Spring break and school closures have kids spending more time at home. Parents may feel badly about all the time they spend watching TV and playing video games.
Here is a list of FREE online educational resources and websites that will help keep kids busy and boost their brain power even if they’re not in classes.
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Free & Fun Education Resources and Websites for Kids
sThis website is filled to the brim with science experiments. Find activities for biology, chemistry, math, and even engineering, all marked by grade level. Secondary perks of these experiments are that they are step-by-step and also coded for level of messiness and the length of time needed to complete them.
Audiobook service Audible — which is owned by Amazon — is offering FREE streaming on a large selection of children’s stories across six languages.
Check out all the fun where Bill Nye, the Science Guy explains, “It’s not magic…it’s science!” Mr. Nye shows how kids can create their own experiments at home using supplies you likely have on-hand.
Math is a tough sell for some kids, but CoolMath.com makes learning fun with its virtual “amusement park of math” activities. CoolMath.com was created for kids ages 13 and up and addresses grade level math skills. CoolMath4Kids.com was created for developmental ages three through twelve, while CoolMath-Games.com is for preschoolers.
Walt Disney had an inquisitive mind and keen sense for education through entertainment. He also had ties to Kansas City working in the city briefly as an advertising cartoonist. This site bearing his well-known brand uses Disney characters to help preschoolers learn through videos and memory and match games.
FunBrain is an educational game website for kids and adults. It’s also known as being the place where Diary of a Wimpy kid debuted before going on to be a successful book series and movie franchise. The site is a family favorite for its content that serves a wide range of ages. You can find learning math and reading games, online books and videos appropriate for preschoolers up to eight grade.
Highlights has taken its beloved kid’s magazine and put it online. This is the place where you can find all ages fun and learning with games, jokes, recipes, science questions, crafts and more.
Kids are full of questions including how, why, when and where? How Stuff Works break down subjects into kid-friendly, easily understood explanations on everything from weather to cars to money. This site is also chock full of games and videos for interactive fun.
This fun site has hundreds of FREE games, puzzles, activities, coloring pages, clip art and more for kids. There’s also a holiday section – this could be a great resource for your family’s Easter celebration.
Don’t let the basic name fool you. This website features a lot of games that teach most every subject. There are games to address art, spelling, vocabulary, literature, history, math, social studies, and even keyboarding. A great comprehensive site for different ages.
You don’t have to be a National Geographic subscriber to access this site that’s taken a grownup magazine and tailored an online version for kids. There’s a big does of animals (reptiles, birds, mammals, dinosaurs, fish and more), nature, cultures and countries. You’ll also find quizzes, games and plenty of brain boosters.
A recently-added section to the Museum’s site gets learners in the trenches on subjects ranging from patriotism, propaganda, wartime technology and more. Content includes articles, images, videos and more that can be searched by grade level, subject and type.
If your kid’s a Nick Jr. fan, this site is fun for preschoolers for interaction with their favorite Nickelodeon characters as they learn preschool skills like numbers and shapes. Filled with printables, a printer is handy for tablework after they finish hanging out online.
Here’s another oldie but goodie updated in a digital format for young learners. Kids and parents can have fun together with a zany combination of jokes, activities and facts around the weather, animals, astronomy, plants and gardening, folklore and history highlights.
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) knows to start cultivating supporters young. The children’s shows aired on PBS have their own section on PBSKids.org with games and videos featuring characters they know and love. With PBS Kids, the Cat in the Hat and Curious George can guide kids through science, Peg + Cat can teach math skills and Daniel Tiger can prepare them for more scholastic adventures.
There’s also a FREE daily newsletter parents can sign up for to receive activities and play-and-learn-at-home tips for kids.
Anyone who ever spent time in front of a TV set growing up knows how to get to Sesame Street. Much remains the same at this favorite childhood destination with time-honored characters (as well as some that might be knew if you haven’t watched in several years) guiding kids through preschool level learning. There are hours of art, videos and games to keep them busy as they learn colors, the alphabet and social skills.
If that’s not enough, sign up for a FREE Sesame Street account and they’ll grant you access to more content with Oscar, The Count, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird and the whole gang.
Scholastic has created Scholastic Learn At Home, a FREE learn at home website with daily lessons for students in Pre-K all the way to grades 6 and above. Scholastic Learn at Home provides approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, for up to four weeks of instruction, including writing and research projects based on nonfiction articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges.
The digital learning hub is accessible on all devices, including smartphones. No sign-up is required.
This popular educational site is a place where kids (preschool through third grade) can learn reading and math through games and exploration. There’s also a variety of FREE resources parents and teachers can use at home or in virtual classrooms.
Time for Kids covers current events in a way that is appropriate and enjoyable for kids a their reading levels. It’s a good resource for discussing things going on in the world today and could be used to provide anxiety-reducing material during this national crisis.