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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.


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.

Word and Spelling Fun

Making spelling¬†exciting¬†and interactive can be a tough job. I just want to point out a few ideas and sites I’ve come across that might make it easier and I’m going to start with a fantastic website called Doorway Speller. It has a number of different levels,with sets of words covering vowel sounds, blends¬†etc.¬†and also covers topic related vocabulary and common words. It uses the Look, Cover and Write method and you can even set the delay you would like on the look or ‘peek’ feature. The layout is lovely and clear and the activity uses a super child friendly font. If you’ve not tried it before and have been looking for something to use give it a whirl!

For those of you with older computer systems (up to Windows XP) you might like to try installing a freeware program called RnR Spelling. This also uses the Look, Cover and Write system and you can create your own word lists. You can go back and correct errors at any time and there is no limit to the number of times you can retry each word. The program has a clear layout and can be successfully installed on a network (we have done this at school and added lists of all the high frequency words to it). Although not quite as appealing as the Doorway Speller this is, nonetheless, a handy thing to have installed on your system.

The more adventurous speller might require more of a¬†challenge, in which case I’d suggest looking at The Times Spelling Bee challenge area. There’s three levels of difficulty, clues for words (letting you know if the word is a noun, adjective etc.) and an option to listen to the words more than once. The game does required the use of headphone or speakers and is quite fast paced. To extend the activities ¬†children could check words they haven’t come across before in dictionaries to research meanings and extend their vocabulary. The robot character adds a fun element and I, for one, a already addicted.