If you have kids, chances are you’ve checked out a few of these fun, educational, and FREE kid’s websites. If not, here’s a good starting list of some tried and true educational sites that parents and grandparents everywhere should be aware of.
With online games, video clips of some great children’s TV shows, and even printables, these will keep your kids entertained and learning.
This is a huge site full of all kinds of activities. With over five thousand pages of things to do, like jigsaw puzzles, word games, and online coloring pages, you’ll likely find an activity your child will enjoy.There’s even a holiday section so you can start celebrating seasonal holidays.
Fun Brain is a go-to site for many families due to the wide age-range it serves and the number of activities it offers. Ideal for preschoolers through eighth grade, there are leveled educational games for math and reading, and even online books. FREE!
Obviously, this site is for the younger set. With all the characters you remember from childhood, this site has hundreds of video clips and games that help with the preschool skill sets of colors, numbers, letters, and emotional development.
If your family is a fan of PBS kid’s shows, you don’t want to miss their website. Each of the popular shows, like Daniel Tiger and The Wild Kratts, has its own fun games and video clips hosted by your kid’s favorite PBS characters. Check out the sing-a-longs and videos, and play interactive games.
This awesome site has a large variety of educational activities and is well known among parents who are looking for quality online activities. Besides fun games for preschoolers, Starfall.com also offers a variety of reading activities for older kids through plays, nonfiction, and comics.
Produced by the book publishing company, Scholastic (think school book fairs!), this site caters to kids from preschool to high school graduation! All activities are broken into grade levels for easy access to pertinent themes and activities for your child’s developmental level.
Because who doesn’t like math? Okay, not everyone, but CoolMath.com makes learning fun with its virtual “amusement park of math” activities. CoolMath.com was created for kids ages 13 and up and addresses grade level math skills.CoolMath4Kids.com was created for developmental ages three through twelve, while CoolMath-Games.com is for preschoolers.
Remember this classic magazine found in pediatrician’s waiting rooms everywhere? For over sixty years, Highlights has been offering stories, crafts, games, poetry, and science experiments. Check them out now online!
Is your kid interested in knowing how, why, what, when, and where? How Stuff Works break down subjects into kid-friendly, easily understood explanations on everything from weather to cars to money. This site is also chock full of games and videos for interactive fun.
Time for Kids is an online magazine from parent company, Time Magazine. Covering current events in kid-appropriate tones and reading levels, Time for Kids is more of a website for reading than for interactive games. This is a great resource for discussing things going on in the world today and could be used to provide anxiety-reducing material during this national crisis.
This site is great for developing preschool skills like colors and shapes through memory games, matching games, and even coloring skills. All the Disney characters are on hand to host the games and videos.
Another great adult magazine adapted for kids! Just like the topics covered in National Geographic which traditionally feature nature, cultures, other countries, and animals this site brings it down to a kid’s level with animal cameras, gorgeous photographs, and science experiments. Check out the “Little Kids” tab for preschoolers.
And speaking of science, don’t miss Mr. Nye’s website where kids can create their own experiments at home using supplies you likely have on-hand. Check out all the fun where Bill Nye, the Science Guy explains, “It’s not magic…it’s science!”
Check out the BBC History for Kids website where history is a journey and kids get to go on it. Fun facts lead to games and quizzes as kids learn about world history in kid-friendly ways,
If your kid’s a Nick Jr. fan, this site is fun for preschoolers for interaction with their favorite Nickelodeon characters as they learn preschool skills like numbers and shapes. Filled with printables, a printer is handy for tablework after they finish hanging out online. (Fair warning: this site has lots of ads)
Like the historic publication, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this version online is geared for kids and features science facts, weather information, events in history, and interactive puzzles and games. Your child can even track weather conditions in your area.
Although the name is fairly basic, this website features so many games that teach most every subject. There are games to address art, spelling, vocabulary, literature, history, math, social studies, and even keyboarding. A great comprehensive site for different ages.
Science experiments abound at this 4-H website, where everything is marked by grade level. Find activities for biology, chemistry, math, and even engineering. Secondary perks of these experiments are that they are step-by-step and also coded for level of messiness and the length of time needed to complete them.