14 Ways To Keep Kids Entertained And In A Routine During Self-Isolation

sources: Facebook/Jennifer Hallstrom / Living Well Mom

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, many countries around the world are urging people to work from home, self-isolate, and to just stay home. I am happy to oblige, and this action is pertinent in order to flatten the curve of the virus spreading. If you’re like me, and are trying to figure out how on earth you’re going to maintain some semblance of sanity in your household during this time, the following tips may be able to help. Here are 14 ways to keep your kids occupied and in a routine during this ongoing period of self-isolation.

1. Collage

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Hand your kids a stack of old magazines, catalogues, paper, a glue stick, and scissors. Collaging is a great way to pass the time, and it will keep kids entertained (for a little while, anyways!).

2. Obstacle Course

source: Sparkle Stories

When your kids are cooped up with lots of energy to burn, have them create and go through an obstacle course! They can revamp the obstacle course to become more challenging as they go along.

3. Designated Learning Time

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You already know that kids thrive on routine. When they’re not in school, you can still carve out some designated time to teach them something educational. Set aside an hour or two each day when your kids will work on activity books or something else geared towards learning.

4. DIY Playdough

source: Living Well Mom

DIY playdough is surprisingly easy to make, and it will keep your kids entertained for quite some time. Click here for a simple DIY playdough recipe.

5. Snack Bins


Jennifer Hallstrom invented a solution to combat her kids asking her for snacks every five minutes. “Each child has their own colored basket. In the morning, I put their snacks in it for the day. When those snacks are gone, they don’t get any more. It makes them stop and think, ‘Do I really need a snack?’ I also put their cup for the day in there because I’m not washing 50 cups a day!” Jennifer said.

6. Coloring

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Coloring is always a good idea! I’m an adult, and I still love to color with my kids from time to time.

7. Nature Walks

source: National Park Service

Never underestimate the power of fresh air. Just because we’re all practicing social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t get outside for some exercise. Take your kids on a nice, long walk among nature – it will make everyone feel better.

8. Sort Through Toys

source: ABC News

I always try to promote gratitude to my kids during difficult times. Now would be a great opportunity to have your kids go through their old toys, games, and clothes. What can they part with that would bring so much joy to a less fortunate child?

9. Lego-A-Day Challenge

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Do your kids like playing with Lego? If so, give them one project to create with Lego each day. Click here for a whole bunch of great ideas!

10. Designated Reading Time

source: Bags of Books

I think it’s a great idea to implement a designated time for learning in the morning, and a designated time for reading in the afternoon. If your kids aren’t at an age where they can read by themselves, take an hour and read their favorite stories aloud.

11. Bake Something

source: Powerful Mothering

It’s never too early (or too late) to have your kids join you in the kitchen! Why not get them involved in cooking or baking something? Not only is it fun, but it’s a great opportunity to teach them an important life skill.

12. Chores

source: The Wall Street Journal/Karen E. Segrave

Being on self-isolation is also a great time to get your kids more involved with household chores. Have them tidy their rooms each day. They can help wash and dry the dishes. Teach them how to sort, fold, and put away laundry. There are so many little chores kids can do to help out and get involved.

13. Family Tree

source: Modern Parents Messy Kids

Why not use this time to create a family tree? Your kids will get to learn more about their family lineage, and create a fun project at the same time.

14. Family Board Games

source: DC Area Moms Blog

I have so many fond memories of playing cards and board games as a family when I was growing up. Self-isolation is a great time to play family games and have some good laughs as a group!

Remember, everyone is just trying to get by right now, and you do not need to be a perfect parent 24/7. If you need to let your kids watch TV, let them watch TV. If you need to serve them a frozen pizza for dinner two nights in a row, that’s okay. Let’s take this time to slow down and reconnect with our families. Be kind to yourself and to one another – we will get through this.