Need a fun mental break? Here's six digital jigsaw puzzles from Smithsonian Libraries created through Jigsaw Explorer that feature a few favorite images from their collection. Use the links to explore the art work and play each individual puzzle. Each puzzle is set to contain about 100 pieces, but they are customizable for any skill set. Hit the question mark icon on a puzzle for more information. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Graduation day is finally here! Even if ceremonies across the country have been postponed or cancelled this year, it's never been more important to celebrate the class of 2020. Whether you’re the graduating student or the proud parent of a 2020 graduate, these funny graduation quotes will get you smiling all throughout your at-home celebration. The past four years wouldn’t have been possible without dedication and great company, after all, so what better way is there to end this amazing chapter of your life than with a laugh?
Celebrate Taco Tuesday, have a dance party, tour Rio de Janeiro — all without having to leave your couch.
Are schools killing creativity? What makes a great leader? How can I find happiness? These TED talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.
It’s an extraordinarily busy time in TV land, which continues to expand its borders at a pace that’s impossible for the average viewer to keep up with. But fear not, because we are here to help guide the way, pointing out the best shows as we journey through the landscape that is television in the year 2020.
Put life in perspective with some short yet sage pieces of advice. These wise and beautiful words from your favorite positive thinkers will get you in the right mindset to tackle whatever obstacles lie ahead. Inspirational quotes can help you re-frame negative thoughts during tough times and change your attitude so you feel refreshed and motivated.
We’ve all had days where nothing seems to go our way. All you want to do is relax and unwind to forget about the stresses of the day. Here are some easy ways to regroup, that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on the rest of the week.
Staying at home has become a way of life for many of us amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leading us to indulge in endless snacks from the pantry. Here's some help to not fall victim to the so-called "Quarantine 15" and ensure your pants still fit once we're out of the woods. Check out these easy and healthy snack ideas for you and your family.
Once it's safe to travel again are you wondering where to go for your next trip? If you're running out of ideas or looking for new ones, here are some places to add to your travel bucket list.
We’ve all have those nights when you just can’t seem to fall asleep. It's doubly so in these stressful times. You’ve tried changing your position like a million times. You’ve tried sleeping with and without a blanket. You’ve probably also tried googling how to fall asleep fast, only to find that your bright phone hurts your eyes way worse than you could have ever imagined. The next time you’re in one of these pickles, why not give podcasts a try? They’re the perfect thing to help you sleep, as you can just lay down, put on some headphones, and let the voices and sounds guide you to relaxation. Following are some podcasts to help you fall asleep.
May Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate during our time in quarantine. All you need to do is leave someone a May basket and then be on your merry way! Often overlooked, the May Day holiday (this Friday) used to be celebrated in communities across America. The fun (and timely) point in anonymously leaving a May basket at the door of a relative, friend or neighbor is to trot away without having been seen. Bringing May baskets back is a perfectly inspired way to let your peeps know you're thinking about them from a safe distance.
The May 1st tradition of welcoming the arrival of warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere dates back many hundreds of years and has been observed in different ways. In Medieval times people danced around a maypole, a pole decorated with ribbons and streamers, and placed baskets of flowers at the base in what historians believe was a fertility ritual. A more recent way to celebrate is by leaving a May basket. A May basket is something to be hung on the door or left on the porch. Made of paper generally, it can contain almost anything. Some ideas are to fill it with small presents such as flowers, candy or notes. May baskets are a sweet way to convey your best wishes and love. It is hung at the door of anybody you want to spread cheer to. When done the hanger simply knocks and departs.
To create a May basket you can use a basket you have on hand, or make one out of paper. If you have little ones at home get them involved too. Decorate the basket with crayons, markers or paint in bright colors. Then fill the basket with whatever small presents you'd like. Flowers are a traditional favorite. You can pick dandelions or any other flowers in your yard that are springing up now. Next simply deliver your basket to your loved one's door. Happy May Day!
Check out these books released this May featuring titles based on actual science and data, whether that involves the chemistry of yeast or the reality of immigration. The fiction, meanwhile, provides portals to worlds more coherent than our current one. There are so many good excuses to keep reading!
Mother's day is less than two weeks away and this year the celebrations will be a little different than usual. Here's some ideas on how you can celebrate mom while still staying safe at home.
With May upon us, and hopefully sunnier weather, folks will be heading outdoors to work on their lawns and yards. Following are some helpful tips for lawn & yard maintenance. Remember to follow social distancing guidelines while working on your yard.
Since we can't host any stargazing programs this Spring, here's some tips on how to do it on your own. Remember to follow social distancing guidelines while stargazing.