FREE Education resources & websites for children
Updated: Jan 11
Here is a non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to the coronavirus. This list has been compiled by home educators and covers a wide range of topics.
We have been provided with a new educational resource from our friends at The University of Denver.
STEAM: Why art is a necessary aspect of STEM education and practice
Free online college courses from the world’s top universities. Learn here.
Adventures in Chemistry
From the American Chemical Society, adventures in chemistry is a way for children to access more chemistry-related learning. Website here. More resources here
Art Contests for Kids
Contests can be a way to help build confidence. Challenge here.
Baldwin’s Library of Historical Children’s Literature
Online collection of children’s books from bygone eras. Read here.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available. Around 33 languages from French, Spanish, German to Finnish, Urdu and Serbian. BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence is required except for content on BBC iPlayer. Main site here. Languages here. Bitesize here.
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multidisciplinary activities. Link here.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free. Blockly here.
Blue Peter Badges
Blue Peter Badges, if you have a stamp and a nearby post box. Link here.
Resources for English language learning. Link here.
Listening activities for the younger ones. Listen here.
Explore, study and play all about cells, microbes and the immune system. Link here.
Compound Interest is a site that aims to take a closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis, explaining them with easy-to-understand graphics. Investigate here.
Online tools and games are an excellent way for students to have fun while learning and nurturing their ever-developing brains. Link here
Cool Math 4 Kids
Online maths games for young children. American based. Link here.
This website includes a ton of tutorials for projects, where to find the tools and equipment you will need, as well as robotics magazines, websites and other publications to check out. Link here
YouTube videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. Watch here. Main website here.
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience. Watch here.
Science awards you can complete from home. Challenge here.
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes. Link here.
Drama Games for Kids
A comprehensive resource of drama games for kids and teaching drama tips. Act here.
More drama resources to investigate. Act here.
Online drawing lessons. Draw here.
Ducksters Education Site
Learn languages for free. Web or app. Link here
Einstein for Everyone
University course on special relativity, general relativity and quantum theory. Run at the University of Pittsburgh by John D. Norton and Gal Ben Porath. Link here.
English Chess Federation
A one-stop resource for chess players, chess organisers and interested parties alike. Join membership, find a club and you can even attempt the Certificate of Excellence award scheme. Play here. Certificate of Excellence.
Famous Explorers. Famous Female Mathematicians. Famous Mathematicians. Famous Philosophers.
Offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. Play here.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 13+ but younger learners can use a parent account). Link here.
Volunteer to help explore galaxies near and far. Categorise here.
History of Maths
Follow the long journey from antiquity, from the time of ancient Greek and Arab philosophers. Join us as we trace the spectacular evolution of mathematics through the centuries. Link here.
Hour of Code
Teaching how to code with a variety of themed games. Code here. Check out their Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials. Code here.
How Stuff Works
From science and engineering to innovation and nature. How here.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online. Investigate here.
Instructables: Engineering STEM Projects
An easy and fun collection of STEM projects and lessons for elementary and middle school. Made for teachers, science fairs, and weekend activities. Make here.
Czech linguist, data scientist, graphic designer, and musician who creates educational materials for students. Has produced more than 700+ articles and 7 books on a variety of subjects. Look here.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s a most common material. Learn here.
Showing a variety of ways to create a project lap book Make it.
A Youtube Channel all about science and stories about the planet. Watch here.
Free science lessons. Investigate here.
A nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page. Write here.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Videos produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. View here.
NASA Stem Engagement
Stem resources for educators. Link here.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids. Link here.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location! Adventure here.
New Pages Young Writers Guide
Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Write here.
New York Philharmonic Kidzone
A variety of music-related games to play. Play here.
NGAkids Art Zone
Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages. Paint here.
Love numbers? Here is a site all about numbers. Number here.
Open Yale Courses
Free and open access to a selection of introductory courses. Learn here.
Open Educational Resources
Archive of educational resources and lecturers from universities. Link here.
Free taster courses are aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access them. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people. Link here.
Guide to TV and radio programmes co-produced by The OU and the BBC. Check here. Download or order posters and booklets from your favourite OU/BBC programmes. Link here.
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free reading resources for Primary age. Read here.
Papersnake is easy and free access to download a variety of paper: isometric, graph, logarithmic, manuscript, dot, square and more. Print here.
PhET Interactive Simulations
Simulations covering general chemistry and quantum chemistry. From the University of Colorado Boulder. Link here.
Photography Contests for Kids
Allowing children the chance to express themselves through photography. Click here.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age. Calculate here.
Access to 33,000 free ebooks to read on PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable devices. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. Read here.
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones. Craft here.
A variety of walkthrough experiments to learn and recreate at home. Experiment here.
Science Journal for Kids
Hundreds of scientific articles. Written for kids. Approved by scientists. Read here.
The aim of Science Kids is to provide educational resources for teachers and parents that help make science fun and engaging for kids, taking important concepts and putting them into a form that kids can not only understand but also enjoy. Learn here.
Creative computer programming. Program here.
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Code here.
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher-level material. Revise here.
STEAM: Why art is a necessary aspect of STEM education and practice
Write and present your stories or take part in over 700 writing challenges. Write here.
Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Watch here.
Ted Ed People-powered
All sorts of engaging educational videos. Watch here.
Writing by teens for teens. Read here.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities are linked to this Facebook page. Craft here.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Free to read online, high-quality up-to-date copy of Feynman’s legendary lectures. Link here. Watch videos here.
The Homeschool Scientist
Find experiment ideas, curriculum choices, science resources, expert advice and more! Experiment here.
The Ig Nobel Prize
For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK. Intrigue here.
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest. Craft here.
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos. See this.
The Nobel Prize
Official website of the Nobel Prize. Link here.
The Paleontology Portal
A US resource for anyone interested in palaeontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom. Dig here.
The Royal Institution
Involve with science, mathematics and engineering, and keep up with the Christmas lectures. Family site. Christmas lectures
The Royal Society Publishing
Searching for journals? Search here.
The Virtual Fossil Museum
Fossils across geological time are presented in multiple contexts of geological history, the tree of life, paleobiology and evolution. The Virtual Fossil Museum is an educational resource providing an ever-growing extensive collection of fossil images. Excavate here.
Theatre Folk Resources
From monologues, two-person scenes, playwriting to group scenes, directing and playwriting. Act here.
All kinds of making. Make here.
Educational online games. Play here.
two-person understanding Evolution
A non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. Teaching what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time. Evolve here.
Video Interviews with Top Children’s Authors and Illustrators
Watch Reading Rockets’ exclusive video interviews with top children’s book authors and illustrators. Watch here.
Visnos Visual Numbers
Visual mathematics, interactive teaching resources. Math here.
Visual Dictionary, thesaurus and interactive lexicon. Visualise here.
Open content textbook collection. Read here.
Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. Link here.
From maths, science & technology, society & culture to everyday life, this is a unique and fun engine to peruse. Main website. Famous Math Problems.
This site aims to provide informative content surrounding the realm of geography that is both factually accurate and enjoyable to read. Explore here.
FREE EBOOKS FOR KDS! Covering all categories, something for everyone here
World Geography Games
World Geography Games offers you challenging and entertaining quiz games to improve your geographical knowledge. Link here.
World Monument Fund
A non-profit organisation founded to preserve cultural heritage worldwide. Discover more.
Writing Contests for Kids
This round-up of writing contests for kids and opportunities might just help give young writers their first chance at publication. Write here.
People-powered communal projects. Join here.