The Scouts has developed a new website called The Great Indoors, featuring more than 100 stay-at-home activities to keep young people entertained during the Coronavirus epidemic.
The self proclaimed ‘experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people’, the Scouts have launched the initiative in a bid to keep children learning and inspired by the amount of activities that can be done while at home.
While the Scouts usually encourages children to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors, some of the activities on offer suggest using outdoors materials such as leaves to create artwork or creating a tornado in a bottle by adding sand and shaking.
The activities are suitable for all ages and also help children who are members of the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to work towards their badges while at home.
Just some of the highlights
Lolly stick catapults: Children can use lolly sticks and other small items to create a small catapult to see who can fire a pom pom the furthest. The person leading the game is suggested to explain that people have used catapults for thousands of years and why they were used.
The leafy hedgehog:This activity involves using a downloadable hedgehog template from the Scouts’ website and using natural materials from the garden to bring the animal to life. It’s suggested that children use different coloured leaves.
Mark my words: To cut back on screen time, this session uses different craft materials so children can create their own book marks to use. The aim is that children will be encouraged to read more with their very own book mark to hold their place in the story.
Weekly wins: Children can make their very own diaries to record their weekly wins to help improve their wellbeing while spending time indoors.
What’s been going on in #TheGreatIndoors
William, one of our talented #Beavers has been busy creating this leafy hedgehog! Show us what you have been doing #TheGreatIndoors https://t.co/UyhpL1THS0 #5thFromeScoutGroup pic.twitter.com/ghKcomfSTG— 5th Frome Scout Group (@5thFromeScouts) March 25, 2020
We're superproud of this beaver scout. She's made a short video to send to old folks in our local community. It's one of this week's #TheGreatIndoors challenges. We'll be sharing this and others during our online meetings this week. In scouts, we're proud of our community links. pic.twitter.com/LEixuRo8Xn— 3rd Washington (@3rdwashscouts) March 25, 2020
We’re joining @UKScouting as we encourage you to embrace #TheGreatIndoors and join us on #TheVirtualCampsite. The coolest camper on the campsite will win a Coleman Kobuk Valley 2 tent. Share your pitch-ures! ⛺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/0mbpaQvuz1— #TheVirtualCampsite (formerly Cool Camping) (@cool_camping) March 23, 2020
For the full range of activities on offer, visit www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors.