Two words: Social Isolation. Ugh…I work from, yes. BUT, the fact that my son can’t go to his jumpstart class has thrown off our whole routine. Any chance you feel the same? Yeah? …thought so. The fact that it’s still winter in Minnesota and I can bring my kids out to enjoy our lovely backyard is really making it difficult. Everywhere I look it feels like there’s a door, and my house is shrinking in on me. Here’s what we are doing to keep ourselves sane.

First Get a New Routine

This is the easiest and hardest part. If you’re like me you finally had a decent schedule that you family could count on. Now that whole system is thrown out of whack the babies are waking up at night, when they used to sleep. Your toddler is going stir crazy without his social activities in preschool. You and your partner/spouse now have to figure out how to fill those gaps. And if you’re a single parent it’s even more difficult. Hellooooo giant laundry pile!

Start small. Get the basics in first.

  1. Simple healthy DIY meals. Even if this means Mac N’ Cheese for 3 days until you get ahold of this new routine!
  2. Activate your body. Go for a walk with your family, walk your dog. If you see someone walking on the path as well cross the street ensure that you’re well over the 6 ft radius just to be safe. 
  3. Bake something! This kills two birds with one stone, you’re making food and if you have a toddler they can help. It will keep everyone’s mind busy.
  4. Be creative. Bust out the arts and crafts supplies and let your littles make a mess. Then drink your coffee in peace while they destroy your kitchen. They need this as much as you do. Besides who cares if they make a mess, where do you have to be later? Guests…yea I thought not.
  5. Get your math/reading/science on! This one is harder if you haven’t planned for it which is why it’s near the end of my list. Find some learning books that you have and sit down with each of your children for a specified time and get them engaged in some learning activities. Basic math, science experiments, and read.
  6. Do your solo hobby. This is the perfect time to finish that piece you’ve been procrastinating on. Knit, crochet, do some woodwork.
  7. Lastly, plan for your summer. This one has been key for keeping my spirits high. We have been considering and above ground pool…where should we put it? Do we want a deck around it? Ooooh or the garden! What should we plant this year? 

Specific Activities


Active Play

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Play in your backyard
  3. Invent some fun relay races
  4. Do light joga
  5. Pushup competitions
  6. Imitate animals (bunny hop/crab walk)
  7. Do indoor gymnastics (somersaults, handstands, cartwheels if you have room)
  8. Have a dance party
  9. Slide across the room in your socks
  10. Have a snowball fight
  11. Blow bubbles outside, they freeze. It’s awesome!
  12. Play fetch with your dog
  13. Make snow angels

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Creative Play

  1. Make art! Paint, color, cut and paste.
  2. Make homemade play dough. Or Play with the Playdoh you already have
  3. Make slime
  4. Do some oragami
  5. Make paper planes and have a contest
  6. Make a cardboard house (If you have an amazon prime membership like we do I know you have plenty of boxes laying around)
  7. Build a pillow/blanket fort

Interactive/Game Play

  1. Play Mario Kart, or whatever video game your family enjoys
  2. Build/paint cardboard box “cars” and race them (push them) across the room
  3. Play Go Fish, Uno, or whatever card games you have
  4. Play Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity (for the adults obviously)
  5. Play board games
  6. Play Simon says
  7. Do a puzzle
  8. Play charades (emotions charades for the littles!)
  9.  Indoor bowling
  10. Musical chairs
  11. Make believe play
  12. Role Play (shoe shop, grocery store)

Learning Activities

  1. Watch Number Blocks on YouTube (Preschoolers)
  2. Watch Bob the Train on YouTube (small children)
  3. Do workbook activities
  4. Talk about colors, weather, time, days, months, years
  5. Talk about germs (this one may not be that fun right now…)
  6. Read
  7. Add/Subtract objects
  8. Guessing games (how many tablespoons of rice/water/whatever will it take to fill the measuring cup)
  9. Research together! Google everything (animals, plants, planets)
  10. Watch Magic School Bus on Netflix, then talk about it!
  11. Find simple experiments to do
  12. Teach your kids how to do household tasks/chores
It’s all about the Mario cutters in this house

Baking and Cooking

  1. Bake a cake
  2. Bake muffins
  3. Make homemade pasta (so easy …also you can use all those play doh tools you’re kids have accumulated)
  4. Bake/dehydrate homemade fruit roll-ups
  5. Bake bread
  6. Bake french toast
  7. Get wild and try a bake up a diy cereal
  8. Bake cookies
  9. Bake cupcakes…need I continue? lol
We made some homemade pretzels


Clean, Design, Organize

  1. Clean your house top to bottom
  2. Finish the laundry
  3. Toss things you don’t need
  4. Organize what’s left
  5. Plan what else you want in that space
  6. Plan your garden
  7. Choose plants/fixtures for your curb appeal
  8. Design a she-shed (this is definitely on my list!)



Don’t forget to spend someone on one time with your spouse. If either of you are still working because your job is essential, then it’s stressful. Depending on your job it may be outright dangerous.

  1. Be kind
  2. Give each other a massage
  3. Hold hands, snuggle
  4. Watch a show together
  5. Make a special dinner/desert to enjoy after the kids go to bed
  6. Share a bottle of wine
  7. Talk, about anything accept current events, maybe the latest scientific discovery in math…am I nerding out to much here? …my tech is showing lol!

Solo Self Time!

  1. Clean your wardrobe, figure out what you need for summer, yes! SUMMER!!! ah just saying that sounds magnificent!
  2. Paint your nails
  3. Try new hair styles
  4. Sleep in, if you can
  5. Make elaborate breakfasts, you have time now…
  6. Watch your favorite shows
  7. Drink a glass of wine
  8. Take a bubble bath
  9. Read a book
  10. Listen to music you love
  11. Do your hobby. Knit, crochet, sew, cross stitch, etc.
  12. Workout!
  13. Try out a new makeup look
  14. Stay in your PJs all day

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