There are literally thousands of educational websites and online resources, covering a multitude of subject areas, but it seems impossible to know which ones are high-quality AND fun enough to keep your child's attention for awhile.
(So you can, achem, work or get something done around the house.)
Whether you need interactive games for your little ones, math skills help for your elementary aged children, educational videos for older kids, or academic help for your high school student, these websites will definitely help. Some of the websites even offer lesson plans for homeschooling parents and teachers. And they are all free!
When online learning and school closures hit parents across the country, we previewed these resources for kids of all ages. Now in 2021, we have updated this list, and we can confidently say that they are the best educational websites out there.
Added bonus? These sites truly offer guilt-free screen time to parents.
Let us know what you think.
1. National Geographic Kids
This high-quality website is a great resource for kids in elementary and middle school to learn about history, science, U.S. States, and more. They'll find games, videos, and information about animals of every kind.
2. Freckle.com (K-12)
Does your child love to play games? This website is especially for younger kids, and it's FREE! It differentiates Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science instruction through fun games and activities. It is super easy for kids to use, and it keeps their attention so that you can get your work done - guilt-free!
3. ABCMouse.com (Ages 2-8)
Perfect for kids ages 2-7, this full online curriculum covers reading, math, science, and arts & colors. There are over 9,000 activities, and the interface creates an immersive learning experience. Kids could play for hours. You can get a free trial for 30 days >>
4. PBS Kids (Age 3-10)
Is your child spending too much time on their devices? Head to PBCkids.org to ensure that their screen time is high quality and educational. PBS kids has all of your favorite characters joining kids in age-appropriate games and educational activities. Your children ages 3-10 will love this educational content. There are also lots of fun videos to watch!
5. CoolMath4Kids.com (K-6)
Children of all ages, and no matter their skill level, will love these math games, plus lessons and quizzes, manipulatives, and brain teasers. This very interactive website will keep your kids entertained AND learning, while you get some much needed work time. (And it's totally FREE!)
6. KhanAcademy.com (K-12)
If your school has not provided a lot in terms of distance learning, Khan Academy is a great site that doesn't cost anything. It's one of the best ways to ensure a well-rounded curriculum at home. There are lessons in every subject for every grade level. It's very easy for kids to use, but you may get interrupted to help with a transition here and there.
7. MysteryScience.com (K-12)
Kids will love the science videos about topics like "What kinds of animals might there be int the future" and "Why do dogs wag their tails?" After the video, there are fun extension activities. They even have a list of "The Easiest Lessons To Do At Home."
8. Ted Talks For Kids (K-12)
With talks like "Underwater Astonishments" and "The Promise of Truth & Lies", this list of Ted Talks has been especially approved for kids. Let them watch one after the other while you get some work done! You'll be doing them a favor.
9. Crash Course YouTube Videos (K-12)
This YouTube page offers hundreds of engaging, fast-paced "Crash Courses" on every topic imaginable. Each video is about 15 minutes, and your kids can choose any topic that interests them!
10. Raz-Kids.com (K-5)
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Young children will love Raz-Kids.com, an online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable picture books, and reading quizzes. There are over 400 interactive, leveled eBooks spanning 29 levels. It's perfect for kids K-5!
11. Art For Kids Hub (K-8)
This YouTube Channel offers hundreds of step-by-step drawing videos of pictures your kids will actually love. My daughter has probably drawn 500 unicorns after learning on Art For Kids Hub. And the teacher is so friendly and engaging. You can watch hundreds of free YouTube Videos or subscribe to the app for a small fee each month.
12. Time For Kids
At Time For Kids you'll find age-appropriate news stories and videos like "Exploring Mars" and "Algorithm Art" and for kindergarteners through 6th grade.
13. How Stuff Works
"How Stuff Works" is an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. You'll find articles, games, quizzes, videos, and more.
14. Starfall (K-3)
Starfall has been online since 2002. It's ad-free and offers cool math games and learning activities for kids in pre-K through grade 3. Their website covers math, reading, art, writing, and music, plus seasonal options.
15. Science Bob
A great way to get your kids excited about science at home is with a visit to ScienceBob.com. Science Bob offers easy at-home science experiments, science fair ideas, Science Q & A, engaging videos, and more.
16. Fun Brain (K-8)
Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been a leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. There's also a Funbrain Jr.!
17. Nick Jr.
Nick Jr. offers age-appropriate games and videos, as long as you're okay with your child seeing their favorite TV characters during learning time. Your kids can work on numbers and shape recognition, put together puzzles, find fun printable worksheets, and more.
18. Highlights for Kids
You probably remember the Highlights Magazine from the doctor's office when you were a kid. Today, the website provides games, activities, animated stories, and science experiments.
19. Learning Games for Kids
Learning Games for Kids features educational games for keyboarding, spelling, science, math, and more, plus videos, lessons, and worksheets for math, science, and social studies.
20. Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids
Learn about the moon phases, get a joke of the day, monthly history highlights, amazing animal facts, and more. The Old Farmer's Almanac For Kids is truly special.
21. Disney Jr.
On Disney Jr., kids will find online coloring pages, plus Disney-themed games that focus on memory, color matching, and other skills that young learners need to know. And, of course, your kid's favorite Disney characters are with them every step of the way.
22. NASA Kids Club
NASA always does it right. Your little ones can join NASA Kids Club to explore outer space and walk on Mars from home, download hands-on STEM activities, and more.
23. Math Blaster
Do your kids have what it takes to save the galaxy — with math? Math Blaster is a fun way for kids to learn math through futuristic, competitive games.
Learning a foreign language with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Learners earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Their bite-sized lessons are gamified in every way you can think of. You can learn Spanish, German, French, and more.
25. Make Me Genius
This website focuses on science Lessons in animation cartoon videos for kindergarten and up.
26. Google Earth
You kids can explore worldwide satellite imagery, 3D buildings, terrain for hundreds of cities. They can zoom into their house or anywhere else, and get a 360° perspective with Street View.
27. Wizarding World
It's the official home of Harry Potter, where you'll find funny characters, quizzes, wizarding news, games, and magical mischief.
28. Sesame Street
The colorful Sesame Street website is perfect for preschoolers to find appropriate games, online coloring pages, short videos, and art activties. Parents will even find resources for talking about difficult topics with kids.
29. San Diego Zoo
One of the best virtual field trips is to the San Diego Zoo, where young people can learn fun facts and watch fun videos about animals.
30. BBC History For Kids
Enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities on BBC History For Kids. Explore the Mummy Maker and take the Pyramid Challenge.
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