Ten things to try, in the great indoors.

I’m taking this post as the perfect opportunity to combine three of my passions, Scouting and the Great Outdoors and Allotments, as the three cross over nicely between one and other. But we are in a lockdown and we cant go outside I hear you cry, well that’s not entirely true is it? We are not actually in a lockdown scenario, all that has happened is the government have asked us all to stay home and save lives and support the NHS.

While those of us in scouting normally love the great outdoors, we realised quite early in the coronavirus crisis, that we needed to pull together some inspired indoor activity ideas, not just for our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers but for anyone. So if you are looking to keep kids entertained while schools are closed due to coronavirus pop along here to keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

Now for adults and anyone else, I’ve decided to to take it one step further and cover some activities we can still do at home, but will also be useful outside. So without further ado, here’s my top ten things to do , in the great indoors.

10 – When was the last time you tied a knot that wasn’t either your shoes or a piece of string? Why not learn some new knots by visiting Animated Knots? They have a wide range of knots, split into different activities, such as household, scouting, fishing, sailing, climbing and many others..

9 – Time to use those knot making skills we just learnt and put them to use by making some bird feeders. Here are two different ideas, firstly the RSPB apple feeder and secondly the National Trust pine cone feeder.

8 – Now for something a completely different and not something we really cover anymore in scouting, yes I’m talking about sewing. I am not Joe Lycett and this certainly isn’t The Great British Sewing Bee, but knowing the basic stitches can be invaluable.

7 – Now for the garden or allotment. Plant or garden markers can cost a fortune, but are simple and easy to make yourself for a fraction of the price. Here s a how to guide from DIY and Crafts, showing 25 different versions you can make at home.

6 – Now you have those plant makers, you are going to need some plant pots, so why not make your own, from old recycled tin cans. The Joy Of Plants, will show you how to turn them from cans to plant pots.

5 – Now you know how to make your plant makers and plant pots, you really should grow some plants. Herbs are generally easy to grow and a good place to start, you can even walk into your local supermarket and buy a bulb of garlic for 25p, break it into cloves and just plant them. Here are some tips to get you growing herbs indoors.

4 – Right, lets try something reusable and eco friendly and practice those sewing skills from earlier. These are great for taking on a walk, camping or just to the allotment, to keep your sandwiches or other food items protected. Reusable bees wax food wraps.

3 – We are not going to be kept in doors forever, no matter how much it may feel like that at the moment. The Ordnance Survey have some great resources to refresh your map reading skills or learn new ones, check them out here.

2 – When is the last time you watched the sun rise? I’m asking as apparently a quarter of the UK workforce are currently on furlough, a word many of us had never heard of two months ago. You may never have another opportunity like this. It doesn’t matter that you can’t get to a mountain top right now, the first golden rays of dawn are magical wherever you are. So check sunrise time, set your alarm to 30 minutes earlier, wake up, make a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise from your garden or your window. It’s a special way to start the day and might get you thinking of camping trips to come.

1 – Finally, whats left? well you’ve read all the way down here, so its time for a cuppa. We are in isolation, often away from our loved ones, times are hard and right now we need all the fresh air and social contact we can get, while physically distancing from people not in our households– so make a flask of coffee or peppermint tea, go outside on your daily walk or sit in the garden with someone you love (in person or by or video call) and share a cup of something in the sunshine, you could even have a glass of something, I’m not telling.

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