By Amy Stephenson

Necessity is a great teacher and it seems that there has been an abundance of learning lately. New words like quarantine, social distance and community spread, and new routines, be it working from home or shifts in what home even means, have led to some creative solutions.

Creativity is a vital tool in life and not least now. Creative outlets have become essential parts of one’s selfcare. You may be thinking you’re not creative and that the only outlets in your home are electrical, but a creative outlet can take many forms and will be different for everyone.

Here are a few of our favourite forums of fun:

Baking: Like many on the internet, I have jumped on the bread-making bandwagon. The entire process is very satisfying – watching the dough double, filling the house with the smell of fresh bread, listening to the first cut as it breaks through the crust. The finished product is also tasty (when all goes according to plan) and lower in sugar than cookies or cakes. If you’re having trouble getting your hands on yeast, you can try roti, tortillas or soda bread.

Sewing: It could be time to dust off the old machine or pick up a needle and thread. There are lots of patterns online to make masks or caps for front-line workers. You can also try more recreational patterns. If you’re cleaning out your closet, you may find enough old t-shirts to make a memory quilt or pillow.

Getting active: Who says creativity can’t be physical? Yoga and dance are wonderful ways to express yourself. You can try a video chat dance party to connect with those you can’t be with physically. Going for a walk can be a chance to look at things in a more creative way. Or if you’re just looking for some fun, try playing neighbourhood Bingo.

Drawing: While there may be some protest if you ask your kids to share their colouring books, you can find adult colouring pages or books online. Whether you stay in the lines is up to you. Finished masterpieces look great on the fridge or you can put them up in the window to add cheer to someone’s walk.

Gardening: With the warm weather drawing us outside, it’s a great time to exercise your green thumb. Regardless of space or skill,  there’s no harm in trying your hand at growing tomatoes or petunias.

Anything else you’ve always wanted to try? Let us know on the CCRA Facebook page.