Eat breakfast, get dressed, make bed, hair done



Math work, flash cards, study guides, work on teacher homework, online conference calls and instruction with teachers and other students, etc. Schedule brain break activities away from the computer or homework for several minute intervals according to age appropriateness. See attached sheet for brain break activities or have children walk the dog or walk outside, ride bikes, or participate in 15-20 minutes of yoga if weather does not permit being outside.

Elementary: Cosmic Yoga Kids workout 

Junior High/High School: Wanderlust Teen Yoga workouts

Brain Breaks: Elementary Every 20 minutes-hour depending on age

Junior High/High School Every hour-hour and a half




Legos, magnetixs, puzzles, drawing, crafting, playing music, creative writing, cook or bake, etc.  See attachments below for screen free time ideas for elementary-high school.







NO ELECTRONICS! Read a book, nap, puzzles, do school counseling character ed lessons, non screen activity lessons (see attachment below), do specialties classes (see attachment below).



Work on study material, iPad games, educational shows, homework, lessons plans.





Bikes, walk the dog, play outside, etc.

Work on sports workouts given from coaches





TV time, internet time, video games

Finish workouts if needed

Online social time with friends



Shower, get homework lessons & clothes set out for the next day



Bedtime for elementary aged students, reading and quiet time for junior high and high school students.

Schedule Provided by



























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SPECIALTIES: Classes taken in elementary & junior high/high school like art, computers, PE, and music. Different art and computer lessons can be found online for elementary-high school ages.

Elementary PE: Mrs. Jolly’s Online PE Class (YouTube), Kids Workout by Moe Jones

Junior High/High School PE: Break out the old school Wii, find and do some online workouts or dances, etc. If permitted and allowed in your area at this time, take your teenager with you to the gym so they can keep up on workouts. You can also schedule 1:1 or small group sessions with their coach if your area is allowing those types of visits at their school.

SCHOOL COUNSELING CHARACTER ED: School counselors or social workers at your child’s school often share character education lessons to your child. Lessons often include material on resiliency, social and emotional learning, dealing with anxiety, problem solving and dealing with friends. School counselors are providing lessons and counseling (if directed) from their schools during this time.

BRAIN BREAKS: When school work or homework gets hard, brain breaks are great ways to stop and take a few minutes away from frustrations before returning back to studying.

Elementary: Jack Hartmann Dance and Freeze Brain Breaks, Imagery Brain Break, 12 Illusion Brain Breaks,

Junior High/High School: Imagery Brain Break, Optical Illusion Brain Breaks, Pen Flipping Brain Breaks: Crab Brain Break:  Dancing Brain Break for Teens: 


( for: actual quarantine, school closures, weekend, social distancing, anytime!)

Thanks to the Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder Community for the amazing suggestions!!

E= Elementary Age JH/HS=Junior High/High School

  1. Read a book. (101 best chapter books – many of these are for younger kids, but there are books on the list that will also appeal to tweens and teens)
  2. Read a picture book to younger siblings. (Here are 101 Picture Books that every kid should hear.)
  3. Listen to an audiobook.
  4. Do an experiment with paper shapes.
  5. Play with perspective.
  6. Do paper chromatography.
  7. Do t-shirt chromatography.
  8. Build paper towers.
  9. Do an experiment with soda.
  10. Do an egg drop experiment.
  11. Microwave soap.
  12. Go to the beach.
  13. Go to the pool.(if allowed)
  14. Play a board game. (The the best games for tweens, teens, and adults – all family-friendly and nothing vulgar)
  15. Make homemade root beer sherbet.
  16. Make homemade ice cream.
  17. Make a terrarium.
  18. Make egg geodes.
  19. Interview each other.
  20. Make a geoboard.
  21. Do a random act of kindness.
  22. Go to the zoo. (if allowed)
  23. Go to the aquarium. (if allowed)
  24. Have a glow stick treasure hunt. – They could easily set this up for each other with minimal parent involvement.
  25. Make a tape resist painting. – Challenge them to make their names with tape and paint over that.
  26. Play glow in the dark ring toss.
  27. Make a fairy garden.
  28. Make a mosaic using dyed rice.
  29. Make astronaut pudding.
  30. Make marzipan piggies.
  31. Melt beads for suncatchers.
  32. Play or explore in a creek.
  33. Go to an amusement park. (if allowed)
  34. Go to a water park.(If allowed)
  35. Grow a garden.
  36. Grow a Venus Flytrap.
  37. Write in a journal.
  38. Test out paper airplanes.
  39. Make slime.
  40. Make string art.
  41. Make washi tape butterflies.
  42. Make a homemade pizza in the oven.
  43. Make a homemade pizza on the grill.
  44. Cook something.
  45. Play water balloon dodgeball.
  46. Have a sponge relay race.
  47. Play catch.
  48. Plant a tree.
  49. Bake cookies.
  50. Blow bubbles.
  51. Sing patriotic songs like My Country Tis of Thee, God Bless America, the Star Spangled Banner, and America the Beautiful.
  52. Play frisbee.
  53. Play bocce ball.
  54. Play lawn darts. (They’re not like they used to be.)
  55. Play croquet.
  56. Play horseshoes. (You don’t need pits for this set from Amazon, and you can even play in the house.)
  57. Go for a hike.
  58. Start an exercise routine and commit to exercise every single day.
  59. Challenge a friend to a Chopped-style cooking competition.
  60. Find something at the thrift store that you can sell on eBay for profit. (if allowed)
  61. Do some extra chores to earn a few dollars.
  62. Turn a piece of old clothing into something new.
  63. Volunteer at an animal shelter. (if allowed)
  64. Volunteer at the library. (if allowed)
  65. Call a friend.
  66. Babysit.
  67. Make a kite and fly it.
  68. Host a sleepover like in the old days. (if allowed)
  69. Start a nature journal / sketchbook and work on it every day.
  70. Color your hair. (We tried hair wax and thought it was nasty. Go for a semi permanent color that will wash out over time.)
  71. Learn a new instrument.
  72. Go to the movies. (if allowed)
  73. Go out to lunch with mom or dad.
  74. Take an online class. We have taken dozens of classes on all kinds of topics through Outschool and love the format.
  75. Learn to play tennis.
  76. Learn to play golf.
  77. Make a bucket list.
  78. Have a silly string battle.
  79. Write a group story – one person write 2 sentences then passes the paper to the next person, who also writes 2 sentences and passes it on.
  80. Create a funny skit and video it.
  81. Do something for the neighbor – offer to clean her windows, vacuum for her, mow her lawn, etc.(if allowed)
  82. Plan a meal, shop for the ingredients, and give your mom the night off.
  83. Make a mural with sidewalk chalk.
  84. Plan a craft for the neighborhood kids.
  85. Make a music video.
  86. Give a friend a makeover.
  87. Go to an outdoor concert. (if allowed)
  88. Go to an outdoor movie. (if allowed)
  89. Make a taco bar for lunch or dinner.
  90. Make walking tacos for dinner – start with a small bag of doritos for each person, then dump in a few ounces of taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Eat with a fork. Walking optional. (My kids LOVE these!)
  91. Play frisbee golf.
  92. Go to an arcade. (if allowed)
  93. Play skeeball.
  94. Go go-cart racing.(if allowed)
  95. Make something you found on Pinterest.
  96. Learn a new dance from YouTube.
  97. Do a photo scavenger hunt.
  98. Make a time capsule.
  99. Go for a train ride.
  100. Go indoor rock climbing.
  101. Go to the library. (if allowed)
  102. Make something from paper mâché – masks are fun, but so are piñatas, houses, and just about every other thing I’ve ever made. Use your imagination.
  103. Homemade bowling – spray paint 2-liter bottles, fill them halfway with rice or dried beans, and set them up in the yard. Use a kickball or soccer ball to knock them down.
  104. Learn how to tie dye.
  105. Go on a picnic.
  106. Go bird watching.
  107. Explore a small area in your yard with a magnifying glass.
  108. Go geocaching.
  109. Create a new geocache and hide it.
  110. Go on a hike in the woods.
  111. Play balloon volleyball.
  112. Camp out in the backyard.
  113. Make toy parachutes.
  114. Make some homemade juggling balls and learn how to juggle.
  115. Make bath bombs using citric acid and baking soda.
  116. Write a letter to Grandma.
  117. Learn about constellations so you can find them at night.
  118. Publish a pretend newspaper.
  119. Learn origami.
  120. Try to replicate famous art.
  121. Learn the alphabet in sign language.
  122. Pick flowers from your garden and make a flower arrangement for your dining room table.
  123. Jump on the trampoline.
  124. Learn to hula hoop.
  125. Host a tea party. Bonus if you read poetry and serve brownies. (if allowed)
  126. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  127. Make indoor s’mores – stack a graham cracker, square of chocolate, and marshmallow. Top with another graham cracker and microwave for 10 seconds.
  128. Explore the world with Google Maps or Google Earth.
  129. Make friendship bracelets.
  130. Do some Mad Libs.
  131. Learn a new card game.
  132. Learn how to do Sudoku.
  133. Jump rope.
  134. Write a haiku.
  135. Make a card and mail it to someone special.
  136. Play charades.
  137. Learn a poem and recite it to your mom.
  138. Make a photo album.
  139. Organize your bedroom.
  140. Climb a tree.
  141. Visit a farmer’s market and try something you’ve never eaten before. (if allowed)
  142. Go roller skating.
  143. Play Twister. (Take this outside if you’re like us and lack living room floor space.)
  144. Take silly selfies.
  145. Write to a pen pal or sponsored child.
  146. Sew a pillow.
  147. Make a sundae bar with lots of toppings.
  148. Search the couch for loose change.
  149. Bathe the dog.
  150. Run in the sprinkler.
  151. Search for four-leaf clovers.
  152. Draw pictures.
  153. Learn a few magic tricks.
  154. Listen to music.
  155. Write a story.
  156. Write a letter to the president.
  157. Fix something that’s broken.
  158. Read a magazine.
  159. Go through your stuff and fill a bag with items to donate.
  160. Write in a journal.
  161. Try a new craft.
  162. Search for cool rocks.
  163. Look at old pictures.
  164. Make pipe cleaner jewelry.
  165. Take a bubble bath.
  166. Water the plants.
  167. Have a dance party.
  168. Ride your bike.
  169. Wash the car.
  170. Create a comic book.
  171. Write a song.
  172. Do handprint art.
  173. Do footprint art.
  174. Have a staring contest.
  175. Blow cotton swabs through a straw at a bowl. (My kids love this!)
  176. Play badminton.
  177. Make a tie blanket out of fleece.
  178. Make a tie pillow out of fleece.
  179. Make up new rules to an old game.
  180. Build a bird house.
  181. Have a water gun battle.
  182. Catch fireflies.
  183. Paint rocks with paint.
  184. Heat rocks in the oven and “paint” them with crayons. (Be super careful!)
  185. Walk the dog. (Don’t have a dog? Walk the neighbor’s dog!)
  186. Have a scavenger hunt. (Search on Pinterest for a good template.)
  187. Weed the garden.
  188. Make a stop-motion video.
  189. Build a volcano out of paper mâché or modeling clay and then explode it using baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and some food coloring.
  190. Hunt for animal tracks.
  191. Make a magazine collage or vision board.
  192. Have a living room picnic.
  193. Learn to crochet. (This is the YouTube video that I used when I first learned.)
  194. Make marshmallow and toothpick towers.
  195. Play with Magformers.
  196. Play hide and seek.
  197. Redecorate your bedroom.
  198. Build with Lego.
  199. Have a Nerf Gun battle.
  200. Take some interesting photos.
  201. Challenge someone to an UNO championship.

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