It’s been a week under community quarantine, and we hope you and your family are safe and healthy at home. By now, you’re probably already starting to run out of ways to keep the kids entertained.
If they have electronic gadgets, keep their minds stimulated during this time by using these fun and free educational websites for kids! A little screen time can be productive, especially when balanced with other offline activities. These online portals will let your kids continue to learn even outside of school.
In response to the school closures in the U.S., Scholastic Classroom Magazines created a free digital hub to help kids continue learning at home. The site provides approximately 3 hours of lessons per day for up to four weeks. The lessons come in a mix of articles, stories, and interactive formats, such as quizzes or games. Kids can also get assignments, such as research projects or reading challenges.
Khan Academy’s educational program for kids will help inspire lifetime learning. Each child starts on his or her own learning path, with interactive activities, games, videos, and creative lessons that they can take at their own pace. Their curriculum was developed in collaboration with trusted experts at Stanford and aligned with educational frameworks standards. Parents love it—it currently has a 4.8 star rating on the App Store!
If your kids are interested in science, Mystery Science will definitely spark their curiosity! They’ve recently made some of their most popular classes free to help support parents and teachers. You’ll find a mix of mini-lessons (which take about 15-30 minutes), and full lessons (which can take up to 90 minutes and come with hands-on activities), which are all aligned to grade-level standards.
Kids are naturally curious, and they might have asked you questions that left you stumped. Encourage their interest in animals and nature on the NatGeo Kids website! Explore science experiments, cool trivia, and lots of weird but true facts about our environment that will keep them entertained for days.
If your kids are more inclined towards the creative arts, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to leave your house to visit some of the world’s best museums! Want to see the British Museum in London, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York? You can take virtual museum tours from the comfort of your home with the Google Arts & Culture website. A few taps will take you into their different collections, so your kids can zoom into the artworks and learn more about each piece.
What other educational websites are you and your kids using? Let us know in the comments below!