Online Learning for Kids of All Ages

Over the last few days, we’ve been busy putting together this list of 44, yep that’s right 44 online global educational resources for children of all ages. These are a mix of resources from all over the World to help you plan your homeschool adventure! They are either FREE or carry a small charge.

With three children myself aged 10 & 3, I’m busy thinking about how I can ensure that they don’t fall behind. I’m sure many of you are thinking the same.

So we wanted to try and remove some of the stress and anxiety around this. Take a look at this list and please do share. 

Museums Tours with Google Arts & Culture – Many of the World’s largest and best-loved museums have now closed to encourage social distancing. However, you and your kids can tour the collections of more than 1,200 museums online through the Google Arts and Culture catalogue. FREE 

BBC Learning – This site is old and no longer updated by the BBC, and yet there’s so, so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Khan Academy – Khan Academy provides high-quality content for kids (and adults) of all ages. Take a look at Khan Kids for the smallest of learners. FREE 

Futurelearn – Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account). – for seven years now, has been providing free online coding classes for kids of all ages. Learn to think like a programmer while completing online modules. FREE

Seneca – Perfect for those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons and tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher-level material only.

Blockly – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Starfall Education  – This bright and colourful website will appeal to the under 5’s up to about Year 1. another US site but… the activities are easy to find and arranged by discipline, season, or curricular topic. (FREE options, with membership available for more content.)

The Cat in the Hat Invents – Everyone’s favourite Cat is the start of this STEM-based website that challenges kids to be engineers and problem-solvers. FREE 

National Geographic Kids  – Is where you can explore the world around you, through games and videos. Take a quiz on Mars or explore current topics like Kids vs Plastic. FREE

Cosmic Kids Yoga – A brilliant YouTube channel will get your kids moving for a little post- or pre-lesson yoga break! Follow the poses that also tell a story in these short yoga sessions. (It also streams on Prime.) FREE

Toy Theater – Educational online games, reading, math 

Wow in the World – A podcast for kids and their grown-ups by the folks at Tinkercast. 20-30 minute episodes investigate factual real-world stories. FREE

The Imagination Tree – Original art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Mystery Science – Mystery Science is making its most popular science lessons for FREE for homeschooling during the coronavirus crisis. Topics from weather to who invented pizza. FREE (for the moment) – Perfect for kids that like to use their hands – watch videos and learn how to make something all on their own. Older kids will love creating videos of there their own to upload and share on the platform. A free 14-day trial is available.

Twinkl – This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Cool Math Games  – Offering tons of games that incorporate math into strategy, like virtual Chess. FREE

DK Find Out – Activities and quizzes

Rivet  – With over 3500 books for kids. Rivet is a free reading app for kids 

Idea Awards – Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

BrainPop  – BrainPOP will help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures. FREE access to all during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Artful Parent – Good, free art activities 

Red Ted Art – Accessible arts and crafts for little ones

Minecraft Education  – Minecraft Education – so much more than “just a game.” mum! This platform promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. 

Duolingo – Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science – Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This – Wide range of cool educational videos

British Council – Resources for English language learning

Geography Games – Geography gaming!

Oxford Owl for Home– Lots of free resources for Primary age

Scratch – Program your own interactive stories with Scratch. This free learning tool develops essential skills like problem-solving, creative thinking, and collaboration. FREE

Tinkercad – All kinds of making.

CBeebies Radio – Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives – A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Crash Course – YouTube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids – As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards – Science awards you can complete from home.

Prodigy Math – Grab a free account and start with these standards-based math activities. FREE

Secondary School Resources

TED Talks – You can watch a TED Talk on just about any device anywhere. This nonprofit gives free access to thousands of educational, inspirational, motivational, and instructional talks. Or try Ted:Ed for all sorts of engaging educational videos.

Quizlet  – This mobile and web app lets you create and use virtual flashcards FREE

Openlearn – Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some, e.g. nature and environment courses, could well be of interest to young people.

Big History Project – Aimed at Secondary age. With multidisciplinary activities.

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