Bored? Tired of being trapped at home? Looking for something different to do this summer? Look no further! In this special issue of Insights, we bring you 30 things you can do to make the most of your remaining summer days, including both low-tech and high-tech options! Try one, try them all. But whatever you do: have fun!
Visit Far Away Places with Strange-Sounding Names
You’re going to love this budget-friendly idea! Stuck at home? Why not go further than you’ve ever gone before and take one of these fantastic virtual tours of another country? Invite the whole family along and make a dinner consisting of foods from the county you’re visiting for the full effect:
- Take a virtual trip all across Japan
- Don’t miss the coasts of Northern Ireland
- Tackle the Great Wall of China
- Check out Manitoba, Canada and experience the wonder of Northern Lights
- Take a 360-degree VR tour of Jerusalem’s Old City or take a virtual tour of Tel Aviv
- See Mount Everest from a helicopter
- Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
- Take a train through Norway
- Check out Niagara Falls from a cruise ship or take a virtual zipline across the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls
- Get up close with Mount Rushmore
- Explore Kruger National Park in South Africa
- Hop on this virtual Grand Train tour of Switzerland
Want to go even bigger?
- Make your way through these 3D virtual tours of 30 iconic World Heritage Sites
- Enjoy the world’s best beaches from around the globe
- Get a birds-eye view of our planet through National Geographic’s 3D virtual reality experience filmed in space
Host Your Own Backyard Olympics
As it has been with many events that were unlucky enough to fall in the year 2020, the Tokyo Summer Olympics have been cancelled, leaving countless athletes devastated and millions of sports fans around the world really bummed out. But, as has also been the case in 2020, the world is coming up with creative and uplifting ways to cope with the impact of COVID-19. So, we invite TIPsters far and wide (and their families) to hold their own Olympic Games right in their backyards. We’re talking about goofy opening ceremonies, outlandish events, and handmade awards ceremonies. Here’s an example for inspiration.
Go Backyard Camping
The quarantined, social distancing, stuck at home life can be one of mind-numbing monotony. If you, like many of us, are tired of seeing the same four (or three, if you live in a triangular prism) walls, why not try out an activity that will literally take you outside of your current living situation? We’re talking about camping. Sleeping outside, when done right, can be a lot of fun, even if you’re just in your own backyard. If you’re ready to give quarantine camping (if we can coin the term) a try, read about how to set yourself up for the most fun experience possible.
Bonus challenge, if you’re up for it: see just how long you can live out there, and report back to us about your adventure! A TIP staff member reports that she and her little brother once camped out in their backyard for seven straight days, using a pup tent and campfire to cook their meals — which consisted of throwing potatoes into the ashes to bake and heating up cans of beans (ALWAYS puncture the can first so it does not fill up with steam and burst!). They would have lasted longer, she says, but they accidentally set fire to the back porch and, after the firemen arrived to quickly put it out, they were both sent to their rooms and grounded. You should definitely be more careful than that: invite an adult along or ask that a responsible relative check on you periodically!
Visit Disney World—the Safe Way
Skip the lines at Disney World and experience the wonderful world of Disney without having to wear a mask or pay $8 for a Mickey ice cream bar. Best of all: you can enjoy the sights and experience the rides from the air-conditioned comfort of your own home! Want to add a little authenticity to your experience? March in place for four hours so that your feet really hurt before you sit down to watch.
Move Over, Ken Burns: Make Your Own Documentary
Nature documentaries like Planet Earth and Our Planet are great. But realistically, one can only re-watch them so many times before the suspense about whether the antelope escapes the lion begins to fade. Why not channel your inner David Attenborough and film your very own nature documentary at home? Sure, you might not encounter a wildebeest or elephant in your back yard, but squirrels and birds deserve their big moment on the silver screen, too. With just your smartphone and a laptop with a simple video editor, you’re ready to get started. Add an interesting narration and you’re ready to share with family and friends—and maybe even Duke TIP!
Visit a Museum!
Not in real life, mind you, as most are closed because of the pandemic. But many museums are offering free virtual tours this summer—and now’s a great time to view them before school begins again and takes up more of your time. Choose from the list below and enjoy. If you see something that interests you, why not take that as a challenge and explore the topic, then prepare a report on it for your family! You’ll all learn something new! We’ve got museums from all around the world, featuring everything from great works of art to mummies and more.
Just for kids
- Glazer Children’s Museum
- Children’s Museum of South Dakota
- Boston Children’s Museum
- The Strong National Museum of Play
- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Pretend City Children’s Museum
- The National Museum of Australia
Of interest to all ages
- British Museum, London
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- Pergamon Museum, Berlin
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- The Museu de Arte de São Paulo
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
- The Louvre, Paris
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Catalonia, Spain
- NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia
- NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio
- The Space Center Houston (App)
- Vatican Museums with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling
- The National Women’s History Museum
- National Museum of the United States Air Force
Train Your Dog
If you have a dog, then this post is for you. If you don’t, you might want to skip ahead to the next activity. This one is so fun that it could leave you feeling a little bummed out. Or it could lead you to adopt a dog, so perhaps our best suggestion is read at your own risk.
Dog owners: isn’t your doggo just the absolute best? The way he/she does that really cute thing that he/she does—I mean, come on. So cute! But also, wouldn’t your dog be even cooler if they learned a couple more tricks? This summer could be the best time to try your hand at training your dog. Are you in? Click here to read some instructions on how to get started. If you’re a non-dog owner who got to the end of this post somehow, thank you. Reading all the way through this shows an impressive level of commitment. Please feel free to try and train your cat, lobster, bird, or lizard, and submit the video evidence using our submission form!
Learn to Meditate
Let’s try an exercise together. First, close your eyes. Take a deep breath in, and hold it for a few seconds. Slowly let it out as you realize there’s no way these instructions work if your eyes are still closed. What did we just learn? Perhaps that the person writing this isn’t exactly qualified to teach you meditation or mindfulness. Luckily for you, though, we’re going to direct you to some great resources to help you get started with meditation, mindfulness, or yoga, and we recommend you look through them with a parent or guardian to help see what may be right for you. We promise their directions are better than the ones above. And once you’ve tried these techniques for yourself, we’d love to read or hear about your experience! Many schools are embracing meditation as a way to discourage conflict, encourage more thoughtful conflict resolution, and give students a sense of calm and confidence. It can work for you at home as well! Why not suggest a family morning meditation? It can take as little as 15 minutes—and it might make sharing the same roof day-after-day a little more peaceful. Besides, if it can make your little brother stop running around and screaming for even 30 seconds, wouldn’t it be worth it?
Make the Ultimate Cardboard Fort
There are two types of people in this world. Those who love making cardboard forts and those who have never made a cardboard fort. Wait, we’re just getting word that there may in fact be other types of people out there, but the point still stands: cardboard forts are awesome. And while there’s a great chance you’ll be able to glean some sort of engineering experience planning and constructing your own unique design, it’s also perfectly acceptable if all you get out of building your fort is plain old fun. So, put all those Amazon boxes that keep arriving at your house during the pandemic to good use! There aren’t any strict rules or guidelines, but if you’re looking for inspiration or a cool idea, click here to get started! And remember: we’d love to see your fort when you’re done!
Visit a National Park
Did you have a family vacation planned for this summer? Were you looking forward to some camping with your family or friends? Take heart: all is not lost. There are at least five national parks that offer very cool virtual tours that you can take. But just sitting and watching them is not enough if you want the total experience! We recommend gathering your family to take each virtual tour together, wearing clothes befitting the park you are visiting, and bringing food to enhance the illusion you are on the road! For example, try virtually visiting Dry Tortugas National Park, in Florida near Key West. Wear your shorts and tackiest vacation shirt, then see if you can convince your family to make shrimp tacos to enjoy while you take your tour (Jimmy Buffet music in the background and margaritas for your parents are entirely optional). Heading to Alaska? Bundle up, pitch a tent in the living room, and ask for grilled salmon (but watch out for the bears!). You catch our drift. Dive into the virtual reality of it all and enjoy! And do send us photos if you can. Here are five park tours we recommend:
- Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Need more? Google Earth offers 3D virtual tours of 31 national parks. Enjoy!
Design a Treasure Hunt
Aaaaaargh you looking for something fun to do this summer while you’re marooned at home? Setting up your own treasure hunt is a fun way to make use of the many items you already have lying around the house and allow you to step outside of your usual routine of TV, online school, or video games. Contrary to popular depictions, neither ships, water, talking parrots, nor wooden legs are required to set up and enjoy your own treasure hunt. You can have a family member create one for you to try or set one up for yourself and send your parents running all around the house (and yard[arm], if you have one…) looking for your treasures! Click here to get started—and if you end up with an awesome treasure map out of it all, we’d love to see it!
The Family That Bakes Together… Eats Cake Together
You know what they say: “If you can’t stand the heat (or you’re bored at home) go right into your kitchen, and have a baking competition.” So many people say this very real and totally not made up phrase because baking can be a way to have a lot of fun while also challenging yourself a bit. If you’ve never baked before, then you’ll get to learn something new and embrace the trial and error method. If you’re already a seasoned (get it?) chef, then maybe you’re ready to challenge a family member to see who’s really the best in the house. Whether you’re one of the chefs competing in your house, or you get really lucky and are designated the judge, this is a great activity for a rainy day. Suggestion: everyone should taste and rate while blindfolded! Here are other ideas to get you started.
Make Elephant Toothpaste
Although we’re sure that for some, the act of guessing what “elephant toothpaste” even is could be a fun activity in and of itself, we assure you this one involves some actual science! Elephant toothpaste is a substance created by using the laws of both chemistry and biology to cause an enormous foaming reaction. Simply watching a quick video of this experiment will have you ready to try it at home—preferably outside, unless you want to change the color of your ceiling. Once you’re ready to give it a try, remember to have an adult help you, and click here to see how to get started. Be sure to send us a video or photo of the results!
Write an Actual Letter
The phrase “lost art” typically refers to something that required skill, and often dedication, that has since gone out of use in society. As lost arts go, writing a letter is probably one of the easiest to “find,” since all you’ll need is a piece of paper, a pen, and a message. Typing on a keyboard is great, especially for those who were never especially proud of their handwriting, but there’s something extra special about shaping each letter of every word, sentence by sentence, as you etch your thoughts down on to an actual, physical thing that you can hold in your hands. So why not give it a shot? Think of someone you love, perhaps a grandparent who lives far away. Take the time to write a hand-written letter, and mail it to them. We bet it’ll make their day, week, or likely their month! (Ask an adult to help with the actual mailing process: in most cases, if you have a stamp at home, you can leave your letter in your mailbox and your mail carrier will take it to the post office for you!)
Make Your Own Play Dough
The original Play-Doh was invented by accident, when someone wondered whether the substance once used to clean soot off of wall paper could be repurposed as something children could mold and play with. With the right recipe and a few supplies that you may already have around your house, you can create your own batch right at home, no epiphany needed. You’ll love the process of mixing your ingredients in just the right order as you see your substance start to take shape, and once you’ve finished, you’ll have hours of molding and playing to look forward to! Need a recipe to get you started? Here is an idea that involves Kool-Aid! Or skip the coloring agent and go with basic white (well, it’s more like a grey). What should you make? That’s up to you. But how about an entire zoo…. or a Roman village of old… or maybe a replica of a city near you? Anything that requires research on your part is great because it gives you an opportunity to learn something interesting and new!
Build an Obstacle Course in Your Backyard
Duke TIP is an academic organization, but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand the value of some good physical fun. Take, for example, the tradition of Quad Fest, a series of physical games and challenges held at our Summer Studies program that dates back decades. So, for TIPsters stuck at home this summer, we couldn’t leave out opportunities to get out and get moving a bit. A great way to get moving while also channeling your inner engineer is to set up an obstacle course in your backyard. Spend some time planning your design, perhaps drawing out a blueprint, and then challenge your family to see who can make it through with the fastest time. You should base your course on whatever items you have available, but here is some inspiration. Don’t have a backyard? Adapt the course for your living room or another large inside space: just be sure to get permission first and steer clear of any breakables!
Listen to an Astronaut Read from Space
We’re all familiar with the concept of story time. You get to sit back, set aside whatever you’ve been thinking about throughout the day, and simply allow your ears to take in a nice story being kindly read to you by someone else. Perhaps there are even pictures on display to help transport you into this other world. Now ask yourself, “what could make traditional story time even better?” If your answer was astronauts, then you are correct and most likely read the title of this activity already. That’s right, Storytime From Space is an actual thing, a thing that NASA makes available for free, and a thing you can check out right now.
Make Your Own Board Game
If you thought we’d start out a post about making your own board game with some kind of board/bored pun, you are sorely mistaken—do not pass go, and do not collect two hundred dollars. If you thought that the idea of coming up with your very own board game sounded like a fun idea, then you’re in the right place. With all the things that make up a board game, things like rules, the board, pieces, cards, scoring system, etc., it may seem like a daunting task to set out to create one all by yourself. Luckily, we’ve found a great resource that is sure to get your started and make the process feel a lot less like a roll of the dice. Once you’ve designed your board game, you know what next. That’s right: it’s time for Family Game Night! Have fun and don’t forget that we’d love to see your board game and hear about the rules when you’re done!
Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts: 1) a word overused by adults who want to seem really connected or 2) actually awesome audio clips that can entertain and teach us all sorts of fun stuff? Well, a little of both. But the second option is the one we’re going to focus on here. Yes, if you haven’t already discovered this, there are tons of podcasts out there for kids covering a wide range of topics, almost all of them accessible for free. A little bit of research and some help from a parent, and you’ll no doubt discover many that may be right for you. To get you started, we’ve compiled a brief list of a few podcasts that we think TIPsters will love:
- Stories Podcast
- Aaron’s World
- Smash Boom Best
- Story Seeds
- But Why
- Circle Round
- The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
- Fierce Girls
- Don’t Break the Rules
- Brains On!
- Story Pirates
It’s Prime Slime Time!
Slime has come a long way throughout the history of our world. What started out as something to be avoided, even scrubbed away, has recently emerged as a substance to be cherished, even intentionally created. This is due in large part to the ability to create your own (clean) slime, allowing anyone to enjoy all the aesthetics of the ooey-gooey substance without any of the stench or health hazards that used to come with it. You can even pick the color and texture of your slime, based on how you personalize the process. There are many formulas out there, but if you’re ready to create your own slime at home, here’s a good tutorial for beginners to get you started.
Unleash Your Inner da Vinci
The oldest known drawing done by humans dates back 78,000 years and was discovered on the walls of a South African cave—so there’s no way you’re going to claim that title this summer. But if you think about it, the title for “most recent drawing done by humans” is always up for grabs. And you can claim that title at any time, even if it’s just for a fraction of a fraction of a second, by simply putting your utensil to paper. If such a monumental achievement somehow doesn’t excite you, keep in mind that drawing can also be lots of fun, even therapeutic, and takes very few supplies to get started. Odds are you’ve got what you need already within reach as you read this sentence right now. Once you’re done reaching out your arms to prove the previous statement wrong, you can check out these drawing prompts for ideas on what to do first. Whether you decide to draw a cartoon or a realistic portrait of your cat, we’d love to see the evidence!
America’s Got Talent. Have You?
It happens on stages. It happens at parties. It happens on TVs. It even happens in cars on TV. Karaoke can be a great way to either make a fool of yourself to entertain your friends and family or show off your very real singing skills (for me, the author, it is the former). Contrary to what many may think, karaoke does not require a complex piece of machinery, or a TV (though if you have a TV that allows for screen sharing, it can be helpful), or even a microphone. You can easily find YouTube videos that show the lyrics of a song and include prerecorded backing tracks, together in a convenient package just waiting for you to overlay your own rendition of the lead vocals. Try it this way: have members of your household list out a few songs they’d like included, and from that, create your playlist. Then, enjoy a night of belting out all your favorite hits. (Note: Duke TIP is not responsible for noise complaints from your neighbors!)
Try Trivia Night: Either Online or In-Person
When it comes down to it, at-home trivia fun helps us answer the question we’re all secretly asking ourselves: who in our household actually knows the most things about stuff? Could it be… me? Of course, we know it’s not about bragging rights—it’s about celebrating a love of learning and healthy competition. Ok, it’s a little about bragging rights… but mostly that other stuff. Regardless, trivia can be lots of fun, and it’s super easy to hold a trivia game from pretty much anywhere, even if supplies and technology are limited. You can go as simple as having each player bring ten questions about a specific category or as tech-savvy as finding an online trivia generator and pulling it up on the TV in your living room. If you’re interested in that second option, here’s a good resource to check out. Pro tip: have fun with finding silly prizes for the winners—the more outlandish, the better!
Explore the Good Old Days
Your mission, should you decide to accept it: one thing you can do this summer while you are stuck at home is sit down with a relative and ask them what their favorite thing to do in the summertime was—and then see if you can convince them to do it one more time with you! To get you in the mood to take a trip down Memory Lane, we asked some Duke TIP employees to share their favorite childhood summer memories and this is what they had to say:
One of my favorite things to do in the summer was to climb a tree and read all afternoon. I would make two tomato sandwiches on toast, carefully cut them in quarters, and then bring a plate piled high with tomato sandwich quarters up into the branches with me and my books. I had a backyard full of great trees to climb, but one in particular was situated above where my mother would often sit and talk with her friends or visitors to our house. They never, ever thought to look up into the tree above them, so I heard some really interesting things from my vantage point. To this day, I remember two important lessons from those summers: 1) tomato sandwiches are way better when you toast the bread first, and 2) always look up!—Katy
My oldest brother and I invented Trash Can Rally. The object of the game: run around the house while pulling the trash can behind you, and do it faster than your opponent. A full trash can meant that you were in for a heavy, slow race. An empty trash can made for some very loose and bumpy racing. Ideal conditions: two full trash bags. I believe the World Record still stands at 46.7 seconds. Our family no longer owns the house, so we’d have to trespass to try to break it. I feel as though that would confuse the current inhabitants.—Ivan
We went outside in the morning and played ALL day, until dark, when our parents would yell for us to come home. There was what seemed to be a cavernous “ditch” at the end of the street, and we would go down there and build in the sand. Great memories!—Kim
Constructing elaborate mud pies… garnished with sticks, flowers, berries, etc. Running through the sprinkler… the old “fan” shaped one. Blowing bubbles. Making birthday party hats out of newspaper… colonial style (my parents met working at Williamsburg!).—Anonymous
Climbing trees. Long hikes in the woods behind our house. Intense basketball games on the garage hoop. Road trips to visit family down in Florida, and swimming in relatives’ pools.—Evan
Sitting in a game room all day and hoping I didn’t run out of yen! Visiting with my cousins and going to the Onsen right outside of Tokyo (although this was not only a summer vacation activity). Finally, climbing Mt. Fuji.— Vicki
Build a Backyard Movie Theater
With movie theaters are likely to remain closed for a while, the rest of the summer is the ideal time to build a “drive-in” movie in your own backyard. There is nothing like viewing a film outside on your own lawn, whether you miss going to the movie theater or you want the chance to experience what an old-timey drive-in theater was like. A do-it-yourself backyard movie night is actually quite simple to set up. All you need is the right equipment:
- A white bed sheet or portable screen
- A projector to connect to your computer so you can stream movies or shows (some projectors also accept Amazon Fire TV sticks and other streaming devices)
- A sound system loud enough for everyone gathered to hear, although some projectors come with impressive built-in speakers
Several projectors with decent speakers can be had for $100 or less, but if you want to save some money, alternatives include bringing your largest screen TV outside and plugging it into an extension cord, buying a smartphone projector (less than $40), and using multiple Bluetooth speakers to boost the sound.
Once you have identified the equipment you plan to use, your next steps are to:
- Pick a location—find a spot in your yard, in your garage, on a porch, or on an apartment balcony where you could hang a sheet or set up a projector screen.
- Sound check—test your projector or computer’s speakers to make sure everyone can hear.
- Get ready to stream—in order to watch a movie, you will need to connect your projector to your computer, Fire TV stick, Apple TV, or other streaming device.
- Grab the snacks and blankets: now it is time to get comfortable, bring out all your blankets and favorite snacks, then hunker down for an evening of both fresh air and a movie!
What to watch: we recommend a movie that includes lots of outdoor scenes so you can pretend you are part of the action. We do not recommend watching a horror movie about people stuck in a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, don’t go there.
Convert Your Backyard Into a Waterpark
Missing the waterpark fun this summer while you’re stuck at home? Learn how to make your own backyard waterpark with PVC pipes, pool noodles, sprinklers, and more! Children of all ages will be able to have lots of fun and it’s a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Here are some ideas to get you, er, pumped. If you’d like further instructions, Google the names of our suggested activities for plenty of advice on creating one in your own back yard.
- Water blasters: notch up squirt gun battles to whole new heights with personal water blasters that are made out of pool noodles and other materials.
- Play Slip ’n’ Slide kickball: put a few slip ’n’ slides together, add kiddie pools, and you will have a kickball diamond that everyone will most definitely enjoy.
- Sponge water bombs: super soft and easy-to-soak sponge water bombs are safer to use than water balloons; all you need are some zip ties, rubber bands, and sponges.
- Bottle sprinkler: a homemade bottle sprinkler is great for water shooting in any direction—you will need a water or soda bottle, duct tape, and a hose.
- Sprinkler zone: take sprinkler fun to the next level with an entire do-it-yourself sprinkler system using PVC pipes that are cheap and easily found at any big box hardware store like Lowe’s or Home Depot.
- Splash pad: a good splash pad zone will keep you cool for the rest of the summer—materials needed for this creation include a few PVC pipes, some mister nozzle, and a colorful mat or two.
If building a backyard water park has you jazzed, we’d love to see what you come up with! Take some photos of your creations and send them in to inspire other TIPsters!
Watch Classic Films with Your Family
With blockbuster movie releases on hold and your favorite series watched and re-watched, why not take this chance to explore the world of classic films with your family? If you have never seen a black-and-white movie, you’re in for a treat: not only was the cinematography amazing in the earlier days of movie-making, production studios bent over backwards to ensure that the story and dialogue were compelling. As a result, many classic films offer you some great life lessons. That’s one reason why we recommend watching with your whole family: seeing these movies and discussing them afterward can be a wonderful time to get to know your parents better. And if you are into film studies or you are a movie buff, classic films are a necessity! To get started, check out these all-time best movies for kids ages 12–18, available via various streaming services. While most deal with subjects that are fine for all ages, a few do deal with more mature themes. Please check with your parent or guardian first about whether they think a movie is appropriate for you (and any younger siblings) to watch:
- Casablanca (1942)
- Psycho (1960)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
- Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
- West Side Story (1961)
- The Sound of Music (1965)
- Rear Window (1954)
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
- The King and I (1956)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
- Guys and Dolls (1955)
- Imitation of Life (1959)
- A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
- A Star Is Born (1954)
- War and Peace (1956)
- Sabrina (1954)
- Ocean’s 11 (1960)
- The Music Man (1962)
- Pinky (1949)
- Whatever Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
TIPsters are curious! If that sounds like you, one great approach for investing in learning during the summer is to take a class online. Here are a few online learning resources for pre-K–12 students to complete remotely:
- Khan Academy: keeplearning.khanacademy.org
- Outschool: blog.outschool.com/school-closures
- Scholastic: learnathome.scholastic.com/thanks.html
- Epic: getepic.com
- Storyline Online (K–3): storylineonline.net
- Prodigy Math: prodigygame.com
- Duolingo: duolingo.com
- Rosetta Stone: tip.duke.edu/resources/independent-learning/rosetta-stone-foundations
- Fiveable: fiveable.me
Build a Terrarium
A terrarium is a collection of small plants growing in a sealable glass container. Because it is a closed environment, terrariums can be used to illustrate how ecosystems works. They are an incredibly easy way to add some greenery to your indoor space and you can put one together by using just a few materials. Here’s how:
- Collect glass containers with lids that you may already own or purchase some. These types of jars are easy to find at Target, Walmart, Michael’s, or your local craft store. Get your terrarium started by pouring decorative sand into the bottom of the jar.
- Purchase your plants or dig up shoots from your yard, a relative’s or friend’s yard, or public areas where it’s okay to take samples. Small plants that do not fill up your jar are best. Arrange your plants and place them one-by-one in the container. Just push the plant, its root ball and the surrounding soil it came with down into the sand. When all the plants have been added, add more of the decorative sand on top of your plants. Then add small river rocks for additional decor.
- Water your plants a little bit and put the lid on your jar. Find a place for your terrarium to live where it will get sunlight, but not too much direct sunlight. Water only when the plants and soil look dry.
Need more detailed instructions or looking for more tips? Check out this how-to on terrariums.
Make A Vision Board
Are you having trouble figuring out what you want to achieve in life? A vision board could be the key to releasing your dreams! A vision board can help you discover a sense of purpose by encouraging some serious self-reflection. It also sparks your curiosity and helps focus your subconscious towards your goals. Here’s a guide to get you started on making a vision board.
- Assemble the materials you will need to make a vision board: a large piece of poster board or Styrofoam square, a huge stack of different magazines, scissors, and glue.
- Go through the magazines and cut out images that grab your attention. Organize your magazine cutouts and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This is where your intuition comes in. You could assign a theme to each corner of your board such as your dream job, spirituality, health, and relationships.
- Glue everything onto your board. Add your thoughts or quotes that have inspired you if you want to. After gluing, hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often as a daily reminder of where your life is headed.