Cabin fever and boredom can be responsible for some really bad moods and unhelpful head spaces.
A good way to combat those feelings, is to stay busy.
You might think that’s not as easy as it sounds if you’re in lock down, but there are loads of resources already out there, with more popping up every day.
Here are some of our top suggestions:
Get “out” without leaving your house
- Take a virtual tour of 12 of the best museums around the world
- Trawl throughAustralia’s Natural History collections
- Explore the world
- Take part in live streaming ballet classes available to all
- Listen to podcasts – they’re free and there are thousands out there to choose from. Here are some lists to scroll through and inspire you:
- Watch some Ted Talks – there are over 3000 to choose from
- Get an opportunity to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra live on YouTube, or watch the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on livestream
- Find other livestreams and virtual concerts from some of your favourite artists and performers
- Take free online art lessons
- Do home workouts, sign up for free trials, or search for live streaming exercise classes you can take part in
- Learn new skills and eat delicious meals by signing up to online cooking courses – some are free, some you’ll have to pay for others though, find one that suits your budget
- Sign up for virtual Open days at universities you’re interested in attending
- Attend a Twitter Conference
- Find out what online services your local library offers, you might be surprised at their range of online offers.
- Alternatively sign into other libraries and borrow ebooks for free, then read until your hearts content:
Google Books – search the name of the book you’re after & if it’s on the library start reading without downloading or signing up
Research careers and pathways that get you excited
Time is one thing that we always seem to be short of, so if you’re stuck at home then why not take advantage of it to explore all the careers out there.
Then, if you find something that appeals to you, delve a little deeper and find out how to go about making that career a reality for you.
- Listen to podcasts profiling careers e.g Working – a series of interviews with Americans about their work life
- Watch YouTube videos e.g. day in the life of … (search for careers related content)
- Read job spotlights and other career resources
- Take some job quizzes: FYA, Skillsroad, Free Career Test they might help you if you can’t decide about what to do after high school
Get some things ticked off at home
- Do all your updates on computers, phones and other technology
- Clean out all your files and folders, make room on your devices by removing unused apps, and downloading all your photos
- Organise your digital photos (you’ll end up scrolling through them and having the best time). You could even order prints online, create photo books or create displays for around home.
- Research your next holiday. It might seem cruel with travel bans in place but it’s always fun researching far off places and you could always check out destinations in Australia too.
- Choose an old school skill and work on it – baking, woodwork, fermenting, permaculture are a few examples
- Help out in the garden
- Help out in the house with a deep clean, get into all the nooks and crannies – it could be really satisfying and your parents will thank you for it
- Have a designated movie marathon day
- Catch up with friends and family on the phone or by video messaging, it’ll cheer you up and make their day too
- Get everything out of the games cupboard and challenge your family to play them all
- Have a go at a really challenging jigsaw puzzle – leave it somewhere everyone can have a go as they pass by
- Find out how to fix broken things and then do it
- Rearrange your room
- Plan all the gifts you’ll need for the next year – work out your budget, and start doing some online research. You could have your Christmas shopping sorted by the time Easter rolls around.
- Get out the backyard cricket set, or organise a family sports day – the sillier the events, the more fun it could be
Take control of your education
Find topics, subjects and activities that interest you.
Spend time a little time on subjects you struggle with at school, or take some time to try out something brand new that could be the start of a new passion or pathway in life.
Check out what’s happening in the news and around the world.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. You might not be able to access all the material as some is restricted to UK viewers.
Free UK based curriculum-mapped videos arranged by subject and age-group; Plus, live lessons presented by top BBC talent and educational campaigns.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Tons of free revision content for high school students, applies to the UK curriculum again but could still be useful. With paid access you get higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it, perfect if you’re in Year 11 or 12 and considering applying for uni after high school. Delivered at an adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos for students and educators to use.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes, targeted at younger children but still suitable for middle school students.
Learn languages for free via this free web or app-based learning program. Learning through games, competitions and rewards makes its fun and easy to learn.
Free science lessons for primary and middle school students, aligned with the US curriculum. It does seem there’s a capped number of free memberships though.
The Kids Should See This
A fantastic resource with over 4000 videos about all kinds of fascinating topics, you’ll be sure to find something education and fun on here.
You Tube videos on all kinds of subjects, there are sections including games and study skills too.
Love STEM? Here are some projects that could challenge you from home.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads for kids of all ages, but more aimed at younger children. Lots of the activities could be done inside, some sections require payment so bear it in mind if you start loading up your cart.
A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything.
Teaching English, practical resources to use in your secondary classroom.
From full lesson plans to choose from (European curriculum), activities, ideas for using stories and poems and lesson plans dedicated to areas of UK history, literature and culture to help your learners improve their English in engaging, motivating and enjoyable ways.
Big History Project
Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. Aimed at high schoolers it’s full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.
Australian curriculum-based material created by teachers, including Year 7-10. There are free taster packs available, but a fee applies to some of the material. Individual and school memberships are available and they’re offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures – you’ll still need to sign up. Please check cost details directly before you subscribe.
Providing free daily lesson plans and resources from school age children. What’s available in the Grades 6+ section may be good for middle school aged children.
Just remember, things will get back to normal in the not too distant future.
So try and make the most of any time out and be ready to dive back into your busy life brighter and better than ever.