Free educational websites for kids. The Top 12 learning websites and apps for kids to play games, practice math facts and improve reading skills.
School is in session for us, and soon for many others. Homework is coming, but after that I allow my children to get on the computer or iPad and choose from the free educational websites / APPs for kids I’ve found and bookmarked for them. All of these are SO great, FUN, have great games and activities for them to choose from, and give them a little time to unwind from their day at School (and I know they are getting a bit more learning in without it feel like they’re learning). 😉 Here is a list of the Top 10 Free educational websites (and almost all of them have APPs) for kids we love! (originally published 6/15)
Over the years we have found many free educational websites for kids.
But these Top 10 got 3 thumbs up from my girls so I thought I would pass them along to you too!
- There are TONS of free educational apps here – Offered thru Amazon they have pages you can scroll through with descriptions according to age.
- Star Fall – at www.starfall.com This is probably the website we’ve used the longest and is their favorite. It’s so easy to use and has so many different fun games. Kids can practice their phonics skills with read along stories and a lot more.
- Fun Brain – at www.funbrain.com This fun and free kids educational website has reading activities that look like comics. As well as games to practice their reading skills + match facts too.
Of course things do change so some of these free educational websites for kids may now charge a small fee.
Check each one and if there is a small fee to install, decide which one is best. Like I said these are the ones we’ve tried over the years and have found to be helpful and FuN!
- IXL – at www.ixl.com – This is a very comprehensive site for kids from K-12. Even High Schoolers can use this for practicing Math and Language Arts skills. Kids can play a limited version of this for free. If you choose, from there you can sign up for a broader version for $9.99 a month.
- Switcheroo Zoo – at www.switcheroozoo.com This is a really cute and fun website for animal lovers!! You can watch and listen to music played by animals as well as build online habitats. My middle daughter who LOVES any type of animal thinks this one is great.
- Brainscape – at www.brainscape.com This one is my oldest daughter’s favorite site and designed more for older students, Teachers, and Parents too. They offer online flash cards you can create and share to help strengthen your memory. It has been recognized by many large companies such as Forbes Magazine as a great free online resource based on brain science.
- Seussville – at www.seussville.com This is a great educational site for kids who love Dr. Seuss….who doesn’t? There are books, activities, videos and more with all your children’s favorite Dr. Seuss characters in them which makes it fun.
- There’s a great Green Eggs and Ham Read and Learn APP as well that has 30+ educational games for just $4.99 if you’re looking for something designed for your iPhone or iPad.
- ABC Ya – at www.abcya.com Providing free educational games for kids in grades K-5 this is a great website. They can practice math and reading skills as well as playing fun games that have learning activities within them.
If you’re interested in limiting screen time for children or guiding them into better choices. We’d recommend these learning APP websites.
- Nat Geo for Kids – at www.kidsnationalgeographic.com Another one that is great for kids who love animals! Kids can learn all about Geography, where animals live, and interesting animal facts.
- Into The Book – at www.reading.ecb.org This site is great for Teachers too with free resources. Students can play games that focus on reading comprehension and more.
- Curious World This site is one of my kids’ favorites because it has a lot of animal information as well as books and educational games to play.
- Zap Zap Mathematics website specifically for Kindergarteners to practice facts and common core curriculum topics. App is $3.99 but then it offers many free educational games.
- PBS Kids – at www.pbskids.org Who doesn’t love the resources that PBS channel offers?? Now there’s a website online with it all + more! This site has tons of different activities and videos as well that provide fun and educational games even for much younger children.
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