32 Totally FREE Educational Resources for Kids Stuck at Home

From printable worksheets to virtual museum tours, here are 32 of the free resources that we’ve discovered to keep little ones busy.

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Whether your school is providing “distance learning” resources, or whether you’re managing homeschooling unassisted, you’re still going to have quite a few hours that need to be filled with activities. Thankfully, there are loads of resources available for kids and their parents.

1. Children’s Museum of Manhattan

The new CMOM at Home features daily activities for kids that are easy and fun to do at home. Each day of the week has a theme, like Magical Monday and Artsy Thursday, and activities of all different types are pegged to these themes. While many of the projects are designed for little kids to do alongside a parent, older kids may enjoy doing them independently. Visit CMOM at Home

2. Tinkergarten

The company that’s known for their outdoor-based early childhood education programs, has launched Tinkergarten at Home, to get parents outside—and learning—with their kids. Sign-up (it’s free) to get access to weekly Tinkergarten activities, parenting insights, and live online sessions with other parents. Sign-up for Tinkergarten at Home 

3. Beanstalk 

Free access the site’s incredible resource of engaging video lessons that are an absolute delight to watch. The site offers both live and on-demand classes for kids from 18 months to age six, and they vary in subject matter from science—”all about your tongue”—to read alouds and crafting. Taught by actual teachers, Beanstalk is a great way to introduce younger kids to educational concepts.

4. Lakeshore

If you’re in need of some daily structure with an academic bent, Lakeshore has a huge selection of free, printable resources for kids of all ages. Get free educational materials at Lakeshore

5. Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic’s new Learn at Home website offers free daily courses for kids. Each daily lesson includes age-appropriate writing, reading, and enrichment activities, and they’re even offering virtual field trips.  Access the lessons at Scholastic

6. Numerade

If you have an older child who needs more one-on-one learning than they may be getting in their daily Zoom calls, Numerade might be just the resource they need. Numerade gives students free access to the worlds largest library of STEM video lessons, covering subjects as diverse as calculus and economics. Sign-up for Numerade

7. Crayola At-Home Creative Hub

Crayola has put together an At-Home Creative Hub full of DIY craft projects you can do with your kids. There are step-by-step instructions for how to make cool projects like Paper Bag Stars and Paper Plate Llamas, and pretty much everything can be done with stuff you likely already have sitting around your house. They also have printable coloring pages for both kids and adults, in case you just need a soothing activity for everyone in the family. Start crafting at Crayola.com

8. We are Knitters Knitting Classes

The popular We are Knitters brand of kits has launched a series of knitting classes designed just for kids. Hosted by children’s knitting teacher Miss Alexandra Mpassy, the weekly classes teach step-by-step knitting basics, adding a new technique every week. Knitting Home School at We are Knitters 

9. Tae Kwon Do 

Join Master Davis from Musa Martial Arts Academy for twice-weekly lessons direct from his studio in Los Angeles. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm PST, he’ll teach students the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do and self defense. Classes are available by Zoom and Instagram. Tae Kwon Do with Master Davis 

10. Cosmic Kids Yoga

The Cosmic Kids Yoga channel has over 400,000 subscribers for a reason: It’s a fun way to introduce children to yoga. Each 15-minute-long video features a cute theme and simple, beginning yoga moves that are great for toddlers and older kids alike. Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube

11. Tiler Peck ballet classes

If your child has always wanted to take ballet class with a famous ballerina, now is their chance. Tiler Peck, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, is teaching daily ballet classes every day at 1 pm EST via Instagram Live. Join Tiler Peck on Instagram

12. Storyline

The site offers a selection of videos of famous actors reading children’s books. Each month they highlight certain titles, but there’s always a huge selection of books to choose from, including The Hula Hoopin’ Queen, read by Oprah Winfrey. Explore Storyline

13. PJ Library 

PJ Library hosts a daily Jewish-themed story time every morning at 10 am EST. Kids can watch videos of authors reading their books, and learn about important concepts like mitzvahs (good deeds). The PJ Library Facebook page also offers loads of activity suggestions for projects to do with kids. PJ Library on Facebook

14. Thames & Kosmos Science at Home

Thames & Kosmos, the company behind lots of popular at-home science kits, has introduced a new Science at Home portal. Filled with downloadable instructions for DIY science experiments, as well as fun instructional videos, Science at Home offers lots of resources for kids who are missing out on time in the school science lab. Start experimenting at Thames & Kosmos

15. Generation Genius

Generation Genius offers online science lessons for grades K through 5. The video lessons cover everything from the weather cycle to the properties of matter, and they are labeled and categorized by grade. Kids will love the informative videos that look and feel more like a Nickelodeon show than a science class. Start watching at Generation Genius

16. Mystery Science

Mystery Science has put together a fantastic selection of science lessons and experiments that can be done at home. Covering such intriguing subjects as “who invented pizza” and “why do woodpeckers peck wood,” kids are sure to find the subjects engaging. Find science lessons at MysteryScience.com

17. Cabin Fever Science

For easy science experiments you can do at home with little kids, tune in to Cabin Fever Science on YouTube, where director Randy Scott Slavin and his adorable daughter, Zoe, conduct science experiments using everyday kitchen ingredients. The resulting one minute how-to videos are fun, educational, and sure to inspire your kids to start experimenting. Watch Cabin Fever Science on YouTube

18. Research Quest Live

Older kids who need a dose of science instruction will enjoy the Natural History Museum of Utah‘s new series called Research Quest Live. Designed with middle-schoolers in mind, the free daily classes are taught by museum educators, and cover such cool subjects as dinosaurs and ancient forests. The classes run each weekday at 9:30 am MDT, but if you can’t make it to the live classes, they’re all archived online for viewing anytime. Check out Research Quest Live

19. The Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

The zoo may be closed, but your kids can still learn about their favorite animals without leaving the house. The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting “Home Safaris” each day at 3 pm EST on Facebook Live. Each day they’ll highlight one of their resident animals—like Rico, the Brazilian porcupine—and they’ll also include an activity that kids can do from home. If you miss the live videos, you can always catch it later on the zoo’s YouTube channel. Visit the Cincinnati Zoo on Facebook

20. The Philadelphia Zoo’s Zoo at 2

The Philadelphia Zoo also offers a weekly Facebook Live session called Philly Zoo at 2, which runs every weekday at 2 pm EST. This week kids met the zoo’s brand new baby sloth bear cub, who is quite possible the cutest fuzzy creature ever. Kids will love learning about all the wild animals that call the Philadelphia Zoo home. Visit the Philadelphia Zoo on Facebook

21. Pest World for Kids 

Kids who are into bugs will absolutely flip for the offerings at Pest World for Kids. The site offers information and learning activities related to bugs for kids in grades pre-K to 8. In addition to critter-themed crafts, interactive quizzes, and pest guides, the site also provides pest-focused lesson plans for parents.

22. History at Home 

The History Channel’s new History at Home video series stars notable personalities delivering short history lessons. A new video is released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 am EST, and companion lesson plans to match the themes of the videos are also available. Watch History at Home on YouTube

23. America’s Test Kitchen Kids

America’s Test Kitchen Kids has made their entire site completely free for everyone. Kids will love the colorful site and its plentiful selection of recipes, projects, and cooking lessons. We’re planning to whip up a batch of the Almost No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread. Cook-up fun at America’s Test Kitchen Kids

24. The Metropolitan Opera Free Student Streams

The Metropolitan Opera is bringing the magic of some of the world’s most famous operas right to your computer screen. Their free Student Stream program offers a week-long education program for kids, with engaging ways to learn about the opera, as well as materials like illustrated synopses, coloring pages, and live sessions with featured artists from the productions. Access the Student Stream at MetOpera.org

25. The Hootenanny music class

Kids can tune in for daily jam sessions with their favorite family-friendly groups, thanks to YouTube and Facebook. Tune in every afternoon at 1 p.m EST for The Hootenanny, a music class that’s pure silly fun. The Hootenanny on YouTube

26. The Lucky Band jam session 

The Lucky Band hosts a daily Facebook Live jam session every afternoon at 1 p.m. EST, where they sing songs and read stories, and just have a great time. Kids will love singing along and getting to know all of the performers. The Lucky Diaz Band on Facebook

27. Berkner Break with the Laurie Berkner band

Little kids can enjoy a daily “Berkner Break” with the Laurie Berkner band, every morning on Facebook live. Tune-in at 10 am EST to watch a live concert direct from Berkner’s house. The Laurie Berkner Band on Facebook

28. L’il Maestros online music classes

Older kids who want to use their time at home to learn to play an instrument can take advantage of Ausounds L’il Maestros online music classes. The five week sessions are totally free, and teach guitar, piano, percussion, music theory, improvisation, and more. The classes also feature special appearances by famous musicians as well as industry experts. The live virtual lessons air every weekday at 3 p.m. EST. Take an online music class with L’il Maestros

29. Duolingo

Keep up their foreign language learning with the ever popular Duolingo app. The free program offers instruction in a myriad of different languages—including Arabic, Welsh, and Spanish—in a colorful and easy-to-follow program that feels more like a game than a class. Sign-up for Duolingo

30. Sign Language

Sundra Oakley, an ASL teacher based in Los Angeles, hosts weekly sign language lessons on Thursdays at 1 pm PST via Zoom and Instagram Live. Each class begins with the basics—the alphabet—and builds from there. She covers foods/drinks, emotions, family members, simple phrases, possessives, and many more, depending on the focus of the lesson. Take a class with Sundra on Instagram

31. Babbel

If you’ve always wanted to try Babbel’s courses, but you haven’t wanted to spend the money to do so, you’re in luck: they’re offering three free months for students enrolled in grades K through college. Babbel’s program consistently garners raves, and your child will love the easy-to-use online lessons. Sign-up for Babbel

32. GiGi’s at Home

During non-Pandemic times, GiGi’s Playhouse offers in-person classes for kids and young adults with Down Syndrome. Worried that their students’ specific learning needs would be overlooked in traditional distance learning formats, GiGi’s Playhouse went virtual with their GiGi’s at Home site. Offering both live and on-demand classes, as well as a huge variety of age-specific online courses, kids with unique learning needs can access education made just for them.  Visit GiGi’s at Home

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