It’s no doubt that the recent situation with the Coronavirus has changed everyone’s plans for the springtime. With many places, such as amusement parks, national nature reserves, malls, and restaurants being unavailable, we find ourselves at home, feeling somewhat confined. But of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the best of these conditions. You can still have fun, work hard, and learn new things at home.
The current news is often frightening and alarming, and hearing reports from places such as Italy and New York, or even the hospitals in your neighborhood, can bring apprehension and fear. It’s important to remember to stay calm during this time of uneasiness, and to do your part in preventing the transmission of the deadly virus by staying home. It may be boring and dull, but there are ways to channel your creativity to enjoy this unique experience and feel relief from the gloomy atmosphere around you.
If you’ve checked into any sort of craft store website, you’ll find that many are holding huge sales for you to take advantage of. On the websites of JOANN and Craft Warehouse, you’ll find that they have a selection of craft ideas that you can make by yourself or with your family. On JOANN’s, they have a cool program where you can craft once a week, on Wednesday’s, with innumerable ideas to choose from. They generate DIY projects for you, such as finger knitting, painting, and even woodwork. In addition, they also offer art classes and tutorials online as well.
Crafting is a great way to, most importantly, play your part to keep the people around and you and yourself safe. It’s an amazing way to pass the time and have fun, and is an excellent way to connect and enjoy times with family as well. Using your imagination and creative skills to build and make art is an incredibly rewarding experience, and may become the hobby you didn’t know you enjoyed.
Another way crafting can be truly important during these times is that it can allow you to safely help your community medical centers. On Michael’s, there are tutorials to make easy DIY masks and shields. You can test and have fun with your skills while also combating the personal protective equipment shortage that has been extremely impacting with fighting the virus.
So the next time you feel particularly bored, why not craft? Channel your creativity while doing your part to help in this difficult time. Build family relationships, have fun. Occupy yourself from boredom by following a Bob Ross Tutorial, making a journal, or knitting a scarf. In one way or another, it’s an engaging way to try and get through this difficult and apprehensive time.
Elyse Nah, Grade 9
Sunset High School