The struggle of screen time is tough. Now, with kids staying home due to school closings, the temptation for Roblox, Fortnite, and Minecraft might seem like the easy answer.
But, there are tons of FREE educational resources that are fun for students and families to take part in.
Despite if your company has required you to work remotely or if you’re home more because your kid’s school has closed, these disruptions are making you be present at home more often.
To help keep you sane during this time, I’ve rounded up FREE educational and creative activities for all ages.
Create a daily routine.
Kids crave structure. And it’s exactly what schools provide! But at home, it may look more like supervised chaos. As you find yourself at home with your kids over the next few weeks during the pandemic, you’ll want to create a daily routine that your kids can stick to.
Below is an example of a daily routine you might want to adopt. Just be sure your routine fits your family’s needs!
- Before 9:00 am: wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, make the bed, brush teeth
- 9:00 – 10:00 am: outside time or morning walk
- 10:00 – 11:00 am: learning time
- 11:00 – 12:00 pm: creative time
- 12:00 – 12:30 pm: lunch
- 12:30 -1:00 pm: chores
- 1:00 – 2:30 pm: quiet time (reading, puzzles, quiet play in rooms)
- 2:30 – 4:00 pm: learning time
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm: outside time
- 5:00 – 6:00 pm: dinner and help clean up
- 6:00 – 8:00 pm: free time
- 8:00 pm: bedtime
Educational Online Games & Activities
All these activities include a screen of some sort because let’s face it…there will come a time when you need a moment of peace and quiet. But at least you know they’re doing something educational!
- Brainpop video – This great video teaches kids about the Coronavirus in a way they will understand. This is the exact video I showed my children that teaches them about why school is canceled!
- Prodigy Math – My own child LOVES playing prodigy. Plus, it’s free!
- Duo Lingo – Why not learn a new language?
- Go Noodle – Get your kids moving inside with these fun videos! Your kids will be able to get their energy out!
- ABC Mouse – Get 2 months FREE. My kids LOVE this. It’s perfect for younger kids!
- Listen to authors read aloud their own books!
- Khan Academy – Includes lessons for all ages to support learning!
- Breakout EDU – Super fun challenges of an Escape Room brought to your computer! They have FREE lessons just for you!
- No Red Ink – Kids will learn how to use proper grammar to support their writing.
- Mystery Science – Get a year membership for FREE! Sign up now because spots are limited!
- Fluency and Fitness – This site is giving away 3 free weeks. Perfect for K-2 kids to review reading and math concepts while getting their body moving.
- Starfall – Great for working on reading. This site is meant for kids pre-school through 3rd grade.
- Code.org – kids as young as kindergarten can start learning how to code for FREE!
- National Geographic Kids – This site has TONS of videos, games, and lessons to explore. Your child will have a blast on this site!
- Typing Club – Help kids (or adults!) work on developing better typing skills.
- Smithsonian – This site offers free lessons and interactive activities for kids!
- Google Arts and Culture – So much to learn and places to explore on this incredible site! Perfect for ALL ages!
- Libby App – No need to head to your local library! Download audiobooks and ebooks for free through the Libby App. Simply connect your local library and you can check out books instantly.
- DreamScape – Makes reading FUN for kids grades 2-8.
- Google Sites – Have your older child research and learn more about a topic. Build a website to share what you’ve learned!
- Unite For Literacy – Has tons of free digital picture books!
Other Educational Resources
- Other Goose – 21 days of FREE Homeschooling lessons and activities! WOW!
- Scholastic – Includes day by day projects to keep kids learning and having fun!
- Teachers Pay Teachers – This website has a TON of free stuff; plus, they are created by teachers. You can search by grade level and subject.
- At Home Learning Menus – These FREE menus are perfect for getting organized and giving kids options for learning.
- 10 Days Of Home Learning – includes 46 pages of at home learning for your kids. I love it!
Screen-Free Activities (no screens, laptops, or ipads needed!)
Although it might seem easy to hand your child a screen all day long, it’s not the best idea! Below is a list of activities that you can do with your children that don’t require a single screen. Enjoy and have fun!
- Alexa Games: Did you know Alexa has lots of games just waiting to be played? A reader told me that her kids love kids quiz, animal stomp, Alexa stories, knock knock jokes, and lemonade stand!
- 100 Craft Ideas: I’m crazy impressed with this website! They have tons of craft ideas for your kids to help them explore their creative side!
- 63 Easy Science Experiments Using Household Stuff: I’m guessing you might have some of these supplies already.
- Each day try a new recipe together. Getting your kids in the kitchen helps teach math!
- Read together! Read a book and then watch the accompanying movie with it! This is such a fun activity. Here’s a huge list of children’s books adapted into movies.
- Play every single board game in the house.
- Camp in the backyard (or in the living room if it’s too cold outside).
- Have a picnic outside for lunch.
- Create a new outdoor game and play it as a family.
- Work on a big puzzle together.
- Write your own comic book with these free printable comic book pages.
- Speaking of printables, check out this INCREDIBLE selection of free printables from Picklebums.
- Build a fort in the living room (and leave it up for the entire day).
- Go on a nature hunt outside. Here’s a TON of different printables for you to choose from.
- Create puppets and then put on a puppet show!
- Make your own Nerf gun targets! Seriously, these are pretty awesome.
- Use mini-marshmallows and toothpicks to build the largest tower you can!
- The Dice Game – All you need is to print this out (it’s free!) and six dice, then you’re ready to play!
- Lego Letters – This is perfect for little ones who need to practice their letters!
- Balloon Ping Pong – I absolutely love this super easy game that’s fun for any age!
- Plant a garden in your backyard. You can literally reap the rewards later!
- Busy Toddler – This website has great activities for young children.
Have other ideas for what kids and parents can do while stuck at home? Leave them in the comments!