Ideas for When I Don't Have Homework...


  1. Read a book! Try a classic, a Newbery or Printz award winner, or some non-fiction. (There are book reviews on my website...)
  2. Make some art.
  3. Learn some words and phrases in other languages.
  4. Play (see the link on my website)
  5. Write a story. Make it a novel!
  6. Go for a walk.
  7. Learn the names of some clouds and see if you can identify them.
  8. Read to a younger relative or neighbor.
  9. Play a board game with your family.
  10. Visit a museum or zoo. Check out the Bakken Museum or the Museum of Russian Art for something local and unusual. The public library has passes you can "check out."
  11. Find a recipe and make a new food.
  12. Watch a documentary on something you don’t know anything about.
  13. Try identifying the trees or birds in your neighborhood.
  14. Jump rope.
  15. Volunteer.
  16. Check out the library.
  17. Plan a fundraiser for a charity you have researched.
  18. Memorize a poem.
  19. Make origami.
  20. Watch a Vi Hart fun math video (
  21. Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian. (
  22. Memorize the first 20 digits of pi.
  23. Call a friend or relative who is at least a generation older than you and talk to them about what life was like when they were your age.
  24. Write a Thank You note to someone who has helped you.
  25. Clean something around the house.
  26. Play Sudoku.
  27. Watch the news.
  28. See how far back you can make a family tree.
  29. Write a play.
  30. Teach yourself to knit or crochet (lots of helpful YouTube videos.)
  31. Learn to play cribbage and teach a friend.
  32. Create a book club and share a book with some friends.
  33. Find a political issue you care about, research it, and write a letter to your congressperson outlining what you think should be done. (You can find addresses here:  A real letter with a stamp works better than an email.)
  34. Collect something.
  35. Take a picture. Make a photo journal or photo-collage.