Homeschool Sick Days: 67 Easy Ways to Keep Learning

box of tissues being used on a homeschool sick day

Homeschool sick days can be a challenge, but they certainly don’t have to mean a break in learning! Part of the beauty of homeschooling is that we, as parents, can create a unique, individualized education for our kids. When you (or the kids) aren’t feeling 100%, there are plenty of ways to keep the learning going!

Listen, if there is some severe sickness or ailments going around, please just take the day off! You can pick up where you left off when everyone’s feeling better with no worries!

But, if it’s a matter of not wanting to spread germs or if the kids aren’t feeling well, but still want to keep themselves occupied, you might as well keep the learning going, right?!

Whether it’s the kids or a parent that’s not feeling well, there are seemingly endless ways to keep the kids learning during homeschool sick days. Today, I’m sharing 67 super easy ways to keep the kids learning during a sick day!

Pssst…you should totally save this article because you know you’re gonna want to refer back to it one day!

This article is also a growing resource. This means that I’ll be continually updating and adding links as I find them because I want to make this an amazing resource for the homeschooling community!

Learning Activities to Keep the Kids Engaged

Because these activities are all appropriate for homeschool sick days, they’re all easy or no prep and are all fairly low-energy activities. They’re perfect when a chill day is just what the doctor ordered!

To make activity-selecting as easy as possible for you (who wants to make a ton of decisions during a sick day? not me!), I’ve organized all the activities into categories. Of course, some activities may technically fall into multiple categories, but…I just went with what made sense to me!

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Reading, Writing, & Storytelling

  1. Audiobooks
  2. Interactive Story Apps
  3. Independent Reading Time
  4. Story Read-Alouds
  5. Write a Story
  6. Write a Letter to a Pen Pal
  7. Listen to a Podcast
  8. Do writing prompts
  9. Conversation Cards
  10. Start an Independent Research Project
  11. Create an Informational Slideshow
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Creative Arts & Crafts

  1. Coloring Pages
  2. Collage Making
  3. Paint By Numbers
  4. Watercolor
  5. Do a Tutorial from an Art Video on YouTube
  6. Photography
  7. Create a Board game
  8. Write a Song
  9. Create a Comic Strip
  10. Learn Origami
  11. Learn how to Sew
  12. Make Friendship Bracelets
  13. Make Paper Plate Crafts
  14. Make Salt Dough Ornaments
  15. Make Bead Jewelry
  16. Make a Paper Chain to Count Down to an Event or Holiday
  17. Play with sculpting dough (try making your own edible dough!)
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Educational Videos & Documentaries

  1. Nature Documentaries
  2. Historical Films & Documentaries
  3. Science Videos
  4. Animated Educational Series
  5. Geographical Videos
  6. Cooking Shows & Documentaries
  7. Virtual Field Trips
  8. Documentary about a Music Genre or Band/Artist
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Puzzles & Brain Games

  1. Word Searches
  2. Crossword Puzzles
  3. Scavenger Hunts
  4. Soduku Puzzles
  5. Memory Cards & Games
  6. Board Games
  7. Flash Cards
  8. Mazes
  9. Dot to Dot
  10. Code-Breaking Puzzles
  11. Printable Escape Room
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Hands-On Learning

  1. Build with LEGO bricks
  2. Wooden Blocks
  3. Magnetic Blocks
  4. Model Kits
  5. Simple Science Kits
  6. Play an Instrument
  7. Go for a Nature Walk (weather & sickness level-permitting!)
  8. Make a New-to-You Recipe
  9. Follow Exercise Videos
  10. Create a New Sports Game
  11. Learn American Sign Language

Digital Learning Tools

  1. Typing Practice
  2. Learn about Coding
  3. Take an Online Course
  4. Learn a New-to-You Spoken Language Online
  5. Learn How to Create Stop Motion Videos
  6. Play Online Math Games
  7. Play Games on a Tablet
  8. Play Video Games (don’t come at me lol)
  9. Learn how to Make Digital Designs
young child learning how to type on a laptop

Benefits of Taking Homeschool Sick Days

The decision to take a homeschool sick day is totally up to you. I know some prefer to plow through sickness in an effort to “get work done,” but it’s also important to value mental health and a strong (and healthy) immune system.

When taking a sick day, please don’t be worried about falling behind. Don’t worry about missing out on lessons. Don’t worry that you’re somehow failing your kids.

With homeschooling, learning is happening all the time. Just because something’s come up that wasn’t included in your homeschool plans, it doesn’t mean anything negative. The kids will still learn! If anything, they’ll be learning important life lessons like:

  • respecting their body and mental health enough to take a break
  • how to be helpful when someone’s not feeling well
  • being flexible with a schedule

The benefits of taking homeschool sick days really go beyond the end result of feeling better.

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Get Well Soon!

While I’m thrilled that my resource is able to come in handy for you, I do hope that whoever was sick feels better soon! It’s really no fun to be sick, especially when there are fun field trips to go on, places to explore, and friends to see!

Like I said before, be sure to save this article (consider pinning it to Pinterest!) so you can refer back to it whenever you need some quick, low-energy, easy activities for the kids to do.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

Have a question or want to work with Elizabeth? Send her an email!

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