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Shelter-in-Place Survival Guide: 20+ Tips for Littles

We're all losing our minds being stuck at home all day, everyday with no end in sight. Here's a list of products, websites, newsletters, deliveries(!) and general tricks that are saving our sanity.


Fill, engage, play, repeat. Littles never tire of a simple sensory bin.

Hold It: Containers for Play

Fill It: Sensory Bin Materials

  • Rice

  • Beans (Black, White)

  • Lentils (Green)

  • Pasta (Any Shape)

  • Cloud Dough (Flour & Oil)

  • Sand

  • Salt

  • Water Beads

Play With It: Sensory Bin Tools

  • Buckets

  • Cups

  • Small Bowls

  • Shovels

  • Rakes

  • Scoops

  • Spoons

  • Kid Tweezers

  • Tongs

  • Easter Eggs

Mix It Up: Add Ons

  • Cars & Trucks

  • Toy Animals

  • Toy Action Figures

  • Letters & Numbers (Magnetic or Puzzle)

  • Rhinestones

  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Pom Poms

  • Rocks & Stones (flower vase fillers)

  • Seasonal Items

Play Dough Recipe + Tips & Tricks

Easy Dyed Rice Recipe


Audible Books

  • Frozen & Frozen 2

  • Olivia Series

  • Pout Pout Fish

Disney Books on CD + CD Player

These have been a LIFESAVER when I need to nurse babies, cook, S needs to calm down, before nap time, you name it! Fantastic alternative to screens. Since Amazon delivery has been delayed, order/pick up from Target if you can. We love this CD player because it can run on batteries (no worries with my daughter and electric cords), and you can plug in headphones.

Josh Gad Book Club

Nightly readings of children's books from Olaf. Not to be missed.



Great videos for brain breaks from movement to mindfulness, all created by child development experts.

Cosmic Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Groove Mini Workouts (YouTube)

A collection of fun, easy to follow, dance workout videos. If you have 5 - 10 minutes in your day, try putting these routines into your daily schedule.

TuneBugz (Music Together)

With Austin's Shelter-In-Place mandate, TuneBugz is hosting classes on ZOOM. Free classes this week to try it out. Spring Maracas collection starts April 5th!


Austin has some fantastic options for engaging your little, delivered directly to your door! Not only do you get relief, you'll be helping small businesses keep their doors open (virtually for now). Check your local small businesses for similar options.

The Cupcake Bar Cupcake Kits


Haley's Cookie Kits


Sugar Mamas Bakeshop Cookie and Cupcake Kits


*We love that you can also deliver a CupCare Kit to first responders. So sweet!

Starr of Texas Balloon Drop


Brush Strokes Pottery/Coloring Kits


Busy Bebes Toddler & Preschooler Educational Busy Bags



Help delivered to your inbox.

PureWow Family

Easy slime recipe, articles to support mamas big concerns, helpful lists like this one!, etc.

PBS Kids Daily

Synopsis of one of their high-quality children's shows with questions to ask, easy at-home lesson ideas for early learners, etc.

TED-Ed Daily

Great for elementary and older. Educational videos on a variety of topics with lesson plans that include supplemental materials, plus Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss sections.

TheTot Weekly Edit

I love this website for their high quality, safe, and natural products for littles. But right now I also love their Weekly Edit newsletter, which includes Montessori teaching ideas, help with struggling sleepers, creating a routine in these crazy times, etc.


These our are favorite accounts for fabulous ideas for stay-at-home fun and learning!




Stay tuned for our Survival Tips for Moms and Dads!

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