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Looking for free things to do from home? Check out these the top resources parents can access FREE right now to help prevent boredom during school closures.
With the extended closure of schools, most of us are now grappling with what we can do to combat boredom and preserve our sanity.
The normal places we would go to get out of the house like, libraries, play places, rec centers, movie theaters, malls, and play groups are no longer good options.
What’s the point of The Great Social Distancing of 2020 if schools close and we just take our kids to places where they can touch a million things and share germs?
It would be pointless. We must maintain some space to truly help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
But how do we do that and not go absolutely stir crazy with our children turned gremlins? Yes. I fully expect my children to morph into gremlins the more we’re at home together. Alone.
Ok. Maybe they won’t turn into gremlins. Perhaps I’m the one that’ll become a gremlin. Time will tell.
Whatever happens, I know one thing to be true: my kids will get bored and I’ll become exhausted trying to entertain them.
Thankfully many companies are offering free of low cost access to their resources and activities to help us combat the incoming cabin fever.
Here’s an exhaustive list of all the things you can utilize over the coming weeks. I’ll continue to update the list as I find more!
Free and Low Cost Resources during COVID-19
Free printable worksheets and educational activities to help making learning fun. Resources arranged by grade or subject.
Accessibyte Online is offering free access to its entire cloud platform of apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students. Highly visual and fully audible typing tutor, games, flash cards and study apps.
ActivEd, Inc. offers Walkabouts, web-based lessons for pre-K to second-grade students that integrate movement with language arts, math, and reading content and correlate to your state’s standards.
Actively Learn is a web-based reading platform that helps students read deeply and think critically, with thousands of texts and associated instruction in ELA, Science, and Social Studies.
AMAZE is a free online resource that envisions a world that recognizes child and adolescent sexual development as natural and healthy, a world in which young people everywhere are supported and affirmed and the adults in their lives communicate openly and honestly with them about puberty, reproduction, relationships, sex and sexuality. In such a world, young people across the globe would have access to the information and support they need to develop into sexually healthy adults.
The American Chemical Society has ChemMatters magazines, targeted for high schoolers, available online. In addition to chemistry, there are article that are biographies of chemists, and historical articles.
Digital Atlas of America uses online GIS to explore and visualize data with maps.
Free multiplayer educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!
This is a free video series on how to teach science without the overwhelm.
BlocksCAD builds math and computer science skills by using a specialized 3D CAD (computer-aided drafting) software. A block-based coding platform allows students to create and manipulate 3D objects while using geometry and computational thinking skills.
Digital archive of a variety of media produced about current events, public history and government. Bunk shows connection both spatially and across historic era
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Learn and bond with your 0 – 6 year old. Follow and interact with an expert instructor.
Grammar practice in free, printable short stories.
Curriki revolutionized the way digital learning content is distributed and shared. For over 10 years we have made the best curriculum, lessons and on-demand content free, open, and accessible to all.
Stuck at Home? These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch! Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
Unlimited access to some of the world’s finest productions, unique backstage insights, practitioner interviews and written analysis.
Discovery K12 provides a complete online curriculum for pre-k to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses.
Fluency & Fitness® provides educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.
GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Handwriting Heroes is a multisensory handwriting curriculum that teaches children how to form their letters through animations, stories and song. The iPad app is currently free.
Explore over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas.You can create a free account and create customized playlists too.
Digital and Print technology lessons for grades k-5, offering 3 weeks of free access to 18 technology lessons and activities plus a PDF download for printable tech activities.
Videos, games, lesson plans and supplemental materials can be searched by grade level, subject area, keyword and standard. And PBS LearningMedia’s Google Classroom integration makes it easy to share resources with your entire class. Content contributors include KET, PBS, PBS Kids, NASA, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and many more.
Khan Academy Kids is a free, award-winning online education program for children ages 2 – 7. Our mobile app was designed by child development experts at Stanford University and engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills. It is age-appropriate, personalized based on where your child is at, and engaging.
Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM on the company’s website. (The featured performances—and several others—are available via the Met Opera on Demand subscription service, though the videos in the nightly series will be made available for free for 20 hours following the initial stream).
To help all these teachers during school closures, we at Mystery Science just finished going through all our lessons, pulling the easiest ones to do from home, and putting them all up for free on a page to make it easy. No signup required, no student login—we just want to help.
Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. We provide soundscapes for hundreds of popular picture books, and more titles added regularly.
PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.
The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until 19 April to help contain the coronavirus. But the orchestra will continue to play for you – in the Digital Concert Hall. The Berliner Philharmoniker invite you to visit their virtual concert hall free of charge.
Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music!
At Raddish, we believe the heart of the home is in the kitchen — and these days, we’re likely all spending a lot more time at home.
Because food comforts and connects us all, we’ve developed a free resource to help support families during this uncertain time, including an at-home cooking camp program, free recipes your kids can make with pantry staples, additional learning extensions AND they’re giving away 25,000 free cooking kits!
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Happy Teacher Mama is offering a FREE activity pack that includes 11 pages of math, reading, and listening activities as well as complete parent instructions. This printable pack will give your kids the activities they need with the sanity-saving tips you need.
Starfall.com is a powerful tool that provides hours and hours of engaging educational content for pre-school and grade school kids. It uses animation and sound to engage children in the learning process.
Starting at 10 am EST on Monday, March 16 2020, a Shepherd University Professor will be live steaming short STEM lessons for K-12 students out of school.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
On The OT Toolbox, there are many free resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. Many related services will be halted for children over the next weeks (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.) Parents are seeking resources and strategies to help their children move and play in a way that helps them achieve their goals.
Huge thank you to Amazing Educational Resources for contributing to this list!