Letter “Z” is for Zoos. Many zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums are now offering live cams of their animals and special online events. These are a wonderful way for children to learn more about different types of animals, habitats and conservation issues.
Letter “Y” is for Yoga and Your Well-being. During these stressful times, it’s important to practise self-care and to take time to relax and unwind. Holding onto stress can be bad for both our mind and body, but luckily there are many things that can help, such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
Letter “X” is for Xenodochy, which means the act of extending kindness or hospitality towards strangers (from “xeno”-foreign and “dochy”-kindness.)
Now more than ever, it’s important to look out for the vulnerable members of our community and offer our support to those who need it most. Below are some ideas for ways in which we can help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Letter “W” is for Writing. One positive thing about the lockdown is that I now have more time to play with pen and paper and let my imagination run wild.
Whether you are an experienced writer or fancy taking up a new hobby, expressing your thoughts on paper can be very therapeutic. There are many different types of writing to try, including flash fiction, poetry and journaling, to name a few. Below are some ideas to get you started.
Letter “V” is for Virtual Visits. Although tourist attractions are currently closed to the public, many museums and galleries are offering free online experiences so that you can visit them virtually from the comfort of your sofa! These events are a fantastic way for all the family to learn new things and stave off lockdown boredom. Below is a list of all the virtual tourist attractions I’ve come across online so far.
Letter “U” is for Unusual Activities. “U” is always quite a tricky letter, and it took me a while to settle on a topic. I finally decided to compile a list of any unusual family activities I could think of that I haven’t already covered in previous posts. So if you’re bored and looking for something a little different to do with your spare time, try one of these fun activities.
Letter “T” is for TV and Theatre. I’m incredibly grateful for all the entertainment available during the lockdown. There are so many great TV shows and films to watch across various platforms and even lots of plays and musicals available to stream online for free. When are we going to have so much time to binge-watch our favourite shows again? Below are my recommendations to add to your watch list.
Letter “S” is for Sensory Play. Sensory play is any kind of activity that stimulates the 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. It’s fun for kids of all ages and helps to develop knowledge of colours, textures, descriptive language and basic science principles. It can also be very relaxing for grown-ups or children who feel anxious or overwhelmed.