These forty things are an eclectic mix of items for all ages, all genders, and all personalities. I try to mix up items to cover the gamut of activities you can enjoy with your family. Included in this list will be beauty and health, math and science, and literature and history activities among many other genres of interest. There is something here for every family every day.

40. PLAY NERF GUNS

I have to admit that I love playing with Nerf Guns as much as the kids do. There are so many varieties of them to choose from! Don’t get me wrong, I am not a gun advocate in any way. Nerf play is nonetheless darn fun. I would only play it now though as long as you only play it with people in your own household with whom you have been spending all your time. It is an outdoor game unless you want to end up breaking everything in your house (the bullets are soft but not that soft). So it’s a perfect activity for a backyard or an open outdoor public space. We usually play teams against each other but there are lots of Nerf related activities.

39. TRANSLATE HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

I am excited to tell you about this volunteering opportunity. I know it’s not related to what’s going on in the world today. But not all of us are health care professionals so we do what we can. Translating historical documents provides an opportunity to take your mind off of what’s going on in the world today. Also, it provides an opportunity to do something good for the world now and for the future while learning about the past. Whether you want to translate letters from soldiers in World War II, restaurant menus for the NY Public Library’s collection, first hand accounts of interactions with pirates, or much much more there are plenty of options. As some kids aren’t necessarily taught script in school, some translation opportunities provide a chance to help teach them that too. Check out the opportunities at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and elsewhere around the world. Check out additional opportunities here and here too. Before you start your transcription project, read these tips on how to transcribe well.

38. FIND A COLORING PAGE IN ANY THEME IMAGINABLE

You would be amazed at how many coloring pages are available online and even more astonished by the variety of themes you can find them in. Do an internet search for your desired theme and the phrase “coloring page.” Narrow your search results by clicking on”Images” at the top of the search results. Then find images that you can right click on and “open image.” There are a few things to keep in mind as you do this to save yourself some frustration. First, preview them to make sure they are big enough before you print. Sometimes artists will put their art online in a miniature version precisely so the pages have to be purchased in order to be usable. Similarly, artists will add watermarks to their images so that even though they print in the correct size they are difficult to color. I also tend to avoid coloring pages that require my to go to a website first to get the image or that require me to sign up for an email list to get them (unless you have a spam only email account). The last point to keep in mind is to avoid overly pixelated images because they just don’t look as nice when you want to hang them up on your refrigerator later after your kids have colored them. This process comes with a learning curve, but you can find nearly any theme you or your kids want in coloring page form on the internet so you can really personalize the experience for your kids. If this is all too much for you, just Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums. Remember, coloring pages for adults are all the rage now too so don’t hesitate to join in the fun.

37. MAKE/WATCH DIGITAL ANIMATION

Scratch is an amazing animation tool that helps children understand coding too! It is available in an app as well as online. According to their website, “With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.” Did you read that? Kids can post their own animation on the website! You can watch some of the animation already posted there to inspire your child as well. There are tons of tutorials online. But have no fear, the program itself is made for kids to be able to understand how to use it without adult intervention. So you can introduce your kids to it even if you know nothing about it. BTW- if you know nothing about it, you can use it too!

36. HAVE A SPA DAY

My 10 year old loves taking a bath and getting his nails done. On our recent vacation we stayed in one night and added a facial mask and a heated eye mask (child safe only) for a complete spa day routine for the family and friends on our trip. There are a million facial masks on the market, so it can be difficult to choose. You can have each person choose their own preferred scent or trouble are (acne, puffiness, dry skin, etc). Another strategy is to check out a “best of” list like this one from Cosmopolitan magazine. Another option is to find a variety pack of single use masks. To find out which mask will work best for your skin type, take Sephora’s free skincare quiz.

35-1. FUN ACTIVITIES

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

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