School closures and social distancing are going to present us with plenty of challenges in the coming weeks — but keeping the kids mentally active doesn’t have to be one of them. We’ve pulled together a slew of online resources to keep kids from Pre-K to teen (and beyond!) engaged and even entertained!
From virtual field trips and tours, to online activities and educational resources for all ages, to printable worksheets, we’ve got you covered. Dive in!
**After completing and publishing this blog post, I came across the most insanely extensive resource of all. This Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections is either a delightful treasure trove or a mindblowing rabbit hole, depending on your perspective! If it’s too overwhelming, our listing below is way more accessible and less intimidating!
(Field Trips, Tours & Live Streams)
Choose from a variety of subjects. Each no-cost virtual field trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities.
Destinations include zoos, famous monuments, national parks, and even Mars.
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
Observe animals in different habitats all over the world, streaming in real time.
Watch live broadcasts from NASA Television and NASA’s social media channels, and a schedule of upcoming live events including news briefings, launches, spacewalks, and more.
ONLINE ACTIVITIES & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
ABCya! (Pre K – 6)
Educational math, reading, typing, and logic games.
Animal Games (Grades 1-8)
Kids can make new animals, play animal games, build a biome, learn about animals, and hear animal music.
Apps for Teens & Tweens (Ages 10 & up)
Puzzles, projects, and competitions you can engage in with your teens and tweens.
A group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies, plus quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
Each of these websites will allow you to sign-up for FREE and help your child along with their education.
Funbrain (Grades 1 – 8)
Math, grammar, science, spelling, and history games.
Go Noodle (Ages 5-12)
Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
Highlights Kids (Ages 6-12)
Games, jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, crafts and recipes.
Into the Book (Elementary students)
Reading comprehension resource featuring interactive activities and video programs.
Livbits Virtual Reading Experiences (10ish & and under)
A bunch of children’s book authors have created virtual experiences where kids can listen to stories and participate in activities.
National Geographic Kids (Ages 6 & up)
Games and information on the topics of animals, science, history, and geography.
PBS Kids (Ages 2-8)
Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts, and other PBS KIDS shows
Scholastic Learn At Home (All ages)
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Daily learning journeys are divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
Seussville (Ages 4 & up)
Playful learning with Dr. Seuss-themed activities, crafts, and printables.
Smithsonian Learning Lab (All ages)
A huge learning hub with access to digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more.
Starfall Education (Grades K-3)
Educational games, movies, books, songs, and more specializing in reading, phonics and math.
Storyline Online (Ages 4-7)
Fun and animated children’s stories read by famous Hollywood actors.
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids (All Ages)
This guide includes 239 cool STEM-themed websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school.
MORE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES