What can we do at home in Navan?

We're all in lockdown

We we don't need to tell you that the whole country is in a virtual lock down due to the Covid 19 pandemic. All of our safety is paramount and we encourage all Navanites to keep up to date with recommendations from the relevant government websites - social media is never the best place to trust. 

At the moment with all schools closed it is important to follow the dept advice not to arrange meetups between children etc - despite the challenge in keeping them entertained.
"All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach."

Many cafes and restaurants are open with slight changes to operating practices or opening hours so please check their websites/facebook pages to see what they are doing and of course maintain the most hygienic and sensible practices at all times if you choose to go out.

At Love Navan we are determined to support the community to stay safe, socially connected and stimulated through this difficult time and if you have any ideas of how we can do this please let us know. 

For now we have compiled a selection of activities for all ages, educational resources for children and parents that can help keep us busy and safe.

Let us know if you come across anything else :-)

Love Navan

Twnkle.ie/offer - is a website with a host of primary school educational resources that parents can use with their children. They are offering a free month long membership at the moment using the code IRLTWINKLHELPS

Scoilnet.ie - is a dept of education resource site for teachers and parents. If any secondary school kids a struggling with their studies there are lots of resources online there

Library Online Resource - We are lucky with our local library service. The libraries themselves are closed but they have a huge amount of online magazines for all interests as well as books available. Great resources for researching assignments, study methods or just reading for fun

Scratch is a programming tool for all ages and is a great way to while away the time designing games, applications, animations. Its easy to teach yourself and there are lots of projects available online - Coder Dojo have some good projects too

Youtube - There are some amazing educational channels on you tube. Crash Course / ASAP Science / Jason Silvas Shots of Awe / Its ok to be Smart to name a small few - better than spending hours watching gamers online :-)

Amazon Prime Video offer a free 30 day trial and have lots of movies/tv shows available that can keep the whole family entertained

Amazon Kindle - if you want to read some of the classics there are 10,000 free books available on Kindle - there are apps for phones, tablets and pcs

Chess.com - Learn to play chess or play against people of all levels for free online. Chess is one of the most popular games in the world and a great way to keep your brain active

Bridgebase.com - Learn to play bridge on the worlds largest Bridge website or join games with fellow bridge lovers all over the world

Mass online - Navan Parish have decided to not allow parishioners attend mass in person but will broadcast all services online for free

Podcasts - Podcasts are a great free way to listen to programmes on any topics you're interested in. Some family friendly recommendations are: But Why? / What if World / Dream Big / Wow in the World / Book Club for Kids

Gardening - If the weather improves now is a great time to do some gardening. Seedsavers.ie is a charity that sells seeds online for flowers, fruit and veg and they are currently still taking online orders. GIY.ie also has great tips, videos etc for getting started.

Remote Working resources - If you are working remotely for the first time or are a business looking for ways to support people working remotely. Check out this blog for some help

Of course a simple google of "Things to to on a rainy day" will give you 231 million responses. So we'll be ok.

If you have some more tips let us know

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