Sometimes we see the cup half full. Sometimes it seems half empty. Whichever it is for you today, I hope that these activities help to fill you cup with some fun.

185. CALL ONE PERSON EACH DAY

I have been finding that isolation somehow leads to more isolation. It’s almost as if we are waiting patiently for someone to give us a call. Oddly the phone hasn’t been ringing. So, today I started my call a day. I want to be one person who is making that phone ring for someone else. If you aren’t sure what to talk about because, after all, no one has been doing much of anything these days, try ask some questions about your family history or cultural history.

184. LEARN TO BREAK DANCE

Getting exercise when you are stuck indoors is difficult. Getting kids to exercise even more so! Try this neat way to squeeze some exercise into your day and perhaps spark a lifelong love of dance. Your kids may even decide they want to join the Kids Breaking League. Here are three excellent websites with step-by-step tutorials with video clips as well. This one from Learn to Dance, this one from Dance Class, and this kid oriented one from Active Activities.

183. MAKE SOMEONE BREAKFAST IN BED

With holidays like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day always around the corner, why not treat someone to breakfast in bed. Start off with a tray or tray table you may have lying around likely being used for some unrelated practical purpose. Add a pretty plate, fancy glass with juice, cup of not-too-steaming coffee (ouch!), and a nicely folded cloth napkin (choose one of these 21 napkin folding ideas). Then focus on the most important part with an amazing indulgent breakfast entree! Try one of these 31 ideas, these 45 ideas, these 74 ideas, or the beautiful and cute options highlighted on myrecipes.com.

182. SEND POSTCARDS TO VOTERS

The next election is a big one. If you are a democrat, sign up to hand write postcards to democrats to reinforce how important this election is. According to the website, “Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.” Visit Postcards to Voters to sign up. This is something the entire family can get involved in and will give kids a chance to learn about civic engagement.

181. LEARN THE SCIENCE BEHIND VIDEO CONFERENCING

We are video conferencing much more these days than ever before. Consider all the different video conferencing apps there are now including Google Hangouts, Zoom, What’sApp, and Skype – all of which someone in my home used just this week alone! So take some time to discuss with your household some of the science behind this newer form of communication. Find out, for example, why video calls are so exhausting. Read about the role that eye contact plays in communication and find out whether it is equally important in video conferencing. Use photography and lighting techniques to improve your appearance on your video chats, which is especially useful for a job interview! While you have a captive audience, take the opportunity to discuss how to maintain privacy when using video chats with this post from Popular Science.

180-1. FUN ACTIVITIES

For more great activities check out the 180 ideas we posted yesterday! Read the full post here.

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