Stay-At-Home Activities & Resources
Updated 01/21/21 at 10:05 a.m.
The resources on this page are also available on the CLR Facebook page. Now that the CLR Fall Online Semester has started, there will less resources shared on this page. It will still be updated on a weekly basis.
NOTE: If you have an activity, article, class, etc. that you think other CLR members would enjoy, please send items or links to Allison Den Braven at A.Denbraven@RockValleyCollege.edu. We want this page to reflect items that interest our members and would be happy to share your ideas with ALL of the CLR members!
Check out this article by GoodHouseKeeping that provides ways for you to volunteer from the comfort of your own home! With 21 different opportunities throughout the article, you're sure to find something of interest!
Art & Crafts
- Arts & Crafts - Join Astar from Astar's Place and choose from over 100 different crafting tutorials! From making your own chalk to making fridge magnets to making a mini chandelier, there are tons of great crafting options for you to try!
- Windows 10 Basics - Learn key features of the Windows 10 operating system such as, the Windows start button, Windows taskbar, Windows status bar, Windows settings, Cortana, Desktop, File Explorer, and more! In this tutorial, you will start from the basics and cover key features.
- Ultimate Guide to Senior Finance - Check out this article by Assisted Living Today, that provides answers to your questions regarding senior finances. Topics include benefits and social security, budgeting and saving, consumer protection, health care costs, different types of insurances, taxes and tax planning, mortgage strategies, wills and trusts, and other financial resources.
Health & Wellness
- Health Benefits of Music - Isn't it interesting how hearing a particular song can bring back a special memory or make you feel happy, calm or pumped up? People are born with the ability to tell the difference between music and noise. This article by the Pfizer Medical Team will help explain how music affects the brain and how it can actually improve our health and well-being.
- Biography: Harry Truman - President Harry Truman came from modest beginnings and is the only 20th century President to not have a college degree. Find out more about Truman's life and his Presidency in this short video by Biography on YouTube.
- History of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - Discover how Ben & Jerry's started as a little hippie-dippy company that could, and against all odds, became the best selling ice cream in the U.S. and why they continue to churn it up for their values.
- The Wonder of Nuts - Nuts have been a staple of the human diet since time began. Learn about the wonders of nuts in this documentary episode of Modern Marvels from the History Channel.
- Brooklyn Duo on YouTube - Married couple, Marnie and Patrick Laird, make beautiful musical arrangements using piano and cello. They are both classically trained on their instruments, but after they were married, they focused on pop covers of songs. This is their cover of 'Halo' by Beyonce.
- Glass Duo - Rendition of Tchaikovsky's The Sugar Plum Fairy performed completely on glass harp by the Glass Duo on YouTube.
- What is Linguistics? - Linguistics is the study of language. Learn about some of the features and levels of structure of language.
- The Book of Job - The Bible Project on YouTube takes you on a tour through the book of Job to fully understand what it means when God runs the world by wisdom.
- How to Read the Bible - This ongoing series explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. Here you'll be introduced to some of the basic skills necessary for reading the Bible effectively.
Science & Nature
- Field Museum in Chicago, Movie Rentals - Grab a front-row seat to the science behind your favorite exhibits at the Field Museum in Chicago! Now for only $0.99, you can watch an educational, action-packed film from the comfort of your home.
- Unanswered Science Questions Explained - YouTube channel called ASAP Science that holds a collection of educational videos explaining science. From creators, Mitchell Mofit and Gregory Brown, they answer science questions from, "Is Your Phone Listening To You" to "What If You Only Drank Soda?"
- Déjà vu Explained - What causes this sensation known as déjà vu? Michael Molina explains how neuroimaging and cognitive psychology have narrowed down the theories that could explain this feeling of déjà vu.
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - This is a YouTube series by Emmanuel Acho. It was created as a safe place to have the uncomfortable conversations about race that many people have never been able to have. Mr. Acho created this series to remove the barriers for why we have never had these conversations and provide a space for curious white people to answer the questions they have always has, but have been too nervous to ask.
Special Interests & Hobbies
- 5 Stories to Watch for in 2021 - The world in 2021 will start to look beyond COVID-19: to the launch of an asteroid-smashing space probe, the next step in the fight against climate change and China's supremacy at the box office.
- AARP Smart Driver Course Online - Refreshing your driving skills could reduce your auto insurance costs! This online course could save you money on your car insurance, it is affordable, and it teaches you strategies to keep you safe behind the wheel.
- Beauty Routines in the 1940's - Women's beauty routines are constantly evolving. Check out this video that describes a typical woman's beauty routine during the 1940's.
- How Things are Made - Learn how some of your favorite products are made. Some things included are ceramic fireplaces, croissants, pocket knives, wigs, canned tomatoes, bowling balls, artificial eyes, peanut butter, and much more.
- TED Talks - A nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. Their mission is to welcome people from all over the world that seek a deeper understanding of the world.
- Alcatraz - San Francisco, CA
- Anderson Japanese Gardens - Rockford, IL
- Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
- Buckingham Palace - London, England
- Ford's Theatre - Washington DC
- George Washington's Mount Vernon - Mt Vernon, VA
- God's House Tower Art Gallery - Southampton, UK
- Great Wall of China
- The Louvre - Paris, France
- San Diego Zoo - San Diego, CA
- Yellowstone National Park - Yellowstone National Park, WY
- Yosemite National Park - Yosemite, CA