Things to do during Covid-19

We’ve put together a list of ideas and resources to help you stay active and keep learning during this time. There are also ideas to keep the family entertained.

Family activities

Whale Arts has compiled a list of fun activities for children and young people including art and crafts, books and stories, and movement games.

Find out more on the Whale Arts website –

Life Hacks has a list of 30 fun things to do at home for the whole family. Ideas include having a costume night, invent your own board game and film a cooking show.

Find out more here –

The Edinburgh Lockdown Economy supports local independent businesses in Edinburgh. It has a list of fun activities and learning for kids.

Learn more here –

Things to do at home

Young Scot has put together lots of fun ideas, things to do and projects for if you’re bored whilst in isolation or lockdown. Learn more here –

Travel and Leisure has listed 12 museums who are hosting online exhibitions. This includes the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Learn more here –

Psych Central has created a list of journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery. Some of the prompts include ‘list 30 things that make you smile’ and ‘my favourite way to spend the day is..’. Learn more here –

Visit Scotland has created an online resource of at home activities to help you experience all that Scotland has to offer. For example, you can visit museums and tourist attractions virtually, learn Scottish history and find delicious recipes to try at home. Learn more here –

Keep Learning

Keep learning if one of the five ways to wellbeing. Learning new things is a good way to meet new people and boost our self confidence, which in turn improves our mental health and wellbeing.

Free courses / lectures​

Khan Academy 
Ted Talks
Alison Courses

Digital Skills​

BT and ITV
Skills Shop from Google
Udemy (free and paid for courses)​

You can also check out our support with digital page for more help using technology


Harvard ​
Edinburgh University 
Open Culture 

Useful pages on iThrive


Creative activities have been proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. By exploring the arts, whether that be taking part in, watching or experiencing, you can become more aware of your own feelings, learn from others and make positive changes in your life.

Physical activity

Physical activity and exercise can really boost your mental health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that exercising is a helpful way to reduce depression, stress and anxiety – it can also be fun too!


Being in nature is a brilliant way to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Being in nature can involve going for a walk, taking up gardening at home or through a community project, or simply by sitting in a green space and enjoying your surroundings.

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