With all of the school closures, we are all in need of good educational resources at home. Easy things to do with the kids to make sure they don’t forget everything when they go back to school. To help keep my kids busy and yours I found the best free educational websites for kids and school apps.
I have been overwhelmed with all the information we’ve been getting as parents and I wanted to make an easy list for all of us to follow. I have broken up these educational websites by Math, Reading, Science, Mixed-use sites and Museums.
Find the subject you want to work on with your kids and pick the ones best for your family. I hope this list of School Apps and educational websites for kids will help your family get through this challenging time.
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Best School Apps & Educational Websites for Kids
Common Core Sheets
Hundreds of printable worksheets for all levels of math K -7th grade. Using the right side of the tab you can find exactly the type of math you want to work on or break it down by grade level.
Age Level – K -7th Grade
Free Printable Math worksheets to use each day. It has 94 different math topics and over 1200 printable worksheets for grades K-12
Age Level – K-12th Grade
Ken Ken Puzzles
These are fun math puzzles that use critical thinking to solve. It will expand on your child’s way of thinking about math.
Age Level – 1st – 8th Grade
This program is made up of collections of 5 worksheets designed to solve puzzles rather than just answering equations like traditional math worksheets. They are more engaging for the kids and it might be easier to get kids to do while off school.
Tang Math has free samples to print out by school age.
Age Level – K – 5th Grade
I like this site made by a dad with 4 daughters. It has hundreds of worksheets and puzzles by math topic and age. The difference with this site is he explains each category rather than just having a bunch of free printables.
Age Level – K – 6th Grade
Want workbooks that are printed out? Here are some of our Math book favorites. You can have the kids do a few pages every day while off school.
This is a digital reading platform with 35,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more. You can get a free 30-day trial. Also, check with your school because if your child has a school account it should be free to access.
Age Level – Baby to Age 12 years old.
If you have a local library account and your library is registered you can log in to this app with your library card. Then you will be able to access hundreds of books digitally through your local library.
Age Level – All Ages
Created by SAG-AFTRA Foundation, it’s an online literacy website where actors read the stories aloud to kids. When you pick a book it will take you to a YouTube video for kids to watch. The actors read the books in different entertaining voices.
Visitors can click on activity guides for teachers below the book title to create at-home activities for kids based on the book. You can also view suggested grade levels for each book.
Age Level – up to 5th Grade
Fun YouTube Videos of stories read and acted out by Ms. Booksy. This is educational but also fun to watch. It might be a good reward site after doing workbook pages or reading a paper book.
Age Level – Pre-School – 2nd Grade
Reading Comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar free printable worksheet. Great for literature work at home.
Age Level – 1st -5th Grade
Here are some literature workbooks we like to use for reading comprehension activities. You can find them for every age group this is just a sample.
K-5 Science lessons you can easily do at home. Make being at home fun!
Age Level – K- 5th Grade
Kids National Geographic
Kids can watch educational videos, science experiments, and games to learn all about animals and science.
Age Level – K- 5th Grade
This site has tons of at-home science experiment ideas, videos and a fun science Q & A for kids. This quirky scientist is enjoyable to watch and the kids will like learning from him. There is even a new section of Stuck at Home Ideas.
Age Level – Elementary School
Here are a few workbooks with at-home science experiments and easy science curriculums to teach at home.
General Educational Websites
Students practice at their own pace to move up through the levels. Currently, the site has suggested daily schedules for kids to use during school closures. We found these helpful with links to each subject the kids need to work on. The site covers math, science, grammar, history, and SAT.
Age Level – K- 12th Grade
This site can help kids with math, language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. It divides up lessons by grade level and subject so it’s easy to navigate and find the lessons that are right for your child. You can get 10 Questions a Day without an account.
Age Level – Pre-K – 12th Grade
Fun activity sheets for reading and math sorted by grade level. Easy to find free printables to do at home.
Age Level – Pre-K – 5th Grade
Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr.
These are fun sites my kids love and use in school. They are quick Stem videos that do a great job of teaching kids simple lessons. Right now it’s free during school closures.
Age Level – Brain Pop Jr. (k-3rd grade) Brain Pop (3rd –
Virtual Museums & Zoos
Take some time while stuck at home to explore the outside world virtually. Kids can learn a lot by visiting these Museums, Zoos and more.
Kohl Children’s Museums
Find videos to watch with Stem Activities to do at home
Learn some history while at home with interactive games, videos and more.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The aquarium has live cameras on the sea otter, jellyfish, sharks and more. Pretty cool to watch.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
View their online galleries to get in your art class for the day.
Field Museum of Nature History
You can explore the many different exhibits at the Field Museum. Learn about evolution, plants & animals, world culture, and earth science.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Take virtual tours of the museum’s exhibit with the kids. They currently have 5 exhibits you can tour virtually.
To make your days go smoother while the kids are home, try keeping them on a schedule. It lets the kids know what to expect every day and there is less arguing when they know what is coming next. Use our free printable daily schedule for kids to get you started.
Print it out and hang it on your fridge so you’re ready to go every day!
Fun Kids Activities & Games
While the kids are off school they will need time to play too. Use these indoor games and activities to keep the kids busy in between their school work at home.
- 60 Fun & Free Things to Do with Kids Screen-Free – Indoor and Outdoor activities the kids will love
- Easy Rainy Day Activities & Indoor Games for Kids – Easy games to make when your stuck inside with the kids.
- 20 Easy Minute to Win It Games for Kids – Quick games families can play together or kids can just race the clock.
- 31 Days Of Boredom Busting Activities for Kids – Free Printable Calendar with 31 Days of Games & Activities to try at Home
- I’m Bored Jars – 36 Things to Do When Your Kids are Bored – Free printable Indoor & Outdoor activities kids can do while you work.
My goal in this article was to help you find educational resources that are easy to use. We all can feel overwhelmed with school closures right now and searching for ways to keep our kids busy. I hope you found a few educational websites and school apps that your kids will enjoy so you can feel good about them learning at home.
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