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You can find wonder everywhere, and you don’t even have to look that hard. From the smallest acts of kindness to the vastness of universe – wonder is everywhere! So today, we’re going to try to find a few ways you can inject some wonder into your lives…

“You really are a wonder…”

We’re kicking things off today with a series of books from R J Palacio. WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving story about Auggie, a little boy who feels normal on the inside but looks different on the outside. Although written for children, this book will speak to everyone’s inherent desire to be accepted and is the kind of uplifting story that will stay with you long after reading. Read or listen on Overdrive below…

If you loved WONDER, take a look at the series of short stories written to accompany the book…

Explore from home

Are you missing getting out and about, exploring museums, galleries and places that make you go ‘wow’? Yeah, us too. However, Time Out have helpfully put together a brilliant article on museums that offer virtual tours, so you can still get your ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh’ fix.

Virtual Museum Tours

Take a look at their list of virtual museum tours here - personal favourites are the interactive galleries of the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, which you can access through Google Arts & Culture – brilliant!

And if you’d like to explore somewhere a little closer to home, did you know you can virtually explore RAMM (The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery) in Exeter as well? Take their virtual tour here

Explore the wonders of the world

Brian Cox is everybody’s favourite professor. His gentle tones and passion for the marvels of the world around us, coupled with his incredible knowledge, make him a joy to watch and learn from. Take a look at this clip from BBC’s ‘Wonder’s of the Universe’, where Professor Cox explains the amazing journey of light from the Andromeda Galaxy:

You can find more fascinating clips of ‘Wonders of the Universe’ on the BBC Two website, or take a look at other fascinating documentary series with Professor Brian Cox below:

Plus, if you’re Lockdown Learning from home, check out these brilliant science lessons:

Science Museum Games

Perfect for home schoolers, why not explore some amazing games on the Science Museum’s website and get your brain whirring!

Explore their collections, complete brain-teasing puzzles or learn about science with their exciting range of free science games and apps.

Science Museum

Our top picks:

MY ROBOT MISSION AR: A new skills-building app combines a series of fun challenges and the latest augmented reality technology to help you think like a scientist. Create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems. Recommended for ages 10–12.

Download from the Apple App Store

Download from the Google Play store

JOURNEYS OF INVENTION: Discover more of the Science Museum’s extraordinary collection with their iPad app, taking you on 14 interactive journeys through the most revolutionary scientific inventions of all time.

Download from the Apple App Store

A different kind of Wonder

We’re closing things out today with a different kind of Wonder – the Stevie kind! So, enjoy these feel-good tunes from one of the greatest artists of our time and have yourselves a WONDERful day.

Some classics here for you to enjoy - You are the sunshine of my life - Isn’t she lovely - For once in my life