It’s strange to say this when we are all stuck at home for over two months. But, I feel lucky. Lucky that I am feeling well physically and mentally. Lucky that I get to spend time with my children who would normally be in school. Lucky that I get to have my wonderful spouse working from home with me. I am often one to see the bright side of things so it’s not surprising I feel this way. I hope, at least on some days, you feel this way too. And on the days you don’t…here are some activities that may make you smile.

225. MAKE A FLOWER PIN OR MAGNET

First, draw a basic flower shape. Don’t get to caught up in types of flowers. Just something basic like a daisy with petals that you can see if you looked down on it (not sideways like tulips). Second, gather your material to make the flower itself. You can use Sculpey, clay, or Model Magic. Be sure to consider -especially if this is a project with children or if there is a time constraint – whether you want this to be something that air dries (e.g., Model Magic) or that dries in the oven (Sculpey). Clay could be either depending on what kind you get. If you don’t want to spend the money you can make your own air dry clay by following this easy recipe. You can make your own oven bake clay with this quick recipe. Third, pick your color. With clay you may have to mix your own color (check out different options for this online depending on the type of clay you will use) whereas Model Magic has some basic colors or you can mix your own. There are lots of colors available to choose from Sculpey, which can also be mixed. Purchase a green clay (or blue and yellow to combine) if you want to add a leaf or two to your flower. Fourth, roll your material with your hands. The heat from your hands will help make the material more pliable. You will want to roll the clay into balls about half and inch in diameter. Make as many balls of this size as petals that you would like. Additionally, make one more ball half that size at about a quarter of an inch to make your center or the flower. Fifth, make your petals. Take a teaspoon (smaller is better) and press down on each ball with the bottom of the spoon. You want the curve of the spoon to provide a curve on your petal. Be gentle. If you press too hard your petal will be to thin and easily broken. You can press your flower into a more pointy, longer, etc shape as per your drawing but try to keep that curve from the spoon. For the smaller ball, press down even more gently so that it’s about 1/2 or 1/3 of it’s original width. Sixth, make your leaf by rolling your green clay into one or two 1/2″ balls, and flattening the green balls with the palm of your hand. Your hand will provide a pattern which will help with the natural look. Then use a butter knife to make a marquis shape. Seventh, put the pieces together to form a flower pressing firmly to adhere without breaking. You can smudge them onto each other at the joints a little if that helps. Then dry as per the material instructions. Eighth, when dry, if desired, paint the flower and leaf with a varnish. Your basic top coat of nail polish works fine but pour the top coat in a separate disposable container and use a paint brush so you don’t ruin the entire bottle! Ninth, using old materials you have in the house or purchasing these separately, glue a pin or magnet to the back of the flower. Enjoy your flower!

224. SET A WORLD RECORD

Okay. I admit. This activity is not for everyone. But for those of you who love a challenge, why not look into it? Find out How to Set a World Record from the source itself – Guinness World Records – and while you are on their site check out some world records that have already been set. Check out this perspective from some folks who’ve already tried. Check out these tips before you get started. Even if breaking a record isn’t in your future plans, it’s lots of fun to explore the records that have already been set and consider the hypothetical question of which you would set if you were going to try. It’s great dinner conversation. If you do break a record, remember to let us know which record you break!

223. MAKE SOME NOISE AT 7PM FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Gather your noisemakers from New Years Eve, your discarded packaging material that makes loud popping sounds, or just use your hands and clap every day at 7pm to say thank you to essential workers for all they do to keep everyone safe. Remember essential workers could be anyone from your local grocery worker, restaurant delivery person, bus driver, nurse, and many more professionals. We need them to help us stay safe and healthy so let’s make sure they see our support. Show them your love each night at 7pm. In most neighborhoods this occurs nearby hospitals but in lower Manhattan, for example, you’ll see people on any street start cheering at 7pm. Although NYC has received publicity for their 7pm routine, lots of states like Massachusetts and lots of countries around the world like Canada are doing something similar. So go make some noise!

222. READ A CARTOON ON CORONOVIRUS

Teach your family about the coronavirus in a reader friendly way by reading this kid-friendly comic. Share it with friends and family members who are still not clear on what all the fuss is about or what the proper ways are to handle Covid-19. Think you already know everything, check out the cartoon anyway because it provides a solid refresher for all of us.

221. MAKE A SUNCATCHER

Now that the weather is getting warmer, enjoy the sun by making a sun-catcher for your home. This is a great and easy kid friendly activity that as a bonus provides the opportunity to teach children about how light passes through (or not) different objects. Check out these 50 sun-catcher craft ideas and these 61 ideas. This can also be amped up to be a sophisticated decoration for your home that you’ll want to keep around for years.

220-1. FUN ACTIVITIES

For more great activities check out the 220 ideas we posted yesterday! Read the full post here.

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