Free Activities for Kids at Home

Free Activities for Kids at Home

Are you still teaching from home? Take a look at these free educational resources that will help you save time and sanity!!

Activities for Kids at Home

Home Learning Resources to Send Home


UPDATE 3rd Aug 2020: I know many educators are still teaching from home. I have gone through all the resources on this page and only kept those that are still free.

If you want some kid-friendly information about the Coronavirus, take a look at this post from National Geographic Kids.

Below you will find free websites for home learning. Click on the link to go straight to that section.

Here are some posts from the Children’s Library Lady that I hope you will also find useful.

Here are just a few points to be aware of because of the circumstances of this post.

  • Some of these websites are only free during the lockdown and this timing will depend on the country of origin.
  • Depending on when you visit a particular site you may or may not find them to be free. 
  • If a website has a free trial make sure you cancel any auto-renewals!

Literacy & Reading

  • Amazon Audiobooks: All Amazon audiobooks for children are free. You will find a range of genres and different languages, such as English, German, French, Italian and Japanese. 
  • Book Trust: Interactive books to read online or watch with signing
  • Gainesville Fire Rescue: Stories read by real firefighters on Facebook
  • National Literacy Trust: Comprehensive web portal for parents for access to free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos and reading challenges
  • Oxford Owl: Free ebooks. You can find other resources, some free, some paid.
  • PDF Drive: Free ebooks and pdfs across many different categories.
  • PEPELT21 : Mini lessons and themed resources related to picture books
  • Reading Wise: Free online learning materials for reading and literacy
  • Scottish Book Trust: Catch up on previous Authors Live events for you to watch at home
  • Story Time From Space: List of books read by astronauts in space
  • Storyline Online: Picture books read by actors
  • National Literacy Trust: Comprehensive web portal for parents for access to free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos and reading challenges
  • Ruth Miskin Training: Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons at home on YouTube
  • Tom Palmer: Children’s author demonstrates to how to edit a short piece of writing

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

STEM Learning: Free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects

  • Block Games: Educational games that teach programming
  • Interland: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world
  • Tynker: Free access to premium courses during school closures
  • The Exploratorium: Tinkering projects that encourage children to “think with your hands” using household items
  • Free Home School Deals: 30 Day Lego Challenge
  • Invent the Summer: Identify a problem and invent a solution. Engineering activities for children to try at home
  • The James Dyson Foundation: Challenge Cards designed by Dyson engineers specifically for children to encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.
  • Lego: Online games and videos
  • Lego: DIY videos

Social Studies

Art & Music

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: educational resources, including discussion questions for artworks, lesson plans, graphic organizers and worksheets, artist interviews, animations, and more.

Exercise and Movement

Teacher Resources

  • BBC Bitesize: Daily content for home learning to help with education and wellbeing.
  • CBBC: Free games, puzzles, songs and shows for primary students 
  • Cbeebies: Free games, puzzles, songs and shows
  • Classroom Secrets: Home learning packs to take the stress out of these uncertain times
  • Funbrain: develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy
  • Highlights Kids: Activities, jokes, games and more from the online version of the magazine
  • [email protected]: A resource for families with children of different ages & areas of interest
  • Mind Yeti: A library of research-based guided mindfulness sessions
  • National Geographic Kids: Primary Resources
  • Pawprint Family: Everyday adventure and skills for life
  • PBS Kids: Videos and games to help kids play and learn at home
  • PBS Learning Media: PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
  • PenPals School: Free access during COVID-19 outbreak
  • Premier League Primary Stars: Free home learning resources for school closures (Maths, literacy and movement)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing
  • [email protected]: TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.
  • Top Marks: Free educational resources for academic subjects
  • TTS: Curriculum-focused learning resources with home learning activities
  • Typing Club: Learn Touch Typing for FREE!
  • Varsity Tutors: Virtual School Day and Virtual Summer Camps have 100s of free activities for children. It could be useful for many parents as they juggle going back to work and their children being home. The activities will remain free throughout the summer. You need to register but credit card details are not are needed.

Talking to Children about Covid-19

In Conclusion...

I hope you find these resources useful. Let me know in the comments if you have other excellent FREE resources that I could add!

Remember, if you want some kid-friendly information about the Coronavirus take a look at this post from National Geographic Kids.

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