Free Online Educational Resources For Kids to Learn at Home
60 Free Educational Websites Parents Can Access While Schools Are Closed
With a lot of schools shut down for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak, many parents are finding themselves at home trying to juggle their jobs with raising their kids, which for now includes providing education as well. Although many teachers have sent home work so kids don't fall behind and some schools are conducting classes online, there's also a slew of free educational websites and apps at parents' disposal.
Challenge your kids' minds using the sites listed below that teach everything from chemistry to reading comprehension. (And here's a list of fun indoor activities for playtime, as well as a bunch of educational shows you can stream to fill your kids' days).
1. America's Test Kitchen
School-age kids can learn the ins and outs of measuring and reading recipes and try their hand at making French toast for free thanks to America's Test Kitchen weekly program.
2. Arcademic Skill Builders
Designed for students in first through sixth grade, the free Arcademic Skill Builders website has dozens of games that aim to improve your child's knowledge in math, geography, typing, spelling, and language arts.
3. Backpack Sciences
Parents with elementary-age students can access Backpack Sciences's free video series, which teaches kids hands-on science concepts.
Designed for little kids who are visual learners, Boardmaker offers free printable activities that are especially beneficial for children with special needs, such as those with Down syndrome or autism.
5. Book Creator
Parents can help their school-age kids make their own books using Book Creator's 90-day free tutorial, which lets kids write and illustrate their own creations.
BrainPop, a lesson-planning tool, is a great resource for parents of both big and little kids. It's chock-full of helpful resources that span topics like arts and music, English, science, and technology.
7. Breakout EDU
Whether you have a child in kindergarten or high school, Breakout EDU has a slew of educational games that touch on subjects like science, math, and language arts.
8. Carson Dellosa Education
On the Carson Dellosa Education website, parents can access more than 800 free resources and printables that focus on language arts, math, social studies, science, and more for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The site also has free resources for students with special needs as well as a new Disney Learning collection that "makes learning magical."
The folks over at Century are allowing parents to access all their resources for free over the next few weeks. Designed for students of all ages, kids can brush up on their math, science, and reading skills.
Babies and little kids up to age 6 can watch videos that include sing-alongs, beginner yoga, and story time thanks to Circletime's interactive website.
11. CK-12 Foundation
The CK-12 Foundation caters to students of all ages. Always free, kids can brush up on their math, science, and reading skills with online reading passages, videos, and optional review questions that are graded at the end.
For those who don't have a paid account, Conjuguemos offers some free vocabulary, grammar, and listening activities in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin for students at all levels.
Along with a ton of craft ideas for kids in elementary school and younger, Crayola has so many lesson plans on its site, covering language arts, math, and more. And they're totally free!
14. Dorothy Shain's Art History Lesson of the Week
Artist Dorothy Shain is hosting weekly mini art history lessons for school-age kiddos on Instagram. After reading a book aloud, she'll give children background on creators like Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
Parents with kids in grades three through 12 can get access to Edu-Together videos that span all academic subjects, like languages, science, history, and math.
Dubbed the "leading library for kids 12 and under," Epic! gives parents access to 35,000 different books, videos, and quizzes.
Musicians in elementary school and beyond who have a guitar at home can learn basic chords and totally rock out if they're one of the first 100,000 people to sign up for three months of free instruction from Fender.
18. Fluency Matters
Using Fluency Matters, learners of all ages can get access to 21 days of free, engaging content designed to increase comprehension of foreign languages.
Little ones in kindergarten and beyond can take advantage of Girlstart's free at-home STEM curriculum, which empowers kids to take interest in everything from science to engineering. On its page you'll find weekly activities and coloring pages, as well as hands-on learning sessions that stream live on social media at 11 a.m. ET every day.
Along with movement exercises for little kids, elementary-age children can access GoNoodle's free resources, like mindfulness videos, downloadable learning resources, and ideas for off-screen activities.
Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 can watch Good2Learn's instructional videos with a 14-day free trial. Each video lasts between two and five minutes and centers on either math or English concepts.
Using Hand2Mind, students in kindergarten through fifth grade can reap the benefits of free math, science, and literary courses that focus on a wide range of topics and skills.
In addition to games, jokes, and activities found on Highlights's website, toddlers and elementary school-age children can watch educational videos on Highlights's YouTube channels.
Children of middle school age and older can access more than 7,000 free videos across 13 subjects with HippoCampus. The best part? It's always free.
25. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Kids in kindergarten and beyond can get free access to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's library of educational activities, which are broken down by grade for easy navigation. Whether your child is learning patterns or studying world history, this site has 'em covered.
iCompute is giving students from the ages of 3 and 11 free access to its computing content for one month. Kids who are obsessed with all things STEM will absolutely love it!
Izzit is a free site that helps parents and educators teach kids of kindergarten age and older a wide variety of subjects — including language arts, music, math, and world history — through digestible videos.
28. Kids Discover Online
Parents who are facing school closures can get their school-age kids free access to Kids Discover Online's library of science and social studies materials for three full months.
The makers of Kinedu recently announced its library of 1,800 easy-to-follow videos designed for kids up to 4 years old is completely free.
30. Math Game Time
Whether you have a child in pre-K or seventh grade, you can beat boredom and keep your learner's math skills sharp thanks to dozens of games that focus on everything from counting to algebra on Math Game Time's website.
31. Minecraft: Education Edition
Who says video games can't be educational? Minecraft: Education Edition is always free and teaches kids of all ages problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity.
32. Mystery Science
Designed for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade, the Mystery Science website recently made dozens of its lessons — which range from 15 to 90 minutes — completely free.
33. NASA Kids' Club
NASA Kids' Club helps children in pre-K through fourth grade learn the ins and outs of NASA's missions using hands-on educational games. There's also a "Now in Space" slideshow that introduces budding astronauts to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.
34. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids has put together a site full of free educational videos, games, and activities that center on wildlife and preservation for kids of all ages.
Offering hundreds of classes in subjects ranging from fine arts to financial literacy, Nearpod is geared toward students in kindergarten through high school.
Using Noggin's free website, kids ages 2 and older can watch educational videos on topics like how germs spread, and complete a mix of daily activities from yoga to sing-alongs.
The award-winning educational brand Osmo is offering free access to its app, Osmo Kaleidoscope! through March 31. Featuring seven hands-on "explorations" geared towards kids pre-K through fourth grade, all parents need is an iPad to get started.
38. PBS LearningMedia
Parents of students who are in pre-K and beyond can easily search the PBS LearningMedia site for content covering science, math, language arts, and more.
A curricular content hub created for students in kindergarten through third grade, PebbleGo offers ready-made activities and literacy support for children of all abilities.
40. Raddish Kids
Raddish, a for-kids cooking subscription service, is currently offering free recipes, activities, and an at-home camp curriculum. Additionally, it will be giving away 25,000 free cooking kits over the next few weeks to kids between the ages of 4 and 14!
41. Rebel Girls at Home
Kids 6 and older can go to town on Rebel Girls at Home's 90-plus writing and drawing activities, podcasts, and various journaling activities meant to stimulate the mind.
Created by Google's experimental program workshop, Area 120, Rivet encourages reading practice with the use of over 3,500 free books, which are designed for students in kindergarten through third grade. Children will receive points and awards for each book they read and can complete activities that promote self-reflection once they're finished.
A music-based Spanish learning program, Rockalingua is a great option for young beginners in Spanish thanks to its library of interactive videos. Think of it as an extension of the type of learning Dora the Explorer provides.
Scholastic's "Learn at Home" program gives parents with children pre-K through ninth grade 20 days' worth of "active learning journeys" designed to keep students engaged while they're out of the classroom.
Kids in elementary school can try their hand at coding using Scratch, a free website designed by educators at MIT that's chock-full of dozens of interactive projects.
46. Seeker Learning
Using Seeker's new science hub, Seeker Learning, students in elementary school can explore "the universe, our planet, and the new innovations shaping the world around us." Chock-full of short clips, TikTok videos, and animations, the content can be accessed from pretty much anywhere!
Using Seneca, younger kids can brush up on multiplication tables while middle schoolers practice their prealgebra skills. There are also Spanish and biology courses available, as well as classes for high schoolers.
48. Sesame Street
Kiddos 5 and younger can get full access to Sesame Street's free educational games, videos, and art projects, which feature their favorite characters. Additionally, Sesame Street's new page, "Caring For Each Other," offers resources specifically catered to this time of uncertainty.
49. Sight Reading Factory
Young musicians who want to stay sharp can practice reading music using Sight Reading Factory's free service through June 30.
Designed for children between the ages of 4 and 14, parents can keep students' math skills sharp using Smartick's free 15-day trial.
51. State of Kid
Little ones under the age of 5 can take free virtual classes through State of Kid. Choose from Zumbini With Vivi, Jam With Jamie, or State of Sing. The class offerings will be updated each week, so check back to see what's new.
52. Storyline Online
Want a break from educational games? Storyline Online recruits celebrities — like Rami Malek and David Harbour — to read popular children's books geared towards kids ages 4 to 7. Watch and listen as they read aloud on Storyline's YouTube channel.
53. Time For Kids
Have children in kindergarten through sixth grade? Time For Kids announced its releasing free editions of all of its magazines while kids are home from school. Additionally, its publication Your $, which teaches kids financial literary, is also available online.
TakeLessons is offering a variety of free classes, including a French course geared toward kiddos in kindergarten through eighth grade and a science class for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
55. Touchable Earth App
Always free, the Touchable Earth App lets kids between the ages of 8 and 11 teach each other about the world through short videos. The creators of the program seek to normalize diversity by having children share their various experiences.
Created for children 7 and up, TypingClub offers free games and activities meant to improve your kiddo's typing skills.
57. Vroom App
Developed by early-childhood experts for little ones ages 6 and under in mind, the free Vroom App gives parents thousands of ideas of "daily brain-building" activities.
58. The Weather Channel
A great option for school-age kids, The Weather Channel's website has a dozen or so science-based videos that touch on concepts such as rainbows, jet streams, and how tides work.
59. Young Minds Inspire
Young Minds Inspire uses pop culture to teach kids language arts, social studies, STEM, and more. For example, on its site you can find an Onward-themed creative writing lesson for elementary and middle-school students, and preschoolers can dive into the colorful world of Eric Carle's A Very Hungry Caterpillar with coloring and activity pages designed to interest them in literature.
60. 2Simple Purple Mash
A growing online library with guided reading options for students between the ages of 5 and 11, 2Simple Purple Mash also has materials for at-home learning for children between the ages of 2 and 5.