“Stay safe” and “Be well” are two things you may be hearing a lot lately. Put up or shut up may be an appropriate thing to think in response. Ask yourself (and others) what are you doing to help yourself and others stay well and be safe? Here are some activities that can help.

175. MAKE FLOWERS

Very Well Family has a simple step-by-step guide with great pictures for how to make your own tissue paper flowers. Give these to loved ones to brighten up their day and improve their mental health when getting your hands on real flowers isn’t an easy option. For 32 more homemade flower options check out Martha Stewart’s 12 ideas and these 20 paper flower tutorials.

174. PLAY HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS

Check out these 19 DIY Instruments for Kids (That Really Work). Try these 52 instrument ideas and these 42 ideas you can make at home with ordinary objects you may have lying around your home. Once you’ve selected and made your instruments, then gather around the family for your practice. If your family is not particularly musically inclined try one of these three easy songs for homemade instruments. For your debut performance make sure to have your loved ones on a video chat as your first audience!

173. CONDUCT A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

Now is a great time to learn some basic chemistry. It’s important that children (and adults) learn safe handling instructions for dangerous liquids like bleach. Try these fun Science Projects for Kids with a focus on chemical reactions. To find details on a vast array of specific chemistry topics visit he chemistry 101 Index at ThoughtCo.com.

172. GET A CALL FROM GOOFY

Nighttime can be stressful for everyone when there is a lot of negativity around. For kids, even more so. Have some nighttime fun and ease yourself and your kids to sleep with a phone call from one of your favorite Disney characters. Choose from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy! Visit The Crazy Coupon Lady for specific details about the program. To give it a try, just call 1-877-7-MICKEY (1-877-764-2539).

171. LEARN ABOUT COVID-19 FROM SESAME STREET CHARACTERS

Your kids probably have questions about the coronavirus. Some of these may be difficult to answer, especially in a way that makes sense to young children. To meet this need, Sesame Street teamed up with CNN to offer a special kid-friendly Town Hall. Watch your favorite characters (yes, your favorites) like Big Bird and Elmo ask questions to well known CNN personality Dr. Sanjay Gupta and other medical health professionals about the coronavirus including how to make a mask, when will kids be able to see their friends again, and more. This CNN Health site offers clips from the 90 minute program broken into each question so it’s easy to target just the issues your child has concerns about or you can watch the entire program. Even for slightly older kids it’s a great refresher to reinforce what they may already know and it may put them at ease too (though they may be more likely to resist watching it).

170-1. FUN ACTIVITIES

For more great activities check out the 170 ideas we posted yesterday! Read the full post here.

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