Project Connect: Project Entertain

Welcome to the new RAF and RAF Association-themed online entertainment service, launched to offer support to the RAF community during these unprecedented times.

Screen shot of the Operation Connect; Project entertain banner.

Harry Potter at Home

Harry Potter at Home. A bit of magic from J.K Rowling to keep the children (and adults) amused and interested while we’re on lockdown.

Screen shot of the Harry Potter at Home website

Chatter Pack

Chatter Pack is offering many links to all sorts of things to do such as virtual museum tours, online learning, music concerts, all sorts of podcasts, health and wellbeing routes. Follow on Twitter @ChatterPackUK

Chatter Pack's poster for free online activities and resources

Family days, tried and tested – virtual tours

Explore the world at your fingertips…. Here’s a comprehensive list of virtual tours from Family days tried and tested you can take with your children, adventure all over the world from the confines of your own home. A fantastic resource to have whilst we push our way through the current pandemic. A wealth of travel, geographical and historical knowledge to incorporate into your days…..

screenshot off of the families days out tried and tested website

Downloadable colouring

Download our dot-to-dot RAF Chinook helicopter or if it’s colouring you prefer, we have our RAF Typhoon too! Both designed by our very own Comms Team member, Nick Crouch.

Image of our downloadable dot-to-dot poster of an RAF Chinook helicopter
A4 colouring sheet from the RAF FF showing the RAF Typhoon.

Little Troopers also share their crafty Little Trooper sheets, print off at home quickly and easily – simply register and sign in to access the At Home area.

There are LOADS of fun downloadable activity sheets on the @WalkerBooksUK website…

Free online book explaining COVID-19 to younger children

What’s going on?‘ is a free online book for younger children who might be feeling worried and anxious with what is going on in the world.

Front cover image of the children's COVID-19 online book entitled What's going on?

Reading Force

Reading Force offers shared reading initiatives to encourage families to read, talk, and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other – one page at a time. There’s a whole host of resources you can tap into! Follow on Twitter @ReadingForce

Snapshot of Reading Forces' website homepage

Helping wildlife at home

The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts’ website have a great ‘at home’ activity section including how to build a hedgehog home, a bee hotel and much more. Follow on Twitter @WildlifeTrusts

Snapshot of the Wildlife Trust's website

Getting out and about

Government advice recommends fresh air and exercise where possible and here are a few ideas of places to go, whilst considering allowing space for social distancing.

National Trust

The National Trust is continuing to work hard to keep open spaces accessible at no cost to people while it closes houses, shops and cafes to restrict the spread of coronavirus.

This will take time and the National Trust hopes by this Friday (March 20) all properties will have a plan in place as to what will be available to the public so please check your desired location online before you leave home. Many factors have to be considered when continuing to open, including whether the garden or park allows enough space for adequate social distancing. Follow on Twitter @nationaltrust

Snapshot of the National Trust's website

Wildlife Trust nature reserves

Many Wildlife Trust nature reserves remain open and provide excellent places to unwind and take in the fresh air away from crowds.

If you are unable to make it to a local nature reserve, then time noticing nature in your garden or other outdoor space can also help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. Or find your nearest branch to you and watch wildlife online via the Wildlife Webcam.

There is also a section on looking after yourself at home together with a whole list of things you can do to help your local wildlife such as making your own bird feeder. Follow on Twitter @WildlifeTrusts

Downloadable poster showing how to make your own bird feeder by the Wildlife Trust

Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust’s woods remain open to everyone, every day. Although they have had to cancel their organised events until at least 31 May, they want you all to continue to enjoy the breathing spaces that woodland brings. Search thousands of woods across the UK and gather information on the local facilities, features, wildlife and history in the area. Follow on Twitter @WoodlandTrust

Screenshot showing a selection of Woodland Trust sites in the London area.

New ideas?

If you have great tips and links to resources and useful websites that we can add on here, please send them to us at [email protected].

Latest government information on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website.

See also general information and online support in the RAF FF’s Families’ section or the COVID Education section.

The RAF FF does not personally endorse any of the mentioned products. Please research all routes thoroughly before visiting or using services.

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