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Things to do during isolation

Make The Most Of The Increased Time Outdoors - go wild!

With the Government now saying that we can take unlimited exercise outside with our family and even sit down for a while in nature from Wednesday 13th May, there is no better time to really reconnect with wildlife. 

The Wildlife Trust have lots of great ideas for connecting with nature in a fun and practical way! 

30 Days Wild - Home school

Why not try a lockdown diary?

A big thank you to Stephen@mylockdowndiary.com, who created the fantastic lockdown diary attached below to help children cope. Checkout the link to download your own copy. Stephen would love to see photos of completed pages, which he is hoping to eventually make into a book, so, if you fancy giving it a go, why not join around 90,000 other people who have downloaded it and send in some pictures of what you've done to Stephen@mylockdowndiary.com.

My lockdown diary

A few new things to try to fill a bit of time...

Sometimes breaking up your day with mindful activities or boredom busters can really help. They can help you feel better in yourself and help you to feel more like you can learn. Check out some of the links below:

5 minute boredom busters

Mindful brain breaks

Mindfulness challenges

20 minute boredom busters

Well being - things to look forward to!

Positive News

Take to a break from mainstream media and social media. Checking in once or twice a day is sufficient, the same for your social media timelines, unless they're full of positive information and support or your main port of staying connected. Please use the link below:

Positive News! 

Free online learning

Open culture has a lots of free online courses, audio books, ebooks, films, colouring books and more. Why not use your time in isolation to learn something new! Please see the link below to Open Culture's website: 

Open culture

Free audiobooks and David Walliams... every day!

It can be hard seeing the same faces and spaces every day. Audio books are a great way to immerse yourself in another world. Being read to is one of the most relaxing pass times. 

Every day at 11am, David Walliams, author of The Boy in The Dress and Gangsta Granny, will be sharing an audio story from one of his best-selling World's Worst Children short story collections. Open the link below to tune in!

David Walliams - Elevenses

Audible has made hundreds of audiobooks available free of charge. They have committed to keep it free for as long as the schools are closed, so start exploring: audible.

Virtually go on holiday, visit beautiful views, explore museums and tour beautiful gardens

Have a living room holiday with these great videos. Grab an ice cold drink, put a towel on the floor and feel you are really by this beautiful ocean. Maybe you are more of a night owl? Wrap up warm in a blanket and enjoy the sound of this crackling beach fire

Tropical island beach 

Relaxing beach fire

Become a sofa explorer. Explore the world in the comfort of your own home.

For breathtaking views try beautiful sights. It lets you travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world (unfortunately Worthing isn't on there - YET!). 360 degree views gives you the feeling of actually being there. 

Haven't found what you are looking for? Check out instant street view. You can explore Disneyland, Alton Towers, even a meteor crater! 

There are a number of museums you can wander around for free online too. Follow the link below to have a look:

 Virtual Museums   

Pitt Rivers Museum

Why not explore the Dutch flower park dubbed 'the most beautiful Spring garden in the world'. Keukenhof has opened its doors to virtual visitors and you can see over 7 million plants! Of course you will see a rainbow of tulips, but also daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, roses, lilies and more. To see this for yourself use the links below!

Keukenhof Gardens

Arundel Tulip Festival

Virtual Garden Tours 

Virtual farm and zoo visits!

Staying at home doesn't mean you can't get up close to your favourite animals. In fact, you can get closer than ever with these virtual zoo and farm tours. Check out the links below and their social media to see when they're live streaming!

Chester Zoo are offering live virtual tours featuring many of their most popular animals. Pandas, Chimps, Giraffes, Elephants.....the choice is yours! Or head over to the USA and visit the animals at Reid Zoo, with their live feed Zoo Cams! Choose from Elephants, Grizzly Bears, Lemurs, Giraffe's and Lio. Check them out at Reid Park Zoo.

For farm animals you can pop over to Folly Farm. Their barn cam allows you to watch the sheep and goats. It’s especially exciting at this time of year because of all the cute babies! Aww. They also have penguins, lions and giraffes! 

If you feel you need more animal magic, because you can never have enough cuteness, check out earth cam - animal cams. You'll find a collection of the best zoo and animal cams.

Weather experiments

Why not try out some of our weather experiments, which show you the science behind the weather?! On the met office website, there are lots of fun weather experiments that you can do at home.

For most of these you'll need nothing more than items around the house, so why not learn how the weather around you works by making your own cloud or tornado.

Drawing fun from Spider Man to Star wars...

If you are a budding illustrator, take a look at Will Sliney's YouTube page. He is best know for drawing Spider Man and Star Wars but he has tutorials on how to draw loads of cool characters. He live streams daily and you can check out the ones you’ve missed at any time! 

Online musicals

Musicals can be a fantastically uplifting experience! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the famous musical composer, is streaming some of his most popular musicals. Escape into a world of song and dance with a live streamed musical being made available on YouTube from Friday 3rd April at 7pm. They are then available to view for 48 hours! 

The first one streaming is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat. Open this link to get connected: musical link

West Sussex libraries

West Sussex libraries have set up a few links which may be of interest to families! Take a look below:


Although library buildings are closed, there are still lots of services you can access whilst you're at home.

Current Offer from West Sussex Libraries


In addition to their current Twitter and Facebook pages they are also launching a new Facebook group for families:

West Sussex Libraries – Family Corner Facebook group