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

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If You’re Going to Be Cooking at Home, Become a Pro With One of These 20 Online Cooking Classes

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Raise your hand if you’re struggling to come up with meal ideas now that you’re staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Lots of families who are responsibly practicing self-quarantining and social distancing are finding themselves faced with a new challenge: cooking all three meals at home, seven days a week. While this is a scary and stressful time for everyone, we can try find some good in the situation. For example, this is a great time to expand your culinary repertoire by enrolling in some online cooking classes.  Many of them are free and it can be a great family-friendly activity to do with your kids while everyone is home together. To save you lots of time scouring Google for the best classes, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of

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If You Can’t Stop Staring at TV Anchors’ Home Backgrounds, You’re Not Alone

On a recent morning, I found myself in my usual position—on my couch, planted in front of the TV, watching the news, something I have done every single day for hours at a time since the coronavirus pandemic came to New York. I was watching MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt talk about the recently passed stimulus bill.

But I wasn’t really watching Hunt herself or hearing her describe the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the bill’s passage. Instead, I found myself trying to read the titles of the books that occupied the shelves in the makeshift studio she had created in her Washington, DC–area home, a place from which she had been reporting remotely since the pandemic began. There were two shelves behind her, both lined with books. And I found myself curious about what she might have been reading.

I moved off the couch and inched closer to the set, but

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