Sometimes the smallest things that require the least materials can give you the most joy. Today try these activities with your loved ones for some family fun!

170. TRY ORIGAMI

Origami can be incredibly difficult to do. Even cranes are more complicated than I expected though you can always watch a video too (this one has had over 2 million views so it must be good). Instead, I recommend starting with frogs. They are easier. Plus they are more fun because if you press on the back the frog actually jumps. Try these 35+ Easy Origami for Kids with Instructions (and beautiful images). My favorite, and the most difficult I have undertaken, was a spinning top like this one which required multiple separate pieces that are then combined to make a wonderful super fast spinning top. Have contests to see whose top is fastest when you spin it!

169. CREATE A GROUP EXERCISE ROUTINE

Exercise is fine alone, but having a home group class – even with some folks on a video chat – can help motivate folks who haven’t been getting exercise by putting on the peer pressure. Try one of these simple routines or these to find a workout that fits your preferences, life style, and space limitations. Try these designed to not require any equipment. Gather the family and get ready to sweat and get your heart-rate up!

168. COME UP WITH YOUR OWN INVENTION

What does the world need? What would make your life easier? What is missing from life? Sit down with your household and have a brainstorming session. Discuss all the specifics and try to improve your won and each others’ ideas. Make sure to write down the details of a thorough description and draw a rough picture. If you come up with a great idea consider a patent!

167. VISIT CELEBRITY HOMES

Sometimes it is boring to look at the same four walls. Why not check out someone else’s ‘four walls.’ Instead, virtually visit some celebrity homes and look inside. Take the room-by-room tours of celebrity homes featured on Dwell as well as Architectural Digest. Get some ideas for our own home improvement projects! Check out the 31 Best Celebrity Homes of All Time for more options. I can’t resist also including the views of the outstanding apartments in the famous Woolworth Building. I’m not sure who is living there but I am sure it doesn’t come cheap.

166. EXPLORE PHOTOS BY THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER

When I wanted to include a White House photo in something I was publishing, I was worried that the cost of the license for the image would be prohibitive. Turns out, any photos taken by the official White House photographer are available through a creative commons license. (For more information on licensing and public access read this and this). Check out the White House Photos of the Week to see the most amazing photos (paid for by your tax dollars). For the full White House Photo Stream visit Flickr. While you are exploring, check out these no known restriction images from the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress.

165-1. FUN ACTIVITIES

For more great activities check out the 165 ideas we posted yesterday! Read the full post here.

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