Staying at home away from work or school can be exciting when it’s a day or two. However, it can get quite boring when the stay is prolonged such as the lockdown period brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon your favorite TV shows, hobbies or anything that you enjoy starts to feel like monotony, and you just crave something new to drive the boredom away.
Well, it doesn’t have to be boring when it comes to music. You can think of creative musical activities to bring something new to your days every single day. The good thing is that you get to have fun, exercise your creative bone, stay fit and spend time with your family while at it. Here are some ideas that you can try.
1. Make your own music
You probably have a favorite playlist that you enjoy listening to at any given time. But, have you ever thought about how much you can enjoy listening to lyrics that are your own craft? Well, penning down a song allows you to pour down your emotions, feelings, and thoughts into the piece. This gives you a good way to heal or reflect on what is going on in your life or the lives of others. It is also so much fun as you creatively put words together in a flowing manner.
Go a step further and record the song on your computer. You can use music making software to produce sounds that can help you come up with a tune for your song. You will have so much fun producing different sounds and experimenting with different tunes until you settle on the perfect one.
2. Sing and dance along to the music
Singing and dancing along to music are considered to be aerobic activities. This means that they help in pumping more oxygen into the blood and improving blood circulation. This increases the production of endorphins, which are the feel-good hormones. Just singing and dancing makes you happy, elevates your moods, and reduces stress. Dancing is also a physical activity that can help you stay fit and active.
You can think of fun ways to do this. For instance, if you have kids, you can sing and dance along with some nursery rhymes. You can also think of turning on background music, sing, and dance along as you go about your daily chores. You will find out that completing chores becomes enjoyable and you use less time since music helps boost your short-term focus.
3. Play instruments
Playing a musical instrument has a way of lifting your spirits and making you happy. Learning to play one makes you feel accomplished, which builds your confidence in life. If you have a guitar, a piano, or any other instrument at home, spend some time refining your playing skills or teaching other people in your household the same.
Alternatively, increase the fun by creating your own homemade instruments using items at home. For instance, you can make a shaker using an empty bottle, pasta, and rice. You can also make string instruments using a shoebox and some rubber bands. You can also use some utensils such as pots and bowls as drums to create sounds.
4. Play musical games
Music can be fun, and when you incorporate games into it, you achieve double the fun. This is more exciting done with other people. So, be sure to involve other people in the activity.
One example of a musical game is where you do a matching game. You can use symbols or characters to represent a song that is familiar to all of you. For instance, you can use a star to represent ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’. Cut some pieces of paper and draw these symbols or characters in doubles on them. Mix the papers up facing downwards. The idea is to pick a piece of paper and try to find the matching piece while singing the song. Another good example of a musical game is where one sings a song and the rest can guess the lyrics that follow. Better still, have a talent show to see who can sing or dance better.
There are a lot of musical activities that you can do at home to keep off boredom. You only need to think creatively outside the box to find an idea that lets you experience music in a different way. Otherwise, the above points give you an idea of where you can start from.