Bev's adventures in ICT

Just wasting time…

It’s been a busy and unusual day for me and today’s rushed feeling got me thinking. Sometimes we all need to unwind. There are times when I just want to sit at the computer and waste a bit of time doing nothing much – just kill time. I’m sure we all feel like that sometimes. Luckily there are plenty of activities to keep me busy when i feel like that, and plenty more for children to try out. Here are a few of my favourite time wasting activities! I find some of them quite addictive (much to the annoyance of my friends) – see how you get on with them ūüôā

My number one method of killing time on the internet is to visit this is sand.  A super simple idea  Рmaking pictures out of virtual sand Рthat is creative, fun and fairly pointless, The gallery is full of colourful ideas and you can create some astounding images. Rather than add to the gallery, I save my creations by using Gadwin Screen Capture but you could also use the Print Screen key. This could be a nice filler/extension activity for an Egyptians topic as you can create beautiful pyramid scenes.

Another bit of mindless fun is to be had at Line Rider – a really basic concept simply executed. I like to deliberately create slopes that cause the rider to crash and burn because I feel that’s all part of the fun. You may think¬†differently¬†(each to their own says I) but I¬†guarantee¬†that you will be hooked.

Of course, I don’t want you all to think I spend all my time having mindless fun (who – me?). Sometimes I like my challenges to be more cerebral. On those¬†occasions¬†I go straight to bloxorz or spelling bee. And I know I’m not alone with my addiction to these: I know of others, like my grandson, who have discovered bloxorz through Cool Maths Games and are on it whenever time allows. There’s also Spelling Bee – one session and you’ll be hooked!

Finally, I’d like to share a site that, although not exactly a time waster or mindless fun, is something I’ve found that keeps the ‘little ones’ happy when they visit: it’s called Shidonni.

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Now this may not be to everyone’s taste but i just love it’s retro, hand drawn feel.draw and animal and give it a name. Draw some food, create a background and – voila – you have a little animated character.

Well, there we have it! Now, the next time you find yourself in front of a computer with a bit of spare time to kill have a go at some of the activities above. You’ll be hooked in no time.

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Comments on: "Just wasting time…" (5)

  1. Simon Haughton said:

    I agree we all need to have fun – it’s what keeps us motivated to learn. My Year 6s love line rider and Year 5 enjoyed being introduced to Pivot Stick Animator this afternoon (will hopefully put some of their creations on my school site in a few weeks when they’re finished to share with you).

  2. Pivot is great fun too. I have some children who bring in their animations they’ve created at home – it’s always fantastic stuff ūüôā

  3. Our Nuture group (Year 3/4) absolutely adore Shidonni – looking after and caring for their ‘pets’ is just what they need as well

  4. I agree that it is great fun to sit and explore the computer and the many different wonders that are there. My class absolutely adore ‘this is sand’ and the Pivot creations that they make are fun. Our school entered a Connected Classrooms competition last year and many of the children chose to use a pivot animation for their work.
    Thanks for sharing Bev, once again all very useful especially for those rainy days in the classroom when the children are inside all day and need a brain break ūüėČ

  5. I love `this is sand’ I toocould play for ages. It will be very good for recreating mountain landscapes too. Thank you for sharing. I love your blog too – you have so many ideas that primary teachers would find really useful.

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