75+ Entertaining and Educational Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors

If you’re stuck indoors for whatever reason, try these educational activities to crack boredom.

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75+ Educational Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors

1. Watch historical movies (check out my lists for kids and teens)

Sign up for Curiosity Stream, which is like an educational Netflix, for only $2.99/month or a yearlong membership for only $20. They have so many great programs!

2. Play a board game (Life and Disney Monopoly are favorites)

3. Build famous landmarks from LEGOs

4. Learn about the basics of music theory with these apps

5. Create a song/rhyme/poem/rap/TikTok of what you’re currently learning about in school

6. Make your own Apples to Apples

7. Create art inspired by famous paintings

8. Learn about the phases of the moon with Oreos

9. Create a marble run

10. Re-enact a famous historical event

11. Make your own board game

12. Listen to podcasts

13. Create your own podcast

14. Make a food common in a foreign country

15. Make ice cream in a bag

16. Create interactive notebooks

17. Try educational games

18. Build a fort

19. Trade video games/movies with a friend

20. Have a math scavenger hunt around your home (you can use it with newspapers or magazines)

21. Memorize the periodic table (in a week)

22. Make a cake inspired by the layers of the earth

23. Put together a puzzle

24. Start learning a foreign language (my Spanish learning journey)

25. Make a ninja warrior course

26. Try drawing with this 30 day challenge

27. Build gumdrop structures

28. Have a photoshoot. Edit photos.

29. Make a shadow box

30. Make edible play dough

31. Make a music video. Edit it.

32. Build a website (here’s how I started my website when I was 14)

33. Read historical books

34. Learn secret spy codes

35. Try cup stacking

36. Watch these cool science movies/documentaries

37. Try Jenga with random objects

38. Look at ads from different historical time periods (sorted by category) 

39. Make golden ticket cookies, then watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

40. Start coding

41. Make a kindness tree

42. Make an obstacle course

43. Cook or bake

44. Try these faith-based object lessons

45. Make a stop motion video

46. Get creative with sight words and handwriting

47. Have a coloring contest

48. Try bowling at home

49. Create your own escape room

50. Make constellation maps

51. Try these free educational online games/activities

Please note: These are just websites I have used in the past or have had them recommended to me. Some may have memberships or free trial periods. Learn in Color is not affiliated with any of them. If you have problems with the below sites, please contact the individual site.

52. Have a blindfolded candy taste test

Blindfold the kiddos and have them guess the candy flavor, chip, soda, or candy bar!

53. Learn Braille

54. Try these free 14 day challenges for cooking, photography, drawing, and more

Check out my list of favorite educational apps for students, sorted by grade level!

FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

These experiments are fun, easy, and don’t require too many items.

55. Make magic milk

56. Make fluffy slime

57. Create color changing flowers

58. Learn about vortexes (with glitter)

59. Learn about the electrolysis of water

60. Try the elephant toothpaste experiment

61. Learn about sound by creating a DIY phone speaker

62. Learn about the layers of the ocean

63. Make a heart pump model

64. Make a paperclip float

65. Create a rain cloud in a jar

66. Make a classic baking soda volcano

67. Make a tornado in a bottle

68. Try this How well do you wash your hands? experiment

For Tweens and Teens

69. Play Scrabble, Life, chess, or Monopoly

70. Learn a new skill

71. Try magic tricks

72. Learn the alphabet in sign language

73. Binge watch a new show

These are some of my favorite YouTube series which are both entertaining and educational. They’re overall clean, perhaps some bleeped out language, but they’re very interesting!

74. Wired’s “One Concept at Five Levels” is also interesting. They have a neuroscientist, musician, physicist, and more.

75. CrashCourse’s channel has fun and entertaining videos that are 10-15 minute “crash courses” on topics.

76. Watch the most-watched Ted Talks (they’re great!)

77. Wired has a series of fun videos where experts break down clips from famous movies, like a lawyer watching courtroom scenes, a forensic examiner watching crime clips, a pro chef watching cooking scenes, or Bear Grylls watching survival scenes.

78. Learn how to budget

If you’re struggling with helping your students in grades 4-8 understand terms, I created these cheat sheets to help break concepts down in a visually beautiful way.

The “cheat sheets” concept began with colored pens in my notebook in elementary school! 🙂

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Samantha is an entrepreneur and a former homeschool student from Indiana, USA. When not blogging, Samantha can be found reading about WWII, trying to speak Hebrew, and wasting time on Pinterest. Her work can be found on Free Homeschool Deals, Unigo, True Aim Education, Encouraging Moms at Home, and more.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Some good sites! (Found this from the teacher fb group!). Good ones for learning coding
    penjee.com — introduce kids to Python ( grades 6-10)
    Scratch — great for starting programming (lower and middle school )

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