10 New Skills To Learn While You’re Staying Home

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In an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus and lessen the burden on our health care system, those of us who can are staying home. If you find yourself with more free time on your hands, why not take this opportunity to develop a skill? Learn a new language, paint, make hot sauce from scratch — do anything that keeps your mind active.

We’ve rounded up 10 kits, crafts and products to keep you entertained and engaged right at home. These activities will help you pass the time and leave you better for having done them. And who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!

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Kassa Watercolor Set

Unleash your inner painter with this top-rated watercolor set. It includes three different sizes of brushes, a watercolor paper pad and a 21-color paint set. Perfect for beginners and seasoned artists alike, the nontoxic, water-soluble colors are formulated to blend easily on the page.

“Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners” by Whitney Farnsworth

Learn the art of hand lettering with this inspiring and insightful how-to book. You’ll learn the basics of creating alphabets in many different styles, how to develop those styles into your own unique style and how to turn your calligraphy into gorgeous works of art. Calligraphy pens sold separately.

Rosetta Stone: Learn Spanish (Spain) for 6 months on iOS, Android, PC, and Mac

If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, why not use it to learn another language? A Rosetta Stone subscription gives you access to your program on all of your devices — mobile, tablet and desktop. Available in multiple languages.

Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit

Make and decorate 12 lollipop treats with this easy-to-use kit. It includes pink, orange and yellow candy melts, rainbow sprinkles, 12 lollipop sticks, three decorating bags, a plastic mold and step-by-step instructions. Although making these sweet treats can be a fun activity for the whole family, adult supervision is required.

Grow and Make DIY Artisan Hot Sauce Making Kit

Grilling gurus and spicy food enthusiasts alike will love creating their own hot sauce from scratch. This easy-to-use kit lets you make three 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce from Guajillo, chipotle, and arbol peppers. It includes the ingredients as well as everything you need to bottle and label your sauces.

Kano “Harry Potter” Coding Kit

With this best-selling kit, your kids (or you!) can build a wand that responds to hand movements. Wand parts, PCB with codeable LED, button, batteries, step-by-step book, stickers, poster and free Kano app are included; tablet sold separately. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Boye Yarn Knitting for Beginners Kit

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your skills or you’re a total beginner, this kit is an easy way to practice knitting with bulky yarns. It includes two pairs of knitting needles, one yarn needle, five stitch markers, a fabric measuring tape and nine fun, easy-to-follow patterns. Yarn is sold separately.

Official Kala Learn to Play Ukulele Soprano Starter Kit

Start playing the ukulele today with this awesome kit. It includes a Kala soprano ukulele, a 20-page Quick Start Guide with information about your new ukulele and free online lessons through the Kala Brand Music website.

Yomega The Original Brain – Professional Yoyo

Every kid (or kid at heart) will have a blast mastering “walk the dog” and other classic yoyo tricks. This auto-return yoyo makes it easy to execute these different tricks. It’s a great stress reliever and a fun way to pass the time.

Grow Buddha Grow Your Own Bonsai Kit

This beginner-friendly starter kit comes with everything you need to grow four different types of Bonsai trees. It includes seeds, pots, soil, clippers, name tags, a plastic pot and an instructional booklet to get you started on this relaxing, rewarding hobby.

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