20 Things To Do At Home That Don't Involve A Screen

20 Things To Do At Home That Don't Involve Staring At A Screen For Hours

Here are some activities to keep you entertained besides watching Netflix for hours.

20 Things To Do At Home That Don't Involve Staring At A Screen For Hours

Most of these activities can be done for free and without staring at screens.

1. Do a puzzle!

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Whether it's 100 pieces or 1000, puzzles are a mind-working hobby that gives your eyes a much-needed break from screens.

Some alternatives are word searches, crossword puzzles, or Rubik's cubes.

2. Practice/Learn an instrument

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If you have an instrument that you haven't played in years, dust it off and get to playing! If you don't have one, you could easily make one out of household objects.

3. Write something

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Whether it's a letter, diary, poem, or song, writing can be very therapeutic. Sometimes it can be relaxing to just let your feelings out on paper.

4. Learn a new language

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Now, I find it easiest to use Duolingo. Yes, it is on a screen, but once you have gained basic knowledge, you can make vocabulary lists and practice with friends.

5. Read a book

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Books are amazing! There are books for everyone, no matter their age or interests.

6. Meditate/Yoga

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Meditation and yoga can be very uplifting experiences. You can find peace with your inner self and just ignore worldly issues for a little while.

7. At-home spa day

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Some ideas for this activity are taking a hot bath/shower, doing a foot bath, relax in a robe and slippers, paint your nails, light some candles, or do a full skin routine.

8. Do an art project

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Paint a room, do paper-mache, up-cycle some old clothes, follow a Bob Ross tutorial, or sketch your dream house. There are endless varieties in the world of art.

9. Play some games

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Board games or card games are excellent for some quality family time. There are even some single-player games like solitaire for when you don't want to be around family.

10. Clean or Organize Something

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You could start with just a cabinet or go for cleaning the entire house! This is also a good time to try on ALL your clothes and make a donation pile. Marie Kondo would be very proud!

11. Bake or cook

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Pull out those old recipe books and get to work! For a little bit of "risk", flip to a random page and bake or cook whatever you land on.

12. Work out

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Follow some home workouts to get yourself back in shape after months of downtime!

13. Make a fort


This is a nostalgic experience to change the rooms you have been staring at for WAY too long.

14. Change your hair

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Mild: part it the other way, braid it, curl it, straighten it, try a wig

Extreme: cut it, dye it, shave it all off

15. Make a scrapbook

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Fill a book with all your favorite pre-isolation memories.

16. Make a list

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List ideas: bucket list, favorite movies/TV shows, friends/family, to-do list, etc.

17. Rearrange your furniture

Rearranging your furniture can give an updated feel to your current coronavirus prison.

18. Train your pet (or child)

dog balancing on wheel Photo by Kevin Jarrett on Unsplash

Pet: teach them to shake, roll over, sit, speak, or anything else that is relevant to your pet

Child: potty-train them, or teach them how to get a cup of water, or do the laundry (varies greatly on the age of the child)

If you don't have any pets or children, teach yourself something new!

19. Build something

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Whether it is a lego set, Jenga tower, or a piece of IKEA furniture, building can be a productive use of your time.

20. Switch hands for a day

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Try using your non-dominant hand for some basic activities, or challenge yourself to try something difficult.

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