50 Things to Do While in Lockdown

Here are North Lanarkshire Young Scot teams' fifty ideas for things you can do while in lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

1- Instagram baking class

Bread Ahead bakery school and shop in Borough Market are doing free online tutorials via their Instagram page. Whether you fancy learning how to make doughnuts, brownies or bread they have it all.

2- Go to the zoo without leaving the house

You can view the live webcams at Edinburgh Zoo on their website. You can see pandas, penguins, tigers and koala bears. There are lots on fun facts about the animals on the website too.

3- Learn a new language

Why not use your time at home to learn gaelic? Then why not do it from the comfort of your home?

4- Listen to a podcast

Watched everything on Netflix? Can’t concentrate on a book? Then why not get lost in a podcast. Pop your earphones in and get transported from your house to somewhere more interesting without even getting off the couch.

5- Check out beautiful tourist destinations

Usually these places would be filled with crowds and you’d have to queue to see them but in these times they’re all looking pretty different. Always wanted to see Prague, Venice or Rome? Then why not check them out on the live webcams?

6- Watch a bit of Shakespeare

Enjoy a bit of theatre, then why not watch some of William Shakespeare’s best work for free. Bring a bit of the bard to your living room?

7- Watch some live music

Since it doesn’t look like any of us will be going to a concert anytime soon, why not bring the concerts to your living room? There are loads full length concerts to stream for free online.

8- Museum tours

Since we can’t get to any museums or art galleries for a while why not explore them from home? Take a tour of the British museum in London for free online.

9- Tour the USA’s greatest national parks

We might not being taking journeys anytime soon but thanks to the internet we can take our online journeys far and wide. Always wanted to visit some of the beautiful national parks in America? Then thanks to google earth we can.

10- Play Pictionary with a robot

Use the free game ‘quick draw’, which google have created to have fun and draw pictures for their robot to guess.

11- Eurovision

This years eurovision may have been canceled but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out. You can listen to this years contestants on Youtube.

12- Cooking lesson with a Michelin star chef

Massimo Bottura has taken to his Instagram account with free nightly cooking lessons.

13- Lunchtime doodle session with a top kids illustrator

Mo Williems invites you into his studio every lunchtime. Learners all over the world can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing for free.

14- Audio books or short stories

Audible have made a huge section of their collection free. Check out their website to see if there is any you would like.

15- P.E with Joe Wicks

Fitness guru Joe Wicks has become the nations P.E teacher. Check out his his videos every morning at 9am on youtube.

16- Learn how to make pasta

An 84 year old italian grandmother who teaches pasta making classes had to stop when the country went into lockdown. Her granddaughter has helped her take her class online.

17- Learn Korean with K-Pop superstars BTS

BTS are aiming to introduce their fans to some simple Korean grammar and expressions. Why not give it a go and see what you could learn?

18- Check out the rides at Disney

Disney world might be closed but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the fun. Have a fun filled day by checking out the virtual rides on Youtube.

19- Head to Hogwarts

Always dreamed of being a wizard? Well now’s your chance. Hogwarts is here is a website created by Harry Potter superfans, you can sign up, chose your house and even create magical potions.

20- Relax on the beach without leaving your house

Fancy hearing the sound of the waves and looking at a beautiful sandy beaches? Then check out this live beach webcam.

21- Take a virtual Harry Potter tour

A live tour guide takes you through the iconic Harry Potter landmarks.

22- Watch some baking classes

The Big London Baking team will be sharing three online baking classes on their social media channels every week. Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date.

23- Turn your pet into a superhero

Animal charity Blue Cross have launched a competition to find their superhero pet. Check out their website to find out how you can enter.

24- Science time

Fancy some free science lessons? Then check out mystery science to see what they have in store for you.

25- Learn computer programming skills

If computer programming is your thing then why not learn some new skills for free.

26- Make a memory box

Find a box big enough to hold loads of items. Decorate the box and then fill it with lots of your favourite memories from over the last few years for example pictures and concert tickets.

27- Make paper mache

Fancy making some paper mache at home? The check out these easy steps to do so.

28- Make playdough at home

Can’t get to the shops to buy play dough then no worries, check out simple ways to make it at home.

29- Write a story

Why not grab a pen and paper and get creative. Use your imagination and see where it takes you.

30- Play a board game

Why not dust off some of your board games and spend some time as a family.

31- Make a family tree

How much do you know about your family? Why not do some research and create a family tree.

32- Learn Origami

Got some paper sitting about doing nothing? Then why not try to learn the ancient art of paper folding.

33- Learn a dance

Why not download the free Tik Tok app and challenge yourself to learn a dance a day.

34- Colour

Whether it be paper and pens or you download an app colouring can be relaxing.

35- Take a bath

Make the most of your free time and relax with a hot bubble bath.

36- Wash your make up brushes

When was the last time you washed your make up brushes? Give them all a freshen up, your skin will be grateful.

37- Organise your wardrobe

Why not sort through all your clothes, you could even do a fashion show. Who knows you might discover some outfits you forgot you even had.

38- Spend some time in the garden

It’s important to get some fresh air. Why not wrap up and have lunch in the garden.

39- Make a wish jar

Write some things you would love to do in the future and pop them in a jar and when all of this is over start to complete them

40- Make a musical instrument

Have a look around the house and see what you have to make your very own musical instrument.

41- Watch an old film

Why not watch one of your favourite films from when you were younger. Not only will it give you a chance to chill out it will bring back some happy memories.

42- Give yourself a makeover

Been desperate to try out some hair and make up skills or upcycle some old wardrobe items? Well now’s your perfect time.

43- Play some games

Why not play some games that wont cost a penny? Stop the bus, eye spy... there’s lots of them.

44- Write a letter

Why not write a letter to your future self? Pop in your hopes and dreams for the future and open it in years to come.

45- Video call your friends and family

Don’t forget to check in on your friends and family, and cheer yourself up by seeing your favourite faces.

46- Why not have a spring clean?

Give you room a nice freshen up, even clean your windows. Let the sunshine in.

47- Paint your nails

It may be a while before we can all head to the nail bar so why not give yourself a manicure at home.

48- Make a travel bucket list

Why not make a list of all the places you would love to travel to. We can dream can't we?

49- Enjoy your favourite music

Why not listen to your favourite music and even have a sing along

50- Unplug from technology

Why not spend a day with no technology. A day without your phone and away from social media