Looks like it might be a while before this “Corona Craziness” is over. This list is for those of you who are sheltering in place, under quarantine, or just wanting to spend time at home. These resources are FREE (with the exception of my books – as an author, I had to mention these – hope you’ll take a moment to check them out). I’ll be adding to the list as I find new information, so feel free to check back often. And of course, you are welcome to share this link!

If you know of an event or link that isn’t included, please let me know, so it can be added to this list. You may click the link above or email me at BestLifeTips4Me@gmail.com. You are also welcome to follow my Facebook page where I post daily tips and freebies – https://www.facebook.com/bestlifetips/

BOOKS & MAGAZINES:

Of course, I had to include my books here. No need to even go to the mailbox – a number of these are ebooks. Thanks for supporting local authors! You can see all my books on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/author/donnawylie

The Fussy Librarianhttps://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

Freebooksyhttps://www.freebooksy.com/

Story Time for kids. Astronauts read to kids from space! https://storytimefromspace.com/

Storytime Betty White reads “Harry the Dirty Dog” – adults and kids alike will enjoy this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j0OY3236jw&feature=youtu.be

Time Magazine for Kids – https://time.com/tfk-free/

CLASSES:

Adults – Sites for free online education – https://financebuzz.com/10-best-sites-for-free-online-education

Adults – online colleges and degree programs – https://www.onlinecollegeplan.com/free-online-degree-programs/

Kids and Adults – a list of free online classes – https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Stuck-at-home-568831521.html

Kids and Adults – Brave Wilderness. A great selection of adventure and animal stories. A favorite of a home-schooling mom (thanks to Amy for the tip) – https://www.youtube.com/user/BreakingTrail

Kids – Scholastic is offering free daily classes fro grades Pre-K to 6 and up. No sign up required. https://www.onlinecollegeplan.com/free-online-degree-programs/

Kids – List of companies offering free education classes – https://tinyurl.com/u7wam8h

COOKING:

Yeast Starter – NO yeast needed! https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/17513/no-commercial-yeast-starter/

Bread recipes! 20 easy recipes for breads and rolls – https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/easy-bread-recipes-for-beginners/

Bread Recipes – NO yeast neededhttps://tinyurl.com/ruys4oc

Make your own spreadable butterhttps://www.thespruceeats.com/homemade-whipped-butter-427820

Pantry Staple Recipes – https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/unusual-dishes-to-make-with-pantry-staples

Wartime Meals from 1943! – Your grandmother probably used this during WWII. https://ia903100.us.archive.org/15/items/1943BhgCookBook/1943_bhg%20cook%20book.pdf

CRAFTS:

Art Fun:

100 Craft Projects with just 10 different supplies! – https://tinyurl.com/rc7l3ss

Mail someone a life-sized HUG!https://tinyurl.com/ycrtvbb4

Make homemade cards and send them to your local nursing home to cheer up residents who are in isolation – https://tinyurl.com/vcrssxw Here’s one nursing home in Texas that would love to get your homemade cards and pictures. Check to see if there are homes in your area that would also like some cards. https://tinyurl.com/yx7tg94s

Coloring pages for kids (and adults!) Disney! 1000+ pages – https://tinyurl.com/r4ctdct

Coloring pages – Tucson, AZ! https://tinyurl.com/sjx6gts

Crayola Fun! 52 creative ideas – https://tinyurl.com/seacwwu

Doodling with Mo Willems! https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Drawing Tutorialhttps://tinyurl.com/rh6ujha

Drawing – How to Draw – Animals, people, choose your favorite! https://www.howtodrawit.com/

Grow Vegetables from scraps! – https://www.ruralsprout.com/regrow-vegetables/

Grow Your Own Food from Seedshttps://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-seed-saving

Knit & Crochet – many patterns to choose from – https://tinyurl.com/vxzchjt

Make your own Sundial!https://www.miraclegro.com/en-us/library/make-your-own-sundial

Painting:

Bob Ross! Paint along with Every episode – https://www.youtube.com/user/BobRossInc/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=7

Easter Chick fork painting. Looks like fun! – https://masandpas.com/easter-chick-fork-painting/

Easter Rabbit painting using toilet paper rolls. Why not use this easy craft to make cards for fellow shut-ins? – https://www.craftymorning.com/toilet-paper-roll-bunny-stamps/

No Mess Cling Film Art – says this is for toddlers, but I kinda want to try it! https://tinyurl.com/unv9y7p

Paint Sip Fun is offering virtual classes – https://www.paintsipfun.com/

Rock your neighborhood! Paint rocks with inspirational sayings and leave them around the neighborhood for people to find – https://modpodgerocksblog.com/10-painted-rocks/

Simple Painting Tutorialhttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2580990992005175

Step-by-step tutorials. Unleash your creativity! Lots to choose from. https://stepbysteppainting.net/videos/

WOW Art – watch an artist paint and see if you can recreate her pieces. LOTS of videos – click “videos” to see the full list. Very relaxing just to watch, and fascinating to see the finished picture! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdZutxI1UnH9N3Fh_TeQ4Kw

Pottery:

As You Wish Pottery has “pottery to go” packs with all supplies included. Locations in AZ, CA, UT. Order online, pickup in 24 hrs. https://www.asyouwishpottery.com/

Sewing Patterns, Face Masks:

Choosing the best material for face maskshttps://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/

Prevent Your Glasses from fogging uphttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3293317/

Face masks, reusable with filter pocket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_NmpdgWWAA favorite of nurses. No elastic needed. I used 1/2″ double-sided satin ribbon for the ties.

Face Maskshttps://tinyurl.com/rcwxm7q – A selection of different patterns.

Face Masks, no-sewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUcC9_yJvHM

Face Masks, No Sew from sockshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7J1jlL_pVw

Face Masks for Kidshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiKiVjpixhk

Face Masks, video tutorial – https://tinyurl.com/teb5vaq

Face Masks with filter pockethttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNX0cRrYj6U

Sewing Patterns, Misc

Bias Tape – fast way to make your own – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR7sWFwo48g&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Paper towel, reusablehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCqt9OTbyew

Scrub Pantshttps://tinyurl.com/sdlfupq

Surgical Scrub Caphttps://so-sew-easy.com/easy-surgical-scrub-cap-pattern/

ENTERTAINMENT:

Aquarium Cams – Monterey Bayhttps://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

Arts and Culture – SO many to choose from! – https://artsandculture.google.com/

Botanical Garden Tourhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPjCy0iRSKQ&app=desktop

Disneyland! Virtual Rides! https://tinyurl.com/umez72y

Dracula’s Castlehttps://freaked.com/you-can-now-virtually-tour-draculas-castle-from-your-own-home/

Eagle Cam! https://www.outdoorchannel.com/live/eaglecam/326707/0

Field Trips! Go on a field trip from home! https://tinyurl.com/v34zsse

Field Trips – even More! https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/

Football! NFL Game Pass Free until 5/31/2020 – https://gamepass.nfl.com/packages?redirected=true

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Home tour – https://franklloydwright.org/3dlab/

Livestream ANIMALS! Animals galore! Choose your favorite or follow them all – https://tinyurl.com/qll9728

Northern Lights Cam – Amazing! https://explore.org/livecams/zen-den/northern-lights-cam

Virtual Tours – a whole list of aquariums, museums and zoos – https://tinyurl.com/shh79jt

Winchester House – tour this infamous architectural marvel – https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/video-tour/

Zoo Cam – Cheetah Cubs!https://tinyurl.com/uzs6xgs

Zoo Cam! Phoenixhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/PhoenixZoo/videos/?ref=page_internal

Zoo Cam! San Diegohttps://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Movies and Videos:

Excercise with The Body Coachhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Facebook Watchhttps://www.facebook.com/watch/

Modern Marvels – Lots of episodes to choose from, and so many fascinating stories! https://play.history.com/shows/modern-marvels#episodes

Movie Streaming Services –  https://collider.com/free-movies-online-streaming/

Museums – A list to choose from https://tinyurl.com/rgwu4sl

Podcast – Josh Gad reads children’s books – https://tinyurl.com/w5jtmh2

Show & Tell from Atlas Obscura – https://www.atlasobscura.com/categories/show-and-tell

VIDEO CHATS:

How about a remote get-together? This article lists some of the most popular video software for PC – https://www.techpout.com/best-video-call-software-for-windows/

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed the list and found some new sources of entertainment. If you liked this article, please let me know by clicking the stars, below. Until next time ~ stay healthy!