Last updated on August 26th, 2022 at 04:10 pm
There’s a lot to wade through when it comes to free educational sites for kids, so we’ve done the work for you. Here are the top picks when it comes to free online learning for children!
Many of us attempted homeschooling for the first time at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, for some of us, it was challenging to keep our kids interested and engaged.
Luckily, there are lots of online resources available to keep children busy and learning. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best free educational sites for kids. Following is your go-to resource for free online learning. Let’s get started!
Free Educational Sites for Kids
First, Scholastic has set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3 through 5, and Grades 6 and up. Each section is ready to go with one week of content for students, and there are 15 additional that will be ready soon.
Access the New York Public Library (books, research materials, and more) from anywhere, anytime. Details here.
We also like these free educational sites:
Author JK Rowling has launched an online Harry Potter hub. Listen to the audio book version of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” read articles, do puzzles, watch videos, and more.
storylineonline.net — Storyline Online features videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Audible Stories — For as long as schools are closed, kids can stream a large collection of stories, in six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a Home Safari Facebook Live every weekday at 3 pm Eastern time. They will highlight one of their animals and include an activity children can do from home.
STEM activities from NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories).
Live Animal Cams: San Diego Zoo, Houston Zoo, Smithsonian Zoo Elephants, Georgia Aquarium Beluga Whales
The Happy Scientist Robert Krampt has earth science fun and videos.
Mystery Science (Mystery Science is free while school is closed)
Great Lakes Science Center — Every weekday, the science center will post new STEM content to its YouTube channel.
Ancestry.com is offering free lesson plans and printables for grades K through 12
BBC History for Kids
Thank you to Wilkening Consulting for curating this collection of American History resources. We’re happy to share these additional fun learning opportunities below:
- Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (Seminole)
- Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (scroll down to “classroom resources”)
- Historic New England
- Litchfield Historical Society
- Monticello (Thomas Jefferson)
- Mount Vernon (George Washington)
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution)
- National Museum of the American Indian
- National Park Service
- Newport Historical Society (RI)
- Ohio History Connection (searchable by grade; updated daily)
- Smithsonian Institution
- Tenement Museum (searchable by grade)
Virtual Field Trips:
Over 30 Virtual Field Trips are linked in this document.
Statue of Liberty field trip
15 virtual field trips including the White House, NASA Mount Everest, and The National Gallery of Art.
More virtual field trips are here.
More Free Educational Sites:
Kids’ Money — Kids can learn how to save, earn, spend, share, and everything else about money.
FirstPalette.com — Arts and Crafts with free printables
TwistyNoodle — free coloring pages and worksheets
CrayolaExperience is offering free activities to do at home.
Watch “Snack Chat” with Cookie Monster every Tuesday on YouTube and Facebook. Kids will learn about eating healthy, and washing their hands!
4-H STEM Lab
Metropolitan Museum of Art Lesson plans and #metkids
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Denver Art Museum Creativity Resource
Norman Rockwell Museum (grades K – 12)
Boston Children’s Museum is sharing 100 Ways to Play and its Beyond the Chalkboard website with hundreds of free activities.
Rosetta Stone is offering a free 3-month subscription of Rosetta Stone for Students to parents and guardians of K-12 students.
Outschool.com — Live online classes for ages three to 18 are now free.
Lunch Doodles with Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems is happening daily!
Printables from Carson Dellosa Education — reading, language arts, math, social studies, science, and more.
GreatSchools.org printable worksheets
My Little Sous – Free Kitchen Academy kit
Smithsonian for Kids
The Smithsonian Institution has access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more.
The Smithsonian Learning Lab has pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian educators
abcmouse.com (ABCMouse is free for 30 days)
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