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Hi everyone - would appreciate hearing how everyone kept their sons/daughters busy during the refeeding process if they aren’t in school and can have no physical exercise. Thanks all!
I hope you find the support and information you need.
Some ideas off the top of my head:
  • video games
  • we used ping pong as well
  • music
  • spa days
  • going out to movies
  • pottery painting
  • colouring
  • puzzles
  • books
  • driving around and looking at the sights
  • crafts knitting, needle work, clay, making anything they wish
  • a bit of school work, if some has been sent home 
  • Pick an interesting topic and learn about it. (dinosaurs, space, animals)
  • trivia games
Hope there is something listed that helps.
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
Good ideas!  Thanks so much. 
Art projects, reading, Lego, puzzles, bop it, piano lessons. There are online classes you can take. Kahn academy has free classes online classes. Typing lessons. Learning a language online. Pets are great. 
We had a very similar list of activities. We also watched more TV than usual - reruns of "Friends" in our case. It often worked as a distraction for eating, which took  a very long time. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
My D never skip school, so it wasn't so hard (that bit), during meals and on weekends, movies, series, books, music, she painted her hair (temporary dye so she tried many colours), nails, more movies and series.
13 yo d started to eat "healthy" September 2018, she had a growth spurt a bit later, followed by tummy bug. She started restricting breakfast and school lunch in January 2019 (that we know). We succesfully refed at home.
I have found inner strenght, patience and compassion that I did not know I had.
Never retreat, never surrender
keep feeding
House work 🙂. She did our laundry, cleaned the windows, washed the cars...
It gave her the feeling to be "needed" and to give something back.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.