A doodle guide to shelter-in-place
Some (tech-free) things to do while you're hanging out
at home! (Apologies; I stopped doodling about halfway
- Read a book, or maybe two, or three.
- Bake cookies.
- Wait, you’re almost out of flour;
maybe half the recipe?
- Do a puzzle.
- Take your inevitable break from said puzzle once
you’ve finished the borders (and cluttered up your
- Or, you know, salute the sun and call it a day.
- But not too much, or you'll run out of toilet
- Question why no one wanted to stock up on
wheel-shaped pasta while panic-shopping. Seriously!
Wheels deserve love just as much as bow-ties,
or those funny trumpet-shaped ones.
- Snail mail! Make cards for and/or write letters to
friends and family. Mail them when all this is
- Write a letter to yourself and seal it in an
envelope. Open it in one year.
- Contemplate what chocolate cake would taste like if
humans went extinct and aliens tried to bake using
our recipe books. What sort of cup is a cup,
anyway? And what about tablespoons and teaspoons?
- Teach yourself that thing you’ve been meaning to
teach yourself (like, how to solve a Rubik's cube,
or how to play the ukulele).
- Or, if that feels like a lot of effort: do that
thing you’ve been meaning to do (like, finding a
picture for that picture frame, or cleaning the
- Sort through old clothes (or at least re-fold the
stuff in your closet).
- Emergency dance party!
- Keep track of your shelter-in-place days using an
interesting measurement, like number of coffee cups
consumed or boxes of mac ‘n cheese emptied.
(But please, use better tally marks than Rey in
- Sing in the shower (or to your neighbors, if you’re
in an apartment).
- Do a
logic grid puzzle (or make up your own!).
If Alice only eats stringy pasta, Bob hates
bow-ties and alfredo sauce, Eve has a tomato
allergy and COVID-19, etc., who ate what dish with
what pasta for dinner?
- Think about what would happen if the wizarding
world faced a magical pandemic. Isn’t St. Mungo’s
their only hospital? Which Hogwarts house would
catch it first?
- Draw a maze that takes at least one minute to solve
(which that circular one in Inception
- Play board games! If you’re cooped up alone, make
your moves via USPS (like they did for
- Try cartography: map out your shelter-in-place
space, your town, or a place of your own
imagination. (Bonus points if you write a
hitchhiker’s guide to go along with it.)
- Get out a dictionary and pick a new favorite word.