With the Easter break coming up and the country continuing to follow national guidelines on staying at home and social distancing; many of us are on the look-out for new and inventive ways to keep busy.

In recent weeks, people in Sheffield have been using their time at home creatively to explore new hobbies, including fitness regimes and learning new languages.

And with Easter celebrations as we know them on hold whilst the country copes with the impact of Covid-19, there’s an increasing amount of activities that we can still enjoy from the comfort of our own homes- even skiing isn’t off limits (yes, really!)

Here’s our top 10 ways to keep you and your family entertained this Easter:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt

It might not require any modern technology but an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt in your house or garden is a great way to keep the little ones entertained this weekend. Stuck for hiding places? Check out this step-by-step guide including clues and novelty hiding places.

  1. Listen to podcasts

Recent statistics suggest there are now around 900,000 different podcasts available on iTunes – that’s almost double the April 2018 figure of 550,000. From food to sport, crime to music, mindfulness to film reviews, practically no subject is left unturned.

Have a listen to The Happiness Lab podcast which has some great episodes on how to look after your wellbeing during a crisis.

  1. Meet the animals at Graves Park

Farmers working at Graves Park Animal Farm have had a busy week trying to bring Graves Park furry residents straight to our homes. Join them on a walk around the farm LIVE at 9.30am every day or watch the latest videos and meet the animals virtually here.

  1. P.E with Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, has been hosting live P.E workouts on his YouTube channel to keep kids (& adults) active during lockdown. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.

You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to Joe’s YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout for all the family.

  1. Make Chocolate Easter Egg nests

Let’s face it; it wouldn’t be Easter without some home-baking. So why not try out these yummy chocolate nests with only 5 ingredients and an easy-peasy method.

Tip: You could even use the empty cereal box afterwards for a round of the famous Cereal Box Game

  1. Downloadable Easter colouring & puzzles

With so many online activities available, it’s great to go back to basics once in a while to enjoy a good old creative colouring session and Easter is the perfect time for experimenting with some bright, spring colours.

From bunnies to Easter baskets, you’ll find a variety of colouring sketches here.

  1. Stream National Theatre plays for free

Completed all your Netflix shows? Why not enjoy some world-class theatre online instead. The National Theatre has introduced an ‘at home’ viewing service to enable theatre-goers to continue enjoying their favourite plays for free on YouTube.  Starting this week is a production of Charlotte Brontë’s, Jane Eyre, which is available until the 16th April.
Find out more here.

  1. Online yoga with local teachers

Whilst we can’t get out and about to our usual fitness classes right now, there are lots of Sheffield yogis offering online classes for all ages and abilities. With both physical and mental health benefits, now is a great time to try out some relaxation techniques or stretch out the stresses of the day.

Check out these Sheffield Yoga teachers on Instagram who are all offering online classes:

@breathingspaceshiatsu

@moga_method

@unityyogasheffield

@glow_yoga_studio

@r1seyoga

  1. Access online books for free with our E library service

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce that the eLibrary service has been given a £20,000 boost. This online resource, available to every Sheffield Library member, is accessible on any digital platform and is free of charge to use. Start accessing great books now.

  1. National Virtual Palm Sunday Service

For worshippers unable to attend church over Easter, the Church of England will be broadcasting a national virtual church service on Palm Sunday.

The Holy Communion service will be broadcast at 9am on the Church of England’s Facebook page with readings from the Archdeacon of Manchester, Karen Lund and prayers by Lucy Hargraves from St Peter’s Church in Bolton. All three record contributions from their own homes in keeping with the rules on physical distancing. Find out more here.

Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore said:

“We absolutely want people to enjoy the Easter break but we all must remember to abide by the current guidelines and stay safe at home.

“Whilst we’re unable to come together and celebrate how we usually would, there are still lots of fun and interesting ways we can interact with others, without putting lives at risk across Sheffield.

“The impact of Covid-19 gives us a chance to be more creative and explore new hobbies or interests and whilst it also poses many challenges, it’s imperative that we use this time wisely and look after our wellbeing.”

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