10 ways to participate in activities when staying at home
Getting out of the house and taking part in community activities is an important goal for many NDIS participants. But now we have to stay inside and avoid others, how can you still participate in community activities?
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of activities you can take part in from the comfort of your own house. With nearly the entire world staying inside, many organisations, entertainers, and creative individuals have taken to the internet to share their talents.
In this article, we’ll share some examples of activities that you can enjoy remotely, but try searching for something that you’re interested in – a band or orchestra, a hobby, a recipe… anything! With so much out there, you’re bound to find something for you.
Getting out and about while staying in
1. Learn to play music
Explore sounds and rhythms by experimenting with an online music tool or take the opportunity to learn a music instrument online – there’s plenty of free lessons on YouTube to get you started.
2. Create a piece of art
3. Explore the zoo from home
The Melbourne and Sydney Zoo have live streams, which include feeding times and a place where you can ask the zookeepers questions – perfect for animal lovers. The Sydney Aquarium also has a live stream, making it easy to spend the wonderful afternoon watching penguins.
4. Learn another language or improve your grammar
5. Head into space
The sky’s the limit when it comes to things you can enjoy from home – or is it? Skip the rocket trip and head straight into space with the click of a button thanks to NASA’s live streams, or explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
6. Get your curious questions answered
Wonderopolis has short videos and texts that answer various burning questions. There are vocabulary challenges, comprehension questions, and enough content to exercise your brain and keep you entertained for hours.
7. Go travelling
8. Practice mindfulness or meditation
There are numerous online meditation and wellbeing apps out there that can help you reduce stress and boost your mood. Whether you’re a mindfulness master or just starting out, there’s an app for you out there.
9. Become a digital master
Do you want to expand your digital footprint? Teach yourself a new skill and get into the world of coding, build a website or start blogging or vlogging, YouTube your at home experiences.
Make sure to keep on moving. You’re allowed to go out to exercise, but you can also exercise at home. For kids, there are live Physical Education lessons at 9am Monday to Friday for children of all ages. Alternatively, if exercise is part of your therapy, talk to your therapist on how you to keep exercising at home via video call. You might even be able to get your iPad/tablet or fitness equipment funded in your NDIS plan.
Reach out to your Support Coordinator for ideas
You can always contact your Support Coordinator to help you engage in online activities. Our Support Coordination team are here to help you come up with some fun and creative options for you to connect with others.
Do you have tips for other activities? Send them to us and we’ll add them to this page!