I love lists. I love categorizing things and working my way through a list. I spend more time planning a trip than going on it. I spend time adding to my to be read book list, sometimes, before reading the several hundred books that are already on it. I can’t help it. It’s who I am.
During this time of social distancing at home, I’ve come up with a few ways to have fun with lists. The first one has been very popular on my social media. My daughter and I have been Disneybounding from home every day with clothes in our closets. I first Disneybounded on our most recent trip to WDW earlier this year. (There is a blog post on it, if you want to check it out.) For those outfits, I purchased some clothes and accessories to go along with things I already had in my closet to make the perfect outfits for the park.
For this challenge, we have just been working with the things we already have. Working our way through lists of Disney characters has been both a delight and a challenge, as we see what we can come up with. Once we are done, I’m going to put all of our pictures together in a Shutterfly book to remember all of the fun we had.
A long time ago, way before my daughter was born, I worked my way through watching each of the top 100 movies as listed by the American Film Institute. We’ve been having family movie nights each day. Usually, we sit around forever trying to agree on a movie to watch together. So, I came up with a fun challenge to mix it up.
I wrote down a list of movie genres on small slips of paper and put them in a bag. Every few days, we draw a new genre out of the bag. Then each family member is challenged with coming up with a movie for us to watch that meets that category. So far, we’ve done sports movies, action/adventure movies, animated movies, classic movies, and we are currently on superhero movies. Once we are done with the genres in the bag, I’ve got even more ideas up my sleeve to keep it going as long as we want. It’s fun, and each family member gets a turn to pick the movie, so no arguing about the best choice.
Another list that my daughter and I have been working our way through comes from the Usborne book, Step-By-Step Drawing Animals. My daughter and I are drawing each animal in the book, following the simple instructions. Together, we sit down and draw the animal. Then we decorate the background and add them to our stack. When we have worked our way through the entire book, I plan to connect our drawings somehow into some kind of book for our memories. It’s a fun activity to do together, and we can see the different interpretations we each have of the same animal.
The list that I have been working my way through since the very beginning of this quarantine is watching the Cincinnati Zoo’s daily home safaris. It started as a family activity that we did together. The three of us would sit down to learn about a new animal at the zoo each day. My family eventually started to lose interest, so we got behind schedule. I’ve started watching them again on my own, but I am still catching up for time away. Learning about all the animals is fascinating to me and makes me wish that I was a zookeeper.
What kind of fun, new activities have you been doing during quarantine? Is anybody else working their way through a list?