The schools are closed, you’re working from home and the whole family is suddenly piled into the same close quarters for the foreseeable future. If you’re feeling nervous about how you’re going to get through lockdown, we’ve put together some resources to ease some of the overwhelm. Whether you’re looking for easy activities to keep your little ones busy or some welcome distractions from all of this uncertainty, you’ll find plenty of inspiration below to keep you going until normal life can resume.
For some good news
- Read The Good News Network, a website filled with uplifting global news stories.
- Follow @the_happy_broadcast on instagram, an account dedicated to anxiety-free news and positive thoughts from around the world.
For mental health support
- Information from mental health charity Mind to help maintain your mental wellbeing during the pandemic.
- Guidance for parents and carers looking after children and teenagers from the UK Government.
- Tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home from NHS UK.
- 10 tips to help if you’re feeling worried about Coronavirus from NHS UK.
For activities the kids will love
- HarperKids from Home host LIVE story times and read-alouds, activities and other fun content every day at 5:30pm GMT via their Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Twitter accounts.
- Through Google Arts & Culture, users can access the collections of over 2,500 museums & galleries and visit national parks across the USA.
- Use a video calling platform such as Zoom to host virtual playdates with your kids’ friends.
- Happiness is Homemade offers an extensive catalogue of at-home crafts kids can do.
- Sign up to this daily newsletter from PBS for a daily dose of inspiration & tips to keep kids learning & playing at home.
For at-home learning
- BBC Bitesize resources for every age, 3-16+ to help them stay on track as they stay home.
- Third Space learning offers a guide to at-home learning and they have made their inventory of online maths learning resources free to access and download.
- TTS offers a range of online, mobile-friendly and printable resources & learning aids through to KS2.
- Chatter Pack’s education community has put together a collection of resources to assist parents facing the burden of home-learning.
For home workouts
- Barry’s Bootcamp, 30-minute bodyweight workouts throughout the day, targeting a different muscle group every day.
- FLY LDN, daily yoga classes at 8am, 12:30pm & 6pm.
- KOBOX, offering boxing style workouts everyday at 10am & 5pm.
- Bumps & Burpees, pre & post-natal friendly non-equipment workouts, 1pm.
- The Body Coach runs daily live 9am P.E. classes for the whole family on his YouTube channel, available to watch & exercise-along according to your kids’ schedule.
- Blogilates up-beat pilates workouts suitable for every ability.
- PopSugar fitness fun fitness classes for everything from barre to bodyweight fitness to cardio boxing.
- Fitness Blender no-fuss husband & wife duo offering simple circuits and minimal-equipment strength sessions.
- Yoga with Adriene with sequences to help you wake up, clear your mind and strengthen your body.
For easy meal ideas
- A handy guide on how to prepare your food supplies for self-isolation & lockdown from the food editors at Bon Appetit magazine.
- …As well as this helpful list of recipes & resources to help you get through cooking at home.
- BBC Good Food can be relied on for straightforward recipes for the least confident cooks.
- Filming for The Great British Bake Off may be delayed this year, but you can still get your bake on while you isolate. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of baking and get the kids involved (and reap the delicious rewards!). Find inspiration for your next show stopper here, here & here – avoid frequent trips to the supermarket with this comprehensive list of ingredient substitutions.
How are you getting on at home during this time? Let us know on social media!