100 Plan B Homeschool Day Ideas

Plan B Days

You know the ones I’m talking about.

The field trip was cancelled, someone throws up, you have a headache that just won’t quit, there are about a million ways your day can go sideways and you’ll need a plan b.

Having a list of ideas is a great way to inspire you to find fun ways to salvage a suddenly unplanned day and keep everyone busy and maybe learning a little too.

You can grab a free printable of my list in the Free resource library by subscribing here or clicking the photo below.

I also included a bonus printable of independent play ideas listed on cut apart strips, at the end of the post.

Some of the things on my list could fill up hours, while others would only last a few minutes.  Some days you need a plan for the whole day and sometimes a few minute breather is all you need to get back on track.

I pull one or more of these out at different points during the year, not just as a plan b day but also as a pleasant surprise for my kiddos. And a nice break for all of us from our normal routine.

Here’s a list of 100 of our favorite things to do on Plan B days:

  1. Read a favorite book
  2. Watch Mythbusters
  3. Cook a meal together
  4. Bake bread
  5. Pull out a board game
  6. Play Cards
  7. Play Legos
  8. Play outside
  9. Watch a documentary
  10. Watch a movie
  11. Listen to an audio book
  12. Plant a garden
  13. Call a relative
  14. Sing to the radio
  15. Have a dance party
  16. Say tongue twisters
  17. Write a letter
  18. Tell jokes
  19. Do magic tricks
  20. Fly a kite
  21. Blow up some balloons
  22. Have a pillow fight
  23. Go for a walk
  24. Go swimming
  25. Go hiking
  26. Blow bubbles
  27. Go to the park
  28. Play basketball
  29. Play soccer
  30. Do yoga
  31. Paint
  32. Draw
  33. Learn some words in a new language
  34. Watch you-tube videos
  35. Play with playdough
  36. Go to the library
  37. Play dress-up
  38. Order pizza
  39. Make ice cream sundaes
  40. Scrapbook
  41. Read Funny poems
  42. Knit
  43. Sew
  44. Do baking soda and vinegar science
  45. Make lemonade
  46. Have a tea party
  47. Make hot cocoa
  48. Go to the movies
  49. Play hide-and-seek
  50. Play charades
  51. Play pictionary
  52. Tell each other stories
  53. Go to the beach
  54. Do origami
  55. Have a water balloon fight
  56. Pick wildflowers
  57. Make Paper
  58. Have a green-up day at a local park
  59. Do a favor for a neighbor
  60. Bake cookies
  61. Visit a retirement home
  62. Clean out the attic/garage
  63. Make a sculpture
  64. Play on google earth
  65. Write or draw with your toes
  66. Take a nature walk
  67. Go bird watching
  68. Start a family bucket list
  69. Build a fort
  70. Race remote control cars
  71. Play video games
  72. Go on a picnic
  73. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  74. Make a tinker tray
  75. Make recycling bin projects
  76. Talk in pig latin
  77. Take a virtual field trip
  78. Look through photo albums
  79. Make a journal
  80. Put on a play
  81. Make something out of a cardboard box
  82. Play an instrument
  83. Make a collage
  84. Play with Rubik’s Cubes
  85. Build block towers
  86. Run through a sprinkler
  87. Go day camping in a tent in the yard
  88. Make a list of things you’re thankful for
  89. Read bible stories
  90. Memorize a poem
  91. Teach your dog a new trick
  92. Make rubber band balls
  93. Make duct tape projects
  94. Put on a puppet show
  95. Make sidewalk chalk art
  96. Learn how to twirl a hool-a-hoop
  97. Ride bikes
  98. Cuddle on the couch
  99. Make a fairy garden
  100. Watch a musical

I hope this list gives you some good ideas for those plan b days.

Bonus Printable Free-Play Slips 

I took the things from my list, plus a few other ideas, that your kiddos could do all on their own. And, made printable slips you can cut out and put in a jar. These free play slips are great for days when Mama’s sick and can’t be active. Each thing on the list can be done in the house, can be screen free, and are relatively quiet. Download the strips by subscribing here or by clicking on the photo.



What do you do on plan b days?



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Hi, I'm Heidi a homeschooling Mama just like you. I'm passionate about simplifying your homeschool days and providing quality resources and support to your homeschool family. We are a full time RVing family roadschooling across the United States, learning through experiences.

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