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Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Sometimes all you need is play

Get Creative

Instantly play around with sound and visuals with Patatap, a portable animation and sound kit that uses your computer. No set up required – start playing with your keypad. Warning: contains flashing images – https://www.patatap.com/

Fold up a storm with adorable origami and papercraft challenges from Paper Kawaii – make a paper succulent, Pikachu or decorations for your home – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA7kuhQGNIO4X2dizncyiPQ

Colour in and decorate your space with the hundreds of free online prints to colour with the ‘Color Our Collections Creative Campaign’ from My Modern Met at http://ow.ly/uYPE50yThVC. Printer is required. Over 100 institutions participate in this campaign including:

Create a work of art using any of the 2.8 million high resolution public domain images from the Smithsonian Institution’s open access online platform, released for the first time in its 174 year history. The new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose and there are millions of new items being uploaded every day – https://www.si.edu/openaccess 

Compose your own electronic music using free software instruments, made by musicians and sampling experts in London at Spitfire Audio Labs, for anyone, anywhere – https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/

For those with iOS devices, there is also:

Drop some beats and learn to DJ with Native Instruments free site and app – https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-software/traktor-dj-2/

Get Connected

Spot all 90 SA bands and 8 venues with this ‘Where’s Wally’ style competition of classic SA bands. The top 10 who correctly guess as many of the 90 bands in the pic get a block-mounted copy of the print signed by the artist. Visit Music SA for more info: http://www.musicsa.com.au/spotthesabandscomp/

Party on at Splendour in the Minecraft created by young Adelaide videographer Reuben Gore who created a virtual Splendour in the Grass in Minecraft complete with a player vs player area in the main stage mosh pit. See if you can find Tash Sultana’s jungle hideout and Angus Stone’s farm. You can even pitch a tent in the camping area – https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/news/musicnews/splendour-in-the-grass-minecraft-chat-interview-how-it-was-made/12115458

Experience art from all across the world, livestreamed via The Social Distancing Festival – https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/

Group video chat to play a game with family members in different locations, dance around your rooms together, or just have a yarn with Houseparty – https://app.houseparty.com/login

Get inspired by stories like this Japanese school that cancelled its graduation so its students held their graduation inside Minecraft instead – https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/3a8y7n/japan-students-minecraft-graduation-coronavirus

Pick up a brand new language from Spanish to Japanese to Arabic – lots on offer – with Duolingo – https://www.duolingo.com/

Start learning Auslan (sign language) from Youtube. Start with a very simple introduction like this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA0L3BZogQc

Get Confident

Design your own version of Adelaide using Minecraft in this competition from Adelaide City Council. It is the year 1836 and Surveyor-General Colonel William Light has chosen a location for the new colony in South Australia. You have been given the task to design Adelaide. What will your Adelaide look like? – https://explore.cityofadelaide.com.au/blog/minecraft-adelaide-build-the-city/

Write an essay to change how people think. What Matters? is a ‘catalyst for young thinkers and young writers to develop a perspective, a point of view, on where we’re heading as a society’. Enter here – www.whitlam.org/what-matters

Create a piece of music based on a weekly assigned haiku poem in the Naviar Haiku music project. Participation is free and the rules are minimal – https://www.naviarrecords.com/about/naviar-haiku/

Create your own virtual music festival using this living Google document resource of free virtual music festivals plus practical tips on how to start your own – https://docs.google.com/document/d/11wWL_7I4BG76t0V2kw1a4yIeWxUSfGwMQFYdUWAgSnA/edit

Get Curious

Feel like exploring Frida Khalo’s Museum but Mexico too far away? Jump into the free 360 virtual tour ‘Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ right here, right now and see Frida’s home, the Blue House (Casa Azul)! https://www.recorridosvirtuales.com/frida_kahlo/museo_frida_kahlo.html

And learn about some of the treasures and artefacts of interest you’ll find when touring the Blue House here: https://mymodernmet.com/frida-kahlos-blue-house-museum/

Sightsee from your couch with Google Arts & Culture – https://artsandculture.google.com/search/streetview?hl=en

Virtually explore famous museums and galleries across the world including:

  • The Guggenheim in New York
  • MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • The National Gallery in London
  • British Museum in London
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul
  • The J.Paul Getty Museum in LA
  • Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil
  • National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Immerse yourself by viewing the buildings outside using Google Arts & Culture museum views: https://artsandculture.google.com/search/streetview?hl=en

Visit Open Heritage to experience panoramic 360 degree views and details of some of the most famous landmarks on the planet. There are hundreds of locations, from temple ruins in India to undersea worlds in Queensland to ancient pyramids in Mexico to serene streets in Japan to a view from the top of the Eiffel Tower: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/openheritage

Spend the day trying out the different rides and roller coasters at Disneyworld at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyJUEtYv-ZW7BgjhP3UbTg/about

Try out all the roller coasters at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIxiXRZqUv9zYVM80cz6ZnA

Discover how many people are in space right at this very moment – https://www.howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com/

Go retro with the 90s button – http://the90sbutton.com/

Get Calm

Meditate with calming music and visuals from Wavepaths designed to create a sense of release and reset – https://wavepaths.com/tools/#forindividuals

Doodle meditative neon patterns on your screen with Weavesilk- http://weavesilk.com/

Listen to a background soundtrack of the Irish Coast, to rain on a tent, to a Summer night and lots more – https://mynoise.net/

Access the now on the ABC Listen app – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/mindfully

Connect with cuteness by watching:

Be struck with wonder – watch the Northern Lights live – https://explore.org/livecams/zen-den/northern-lights-cam

Get active with free online dance tutes and exercise classes:

Tell Us what you think

If you know a great free online resource that you think other young people in SA would like to know about, let us know here…

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