While playing outdoors has it’s own benefits, it may not always be possible to send your homeschool students outside for long periods of time. That’s where introducing them to indoor games that need some level of skill mastery can be a good idea.Here are a few that you can consider with your homeschool class.


A game of strategy that follows clear rules. The game teaches your homeschool student a number of skills. It sparks the right side of the brain, helping children develop creativity and originality. It increases their problem solving skills. It also helps them think on the go, as the game changes with each move that the opponent makes. Plus it’s easy to organize a chess competition with all the members of the local homeschooling community.

Ping Pong

Here’s another indoor game that offers physical and mental benefits to homeschool students. There is aerobic exercise combined with great mind-body coordination. It’s a wonderful game for those who need to shed off excess energy before settling down with their books. Of course the investment is a bit more than in chess, but it is well worth the returns. The homeschool students who play ping pong regularly will be able to focus with great precision.


This is a fun and competitive activity that doesn’t need much prep. You get six empty soda cans, or plastic bottles filled with a little mud to give them some balance. A ball that can be thrown and a stretch of area which can be used and you can set up a bowling match. Homeschool students can be introduced to a formal bowling alley as well, in case they display some skill with the game. The constant movement that bowling requires is great to keep the metabolism high.

Board Games

Family time has often been spent traditionally playing board games. Here the physical ability of the person does not matter so even a five year old can play and win against a fifty year old. For most popular board games, age is no bar. Making memories with your family is a major benefit of playing board games, besides whatever other skills that the homeschool students pick up from the games themselves.