Useful links and ideas, not a definitive list by any means and if you have others please email the Parish Clerk

Go on a bear hunt

Inspired by the popular book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, we are encouraging people to put teddy bears in their windows for people to look out for on their one daily exercise outside.  This idea originated in New Zealand and has taken off around the world.  Come on Woodham Walter we’ve probably all got a Teddy Bear who could wave out of our windows! How many can you find? Will they change positions each day, change outfits… get up to mischief?! ….

Draw a Rainbow

All over the country hand drawn pictures of rainbows are appearing in windows. Not only do these offer a boost of happiness and colour, they provide an activity for families to create and to look for whilst out for their one daily outside exercise session.

Make an Easter Egg

Following on from the same theme as the Rainbow in the Window, with Easter approaching it might be nice to make a seasonal drawing for people to spot. The Explore Essex team have created ‘Virtual Easter Egg Hunt’ for children and adults alike, to share a little seasonal cheer in these unprecedented times.

You can use our colouring and design template to create your own egg-citing Easter egg and share it in your window ready to be spotted by families during their one-hour exercise outing.  And when you are out, why not help children to spot and count the eggs in the windows to spread smiles and enjoy Easter in a slightly different way this year. Read more on the Explore Essex webpage and download our template here

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

David Walliams is releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days. They are excellent for all the family to listen to and then why not draw your own illustration to match what you have listened to.

Joe Wicks is doing 30 minute PE sessions on Youtube primarily aimed at children but all the family can join in. You don’t need any specialist equipment or space.  There are also lots of workouts aimed at adults including 7 days of sweat, home workouts for seniors and home workouts on chairs.

If Joe Wicks is a little too frantic why not try Cosmic Yoga for kids again on U-tube. There are themed videos to inspire the children with fun characters and excellent graphics.

Keeping Active

It might be useful to give residents information about keeping fit at this time. There are regular examples being published by Active Essex. Click on the link  for useful hints and tips.

BBC Bitesize is available for all primary and senior and beyond school children as an extra resource to learning in a fun way.

Do you fancy going on a virtual field trip? There are 20 to choose from on this site from museums, art galleries and zoos.

The kids should see this – is a website full of smart videos for curious minds.

Check out the “Infinite Chocolate – How to make Chocolate Out of Nothing”.

Jigsaw swap

This could be a welcome distraction for those self-isolating. Certain protocols must be followed to ensure cleanliness is maintained and risk kept to a minimum but guidelines can be given.  If this is something that you are interested in email the parish clerk and we will see if this can be coordinated.

Watch a Live Streamed Play from the National Theatre

You can enjoy World Class theatre online for free.  The National Theatre has a massive back catalogue of recorded plays and every Thursday it is going to stream one of those plays through u-Tube.

From our House to your house; a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home

In this uncertain time, and while productions and events are suspended at the Royal Opera House and around the world, are delighted to be able to provide a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, bringing both ballet and opera to every home and every device.

So you can get your ROH ‘fix’, we’re pleased to be able to confirm the first of our productions to be offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

  • Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST

Look out for updates and announcements using #OurHouseToYourHouse on the Royal Opera House social media.