Ideas while we are Quarantined!
Here is a list of ideas to help you get through a lengthy quarantine, whether you’re living alone, with a significant other or with kids. And most of these ideas are universal — even if you’re living alone, FaceTime, Messenger, Skype, Zoom and even just plain old phone calls can help you stay connected with family and friends. I’ve added some possible websites that could be helpful.
Paper and drawing materials (markers, pencil crayons, crayons) are all you need for this activity where kids simply draw some lines with a marker on paper and then fill in the blank spaces with colours. Or, kids can take it one step further and find hidden monsters and critters in their drawings. Doodling is great because you never know what might develop. https://kinderart.com/
Learn to play an instrument — or practice the one you already play
Music can make anything better. Maybe you bought a guitar that sits in your closet. Maybe your parents willed you a piano. Maybe you have a beautiful voice you’ve never cultivated. There are plenty of tutorials online.
If you’re feeling isolated, think about elderly people. Most homes for seniors are not allowing visitors. Call an assisted living center and ask the social director or other staffer for the name of someone who might enjoy being your pen pal. You also could set this up with a relative. Take hand sanitizer to the mailbox.
Play Hearts, or Yahtzee
Take sometime online to play board games with your friends. Monopoly, Words with Friends or even card games as some examples.
Take a drive and take some photos
You will, at some point, feel claustrophobic. If you get in your car by yourself and make no stops, you can have a sojourn in the Loess Hills, along River Road in northern Douglas County or other scenic spaces. Mom would tell you to use the facilities before you leave home.
Virtual Tours of Museums, Galleries or Zoos!
This may be the perfect time for a free introduction to opera. Google “Met Opera on Demand” for programming from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. They’re not kidding when they say “on demand,” however. If you want to avoid a wait at the site, apps are available for Apple, Amazon and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TVs.
Get in touch with your inner artist
A pencil and paper are all it takes to start, but you could combine cleaning with creativity by repurposing newspapers, mailed circulars, trinkets, gadgets or anything else around the house in collages or other things. And since you live alone, nobody will see your endeavors unless you want them to.
Learn to dance
Online tutorials can help you dazzle your friends, family and potential partners with hip-hop, jazz or ballroom moves. You’ll want to kick back when you’re done keeping your distance.
Take an online class
Learn how to paint or do a fun activity with the kids. You will keep your mind stimulated and help pass the time!
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