With the government’s circuit breaker measures for COVID-19 in place, you might be going stir-crazy spending so much time at home. Expat Living intern Natasha Lee goes offline and checks out some free things you can do without leaving the house!
If you’ve been falling behind on your New Year’s resolutions, what better time to catch up than now? Sure, you can head out for a quick run or a cycle, but if you want to ensure you’re keeping your distance from others, try a home workout instead. This 7-minute one offers a bunch of high-intensity movements that you can knock over in no time.
Prefer something more mellow? Get the kids involved in building a mini-golf course with things around the house.
#2 Get the kids to put on a fashion show
Got an aspiring Coco Chanel in the house? Let their creativity run wild with a fashion show! Make designs out of old newspapers, rags and other recycled materials to avoid any collateral damage.
#3 Clean out your wardrobe
Take the time to evaluate which clothes you still need and which you could do without. You could use the KonMari method, or try the dramatic-sounding Swedish death cleaning. Then, move on to the rest of your house!
#4 Tie-dye your clothes
Need a break from the modern day? Bring back the 60s by tie-dyeing your t-shirts! Use dye, food colouring or fabric paint to give your old clothes a new lease of life.
#5 Play some traditional games
For another blast from the past, try some traditional kampong games like goli, kuti kuti and zero point. These are simple games that can be played with common items like marbles, erasers and rubber bands. Find out more about them here.
#6 Create a treasure hunt
Channel your inner Indiana Jones with a home-based treasure hunt! Exercise your creative chops coming up with clues that lead participants to a prize. This is a great way to keep children occupied.
#7 Have a jam session
If you have a guitar, piano or even recorder sitting around, gather the family and play a few tunes. No instruments? No problem. Improvise with kitchenware or turn it into a karaoke session! (Note: this is best done if you have understanding neighbours!)
#8 Learn a new skill
Looking for an intellectual challenge? Now is the perfect time to pick up Esperanto, learn to juggle, or get started with origami.
#9 Try your hand at art
Painting or drawing never really been your thing? You might surprise yourself if you give it a bit of time. It’s easy to get started with basic art materials. Younger ones love everything art-related, of course, so why not join them and make a unique creation together? (And, if you need some inspiration, doodlers like Mo Willems, Øistein Kristiansen and many more are hosting videos for the young – and young at heart – to follow along.)
#10 Catch a livestream
Okay, we did say this would be offline activities, but when all else fails, there’s always the internet! You’ll find some great live streams and virtual events in our big Lockdown List to satisfy every need.
Have fun, stay safe … and stay home!
For more helpful tips and free things to do, head to our Living in Singapore section.