Things are tough right now so in a deviation from the norm, I thought I would share some of the things getting us through lockdown, and some things that I thought might be helpful to others.
1. Members of my favourite Facebook group – Terrible Art in Charity Shops – are recreating some of the group’s best-loved finds and it’s been cracking me up.
2. This super old post from my archives on recycled craft ideas for kids might be a handy one for entertaining bored kids for free.
3. Draw With Rob is a great online drawing tutorial for kids.
5. I’m not a yoga person, but Cosmic Kids online yoga for little ones, and online yoga for adults are both great ways to get some exercise in. As is Joe Wicks, who does great live PE classes for kids, as well as workouts for seniors – from chair-based exercises to full body workouts.
7. This is wonderful: a creative arts competition for the over 70’s unable to leave the house. The King Lear Prizes are to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined. The short-listed and winning submissions will be made public on their website and in their email newsletter, and they hope to be able to present online performances by eminent actors and musicians.
8. For as long as schools are closed, all of Audible’s kids audiobooks are free.
9. This post on civilisation was beautiful.
10. A reminder that whatever the situation, you are never alone. A helpful compendium of help.
Do share anything which is helping you get through these tough times – I’d really love to hear.
Remember, it’s vitally important that we all stay home this Easter weekend, unless you’re a keyworker, in which case, a million thank-yous. The more that we stay in, and keep our distance, the sooner we can get out of lockdown.