Well, folks, there's no getting around it. It's on the news, it's on Social Media, it's everywhere; the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm. I could spend several paragraphs discussing the virus and its ramifications, but I'm just going to focus on one.
The vast majority of the folks reading this will be in a state where self-isolation has been instituted; meaning a lot of you can't go to work, and the kids are home from school. You're probably trying to homeschool for the first time in your life, and you're at your wit's end as to how it should be done. I've been a homeschooled kid, I can offer a few suggestions.
There are a number of crafts one can do with your kids only involve a few simple tools and supplies you might have in your home or garage. Just for starters, here are some improvised instruments you can build that sound great!
Here's a Native American flute you can make from plumbing pipe!
And here are some videos on how to make a diddly bow! A diddly bow is an instrument used in the traditional music of the USA. At it's simplest, it's just a stick, a string, and something to resonate. You can literally make it from junk!
And you can't play a diddly bow without a bottle-neck slide, so here's instructions on how to make one of those.
T.K. here with some picks of my own! Being not nearly so mechanically minded as my brother, my choices are of the crafty variety, but don't be fooled! There is a bit of technical know-how involved.
First off is my gal Tonya at My Froggy Stuff. Her detailed crafts do take a lot of time and attention to detail, as well as some pretty fine scissor-work, so not for the littlest kids, but all the same, there's a lot of great fun to be had: https://www.youtube.com/user/MyFroggyStuff
Here's Tonya's Blogspot where you can find all the printables she's designed: http://myfroggystuff.blogspot.com/
Another great way I found to pass the time as a kid was playing with paper dolls. They are in fact something I collect, when I can find some good ones. An excellent artist actively making paper dolls today is Corey Jansen, who has made dozens of beautiful paper dolls available for printing right from home. Here is his collection of print and color-your-own paper dolls:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/PaperDollsByCory/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3534290959977416 (Save the images to your computer and print in landscape mode for best results.)
If there was one publishing house we couldn't do without at our house it was Dover Publications. Dover specializes in art, craft, and fine out-of-print or public domain works, and the best part is you can get FREE samples every week in your email! All you have to do is sign up here:
https://www.doverpublications.com/ds014/index.html?s1=Dover-Yahoo%20Store&s2=NewSite-Various&s5=sampler10 (They never spam you, and will send you free shipping offers and coupons with regularity. Bonus!)
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