Educational Activities for Kids At Home

School buildings are closed in Washington state for the remainder of the school year and parents all over wonder how they’ll fill the hours and educate their children. Thankfully, creative individuals and companies are offering educational resources free of charge. We also asked a seasoned home school teacher for her favorite resources.

Reading

Duolingo, popular app for learning a new language launched an app that helps teach kids how to read called Duolingo ABC. It uses the same engaging style as the language games, but without ads and it’s free. Available on iOS.

ReadWorks delivers reading comprehension instruction and vocabulary by grade level. It has lots of different topics to choose from to keep kids engaged and learning.

Local Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is offering weekly home school lessons.

Local Museums and Theater

5th Avenue Theater gives aspiring thespians a peek behind the curtain on Fridays.

Seattle Children’s Museum is doing Friday workshops for little kids.

Pacific Science Center is adding science, technology, engineering and math activities to their Curiosity At Home section.

Museum of History and Industry has launched a History at Home section with resources for the whole family.

Museum of Flight has tours, STEM activities and more, so the family can take flight safely from home.

Nutrition

The USDA Choose My Plate has nutrition activities, videos, and other resources for kids.

Creative Time

When it’s time for some creativity, kids can use the Art for Kids Hub to learn to draw popular cartoon characters. It’s fun and still teaches techniques.

Typing

Sure, their thumbs work great, but if your child needs to learn typing foundations, check out Typing.com for beginner, intermediate, and advanced typing lessons with fun activities.

Engaging High School Lessons

Fast-paced courses keep up with your teen’s attention span. Crash Course offerings include the sciences, economics, government, psychology, and history.

Virtual Field Trips

No permission slip required! Visit the San Diego Zoo, Great Wall of China, Mars, and more virtual field trips.

Databases of Activities

These resources have so many lessons and activities, we can’t write about all of them. Surely, you’ll fill some hours with what you find.

Scholastic is offering virtual resources for early childhood through 9th-grade.

PBS has a huge library of age-appropriate lessons on various topics.

National Geographic launched NatGeo@Home. Find fun activities.

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Candace Nelson

In the mountains or water debate, Candace Nelson chooses water every time. She has a Master of Science in Nutrition and loves taking any fitness class that makes her forget she's working out. Read more at candacenelson.net



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