Virtual ways to entertain your children in lock down
Helping us stay sane through quarantineAs parents we often worry about Children having too much screen time and I'm sure most of us prefer being outdoors making memories & having big adventures...... but we are living in a crazy world right now and to be honest, we are very lucky that we live in a technologically advanced world, imagine being in quarantine without modern technology!!!
Now that most of us are having to stay home to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic, the internet has become a lifeline, not only for information but also for entertainment and education, the internet is our main source of communication.
It has been amazing to see so many celebrities signing up to help families quarantined during the Coronavirus crisis. Celebrities are offering lives on Facebook, Instagram & YouTube entertaining us with everything from dancing challenges & keeping fit to cooking demos and audio book readings.
There are many other virtual events being provided for free online such as live feeds from zoo's and aquariums around the world. You really feel as though you are there in real life, rather than sat at home on your sofa.
It's a difficult time for parents who are trying to juggle homeschooling their children for the first time whilst also keeping them happy and stress free during this uncertain time.
A lot of us parents are also trying to work from home and its not an easy task trying to find time to fit it all in, even if we are in quarantine!
Here is a list of our favorite virtual Celebrity events
PE with Joe Wicks
To enjoy please subscribe to his YouTube Chanel The Body CoachJoes PE classes will be live on his Chanel daily at 9am
Audio books with David Walliams
David Walliams has released 30 audiobooks for free for children to listen too via his website World of David Walliams
Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!
Maths with Carol Vorderman
Carols website The Maths Factor has been running for many years and is set up as a monthly paid for subscription but during these unprecedented times Carol is now helping children all over the world by offering free subscription - you can sign up here
Ben Fogle - Wilderness live
We love Ben Fogle in our house, we have watched all of his shows over the years so we are especially exited that he is now offering these wilderness lives on instagram at 4pm daily - to see Bens live talks you will need to follow him on his Instagram account - Ben Fogle
Jamie Oliver - get kids cooking
Jamie Oliver is well known for trying to make our children eat healthily and has a dedicated area on his website for children called get kids cooking with easy family recipes that children will love to make and eat.
Music with Myleene Klass
Mylene Klass has started her own YouTube Chanel Myleenes Music Klass where along with the help from her own children she will teach children about music with daily videos
Dance with Dianne Buswell
Strictly come dancing professional Dianne Buswell is offering live dance classes on her Instagram channel
If you fancy learning learning some new moves or maybe even to cha cha then take a look on her account via the link above
Bear Grylls - The great indoors
Bear, along with the scouts who he an ambassador for have created a special area on their website dedicated to The Great Indoors - with many inspired indoor activities to keep your children learning new skills whilst having fun indoors, there are hundreds of activities to chose from, these should keep you going for a while.
Live webcam action
Check out the live feeds from Sandiego zoo where you can take a peek at Apes, Koala bears, Pandas & Polar Bears to name but a few. This will keep your children fascinated for hours.
Another zoo that has a live camera feed is Edinburgh Zoo. Here you can watch pandas, penguins and tigers live.
Earth Cam offers amazing live feeds from all around the world from animals to volcanoes. You can watch live footage from Botswana, Bali, Costa Rica and many more interesting destinations.
Explore live cam aquatics
Explore have a live feed to their tropical reef habitat which is the Pacific's largest aquarium exhibit.
An amazing live view of the barrier reef from Nature Australia from the bottom of the sea straight to your screen
Popular websites or Apps
Twinkl is an amazing School resource used by teachers and homeschoolers alike - they are offering free subscription throughout the crisis.
Google If you type an animal into google and then click see in 3D you can have a live action photo taken with a lion or penguin in your house!!!
Audible are offering Stories help, for as long as schools are closed they will be open, children can instantly stream stories in 6 different languages for free
YouTube Check out famous Disney attractions from your lounge with virtual rides via this link
I hope you enjoy trying out the activities listed, I know we had fun testing them out, enjoy this time with your Family, our children will remember this time years to come.
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