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10 ways to participate in activities when staying at home

Updated 10 July, 2020
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

There are plenty of instructional videos and creative activities online. Take the opportunity to create something beautiful. Learn to paint from Bob Ross or learn to draw with SchaeferArt.

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

Duoloingo and Babbel are great apps to spend time learning another language. If you would like to stick to improving a language, Grammaropolis provides tips on the 8 parts of speech.

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

Taking a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China is a great way to explore history, culture and the world or take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park in the US.

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.

10. Exercise!

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!

More information? 

If you’d like to speak with someone about Support Coordination or online community activities, just give our friendly team a call on 1300 333 700 or leave your details here and we will contact you. 

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