50+ Free Educational Apps & Online Resources for Kids During School Closures

It’s only been a little over a week of school closures for us, and we’re looking for more ways than ever to keep kids engaged while at home.

During the COVID-19 crisis, a number of online educational companies are offering their subscriptions, games, worksheets & apps for free for at-home learning. Some resources on this list always provide free subscriptions!

Learning at home can be both fun for your children and easy for you as a parent.

The best advice I can give during this time is to spend time with your children while you’re both stuck at home and keep them engaged. You don’t have to become an expert at homeschooling, so don’t stress about it! Play board games, do arts & crafts, make slime, build a fort… and you can also check out some of these free resources for both screen-free & online learning.

This list is also for teachers looking for worksheets, lesson plans, and ways to enhance remote learning.

In this article we’ve broken down the free resources into the following categories:

  1. General Education
  2. Science
  3. Math
  4. Technology & Coding
  5. Reading & Language Arts

General Education Free Apps & Online Resources

123Homeschool4Me

123Homeschool4Me offers free worksheets for all subjects – math, reading, writing, science, and more. You can browse the free worksheets by grade. They offer worksheets for K-12. These are always free.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit. They offer free courses for K-12. During school closures, they’ve put together daily schedules for kids 4-18.

BrainPop

BrainPop is offering free access during school closures. Find lessons and activities for a wide range of subjects in an easy-to-use interface.

PBS Kids

Free games and resources for parents & kids.

Belouga

Learn about the world with deep dives into any topic.

HippoCampus

Explore over 7000 free videos in 13 different subjects.

Age of Learning

Age of Learning offers multiple products to engage children in reading, history, math, science, and more. With school closures, they’re offering many of their products and subscriptions for free.

Twinkl

This is a great resource for those looking for at-home worksheets & activities. You can save any of these free worksheets to your Google Drive to share within Google Classroom, or parents can instantly download and print a wide range of activities across history, science, math, and more.

Explain Everything

Explain Everything is offering free extended access during school closures. It is a whiteboard app to collaborate no matter where in the world you are.

Google Edu

Google Edu offers tools to allow teachers to keep teaching remotely.

Free Science Apps, Games, and Online Resources

Mystery Science

Mystery Science is offering a starter list of K-5 science lessons for free during school closures – no sign up required. Lessons are organized by grade. Choose a mini-lesson (15-30 minutes, all digital) or a full lesson (45-90 minutes, with a hands-on activity.)

Everyday Earth

Everyday Earth offers free Earth Science lessons and experiments for easy lesson planning.

American Chemical Society

Access free resources for teachers and students for lessons & activities in chemistry. This is a great resource for high school students.

Free Math Apps and Online Resources for Kids

CoolMath4Kids

Free math games, quizzes, and puzzles for kids.

MathScore.com

Free math quizzes for students K-8, Algebra I, and Geometry.

Bedtime Math

Free math games for kids. Play online or download their Android or Apple apps.

Duck Duck Moose

Here you’ll find multiple free apps for education, like Moose Math. Apps are designed for different age groups, ranging from 2 to 12 years old.

Free Coding & Technology Education Resources for Kids

Scratch

Learn to code your own games, stories, and animations with Scratch from MIT.

Tynker

Tynker offers students everything they need to get started with learning to code. Create Minecraft mods, games, and more. During school closures, they’re offering premium courses for free.

Minecraft Education

Minecraft Education offers project-based learning to develop STEM and problem solving skills. Start with their Hour of Code lesson for free.

BlocksCAD

Learn the fundamentals of CAD (computer-aided design). They’re offering free projects to families. Schools can also apply for free licenses during school closures.

SkillShare

For High School students, consider signing up for 2 free months of SkillShare where they can learn

Free Reading & Language Arts Lessons & Apps

ReadWorks

As a non-profit, their resources are always free. Work on literacy and build comprehension with their free content and tools for K-12.

Zinc Learning Labs

Zinc is offering free licenses to schools & teachers through July 15th. Read articles, take quizzes, practice vocabulary, and more.

Duolingo

Use your extra time to learn a new language. Duolingo is always free, and it makes learning a new language easy and fun.

Dreamscape

This free app for Android and Apple engages students Grades 2-8 in an imaginative literacy game.

Book Creator

Spark your student’s creativity with Book Creator. Use the app to create comics, about me books, science reports, and more.

Other Ideas for Time At Home

With your extra time at home, we also recommend checking out a few of our other posts!

We are wishing you and your family health and safety during these difficult times. We hope you enjoy these free educational websites & resources for your family or students. If there are other educational or STEM apps that you love, let us know in the comments! We’d love to check them out.

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