sport and exercise
Finally, we know that it has been a challenge keeping fit and active during lockdown, particularly if you are self isolating. Here are some of our favourite ideas for getting the heart rate up and burning off your chocolate eggs this week.
Yoga sessions from local providers – A number of local instructors have set up free online yoga sessions to help keep you supple and find some inner calm during these stressful times. There are also loads of sessions you can do through YouTube, with specific sessions such as yoga for pregnancy or chair-based yoga. Here are some local providers who you can enjoy a session with:
@breathingspaceshiatsu @moga_method @unityyogasheffield @glow_yoga_studio @r1seyoga
Exercise classes for older people – Keeping fit at these times will be a particular struggle for anyone who is unable to leave the house for their allotted daily exercise because of mobility issues. There are lots of chair based sessions you can find online. Here’s one example we found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CE4ijWlQ18.
Joe Wicks Exercise Classes – The Body Coach has been offering exercise classes that can be done indoors and that are appropriate for children and adults. They are streamed live every morning at 9am on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/ featured or you can look through his archive of previous sessions.
We hope that you find these useful and that you continue to be able to maintain social isolation. If you are struggling for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us.