OVER 200+ FREE-ish Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home

Self-Isolating? Quarantining? Feeling Stir-Crazy? Here’s a Massive List to Keep You Busy!

My word! Things are nuts right now! I’m feeling stir-crazy and wanted to compile ALL the amazing resources I’ve come across when researching what to do when stuck at home! This list includes all sorts of great things to do from coding, baking, wildlife cams, yoga, meditation, science experiments, story starter generator, resources from Nasa, learning languages, digital coloring pages and so much more. There’s such a huge variety! I hope you find it helpful!

Over 200+ Free-ish Ideas for When You’re Stuck at Home:

  1. A podcast about connection! Less Alone: A Podcast About Connection
  2. Tackle your debt with the Free DebtFreeRoadmap.com
  3. Daily Doodles!
  4. Denver Public Schools is offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for ALL kids ages 1-18!
  5. Feeling uncertain about finances? That makes sense. Come join us in the Free Spending Fasters Community
  6. Free Cooking classes
  7. Online AA Meetings
  8. Zoom AA Meetings 
  9. Phone-a-Story: 720-865-8500
  10. Free synth apps for musicians stuck at home
  11. Declutter with the Fearless Minimalist Guide
  12. South Korea is offering free concerts 
  13. Willie Nelson, Nataniel Rateliff, Margo Price Free Concert 
  14. Free Meals for Kids from Burger King
  15. Netflix Party: Let’s You Do Movie Nights with Friends While Quarantined
  16. Get a better understanding of your spending and make a plan with the Spending Fast Bootcamp
  17. Spectrum is offering free wifi 
  18. Ivy League Free Online Courses
  19. Healthcare workers can get the 10 Percent Happier app for free 
  20. Free meditation resources from Calm 
  21. Virtual Field Trips
  22. Over 30 Virtual Field Trips 
  23. Online Story Time!
  24. Keep Your Practice going with Free CorePower Yoga 
  25. Self-Isolating with Older Kids 
  26. United Way has a Community Economic Relief Fund. They can help with bills, rent, and food. Call 1-866-211-9966. Provide zip code and you’ll be given a list of local agencies that can provide assistance. 
  27. Immediate Work-From-Home Jobs 
  28. ABC Mouse is offering free membership. Use the code: SCHOOL7771
  29. New York Foundation for the Arts resources
  30. Quarantine resources for parents and caregivers
  31. Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions 
  32. NYC-based free events website that will begin to focus on free virtual events
  33. See how you can make money at home with the Side Gig Master List
  34. 275+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
  35. 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home 
  36. Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Stream
  37. Nasa’s Entire Media Library is now publicly accessible  
  38. Google Earth Virtual Tours of Our National Parks 
  39. Free finance coloring book 
  40. The San Diego Zoo tour (plus activities and games) 
  41. Tour Yellowstone National Park
  42. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
  43. This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. 
  44. Indoor activities with kids 
  45. Play games and learn all about animals 
  46. Play with fave show characters and learn too 
  47. Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip. 
  48. This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life. 
  49. Math and Reading games
  50. Phonics skills 
  51. This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. 
  52. Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss 
  53. 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens 
  54. Geography and animals 
  55. Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry 
  56. Fave kids books read by famous people 
  57. Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
  58. High school chemistry topics 
  59. Math and reading games 
  60. Math and language games 
  61. Hands-on Elementary science videos 
  62. Voice-based learning… learn through Alexa 
  63. Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities 
  64. ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. 
  65. Math as a fun part of your daily family routine 
  66. Games to get “into the book” 
  67. Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults 
  68. Biology 
  69. Elementary Math through 6th grade 
  70. Educational games K-12 
  71. Digital archive of history 
  72. 10 day free trial at Yoga Girl 
  73. Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc. 
  74. Free Reading Passages and Literary Passages
  75. Geometry 
  76. Resources for Spanish practice 
  77. Chinese learning activities 
  78. Music is for everyone 
  79. Science, Math, Social Studies 
  80. Grammar practice for middle grades 
  81. Homeschooling resources 
  82. FitOn app offers free fitness videos
  83. Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home
  84. Chemistry 
  85. Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions 
  86. Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin 
  87. 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world 
  88. K-5th Science lessons 
  89. Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies
  90. Digital learning content for preschool through high school 
  91. A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus
  92. 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
  93. Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra-curriculum courses.
  94. Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects.
  95. K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them.
  96. Engaging reading games for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.
  97. Foreign languages
  98. Interactive video earth science-based curriculum supplement
  99. A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access; USERNAME: read (case sensitive); PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)
  100. Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! 
  101. Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Ages 4-8.
  102. Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
  103. 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas 
  104. Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas 
  105. Math Videos with lessons, real-life uses of math, famous actors 
  106. Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects
  107. Online education program for toddler through high school
  108. Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 
  109. Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans 
  110. Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure
  111. Resources for AP students 
  112. Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college.
  113. Elementary Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources
  114. 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects
  115. Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators.
  116. Tons of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance
  117. Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world.
  118. Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
  119. Online curriculum that builds better writers
  120. 80+ do at-home science activities
  121. Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own
  122. Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8
  123. Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice.
  124. Quick & easy at-home projects curated for kids 2 and up
  125. Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial
  126. PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
  127. Science and math labs and simulations
  128. An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics.
  129. Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music!
  130. Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12
  131. QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home
  132. For students to practice and master whatever they are learning
  133. ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.
  134. Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students
  135. Music Based Spanish Learning
  136. Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology
  137. The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts.
  138. Sight-reading and sight-singing practice exercises
  139. Music practice transformed
  140. Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90
  141. Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.
  142. A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week-long sequences of curriculum materials.
  143. Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course.
  144. At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.
  145. Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
  146. Keyboard, typing practice
  147. Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in scientific phenomena as they solve problems.
  148. Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.
  149. K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students
  150. Free Code Camp
  151. 450 Ivy League courses that you can take right now for free
  152. Spelling 1-4 grade
  153. 2,500+ online courses from top institutions
  154. 22 languages to learn
  155. Learn to code
  156. Miscellaneous games for all subjects K-8
  157. Phonics and learning to read
  158. PreK – 5 games for all subjects
  159. Online digital coloring pages
  160. Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool – 8
  161. Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school
  162. Phonics worksheets for kids
  163. Free stories online ages 3-12
  164. National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.
  165. Learn all about earthquakes
  166. Learn all about the periodic table
  167. Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc.
  168. Guide to gardening for kids
  169. Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others.
  170. Space science for kiddos
  171. Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders
  172. Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time.
  173. NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history.
  174. News and more for kids
  175. Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters
  176. Immerse yourself in cryptography
  177. Math games galore
  178. Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
  179. An interactive way to learn history
  180. Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way
  181. Interactive games based on the book series
  182. Work on the 8 parts of speech
  183. Learn all about cells
  184. All sorts of learning here if you dig in at Google Earth
  185. A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
  186. Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are.
  187. Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
  188. Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun.
  189. A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.
  190. Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
  191. Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos.
  192. Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
  193. A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students.
  194. Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents.
  195. Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.
  196. Coding for ages 4-10
  197. No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen
  198. Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.
  199. This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.
  200. This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
  201. Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
  202. Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby.
  203. From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather.
  204. Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
  205. This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life.
  206. Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
  207. The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
  208. Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
  209. Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.
  210. Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities.
  211. Find and fix learning gaps
  212. Algebra games for kids
  213. Fractions practice
  214. Education for kids all topics
  215. Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult
  216. Science podcasts to listen to with your kids
  217. Alaskan Wildlife cams
  218. Coding with Star Wars
  219. Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun
  220. Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children
  221. Amphibian unit studies
  222. Engineering challenges with things you have at home
  223. Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+
  224. Toddler and preschool age ideas

What have YOU been doing when you’ve been stuck at home? Tell us in the comments! And, if you found this post helpful please be sure to share it!

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  1. Evoque Mwaura

    Cool list! I’ve been trying to reduce my son’s nonsense game time and been looking for more educational stuff he can learn from while he’s out of school. Thanks a lot! I pulled out a few from your list and my son happens to enjoy them.

    I also got some cool stuff from this site that purely lists a ton of educational resources, maybe you can add it here too so more can parents can find what they need.


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