Save your Sanity

Look after Yourself and Mind your Mind

Self-isolation won’t last forever but being confined to your home does have the potential to cause boredom and stress.

As well as finding innovative ways to socialise with family and friends, it is also important that you maintain some physical exercise as well as keep the mind active.

You might like to consider the following (some may have fees associated with them) -

  1. Keep in touch creatively with family and friends by telephone, email or social media.  Maybe you can chat over a virtual dinner with Facetime …
  2. Start a wish jar for all of the things that you wish you could have done while in self-isolation.  You'll then have lots of activities for when you emerge on the other side.
  3. Chalk art inspirational words and pictures on your footpath for all to enjoy.
  4. Put a teddy in your front window for those enjoying a walk to discover
  5. You could start planting a vegie patch – getting down in the dirt is good for the soul (and your wallet)! Check out this planting guide for Tassie from Peter Cundall: https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2008/07/07/2296755.htm
  6. Visit museums. artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
  7. The Louvre, based in Paris, offering virtual tour online for free- www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
  8. The San Diego Zoo has a live webcam for animals- zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
  9. Melbourne Zoo also has live webcams www.zoo.org.au/animal-house
  10. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover- accessmars.withgoogle.com/
  11. The British Museum virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies- britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
  12. Geography with National Geographic- kids.nationalgeographic.com/
  13. Live video of the National Zoo and Smithsonian Learning Lab- www.si.edu/kids
  14. This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals- climatekids.nasa.gov/
  15. Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design- http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org
  16. Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts- http://www.gonoodle.com
  17. Maths as a fun part of your daily family routine- bedtimemath.org/
  18. Music is for everyone- musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
  19. Listen to astronauts read stories from space- storytimefromspace.com/library/
  20. Maths games galore - gridclub.com/
  21. Science experiments that you can do at home - http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments
  22. Grammar- Work on the 8 parts of speech-  http://www.grammaropolis.com
  23. Scratch teaches students all about coding- scratch.mit.edu/
  24. A wonderfully detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art- http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids
  25. Short videos about numbers - http://www.numberphile.com
  26. Let’s kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos- http://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com
  27. A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool students- www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
  28. Coding for 4-10-year-olds- http://www.kodable.com
  29. For budding Marine Biologists- take a deep dive into ocean life. ocean.si.edu/
  30. Science podcasts to listen to with your kids- medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6
  31. ABC- Educational resources- education.abc.net.au/home#!/home
  32. Kids News- education.aec.gov.au/teacher-resources/
  33. The Big List of Children’s Books http://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities
  34. Tips to support children’s development 0-3 www.thebasicstasmania.com/parents
  35. Have a house party via a group video chat app
  36. Khan Academy - educational - https://www.khanacademy.org
  37. The zone of regulation application (https://www.zonesofregulation.com/the-zones-of-regulation-app.html) is designed to foster self-regulation skills in a fun and exciting ways
  38. Little writer tracing app - https://apps.apple.com/au/app/little-writer-the-tracing-app-for-kids/id515890480 - is fun and so easy to use that your kids will think letter tracing is a game
  39. ABC kids podcasts - http://www.abc.net.au/radio/podcasts/kids-family-podcasts
  40. P.E with Joe – type in P.E with Joe into Youtube
  41. Consider exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment.
  42. At home workouts for adults - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQ34afVgk8cRQBjSJ1xuJQ
  43. PE for kids and adults - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wzoy_J3I_c&t=471s
  44. Learn a new language - https://www.duolingo.com
  45. Free lessons on many topics i.e. videography, business, art, cooking, coding, self-improvement - https://www.udemy.com/courses/search/?src=ukw&q=free
  46. Art for kids - https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub
  47. MommyPoppins – Coronavirus guide for parents https://mommypoppins.com/family/coronavirus-pandemic-update-indoor-activities-resources-kids
  48. Family Guide Boredom Busters - https://familyeguide.com/boredom-busters-110-fun-at-home-activities-for-families-kids-2
  49. 50 Best Indoor Activities - https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/best-indoor-kid-crafts-activities.html
  50. Family Games Night - https://playtivities.com/20-family-game-night-ideas
  51. Kentish House at Sheffield is providing a holiday pack for families containing colouring, crosswords, games and cooking - contact Cassandra 6491 2322 or 0447 325 343
  52. Not enough, check out this giant list of ideas for being home with kids https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ajKj_LvG2rE8STfKVNHeCbD-vK0OPClwlptoaP8MXNQ/mobilebasic
  53. Emerging minds includes a curated selection of resources to assist parents and carers to support their children during CVID-19 - https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/supporting-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
  54. Aha! Parenting has some relevant blogs and parenting tools at -
  55. https://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/working-home-with-kids-coronavirus

    https://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/keeping-siblings-from-each-others-throats-during-quarantine-forced-togetherness

    https://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/were-all-suddenly-homeschoolers

    https://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/intelligent-creative-child/boredom-busters-good-for-kids

  56. Full daily lesson plans at kidsnews.com.au/learning-at-home
  57. Stay home, stay connected, and support local creators without ever stepping foot outside via Eventbrite - https://bit.ly/2UXskWj
  58. https://georgetown.tas.gov.au/kids-activity-portal/
If you are worried or upset, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.