How many times over the last few years have you bemoaned the fact that you didn’t have time to start a new hobby? Or you’ve wanted to spend more time doing something creative that you already love? As our family time increases, this is the perfect opportunity to tackle a new craft or DIY project.
I know time spent social distancing doesn’t necessarily translate to time dedicated solely to your own activities. With small children at home, I can’t retreat to peacefully work on something that requires a high level of concentration or must be kept away from little hands. But if you are flexible and adventurous, you can instill that spirit in the whole family while exploring some new avenues of creativity. Many activities can be done by all ages, adapted for younger children, or done with the kids lending a helping hand.
Create a collage
Put those old magazines and newspaper that you are decluttering to use in an artistic way. Start with a background (paper, cardboard, or even a canvas). Layer on photos, cut out words, newspaper clippings, ribbons, fabric, and other found objects. You can even top it off with some paint if you want.
Become a photographer.
Use your phone if you don’t have a camera. Even young kids can do this. Get some head shots, outdoor scenes, formal and informal poses. Don’t forget to take a photo shoot of your pets. Use your computer to print your favorites. You can even frame and hang them. Usually we tend to take photos celebrating life’s milestones; now you’ll have a record of this momentous episode in our history.
Write and stage a play.
Get the whole family involved. See what you can scrounge up for costumes. Or, go online and find an appropriate play to download.
Set up a drawing or painting studio.
If you don’t have the paint, just try drawing. This is something that only improves with practice and now you have time to practice!
Play with Legos.
Talk about toys that all ages love! Everyone from small children to adults can get imaginative with these little blocks. If you want to challenge yourselves, see what type of city or building you can build without a plan.
All it takes is paper and some googled instructions. If you have trouble following written directions, there are also plenty of video tutorials online to show you how to do it.
Bake or cook something yummy.
Find an old family favorite or try something new. Put the kids to work helping with the prep and you will have created great memories while cutting the work in half.
Learn a new dance.
If you have teenagers, I hear they can tell you all about something called Tik Tok. Otherwise, there are always YouTube videos and other online sources. Another advantage of this activity is that it burns energy and helps keep you fit.
Give your home a makeover.
Don’t go out and shop, just use the things you already have! Rearrange the furniture. Shift things to other rooms. Re-purpose items in unique ways and use unusual collections for décor. Fabric accessories especially have great potential for use as accents. You might be surprised what you come up with without leaving the house.
Finally, dive in and learn a completely new hobby.
I could go on and on, but I am sure you can come up with some other ideas if you put your mind to it. Be creative!