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Inspiration for Isolation

Isolation is proving difficult for many, requiring us to look beyond our normal routines to connect with others, find purpose and mental stimulation. Many sources quote the importance of maintaining structure and purpose through planned activities, also. This helps to maintain mental well-being and make time productive.

Finding routine and entertainment for children can further add to stress in the household. School holidays and home-schooling in isolation are challenging. The good news is that we are not alone in being isolated! There are plenty of resources online compiled in order to share information and give a basis to individually-led learning based on our interests.



Even when you can get to the supermarket, walking around people at 1.5m can be isolating, even when you are around people.  Try a smile and a hello to remind you that others are in the same situation! If you can, say hello to your neighbour over the fence. Remind yourself if your carer is different during these times, a new normal will come before long.

Staying in touch with family and friends is of utmost importance during these times, also. While technology may seem very unfamiliar, social face-to-face applications are now very easy to install, on computer or on smart phone, and include animated demonstrations of how to use them, once they are installed.

Virtual Social Networks

The following are two popular apps that are free, which can be used to stay in touch with people. The difference with these apps and, say,  FaceTime, is that they enable you to see and chat with multiple people at the same time. So you can catch up as a family, or with a group of friends for a virtual coffee.

  • Houseparty  – Face to Face social network. Group video chat to help you and your friends and family get together when you can’t see each other in person.
  • Zoom – Another similar app – more skewed to business than personal use, but still equally fine to use



Free Audible




Explore a few of Australia’s tourist attractions from the comfort of your own home. Or venture abroad to learn about art history and nature. Great entertainment for all of the family.

Australian Tourist Attractions

  • Sydney Aquarium – A virtual experience exploring one of Australia’s most famous attractions.
  • Melbourne Zoos – Live streams from Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere.

Travel the World!

Where possible, we can add to our own learning while we take our kids all over the world, virtually!

  • 20 Virtual Field Trips – Help for frazzled parents: 20 virtual field trips to keep your kids occupied (and learning):
    · Cincinnati, Houston, San Diego and Atlanta Zoos. Panda cam, live streaming on FB, webcams, feeding time, Q&A time with keepers…·· The Louvre· Boston Children’s Museum· British Museum· Uffizi Galleries, Florence· Great Wall of China· Surface of Mars· International Space Station· Monterey Bay and Georgia Aquariums· National Aquarium Baltimore· The Nature Conservancy Oklahoma

    · Virtual Dives Virtual farm tour in Canada

    · Google Arts & Culture National Parks

    · Yellowstone National Park

    Not only great for the sights and learning, but great way to teach kids about nurturing, compassion and looking after nature.

  • Escape Virtual Holidays – See the Great Wall of China, live concerts by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, links to virtual tours of world famous museums and galleries. Disneyland and Disney World – experience a roller-coaster ride on Disney’s California Adventure or Frozen Ever After rides.

Visit Some World-Famous Sights

The Louvre

The museum offers free online tours of some exhibits such as its Egyptian Antiquities and works from Michelangelo. You can take a 360-degree look at the museum, see rare artifacts to get additional information on their histories.

Solomon R Guggenheim museum

The museum makes some of its collections and exhibits available online. You canet a taste of what the museum has to offer, including works from Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and Jeff Koons.

National Gallery of Art Washington

Current exhibitions, audio and video recordings of past lectures online.

The British Museum

Some of the British Museum pieces viewable online. The museum also offers a virtual tours using Google Street View technology.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Room-by-room, 360-degree walking tour of all its exhibits, such as the Hall of Mammals, Insect Zoo, and Dinosaurs and Hall of Paleobiology.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

An online collection and virtual tour of some of its works including those by Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Giotto di Bondone.

The Dali Theatre-Museum

The museum offers virtual tours of the grounds and a few exhibits.


NASA offers free virtual tours of the Langley Research Center and Glenn Research Center.

The Space Center Houston also has an app that provides virtual tours, augmented reality experiences, videos and audio stories about space.

The Vatican

You can take a virtual tour of the museum grounds and iconic exhibits, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.



Ideas to Get Them Up and Moving

Where possible, we can add to our own learning while we take our kids all over the world, virtually!

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga for little ones – family fun and grounding.
  • North Sure Mums 115 Fun Activities – 115 fun activities to do at home with kids while self-isolating. Activities around the home – there is sure to be activities for every interest.


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