31 Clever And Inexpensive Ideas For Teaching Your Child At Home

Whether you’re casually brushing up on lessons or full-on homeschooling, these activities are so fun your kid will barely realize they’re learning.

01. Organize each day with numbered art bins.

Organize each day with numbered art bins.Source

Keep the supplies for the first lesson in #1 and so on and so forth. It’ll help keep the day on track and things from getting lost.

02. Use a shoe rack for storing supplies.

Use a shoe rack for storing supplies.Source

03. Learn about all the discounts available to home school educators.

Learn about all the discounts available to homeschool educators.Source

A lot them are the same as the ones that other teachers qualify for.

04. Draw inspiration from these simple yet effective in-home classrooms.

Draw inspiration from these simple yet effective in-home classrooms.Source

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07. (And this definitely-less-practical-but-totally-cute one.)

(And this definitely-less-practical-but-totally-cute one.)Source

Hey, if you happen to have a spare boarded up fireplace and a vintage desk on hand, what’s to stop you?

08. If you don’t have room for a fully devoted classroom, a workspace is great too.

If you don't have room for a fully devoted classroom, a workspace is great too.Source

09. Know that classroom setup doesn’t have to be expensive.

Know that classroom setup doesn't have to be expensive.Source

Ikea’s got you covered.

10. Have an activity jar for breaks or rainy days.

Have an activity jar for breaks or rainy days.Source

That way, you’ll never run out of ideas or fall prey to the dreaded cries of “I’M BOOOOOOORED.”

11. And make a physical activity cube to make sure you’re moving.

And make a physical activity cube to make sure you're moving.Source

Find out how here.

12. Keep a basket of small toys and figures for visual storytelling.

Keep a basket of small toys and figures for visual storytelling.Source

13. Make suncatchers to learn about colors and shapes.

Make suncatchers to learn about colors and shapes.Source

Directions here (in Portuguese).

14. Magnetic alphabet trays make learning on the go a breeze.

Magnetic alphabet trays make learning on the go a breeze.Source

Here is how to make your own.

15. Use paint chips to make this color-matching game.

Use paint chips to make this color-matching game.Source

Directions here.

16. Keep track of chores and assignments for the day with a big board.

Keep track of chores and assignments for the day with a big board.Source

It works best if it’s in a place where everyone spends a lot of time, like the front hall or kitchen.

17. Print out this free United States puzzle for geography lessons.

Print out this free United States puzzle for geography lessons.Source

Get it here.

18. Try this cool (and indoor) condensation experiment.

Try this cool (and indoor) condensation experiment.Source

Make it rain here.

19. Use Legos to teach about the periodic table of elements…

Use Legos to teach about the periodic table of elements...Source

Lesson plan available here.

20. Cardboard to teach shoe-tying…

Cardboard to teach shoe-tying...Source

Here is how to make the board.

21. Snack Time to teach the solar system…

Snacktime to teach the solar system...Source

22. And rice to teach relative weights.

And rice to teach relative weights.Source

Or really any small item that you happen to have a large amount of.

23. Practice this handy trick for mastering the 9-times table.

Practice this handy trick for mastering the 9-times table.Source

24. Track your child’s height and teach measurements with a giant ruler.

Track your child's height and teach measurements with a giant ruler.Source

25. Use a word cube to talk about word roots.

Use a word cube to talk about word roots.Source

Directions here.

26. Cut out letters from magazines and newspapers for spelling lessons.

Cut out letters from magazines and newspapers for spelling lessons.Source

27. Use plastic Easter eggs to practice spelling as well.

Use plastic Easter eggs to practice spelling as well.Source

Put a surprise inside for when your child has successfully read each possible word.

28. Styrofoam carry-out containers make great printing blocks for art lessons.

Styrofoam carry-out containers make great printing blocks for art lessons.Source

29. Subtraction bowling is wicked fun (and doesn’t actually make noise).

Subtraction bowling is wicked fun (and doesn't actually make noise).Source

Find out how to do it here.

30. And even though sometimes you just have to whip out the Silent Sprinkles…

And even though sometimes you just have to whip out the Silent Sprinkles...Source

This teacher has tons of cool, fun ideas for keeping a class on track.

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