Fun Activities To Do While Self-Isolating

A global pandemic? Things like that are for history books or the Apocalypse, not the 21st century. Yet here we are watching restaurants, schools, and businesses close their doors in an attempt to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Even Hollywood has shut down!

Tink: Oh, it's definitely the end times.

Since both my mother and I have serious underlying health conditions, my family is in total lockdown mode. It’s paramount we don’t catch this new virus. Our chances of surviving would be slim๐Ÿ˜ฌ.

Tink: Isn't that a little dramatic?

Unfortunately, no.

I am adrenally insufficient, which means my body doesn’t produce Cortisol: the hormone needed to fight viruses and infections.

While we’re taking this epidemic very seriously (as everyone should), I could use a break from the news and its croakings of doom. Fortunately, I’m the queen of having fun while quarantined! I’ve been doing it every winter since 2008 to avoid the regular flu.

Tink: It's true! We're pros at having fun at home!

So, today Tink and I are sharing our favorite tips for staying entertained while self-isolating!

8 Fun Things To Do While Self-Isolating.

Number 1: Craft and Create!

Crafting is the ultimate way to make time fly. I lose hours working on my dolly projects. In fact, just talking about crafts excites me! How about we make something right now? Something simple like–doll-sized DVDs!

Quick Craft–Easy DVDs For Barbie Dolls:

How to make miniature DVDs and Blu-Rays.
I used images from a DVD insert for this craft, but you can also cut out pictures from catalogs or magazines.

SAH Activities: Create Something.

Gluing pictures to both sides of the foam does two things:

  1. It gives you even more movie options.
  2. The foam still looks like a DVD even if it’s laying wrong side up.
Number 2: Sew Something.

If you ask me, everyone should learn to sew! It’s a rewarding hobby that promotes creativity, focus, and coordination. I also find the rhythm of hand sewing calming.

Normally, Tink is the lucky recipient of my handiwork, but I think it’s time to show the rest of the miniverse some love, don’t you?

SAH Activities: Sew A Doll Dress.

Number 3: Play a board game.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than a good board game. Sister usually wins at Life, but I’m the master of Monopoly (unless dad joins in๐Ÿ™„).

SAh Activities 3: Play A Game (Graphic 1)

SAh Activities 3: Play A Game (Graphic 2)

SAh Activities 3: Play A Game (Graphic 3)

Number 4: Read a book.

SAH Activities: Read A Book.

Good authors are good readers. Why? Because reading hones writing skills, such as character creation, scene-setting, and structuring dialogue.

Think about it: While you’re wondering what will befall your hero or heroine, you’re also building valuable story-telling abilities!

So, when boredom creeps in, grab a book๐Ÿ˜‰.

What are your favorite genres? Mine are mysteries and fairytales!
Number 5: Play a digital game.

SAH Activities: Play A Digital Game.

There’s no harm in using this time at home to kick back and level up in your online games. App Stores are filled with puzzles, role-play, and good ol’ matching games. Some don’t even need an internet connection to work.

I enjoy world-building games, like Castle Story, Elvenar, and Township.

Number 6: Movie Marathon!

This is a no-brainer. Everyone loves a good show. Since movie theaters are shut down, many studios are releasing their theatrical films directly to streaming services, like Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Vudu.

The only hard part is finding a flick everyone can agree on.

SAH Activities: Movie Marathon.

Number 7: Browse Etsy.

SAH Activities: Shop Etsy.

Etsy is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind dollhouse minis. You can find hyper-realistic miniature food, flowers, books, games…pretty much anything!

Of course, my purse strings have tightened due to furloughs๐Ÿ˜’.

Still, that won’t stop me from browsing the shops, looking for inspiration for my next project.

Number 8: Learn a new craft.

What happens when the fun of sewing wears off? Or maybe you’re tired of peeling glue off your fingers from all those tiny papercrafts.

How about learning a new crafting technique?

When I was recovering from neurosurgery, I needed something that wasn’t overly physical to keep me occupied while healing. That’s when I learned to make doll furniture out of plastic canvas.

Plastic canvas is great for kids and adults who enjoy stitching. The patterns are easy to follow, and you don’t need a lot of supplies to get started.

Plus, the variety of stuff you can make is limitless. There are patterns for everything from a simple Barbie chair to a giant doll room. Right now, I’m working on this fashion doll boutique:

Tink with plastic canvas pattern.

Since most craft stores don’t carry doll-related patterns, I buy mine online at Annie’s Craft Store.

Annies Crafts has a ton of plastic canvas patterns available for electronic download. Just buy, print, and you’re ready to create!

Click on a product in the gallery below to check it out at Annie’s Catalog online!ย  (These are affiliate links).

So, whether you're looking for ways to keep yourself and family entertained for the next few weeks, or just need a happy distraction from the gloomy headlines, I hope this list gives you some ideas for ways to pass the time until it's safe to venture out again.

Now it's your turn!

What are your favorite stay-at-home activities? Feel free to share them in the comment section!

Coronavirus is highly contagious---three times more contagious than the regular flu---and potentially fatal for anyone with a compromised immune system. Those with diabetes, autoimmune disease, lung and heart problems, or taking immune-suppressing drugs need to follow the guidelines given by the President and CDC.


  1. I have just found your blog. These activities look like fun. I think that my dolls are craftier than I am but I think we are willing to try them out. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Wow sorry i’m late i’v been buys with crafting and trying not to see my freinds (soooo not that hard) right now i’m trying to re make all the #the barbie looks with my only made to move doll(with teh worst camra ever Oh and i’m trying to start a doll blog i need help finding a good free webcite that isnt confusing. if you have any sugestions please tell meeeeeeeee. hope ur staying safe

    Luv, Jaidan

    1. Author

      I know what you mean about being busy with crafts. Although I’ve made progress with some of mine, there are still too many half-finished crafts scattered across my table. (A sign I should spend more time flexing my creative muscles and less time playing online games๐Ÿ˜†).

      As far as a good free website, Blogger and are the best ones. If you want to focus on writing and don’t care much about custom elements, is the way to go; however, if you want more freedom to customize your site, I’d check out Blogger.

      1. Hey thanks now i have a real blog haha this is going to be fun….. now i just need to get good with pictures… here we go…

        1. I might like to check out your blog. What’s it called, and what platform did you decide on?
          Signed, Treesa

  3. Question: where did you get the mini Jumanji game?
    Signed, Treesa

    1. Author

      The Jumanji game is on Amazon. Itโ€™s part of the Worlds Coolest collection and was originally a keychain.

      1. Neat, though having seen the Robin Williams movie, it’s a good thing Tink took it away from the little ones.
        Signed, Treesa

        1. Author

          Yes–the last thing we need are youngsters trapped in the jungle๐Ÿ˜‚.

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