We’ve put together a list of great indoor activity ideas for both you and your family.
Tate Kids has some online tools to help students create their own virtual street art or share canvases decorated at home using regular paint, or that lesser-known medium of fried eggs and bubbles.
London’s Cartoon Museum has guides to scribbling caricatures of famous faces (BoJo; Trump – use as you wish) or ‘finish the story’ comic-strip prompts.
Grayson Perry is hosting his Art Club on Channel 4.
Bear Grylls might be better known for eating creepy crawlies and sleeping inside a dead camel on his adventures in the wild, but in his role as Chief Scout he’s put together more than 100 Great Indoors challenges to complete under lockdown. Try making lollipop catapults, become a ‘blackout poet’ or create a jam-jar tornado using sand and washing-up liquid. No bug eating required.
Entertaining and educational? Win, win. The Science Museum has masses of learning-on-the-job experiments to try: make instant ice cream with a ziplock bag (and no freezer), guide a coin through a magnetic maze drawn on a plastic bottle, or build a cardboard-box pinball machine. Meanwhile Dyson engineers have put together 44 science and engineering challenge cards for budding brains. Can you push a wooden skewer through a balloon without popping it? Or measure the speed of light using chocolate (and a microwave)?
TOUR A MUSEUM
With museums currently closed, here are some ways to feel like you’re there, without leaving your living room. Google’s Arts and Culture channel has been the story of lockdown for virtual culture-hoppers with its online trove of artefacts and VR world tours. The British Museum is a good bet to explore on a virtual school trip and tie in with those must-study curriculum topics. Over in New York, the MET has a very cool interactive time machine to help you virtually explore its 5,000 years’ worth of art by continent, time and ‘big idea’, with creative projects to explore for each featured work.
BLAST OFF INTO SPACE
Wannabe astronauts can get a glimpse of how earth looks from far above with NASA’s rather hypnotic live stream from the International Space Station (ISS) The space agency’s new NASA at Home site also has a dizzying array of out-of-this-world resources, from solar-system colouring pages to printable moon journals. Otherwise, simply look up and stargaze from home.
Free downloadable STEM activities from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Each activity features instructional step by step videos, accessible kit lists and online worksheets. The activities are broadly non-industry specific and cater to a range of ages and abilities, with extension activities detailed for older/more able children.
LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
READY, STEADY, COOK
There are now several photo competitions online to help young people get the most out of lockdown. With a quick search, you’ll soon find the one that best suits you. Here are some awesome ideas for nature photography during lockdown to get you started.