Learning While Playing at Home! Free Educational Websites Parents Can Access to Bridge Academic Learning

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Jane Taylor in Education & Training

Last updated: 04 June 2020, 11:36 GMT


We've no doubt you'll want to keep your children engaged and entertained if they're going to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, which can seem like a pretty daunting prospect. But fear not, as we've selected some of the best free educational resources on the web for different ages, abilities, and interests.

Challenge your kids' minds using the sites listed below that teach everything from math to reading and comprehension skills. Here's a list of fun indoor activities for playtime, as well as a bunch of educational shows you can stream to fill your kids' days.

1. IXL

IXL offers personalized learning in maths and English while covering hundreds of different skills for children in reception up to those in year 13.

2. BBC Bitesize

Want to access daily lessons and revision tools as well as support and advice from other students? BBC Bitesize has your child covered whether they're in primary school, secondary school, or aged 16+.

3. Natural History Museum

Your child may have to stay inside but that doesn't mean they can't get nature savvy. With the Natural History Museum, they can become Naturenaughts, plus learn how to identify different insects, plants, and fossils.

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4. PhonicsPlay

Improve your little one's reading skills with PhonicsPlay, which is offering free access to non-members due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

5. Mathletics

Kids from reception to key stage 4 can flex their number skills with a Mathletics free 48-hour trial.

6. Big Eyed Owl

With everything from songs, craft recipes, and multi-cultural teachings, Big Eyed Owl is a great resource for 5-7 year-olds.

7. A Maths Dictionary for Kids

This comprehensive archive has over 630 simplified mathematical terms along with more than 270 free printable maths posters that you can hang up around the house.

8. Ten Pieces

BBC's Ten Pieces encourages 7-14 year-olds to get creative with classical music and offers resources for those who are hearing impaired.

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9. The Great Fire of London

Travel back to 1666 on The Great Fire of London website, which makes history fun using Minecraft maps, a video game, and an interactive timeline of events.

10. LearnEnglish Kids

Brought to you by The British Council, LearnEnglish Kids offers games, songs, stories, and activities for children aged 5-12.

11. Teach

Teach provides a slew of curriculum-mapped videos conveniently arranged by subject and age-group with materials for early years students all the way up to secondary school.

12. Crickweb

Conquer crosswords, sort your way through different sounds or ace anatomy with Crickweb's 250+ lessons for kids aged 4-11.

13. Get Body Smart

Get Body Smart is an examination of human anatomy, complete with animated text narrations and quizzes that will leave your child in awe of how the body works.

14. BP Educational Service

Inspire your child through the power of STEM with BP's Educational Service. Here, they'll find balloon rocket experiments and learn what happens when sugar dissolves into tea, along with a bunch of other cool experiments for ages 4-19.

15. Science Museum

You can always rely on the Science Museum to spark an interest in learning. And while there's nothing like being there in person, the website is packed full of creative games and activities.