Keep Kids Learning: Free Online Resources

Looking to keep your kids engaged and learning? Take advantage of the wealth of free, online, educational resources available to you for free – from home! Explore this list we’ve compiled of our favorite lessons, games, science experiments, storytimes, live demonstrations, virtual tours, and more!

Breakout EDU: Fun @ Home!

Whether you have a child in kindergarten or high school, Breakout EDU has a slew of educational games that touch on subjects like science, math, and language arts. Students can click on any game and start playing! AGES: K-12

Crayola: Lessons Plans

Along with a ton of craft ideas for kids in elementary school and younger, Crayola has many lesson plans, covering language arts, math, and more. And they’re totally free! This collection grows continually and always inspires new learning excitement. AGES: Pre-K through 12

HippoCampus: Free Videos!

Children of middle school age and older can access more than 7,000 free videos across 13 subjects with HippoCampus. The best part? It’s always free. Explore multimedia content: videos, animations, and simulations on general education subjects.

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home

Along with movement exercises for little kids, elementary-age children can access GoNoodle’s free resources, like mindfulness videos, downloadable learning resources, and ideas for off-screen activities. ALL AGES

BiblioBoard Library: Free e-Content!

A robust collection of classic novels, educational content, interactive eBooks for kids — available to everyone in Illinois! No library card is required, and all materials are available for immediate access.  Note: Click on “RAILS for Schools” or the “BiblioBoard Library of Illinois” to get started.

Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other

These are challenging times, and your friends at Sesame Street are here to help — videos, playful learning activities, and ways to help families stay physically and mentally healthy. New videos posted each week, like Singalong with Elmo or Snack Time with Cookie Monster!

Children’s Activity Calendar | DEMCO

Find themed ideas for kids — activities, crafts, books, celebrations, and more! A variety of calendars are available to help parents keep their little ones busy and learning with early literacy and general activities.

Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton

“Goodnight With Dolly” features Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator, and shares stories that are just right for this moment in time. 

KidLit: Explore the World of Children’s Literature

Enjoy fun read-aloud, crafts, lessons and fun interviews from authors. KidLit is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, and creators working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

Is your child’s school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home. ALL AGES

Audible: Stories | Free Audiobooks!

For as long as schools are closed, kids and families everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream! ALL AGES

Brookfield Zoo: Bring the Zoo to You!

Browse through a catalog of Brookfield Zoo’s “Bring The Zoo To You” videos featuring live animals at the zoo as well as plenty of educational, informative insight from one of our Animal Care Specialists. ALL AGES

Read Brightly: Reading Through It Together

Brightly has put together educational resources and engaging activities so there’s always something to keep your kids occupied. Whether you’re looking to keep them focused on learning, just need some peace and quiet, or a little of both, we’re here for you.  AGES: 0 to 13+

Wonderopolis

Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today. ALL AGES

Stuck at Home Science: by the California Science Center

Fight boredom and continue your child’s science learning with easy to follow activities. Designed for families to explore, investigate, and learn together without ever needing to leave the house. All activities use easy to find household supplies. ALL AGES

National Geographic Learn at Home

A curated collection for curious learners in grades K-3. With minimal supplies needed, these activities will keep young learners’ minds engaged in social studies, geography, science, and more. GRADES: Kindergarten to 3rd

Scholastic: Learn at Home

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. 

GRADES: PreK to 9th

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

People of all ages have joined Mo Willems in his studio for his LUNCH DOODLES. All 15 episodes and their downloadable activities are available for streaming. Let the doodling continue! Learners can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually. ALL AGES

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

AGES: 0 to 8

NASA STEM

Launch rockets, build a Moon Habitat, solve spacey puzzles, and more! These science, technology, engineering, and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family. GRADES: Kindergarten to 12th

The Spanish Experiment

Online beginner Spanish lesson with audio, and well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. ALL AGES

Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Learning doesn’t just have to be about writing, math, or reading! Use these scavenger hunt ideas to get your kids active – both mentally and physically. ALL AGES

YMCA 360: Online Exercise Classes

Take group exercise classes right in your own home at no charge for a limited time! Explore sports classes and more for people of all ages and all interests

ALL AGES

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Created by Peters Township Public Library, use your knowledge of Harry Potter and try to escape as a family or by yourself! AGES: 9+

Nickelodeon Parents

Find printables, recipes, crafts and more from your child’s favorite Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows. 

AGES: 1 to 12

Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Learn to write your name like ancient Egyptian royalty! The Royal Ontario Museum breaks down at-home activities into learning goals, background information, and also provides step-by-step instructions. AGES: 8 to 14+

San Diego Zoo: Watch & Learn

The Southern California animal park has a website just for kids, featuring animal profiles, fun facts, stories, videos, activities, games and conservation information. Craft activities include instructions for making sock puppets, animal figures, a pinata and more. ALL AGES

Shark Story Hour

Brought to you by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy! Browse through a catalog of their Shark Story Hour videos and other shark content. Hear great read-alouds and learn facts about your favorite underwater friends – SHARKS! AGES: geared towards K-5 grade, but good for all ages

Story Time From Space

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation that sends children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. ALL AGES

Virtual Farm Tours: American Dairy Association

Tour a farm and learn more about how Farmers grow and raise what you eat.

AGES: 4-9 | AGES: 10-13 | AGES: High School

Circle Time Fun

Circle Time sessions are dynamic and interactive. You have an opportunity to spend time with your child, as the educator leads you through developmentally appropriate hands-on activities. Free Beta Classes available. AGES: 0 to 6

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from home. Many museums, zoos, and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. It’s easier than ever to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. ALL AGES

ABC Mouse – Free 30 Day Trial!

Full online learn curriculum available for a free for 30 days. Content available in math, science, reading, and art & colors.  AGES: 2 to 8

Operation Storytime

Have fun listening to your favorite children’s authors read you a storyAGES: 0 to 7

Search on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube using #OperationStorytime

Free Coloring Pages

Find lots of fun and free pages to color for hours for fun. 

ALL AGES

Watch Bensenville Library Storytimes: On Demand!

Take your favorite storytimes with you – wherever you are! Watch as your favorite Bensenville Community Public Library librarians, and other special guests, read a variety of stories to you.

Also watch for our videos on Instagram’s IGTV!

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