At-home activities

These are uncertain and challenging times. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are finding themselves without childcare, working from home and homeschooling at the same time. It’s no easy feat. I’ve been brainstorming some activities for myself and my son while we’re isolating at home. For myself, I’m trying to balance my natural urge to “be productive” with some more calming and grounding activities that I know I need for my mental health.

I hope these ideas spark some inspiration for you too! 

To-do for myself

  1. Use my local library’s online content
  2. Donate to my local food bank
  3. Savour the rituals of the everyday: making a cup of tea, having a hot shower
  4. Deep breathing and meditation exercises
  5. Yoga
  6. Housework and cleaning
  7. Decluttering
  8. Cook and bake
  9. Read
  10. Write
  11. Listen to podcasts
  12. Weather dependant, start some seedlings or do some balcony gardening
  13. Online museum tours (a fun date night idea if you’re nerdy like we are!)
  14. Find a new show to watch with my husband
  15. Mend some clothes
  16. DIY skincare/bodycare
  17. At-home “spa” (mani/pedi, sugar scrub, etc)
  18. Organize home photos and create a scrapbook
  19. Two-person board games and card games to do with my husband
  20. Make bread

Toddler activities

  1. At-home fun “obstacle courses” (stepping from scarf-to-scarf, hopping on one foot, etc)
  2. Online yoga for kids
  3. Sock puppets
  4. Colouring/drawing/painting or play dough
  5. Nature scavenger hunt
  6. Puzzles
  7. Family movie nights
  8. Reading (including free online storytimes)
  9. Paper dolls
  10. Baking
  11. Dancing games (“freeze” when the music stops)
  12. Helping to water the plants
  13. Board games
  14. Flower pressing
  15. Around-the-house treasure hunt
  16. @thoughtfullysustainable science activities
  17. Make a living room fort
  18. Blow bubbles on the balcony
  19. Make paper crowns
  20. Make paper airplanes

What about you? What’s on your “to-do” list? What are you doing with your kiddos?


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