99 Things to Keep You Busy Right Now
While we are all figuring out how to deal with our new norm, it is time to get creative and take advantage of things we’ve always wanted to do. From being super artistic to binge watching your favorite Netflix shows, the ideas that typically come easy may seem stalled by constant news updates and interruptions. We’ve created a list to help you out, offering 99 things to keep you busy right now, that you may not have thought of. See if any of these spark your interest.
Memories and New Talents
#1 Write a story about your life. Include the good, the bad, and the ugly. Save it for your children or best friend.
#2 Learn how to properly set the table. If you feel like going the extra step, learn a new napkin fold.
#3 Ask your parents how they met and what happened on their first date.
#4 Go through the old scrapbooks and walk down Memory Lane.
#5 Learn calligraphy and take your cards and gift tags to the next level.
#6 Listen to music that takes you back to those special junior and senior high school days.
#7 Make a dessert or cookies from scratch to enjoy while you are stuck at home.
#8 Watch a documentary (we recommend Netflix or Reelz). Surely you want to know the behind-the-scenes of Facts of Life or the life of Jim Morrison, Freddy Mercury, or Michael Jackson.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde
#9 Clean and sanitize your cell phones thoroughly, even removing its protective case, if you use one.
#10 Research your family history through a genealogy site.
#11 Watch your favorite movie or one of those ancient DVDs you’ve not parted with.
#12 Write a letter to someone in a nursing home or a friend you haven’t seen in years.
#13 Take a hot bubble bath and read a book from the comfort of your tub.
#14 Practice to perfect a grilled cheese sandwich.
#15 Break out any collection you might have and reminisce buying the pieces or where they came from with your family.
#16 Organize junk drawers and closets that need order brought to them.
#17 Cue the tears and excitement by looking through old photo albums.
#18 Build a house of cards.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
#19 Bake cupcakes and decorate them giving your best effort.
#20 Go on a bike ride. Pay attention to the trees and flowers in your neighborhood.
#21 Create a list of unusual items to find on a Zoom scavenger hunt with friends.
#22 Cut out pictures in a magazine and make a collage, such as things you like, etc. Mine would be Barbie dolls, flowers, or tantalizing coffee drinks.
#23 Break out the chess or backgammon set and learn to play a classic game.
Activities with Kids in the House
#24 Have a family game night, complete with popcorn. Suggestions include Clue, Jenga, Pictionary, and Scattergories.
#25 Catch lightning bugs.
#26 Google different artists and try your best at painting/drawing the way they are famous for.
#27 Make a video of how each person in the family feels right now to remember this event in the future. Include what you each are thinking during the pandemic, both good and bad.
#28 Rearrange your living room or den furniture for a change of scenery. The kids will love helping out and making suggestions.
#29 Listen to the top songs from every year that you’ve been alive. Encourage the kids to pick the ones they like and dislike.
#30 Do makeovers on each other, or even haircuts.
#31 Tumble—practice somersaults, cartwheels, handstands, splits, etc.
#32 Everyone make a different recipe and sit down to enjoy it together.
#33 Teach the kids how to bathe the pets. I’m sure they would love a good spa day.
#34 Host a family cooking show where one of you teaches everybody something they are good at in the kitchen.
#35 Teach the kids how to wash and detail a car.
#36 Make a lavish picnic and go outside to eat.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”- Victor Hugo
#37 Have a good old-fashioned sack race in the yard.
#38 Watch old home movies, especially ones with them as babies.
#39 Make gourmet pizzas a family event. Pull out toppings that the whole family would love—nothing is off limits. Jellybeans on pizza? Why not!
#40 Work a challenging puzzle or put together LEGO sets.
#41 Make Coke (or whatever sodas you have on hand) floats or milkshakes and serve them in fancy glasses.
#42 Paint rocks. Google creative ideas to make them extra special.
#43 Teach your children about money by giving items in your pantry a dollar amount and letting them shop, using the correct currency.
#44 Play the picnic memory game. “I’m going on a picnic and I packed Oreos (for instance)”. Next player says all that and adds his/her item (sandwiches, for example). Keep it going.
#45 Learn how to do rubbings with nature–leafs, trees, etc.
#46 Write a poem, an ode, a limerick, and a haiku. Teach your children the difference and have them help.
#47 Watch several reruns of Jeopardy and keep score as to who answer the most correctly.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Activities with Toddlers in the House
#48 Read books. Consider Face-timing your loved ones, old or young, to listen along.
#49 Make macaroni art.
#50 Blow bubbles outside for the kids to chase and bust.
#51 Teach them the chicken dance.
#52 Do a workout video and watch the little ones mimic you.
#53 Draw up a chore chart and let them help around the house.
#54 Have a gentle pillow fight with your kids. In fact, do it April 4th on International Pillow Fight Day.
#55 Hide Easter eggs (or anything you have laying around that would suffice).
#56 Let the kids set the table. Teach them how to do it properly, a life lesson they can use forever.
#57 Conduct a fun math class with kitchen utensils (measuring cups, spoons, etc.) using water, flour, sugar, salt (whatever you have that you can spare some of) and introduce them to fractions and measurements.
#58 Create a fort with a sheet over furniture and hunker down with your tiny tots.
#59 Sing kiddie songs such as Jesus Loves Me, The Alphabet Song, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.
#60 Draw on the sidewalk with chalk.
#61 Lay on a sheet or towel outside and look at the stars.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
#62 Play with water balloons.
#63 Learn iconic kids’ games like Duck, Duck, Goose, Hide and Seek, or Mother, May I?
#64 Feed the birds, squirrels, and any other pets you may have.
#65 Play with the Barbie dolls and action figures you have stored away or in the toy room.
#66 Go for a car ride and play license plate bingo.
#67 Make a Touch and Feel sensory box for your children to enjoy. (hairbrush, fruit, pinecone, etc.)
#68 Play indoor basketball. Use a rolled up sock, trash can—be creative.
#69 Learn hand-clapping games, such as Long-Legged Sailor, Pat-A-Cake, Playmate, and The Cup Game with your toddlers.
#70 Play flash-light tag.
#71 Make paper airplanes and see whose can fly the furthest.
Fun for Anyone
#72 Identify all of the flowers and trees around your house.
#73 Play dress up. Get all dolled up and take pictures. If you are alone, your phone’s camera timer works perfectly.
#74 Spray each other with the water hose or make a fun game out of running through the sprinklers.
#75 Learn how to make mosaics. Use old pottery or china you aren’t particularly fond of to practice.
#76 Clean out things you aren’t using or need for charity donations.
#77 YouTube new hair tricks or styles. Learn to use the appliances you’ve been hoarding for years. Try coloring your own hair at home.
#78 Learn how to make homemade bread, pie crust, or pasta.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
#79 Create a toy or play thing out of an empty box. Kids are creative, they have no problem doing things like this.
#80 Color. Print off your own sheets or pull out a special coloring book you have socked away.
#81 Work crossword puzzles or play Sudoku.
#82 Sort through old travel brochures and school papers. Take photos of the things you want to keep and recycle the rest.
#83 Write a fan letter to someone you admire.
#84 Call an old friend who would be thrilled to hear from you.
#85 Learn line dances to get you up to speed for your next cruise. Consider Cha-Cha Slide, The Wobble, Cupid Shufle, and Macarena.
#86 Put on a fashion show. Audience not necessary. Drag out the fancy duds from your closet and cat walk through your house.
#87 Make a scrapbook. Use your old photos (or order new ones to be delivered in the mail) and start putting your memories to paper.
#88 Learn American Sign Language.
#89 Have a fancy afternoon tea party. Serve tea and mini-sandwiches and/or pastries along with a perfectly set table.
#90 Watch Netflix
#91 Reminisce about your first date, courtship, wedding, and anniversaries.
#92 Play board games, such as Yahtzee, Scrabble, or Monopoly.
#93 Start a garden.
#94 Watch the sunrise or sunset together.
#95 Play some slow tunes (maybe even your song!) and dance.
#96 Rewatch your wedding video and see how much of it you remember.
#97 Play “Would you rather”?
#98 Come up with a list of questions to ask each other and see how much you know about each other. (favorite breakfast, movie, vacation destination, etc.)
#99 Have a spa day–give each other a massage, face-masks, etc.
I hope you found something that you would like to do from my list. Enjoy your family and loved ones, and we will get through this crisis together. Stay safe, everyone.
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