After so many days of being homebound, I am getting a sense of the loneliness that is out there and the boredom. So, whether you grab someone you are living with or videochat with someone dear and near to your heart, take some time to enjoy these family friendly activities to solve both problems at once!

210. WATCH AND PRESERVE HOME MOVIES

Now is a great time to revisit those old home movies you have with your family. Maybe it’s only been a few years since they were recorded. Maybe, it’s been 10, 20, 30, 40 years since they were recorded. These old movies are important for your family and being at home so much now provides a unique opportunity to watch them without your kids cringing too much (after all…what else do they have to do?). Turns out home movies are also important for preserving culture and history. Several organizations have been created to help make sure old home movies are preserved. For example, the National Film Preservation Foundation has a searchable database of home movies you can watch online right now. They also offer an excellent step by step guide for how to preserve your own films. If you have old film that you want to figure out the date it was made, check out this guide that specifies which markings on the film suggest which dates. For more resources and film collections check out the Center for Home Movies and the National Archives. If you are starting to feel nostalgic, enjoy some older film footage of national parks to make you feel like you are roaming the great outdoors again.

209. WORK OUT FOR 15 MINUTES (DAILY)

Fifteen minutes is all you need to make some real impact on your health. Here are a few resources to help you squeeze in this fifteen minutes daily. Once you find a workout that can work for you, it’s just a matter of adding it to your daily calendar as a repeating event and keeping it as a priority in your life. Check out this football warmup workout. Try this kid friendly cardio workout this dance workout. Here is a gymnastics workout. And each of these is only 15 minutes or less to complete!

208. EXCHANGE RECIPES

I am quoting this directly from an email chain that’s been going around. The idea is really sweet (pun intended).

“Going back to old times with a recipe exchange!  As the world is social distancing right now, many of us are experimenting in our kitchens to help pass the time.  So you have been invited to be a part of a #QuarantineCooking recipe exchange!  Yay!

Please send a recipe to the person whose name is in position #1 (even if you don’t know them) and it should be something quick, easy and without rare ingredients.  Actually, the best one is the one you know in your head and can type right now.  Don’t agonize over it… It is the recipe you make when you are short on time. 

After you’ve sent your recipe to the person in position #1 below (and only to that person), copy this email into a new email, move my name to the top and put your name in position #2.  Only my and your name should show when you send your email. Send to 10-20 friends via BCC.

In theory, you should receive a bunch of recipes.  It’s fun to see where they come from!  The turnaround is fast, as there are only 2 names on the list and you only have to do this once.”

207. LEARN ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE OPTIONS

There is no more timely topic to facilitate learning about science than trying to dig deep into understanding the various prospects for COVID-19 vaccines. Luckily, many sources provide the information in easily digestible ways that don’t require you to be a scientist. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has a blog post explaining the Coronavirus Vaccine Prospects. Newsweek mentions 70 potential treatments. More recently, ABC online has an article detailing 14 specific prospects for vaccines. Understanding the difficulty involved in finding a vaccine, the process of getting a vaccine to market, and the vaccine options in the works (including their status) will provide a great science lesson to families about the scientific method and why it matters!

  1. Observe
  2. Ask
  3. Hypothesize
  4. Predict
  5. Test
  6. Reproduce Results

206. LISTEN TO HARRY POTTER READ HARRY POTTER

If you are looking for a way to squeeze some literature into your children’s day…or your own… check this out. The actors from Harry Potter are taking turns reading chapters from the books!!! (Requires sign up but no cost) Granted I am a Harry Potter fan, but I am not the only one. A few years ago my kids were two of many children who dressed up as Harry Potter characters for their school’s dress up like your favorite character day. Typically I do not enjoy science fiction or fantasy. However, the epic tales like Star Wars and Harry Potter are not to be missed if you want your kids (and yourself) to know what the other kids (and adults) around them are talking about. It’s such a treat to get to hear the actors read the story themselves!

205-1. GREAT THINGS TO DO

For more great activities check out the 205 ideas we posted yesterday! Read the full post here.

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