These educational resources for kids, including learning apps for kids and other ideas for education at home, can help your kids stay engaged and learning during school closures.
With almost all non-essential personnel working from home right now, that leaves a LOT of people trying to work remotely full time with their kids at home. So many of our subscribers are full time working parents, so I wanted to reach out and highlight a few really fun educational resources available.
If there is any silver lining to this pandemic, it's seeing so many companies help in any way they can, like providing resources for free. If you know of any great educational resources for kids out there, please chime in in the comments! It's looking like this will be a long road for all of us and we could use all of the help we can get.
Thanks, as always, for being such a wonderful and supportive community.
KiwiCo sells adorable and educational art, science, and cultural project kits like this rainforest crate or this slime circuits set. They also have a ton of free education-at-home ideas on their site. Make sure to check out the DIY science ideas for home.
The Cincinnati Zoo is getting creative during closures and offering “at-home safaris” daily at 3 PM EST on Facebook Live. The best part? Each video is accompanied by an activity to get your kids engaged just at the point in the day when they're likely getting restless. Check out all of the videos and activities here! (You can also check out live cams of many animals at the San Diego Zoo if you just need a morale boost.)
Any space fans in your house? Direct them to the NASA Kids' Club for all sorts of fun space games and activities.
This interactive science program developed by teachers has made many of its resources free during school closures. This page offers simple science projects for kids of all ages, specifically tailored for this time when we're all staying close to home.
This educational toy company's blog has many at-home learning ideas like these STEM-inspired snack time activities!
With activities and printable sorted by age and subject, this site is super easy to navigate if you need something for your child to work on NOW!
Furthermore, they're offering free access during school closures to make it easier for families during this challenging time. Check out BrainPOP Jr. for kids K-3 and BrainPOP for older kids, through middle school.
Along with its much beloved kids shows, PBS Kids offers games and learning apps for kids, printable coloring pages with their favorite characters, and even free Bingo cards for a little fun education at home.
If you have toddlers or preschoolers at home, Tinkergarten is offering live virtual classes at 11:30 AM EST. In addition, they have a long list of at-home nature activities requiring very little prep or supplies.
Outschool offers live video classes for kids from 3 all the way to 18! Classes normally start at $5 per class, but they are offering free classes for kids who attend a public school that is closed due to COVID-19.
Much-adored children's author, Mo Willems invites kids (and adults!) into his studio for a daily doodle together. Kids will certainly be inspired by these fun videos. Send this one to your friends and invite your kids to share photos of their doodles with their buddies.
Are your kids missing those library story times? Storyline Online features videos of actors and other famous people reading a wide variety of kids' books.
For your little prepper! Radish Kids sent out 50,000 free kids cooking kits for children to enjoy at home during school closures. While these are sold out, you can still sign up for a free e-kit or enjoy their kids cooking videos and activities.
Science Mom and Math Dad are offering a livestream show M-F at 11 AM EST. It's designed for kids 7-12 and specifically tailored to the limited supplies and ability to get out that families are facing right now.
These classes are pretty long (up to 2 hours!) so if you have a little scientist on your hands, this could be a great way to engage them while you get in a little work in the mornings.
This classic kids educational company is offering all sorts of free resources right now, including daily activities for kids of all ages!
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