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Learning can be fun and relaxing too. While we don’t mind you curling up with a good book (have you seen BorrowBox yet?), there is plenty to see and do online.

Free Online Book

Publisher Nosy Crow have create a free online book to help explain our current circumstances to children.

Coronavirus – A book for children

With the help of will know illustrator Alex Scheffler, Nosy Crow has release a free online book called ‘Coronavirus – A book for children’ aimed at helping explain what coronavirus is and why the country is in lockdown as a result of the outbreak. You can access the book here.

Theatre, Musicals and Book Festivals

Many theatres worldwide are offered virtual visits and shows – a perfect way to relax at home when you’ve ran out of boxsets.

Scenes for Survival

www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/scenes-for-survival

Scenes for Survival is a new season of digital short artworks created during quarantine. It’s a collaborative project between National Theatre Scotland, BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, the BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine project and leading Scottish theatre venues and companies. There will be over 40 unique films as part of the this project.

Book Bound 2020

www.bookbound2020.co.uk

Book Bound 2020 was an online book festival running from April 27 – May 3. The sessions featured a mixture of readings, storytelling and live author-to-author conversations. Access the sessions on their website or through their YouTube channel. Book Bound 2020 have also recently released a podcast too.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

www.edbookfest.co.uk

This year, the famous Edinburgh International Book Festival is going online. From 15-31 August 2020, there are over 140 events which you can attend online for free. The line-up as always is a who’s who of the book world with stellar names like Hilary Mantel, Val McDermid, David Mitchell and much more. Visit the website to find out how to book for each event.

Online Quizzes

Test your knowledge with fun free online quizzes

Freerice.com

Freerice.com

A quiz site (and app) which supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Earn ‘rice’ as you play (adverts appear as you play but you don’t have to click on them). There are lots of categories for you to try. The WFP provides, on average, about 400 grams of rice person, per day. There are approximately 40-50 grains of rice in a single gram. You can pick your categories and difficulty level from the menu.

Sporcle

Sporcle.com

A quiz site with lots of quick quizzes, new ones are added daily or you can pick through the themes. Although some have a US bias to them, there are plenty on here to keep you amused for a while. New quizzes added every day.

JigZone

www.jigzone.com

This is a treasure trove of jigsaw puzzles in numerous categories e.g. animals, art, flowers, holidays, nature scenes, ocean life, sport, transport, travel and more. The jigsaws vary in size and difficulty and how long they take to complete. Plus you can upload your own photograph and have it cut into a puzzle. Jigzone can be so much fun and it can become quite a good family fun activity.

Learn to Cook

Everyone enjoys a good meal, so learning cooking skills is a great way to have fun and can be relaxing.

BBC Good Food

www.bbcgoodfood.com

Discover home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Recipes include breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. You can also download the BBC Good Food app to your smartphone for free. There are lots of delicious recipes that you can enjoy.

Gentle Exercise

Exercise and keeping the mind active are equally important and there are plenty of online opportunities to stay active.

NHS Fitness Studio – Pilates

www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/pilates-for-beginners

The pilates work out is created by InstructorLive and concentrates on posture, balance, strength and flexibility. It also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves. It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Access to this work out is currently free through the NHS website. You feel like you’ve had a good work out afterwards. It is a very enjoyable session and a great lockdown alternative.