I wanted to start off by saying that I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this crazy COVID-19 pandemic. I’m sending all of my thoughts and prayers to you and yours. This is a scary time! Today I’m sharing our daily & weekly toddler quarantine schedule in an effort to show you what is working for us and what might help you. I definitely don’t have all the answers and we are learning as we go. I also hate to think that I could be contributing to the stress that moms are taking on these days. This is only meant to be a helpful resource so please come back next week if it’s not for you. Here we go..
Our Toddler Quarantine Schedule
I cannot take credit for this one. My friend, Bizzy, is basically super mom and she sent over the weekly calendar she created for her family. I made adjustments to it based on our life and this is what we ended up with. I’m still tweaking it as we go and I learn how our new normal functions best. If you would like our own copy, you can sign up here for my newsletter and I will share everything then.
Weekly Planning Session
I generally have 3 different activities planned out for each day: 1-morning activity, 1 sensory bin activity for independent playtime and 1-afternoon activity. I plan out these activities for the whole week on Sunday afternoons.
Throughout the week, I save all the fun & creative ideas from around the interwebs in a note on my iPhone. I’m not sure if anyone else feels this way but it can get overwhelming seeing all of the content out there right now. I LOVE it but I also know that I can’t do all the things. That’s why this planning session has helped me so much. I look back through my note and pick activities that are age-appropriate and only require things I already have in my house. Basically I stay in my lane and I try not to get sidetracked by all the amazing ideas out there.
Another thing to note during your weekly planning session: the weather. In Richmond, we have been soooo lucky with amazing spring weather during this quarantine time. If it looks like rain that week, I make adjustments to my activities and plan a few extra indoor ideas. We like to spend a lot of time outside each day so rain really throws that off.
Here is what I generally end up with at the end of the weekly planning session:
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To break down our daily plan each day a little bit: I plan one inside activity for the morning, one sensory bin activity for independent playtime and one outside activity for the afternoon (when I’m trying to wear them out before bedtime). This is a general rule of thumb to help me wrap my mind around what type and how many activities I need each week.
Now when do I set all of this up? Surprisingly the most time I have ever needed to get all the things ready each day is about 15-20 minutes max. I was shocked about how little time all of this actually takes me. I like to do it in the morning because I am exhausted by the end of the day. David (my husband) is working from home so he has been so helpful watching the kids while I take some set-up time before I take over for the day.
Another hugely helpful thing is to leave most of the cleanup to the end of the day. We do a big sweep around 4:45 pm and put away everything from the daily activities. We clean the playroom, the bedrooms, the kitchen…any place where we have been playing that day. I don’t stress about my house being a mess or tidying up after each activity. As you can see from my schedule, the kids get to watch a show while I cook dinner so this is a good motivator for them to help out so we can get to that screen time.
Our bounce house is a savior for rainy days
I’ll add to this as I think of more!
You can read about our pre-quarantine toddler schedule here.
I hope this is helpful to you! I share the ideas that work well for us over on Instagram. We definitely have had some hits and misses along the way. If you do have any suggestions or ideas I would love to hear them! I’m most active on Instagram and you can always reach me here too.