No School, Keep The Kids Busy Kid Friendly Websites

kid friendly educational websites


3/14/20 Edited to add: This archived post still contains a lot of great kid friendly websites and online resources as many of us live to live in a new normal with social distancing during the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic and keeping kids home from school. I’ll add new resources as I find them!

 

There are times that your kids might need a little preoccupying. This is NOT a suggestion to not go outside, get fresh air, read books or do crafts but some additional resources.

Times have changed since I first wrote this post! Today subscription boxes are popular activity options for kids as well. Green Kid Crafts has great STEM activities delivered straight to your doorstep every month perfect for kids age 2-10!

Here are our kid-approved websites:

Added March 2020

Scholastic Learn At Home: Scholastic has made this great resource available with day-by-day projects to keep kids in pre-K all the way through 6th grade and up reading, thinking and growing.

Outschool: Live online video courses for kids ages 3-18. (Membership is free; classes start as low as $5.)

Raddish Kids: Filled with lots of great resources for kid-friendly recipes AND is offering a free Swedish Eats Cooking Kit (limited quantities).

BrainPop: BrainPOP has many great resources – from their website: BrainPop makes rigorous learning experiences accessible and engaging for all.

CosmicKids: Stories, yoga and fun for kids.

Switcheroo Zoo: Watch, listen and play games to learn about animals.

Seussville.com: Read, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.

ABC Ya: Practice math and reading skills while playing games.

FunBrain.com: Play games while practicing math and reading skills.

HighlightsKids.com: Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments!

Crayola: Free coloring pages and more activities.

Audible: Free Audible books for kids while schools are closed.

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga has live streaming from several exhibits as well as online activities and resources.

The Nashville Symphony has updated their website for homebound parents and kids with resources.

Growga is offering free online streaming yoga classes.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has a wonderful online educational toolkit for at-home parents and children.


Candlewick Press for kids has an amazing online resource library with activities from favorite characters.
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BellaSara.com: Beautiful graphics for the horse lover and I swear doesn’t every girl go through a I HEART HORSES phase? You do need to purchase the trading cards to add horses to your stable but that’s it.

Coolmath4kids.com: Miss C’s 2nd grade teacher has introduced this site to her class and Miss C loved it. She needed a little help with math and persuading that math is fun, so this is a great site for her.

Barbie.everythinggirl.com: What can I say? We love Barbie. I especially love, I mean the girls especially love, the salon games where you can give Barbie and her friends a makeover or paint their nails. If you’re a Barbie hater, and I know you’re out there, just skip this site, OK?

NickJr.com: Miss A especially loved playing games featuring her favorite characters, from Dora to Diego.

Sprout Online: I was on the Sprout Band of Bloggers so I do want to give them a shout out. Miss A loved to play Dress Chica. Kids can also send in their artwork to be featured on Sprout.

PBSKids.com: Great games and activities. If only Big Bird had been online when I was a kid. PBS Kids is launching a new weekday newsletter!

Starfall.com: Wonderful site for young readers. Zac the Rat will forever remind me of kindergarten days.

National Geographic Kids: Cool videos, games, and other activities about animals and science. BOTH my girls love National Geographic Kids’ gaming site, Animal Jam!

Poptropica: Pure gaming fun. My younger daughter actually figured out how to Google tips and tricks for unlocking some of the levels.

Multiplication.com: Great way to reinforce those pesky multiplication tables.

And something for adults – 250 free online courses from Ivy League universities such as Harvard.

What are your favorite kid friendly websites?

17 comments

  1. Steph. says:

    Love these! We’ve found Starfall and my son loves Pirates of the Carribean online as well as Kidzui. Kidzui I am NOT so sure about though—even though it is supposedly secure for kids. And, my kids always love getting on the Webkinz site with their pets!
    .-= Steph.´s last blog ..Do You Have a Sign on Your Back? =-.

  2. Mary@The Writer's Block says:

    Oh, yes. Good gravy, girl. I’ve already made plans for my twin boys. But, websites? Great new recs for my 6yo to try.

    I always say that Fall Break and Spring Break are hardly “breaks” for parents—even if you are on the beach. It’s still so much work. 😉

    So jealous you’ve been to FL twice this year. I’ve not been to the beach in more than 4 years. My kids have never been. Nice to have relatives with housing.
    .-= Mary@The Writer’s Block´s last blog ..News Round-up =-.

  3. Nicole says:

    Great list. My kids also love Club Penguin and if you go to Lego.com, you can download a software program where kids can build legos on the computer, design their own and then even upload their creations back to the site to share.

  4. Emily says:

    We know starfall (AWESOME) and Nick Jr. and the PBS ones, but I will be referring to this list for some of the others. Great list!

  5. Momo Fali says:

    Starfall is great! It’s one of our favorites. I’m almost scared to tell my daughter about that horse site. She will never get off the computer!
    .-= Momo Fali´s last blog ..Head Case =-.

  6. Jenny says:

    Thanks for the websites. My little girl (7) has just been introduced to the wonders of the www. I couldn’t believe how much junk websites my hubby and I had to go through just to find quality sites my girl could spend time on. I generally prefer the education ones over the TV/network sponsored sites.

  7. Bobby says:

    Thank you for your list of kid friendly websites. Keeping kids busy is a full time job. A good children’s website is a saving grace. National Geographic Kids is great and very educational.

  8. Jamie says:

    Two new ones to add this year:

    Poptropica.com

    Not really educational but BOTH my girls love love it! They are 8 and 5.

    And multiplication.com (great for my 3rd grader.)

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