Out & About Without Going Out

Out & About Without Going Out

“7 am, the usual morning lineup

Start on the chores and sweep ’til the floor’s all clean

Polish and wax, do laundry, and mop and shine up

Sweep again, and by then it’s like 7:15.

And so I’ll read a book

Or maybe two or three

I’ll add a few new paintings to my gallery

I’ll play guitar and knit

And cook and basically

Just wonder when will my life begin?

Then after lunch it’s puzzles and darts and baking

Paper mache, a bit of ballet and chess

Pottery and ventriloquy, candle making

Then I’ll stretch, maybe sketch,

Take a climb, sew a dress!

And I’ll reread the books

If I have time to spare

I’ll paint the walls some more,

I’m sure there’s room somewhere.

And then I’ll brush and brush,and brush and brush my hair

Stuck in the same place I’ve always been.

And I’ll keep wonderin’ and wonderin’

And wonderin’ and wonderin’

When will my life begin?”

Rapunzel; Disney’s Tangled

Everyone is doing their bit to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives – it is a genuine act of solidarity and appreciated by all. The children are only little and won’t fully understand what is going on until they are older and so I’m sure many are finding it difficult just staying in the house…

A suggestion made this weekend, was to take them on a virtual trip! While they won’t be able to navigate these websites by themselves, doing this activity with your child provides a light relief for all in the family.

Google maps will let you explore your local area and beyond. Here’s a familiar landmark to get you started, or even try going further afield. View in satellite to get a realistic image, or sign into Google Earth for an even more detailed view.

Fancy taking in some history? Museums often offer virtual tours for free on their websites so that anyone can view and learn about different artefacts. There are many that use the above system of Google maps but The Met and The Louvre provide a variety of different experiences online.

If the children are missing outside experiences with animals, you can take them to a virtual farm, or zoo, or even on safari! While some of the footage from zoo webcams is often prerecorded, and personal views may clash with the idea of captive animals, this footage is still interesting to watch and provides some insight into the running of zoos.

While we can’t go out for a swim, we can enjoy the relaxing motion of watching fish and other sea creatures swimming themselves. The Georgia Aquarium and Monteray Bay Aquarium in America both offer webcams suitable for children.

Disclaimer:

Nursery is NOT responsible for animal antics on the webcams! Sometimes there are no animals at all for hours on end, and at other times there is a lot action.

If you find any good websites or links you think would be good to share with your classmates, remember you can add them to our Tapestry app.

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