ANGUSalive – keeping children educated and entertained

ANGUSalive have collected the best of their online activities and resources to help children remain educated and entertained without having to leave the house.

The charity has launched a comprehensive online and social media offering to help the communities of Angus stay healthy, active and creative at home during these unprecedented times in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

With all ANGUSalive libraries closed, parents are reminded their children can still get access to our e-books.  You can use your existing library card number or join ANGUSalive libraries online at https://angus.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/JOIN to receive a membership number.  Then either download the RBDigital app or visit https://angus.rbdigitalglobal.com to register an account.  The services are free to use and all people need is a valid library card number and a smart phone or tablet.

The RBDigital app offers eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines, educational resources, interactive activities, puzzles, songs, fun features and facts about animals, science, technology, and more for free straight away.  There’s a book or magazine that appeals to all interests.  Reading exercises our brain, improves concentration, teaches children about the world around them, improves vocabulary and language skills, develops a child’s imagination and is fun!

ANGUSalive libraries Facebook page also has fun and interactive content with videos, stories and facts to bring the library offering to life, including appearances from our very own Bookbug.  A video from one of our Creative Learning Advisors shows how to make a paper chain snake, to go alongside one of our e-audiobooks, ‘The Snake Who came to Stay by Julia Donaldson’.

The library team will also be hosting Tech Tuesdays, during which they’ll post information regarding Adult and Junior courses, online resources, challenges to keep kids entertained and general information about keeping safe online and much more. Keep an out for Monday ‘Let’s get Crafty’ craft sessions and Friday Fun with Lego sessions, too.  We would love to see your creations and encourage you to share them with us. 

The Museums and Galleries team will be showcasing interesting collections, photos and fascinating facts  – you can even take a virtual tour of the Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens museum. They also have an activity on how to make your own museum from objects around your home that are important to you and creating a display to show them off.  There’s lots of facts on the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and we have a fun activity on how to make your very own declaration document.

Our Countryside Adventure page have lots of ideas and activities for experiencing nature from your home; building your own garden den, how to spot wildlife and birds from your garden, natural art with materials from your garden, a scavenger hunt, trail camera footage of squirrels and badgers, and lots more.

For more information be sure to check our social media pages.  We thank you for your patience during this challenging time and look forward to welcoming you all back in our venues when the time is right. Staying healthy, active and creative has never been so important, so please keep up the good work at home.  Please share your activities and creations with us on our venues’ Facebook pages, Twitter or Instagram page, we can’t wait to see you. #ANGUSalive

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