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If you’re stuck at home due to the spread of the coronavirus, there will inevitably come a time when you’ll feel bored for no reason. Once you’ve optimized your work from home and practiced at home, there are only so many shows and movies you can watch until your brain feels fried.
If you’re looking for a healthier, more productive way to spend your time while locked down in self-quarantine, why not take the new downtime to try some classic arts and crafts or take up a new hobby? Whether it’s knitting, making soap, or even learning a new language, there are plenty of skills to explore. MasterClass lessons are at your fingertips, and building Lego brick cities never gets old. To help shake your boredom, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite pastimes to help keep you busy.
Robotime DIY Mini Greenhouse ($29.74, originally $34.99; amazon.com)
This miniature greenhouse is the perfect distraction from the outside world. You will need complete concentration when painting and placing tiny plants, furniture and light fixtures in this beautiful model. At approximately 1:24 scale, this DIY project is sure to keep you busy for days.
DIY Lip Balm Kit ($40; uncommongoods.com)
This DIY kit teaches you how to create your own luscious lip balm to combat chapped lips. The set contains everything you need, including fair trade cocoa butter and organic spearmint essential oil. Plus, every purchase helps provide job skills to women in the Washington, DC area.
Geode Puzzle ($65; uncommongoods.com)
Puzzles are a classic way to kill time, but this one takes it to the next level. Made of birch plywood, the pieces fit together to form a blue, pink or multicolored geode. Due to the odd shape of its pieces, this puzzle is extremely difficult, so be prepared for the long haul.
Personalized New York Times Front Page Puzzle ($49.95); uncommongoods.com)
This customizable puzzle can turn the front page of any New York Times newspaper into a 500 piece puzzle. Commemorate a day in history, your birthday or any other day that’s special to you with this interactive keepsake.
Robotime 3D Wooden Treasure Box Puzzle Kit ($29.99; amazon.com)
This wooden treasure box is a puzzle to open, but an even harder puzzle to build. Crafted from laser-cut plywood pieces, this intricate box will require delicate construction. If you can figure it out, you’ll get a functional, lockable treasure chest where you can hide your valuables.
Boye Round Knitting Loom Set ($14.98; amazon.com)
Knitting is the ultimate time-consuming hobby. It can take months to meticulously knit your way to a blanket, but with this kit, you can learn to knit and weave better than your grandma (don’t tell her we said that). This kit includes four circular loom setups and all the tools you need to make a hat, so all you have to do is find some yarn.
Hand Embroidery Kit (from $30.10; etsy.com)
A perfect way to pass the time while you’re stuck indoors, embroidery is a lovely hobby to pursue. This kit, with great pre-made designs and everything you need to get started, can turn you into an embroidery expert.
Cricut Explore Air 2 ($206.99, originally $249; amazon.com)
The ultimate DIY tool, Cricut lets you cut over 100 different materials with unparalleled precision. This means you can create stickers, home decorations, cards, clothing and more. Plus, you can upload or design your own images, so you can make every cut for any project you can imagine.
Master Class ($180; masterclass.com)
MasterClass teaches you all kinds of skills, straight from famous experts. Learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay, scientific thinking from Neil deGrasse Tyson, magic from Penn & Teller and more. This one-year subscription gives you access to the entire MasterClass library, so you can learn whatever you want during your self-quarantine.
Custom Paint by Numbers Photo (from $26.99, originally $29.99; etsy.com)
If painting is your thing, here’s a cute spin on a classic hobby. Simply send in your best pet portrait and you’ll receive an easy paint-by-number canvas in the mail, so you can bring your furry friends to life with your own artistic skills. The kit comes with all the paint and brushes you will need.
Rosetta Stone (from $35.97; rosettastone.com)
Speaking multiple languages is an invaluable skill, and Rosetta Stone makes learning a new language (or a few) easier than ever. You can purchase a three-month subscription for one language or go all out and get a lifetime subscription to access the entire Rosetta Stone library.
Book of the month 3 month subscription ($49.99; bookdumois.com)
There’s nothing quite like escaping into a good book, but with all that new downtime, you can fly over your book list. Book of the Month is a subscription plan that delivers a new book straight to your door every month, so you never run out of reading material.
AeroGarden Black Harvest ($99.99, originally $149.95); amazon.com)
If you’re bored and hungry, you can solve both problems with this device that lets you wield your green thumb without having to step outside. It contains everything you need to grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and mint.
Lego Brick Bricks Bricks ($59.99; lego.com)
Let your creativity run wild with this Lego set, which contains 1,500 pieces. Unleash your inner child and build cities, cars, rockets and whatever you want with this simple Bricks Bricks Box.
Lego Fiat 500 ($89.99; lego.com)
If you need a little more structure for your Lego building, try this intricate and challenging Lego Fiat. With realistic details like an engine, sunroof and even miniature paint, this Lego set can make you feel like an automotive expert the moment you built this iconic car.
Mindfulness Coloring Book ($9.49; walmart.com)
Adult coloring books are a soothing and colorful way to pass your time when you have nothing else to do. This particular book can help you relax a bit in these anxious times with its intricate and meditative designs.
Crayola Sketch & Detail Dual Tip Markers ($19.85; amazon.com)
If you are going to color, you will need a wide variety of drawing materials. This set of Crayola markers is our go-to because it has all the colors you need in a nice, organized box.
DIY Cross Stitch Wooden Coaster Kit ($39; etsy.com)
A craft as simple as it is useful, this kit includes everything you need to embroider your four personalized coasters.
Paint this book! Watercolor for Undiscovered Artists ($17.78, originally $24.95); amazon.com)
This cute book has everything you need to discover your inner watercolor artist. With brushes, paint, and instruction pages, this book will walk you through the basics and all kinds of techniques so you can learn to paint like a pro.
Soap Making Kit 101 ($21; michaels.com)
You’ve freaked out your house, but if you’re still looking for something to do, try your hand at soap making. This kit includes enough ingredients to make 10 bars of soap, plus cucumber melon flavor and a variety of dyes to add color to your new body bars.
Klutz Make Your Own Soap Craft & Science Kit ($19.81, originally $21.99; amazon.com)
If you want your kids to have fun making soap, this kit can make 10 soap bars, personalized with soap stickers and skin-safe glitter. And while the soap hardens, kids can try soap experiments for a bonus science lesson.
BarkBox subscription (from $22; barkbox.com)
An easy way to keep your dog from distracting you while you work from home is to gift Rover a BarkBox. These are delivered right to your door and are full of exciting toys and snacks to keep your pooch busy while you try out one of your new hobbies. Plus, if you sign up before April 2, you can double your first box for free.
Note: Prices above reflect retailer quoted prices at time of publication.