I keep coming across sites that are offering fun stuff for us all to do during the current time of crisis, and I have to share some of the best ideas because you will find them so inspiring!
These are free activities for pet lovers and bloggers – exactly what you need right now. Something to keep minds active, learning a new skill or craft technique. I even put together a word search for camera fans!
- Read on for some of the best on the ‘net!
Each of the courses is free, and usually adds you to the mailing list of the relevant artist, and this is great because it keeps you up to date with a talented artist or creative’s activities.
Art Inspired Courses
Bionic Basil Colouring Books
You all know our friend Basil and the B Team and their creative mum. Now is the time to check out the gorgeous Mandalas that appear on Basil’s blog. You do not need to be an expert at colouring and each mandala is amazing once you colour it in.
There are FOUR books (with the option to print what you want to colour) and you can find all of the colouring books on this blog post here.
- Check out Basil’s Puzzle Page too.
Willowing Art Resource Page
Tamara Laporte of Willowing has a page of Free Resources including ‘Light of the Art Angel’ (see below). For artistic pet lovers this is a lovely site.
If you love rich vibrant colours Tamara’s ‘Art Angel’ is for you and, believe it or not, the picture is not as challenging as it looks. There are detailed videos, printable outlines to trace, and step by steps.
The Resources Page includes a guided meditation, journaling tips and inspirational videos and articles plus links to homeschooling for youngsters (Facebook link).
Harry Potter at Home for Free
For anyone who has young people at home, or loves the magical world of Harry Potter, the Wizarding World site has a ‘Harry Potter at Home‘ section. Assembled especially for parents and carers to help them engage children with that most magical of things – reading there are lots of things for every Potter fan.
Challenging quizzes, puzzles and tutorials on how to draw magical animals like the Occamy or a Niffler will keep HP fans busy for hours.
Smartphone Movie Fun
If you are stuck at home and have a smartphone, I created a series of posts to get beginners up and running and having fun.
Check it out here.
Free Activities for Pet Lovers Who Blog
The range of courses includes:
- A Beginner’s Guide to WordPress (3.1 hours)
- How to Design a Book Cover (.41 minutes)
- Learn PHP for WordPress (2 hours)
Relax with Some Comedy Fun
XKCD an intelligent and very popular webcomic that casts a wry look at the world. It will make you smile, and think. My featured cartoon about someone trying to find their way around a thermometer is a quirky sample.
My Own Mini Course
Don’t forget my own quick and easy mini guides to inspire better pet photography – whatever the camera you have. A fancy DSLR isn’t obligatory!
I learned a lot making this first course and will be improving the videos and presentation over the next few weeks so you can see how my videos improve!
- If you have come across a class or course you are enjoying let us know, I will see if it can be added here!
These are challenging time for us all and we can use the time to invest in ourselves and help others.
Remember those on the front line in hospitals and also those who have to cope in retail. The behaviour of super stressed people is a nightmare they cope with daily.
Be Kind. Be Respectful. Be Patient.