Things to do online for free: fun online activities you can take part in from home
Here are 8 things you can do for free online today
At The Brain Charity, we support many people who for one reason or another, may find it difficult to leave their home.
In this guest blog, our Social Connection Officer Suzanne pulls together 8 things you can do for free online today – all you need is a smartphone or computer and a data or wifi connection.
These free online activities are suitable for all ages – from children and students right up to the elderly.
Don’t forget, there are also plenty of online activities available through The Brain Charity too!
1. Listen to the latest news with Talking Newspapers
The Talking News Federation is a free nationwide service, set up for people with visual impairments.
You can listen not just to your local news, but other areas too! Some talking newspapers will send you a CD or USB pen drive, but most are accessible online and even using a home device such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
If you need help finding your local talking newspapers and accessibility, please get in touch with The Brain Charity’s activities team on firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Create soul-soothing colouring images with Zentangle
If you’ve ever coloured in a mindful picture and wondered how they get made, Zentangle shows you how to create your very own.
Personalised mindful moments ahoy! There are also many video tutorials available to help you research these concept artforms online.
3. Head to your Virtual Village Hall
There is a lot on offer here, from cooking to crochet to Zumba!
There is an ‘important information’ page which you are advised to read and of course, check with your GP before engaging in any new physical activity.
4. Browse incredible pictures of the day
For those with an active imagination, ‘Picture of the day’ websites are very visually appealing.
At NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, there is a new image of an aspect of our universe daily, with a detailed description from an astronomer so you understand what you are observing.
5. Reap the benefits of a month of mindfulness
Regularly practising mindfulness can be a hugely powerful tool for managing mental health and chronic pain.
Manchester Mind has produced a more in-depth guide to mindfulness as a 31 day challenge.
6. Use online time to learn something new
Why not do take part in a free online activity with someone else? FutureLearn has hundreds of short online courses available, any marked ‘unlimited’ are free.
This includes an interesting photography course where you can learn the basics of camera settings and composition
Duolingo also allows you to learn a new language with a friend and to compete!
7. Join an online chess club
It may be hard for some to imagine how online chess could be played, but if you know your check from your checkmate, the English Chess Online website will become your new go-to.
Make sure you are sensible when sharing any information about yourself: don’t reveal any personal details or give access to your emails.
If you need advice about being safe online, please get in touch with us: email@example.com
8. Sit back and watch a documentary
Documentary addict? At Documentary Heaven (whose tagline is Food For Your Brain), you can enjoy hundreds of free documentaries on such topics as true crime, philosophy, celebrities, and archaeology. Just ignore the ads.
At The Brain Charity, we will soon be launching our autumn/winter programme of online activities and you can already take part in virtual sessions like poetry, cookalongs, coffee mornings and knit and natter.
You can also contact Suzanne on firstname.lastname@example.org