23 Online Learning Resources for Kids

Trying to keep your kid educationally engaged during the COVID-19 crisis? Here are 23 online learning resources for kids to enjoy from the comfort of home.

Worried about how to keep your kiddo engaged during the COVID-19 school closures? Hands on experience and free play are best but the internet has also become a great resource for engaging students. We have our favorite online resources to help bridge the gap while school is out.

Online classes

Online classes are becoming more popular as technology has allowed teachers and students more tools to log in.

Outschool

Outschool is the closest resource to an actual class. Students can browse hundreds of subjects and sign up for the class that works for them.Most often done through video conference apps, they offer one-off classes on special topics, as well as ongoing classes for deeper learning.

  • Age: Pre-K-12
  • Device: Computer or any device that allows web conferencing
  • Cost: Varies, each teacher sets his or her class pricing

Kids Club Spanish School

Kids Club Spanish School is a one-on-one online class.Spanish teachers are located all over the world and tutor students in an immersive learning experience though a video conference interface and shared screen.

  • Age: At least 4 years old
  • Device: Computer only
  • Cost: $20-$30 minimum class (as low as $18 with packages); free trials available

Apps/Websites

Mobile device apps and websites provide more flexible learning options.¬†They can be done in the child’s own time and pace.

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Amtrak Kids Activity Center

Stop at Geography Junction to take a virtual trip to our national parks and historic landmarks. There are coloring activities and games, too. More stops coming soon.

  • Age: All
  • Cost: Free

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Online videos teach kids all about coronavirus and how they can better cope with the changing world.

  • Age: All
  • Cost: Free

Libby by Overdrive

Libby has linked with tons of Libraries to offer ebooks and audiobook loans.Download the app. Put your library info in and gain access to thousands of books.

  • Age: All
  • Cost: Free; you just need an active library card at a participating library

Audible

Audible is one of the biggest audiobook providers, and it has a great selection of children’s books.If you are an Audible member, you’ll also get access to Audible originals.

  • Age: All
  • Device: iOS, Android and Computer
  • Cost: $14.99/month, includes one book credit every month

Kindle

Kindle remains one of the best resources to have your child’s favorite book at your fingertips. If you need to freshen up what you are reading but can’t leave the house, this is your friend!

  • Age: All
  • Device: iOS, Android and Computer
  • Cost: Varies per book

Starfall

Starfall is a comprehensive learning app for pre-K-3 kids.Family accounts allow multiple children to use the app and at their own pace.

  • Age: Pre-K-3
  • Cost: Starts at $35/year (schools may have subscriptions)

ABC Mouse

ABC is a popular comprehensive learning app. For grades pre-K-2.One family membership can be used for multiple children through each child having their own profile.

  • Age: Pre-K-2
  • Cost: Starts at $9.95/month

Prodigy

Prodigy Math is an adventure focused math program that feels like a video game.To progress through worlds and battles, students answer math questions.

  • Age: Grades 1-8
  • Cost: Free with a paid upgrade available; if your school has an account, it may be able to provide free access from home
  • Device: Computer, iOS and Android

Homer

Homer is an early literacy app focused on children ages 2-8 years. One membership allows for multiple children per family. Each child has a custom profile for his or her level and interest.There are games, videos and activities that take children along a path through literacy and phonics.

  • Age: 2-8 years old
  • Cost:$7.95/month after 30 day free trial
  • Device: Computer iOS and Android

Podcasts

Podcasts can bring a world of content into homes without a screen. A simple search on Spotify will bring up amazing content on almost any topic.Some of the best that are geared towards learning are below.

Wow in the World

Wow in the World is focused on science, technology and innovation.Children pre-K through elementary school will enjoy the deep level on info and wacky facts.

  • Age: 4-plus
  • Cost: Free through a podcast app

Brains On

Brains On episodes are full of curiosity and exploration of science and history, as well as current events.

  • Age: 4-plus
  • Cost: Free through a podcast app

Smash Boom Best

Smash Boom Best is a fast-paced debate podcast for kids. Each episode brings two ideas and debates them, leaving viewers to decide which thing or idea is the best.

  • Age: 4-plus
  • Cost: Free through a podcast app

Story Pirates

Story Pirates is a sketch comedy show based on stories submitted by children. Listeners can submit their wild and wacky stories for a chance to be featured in an episode.

  • Age: 4-plus
  • Cost: Free through a podcast app

Videos

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Jamie uses imaginative adventures to guide children through yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Age: 2-plus
  • Cost: Free on YouTube

Yoga with Adrienne

Kids and grown-ups learn how to practice yoga with an experienced yogi.

  • Age: 7-plus
  • Cost: Free on YouTube

Basho and Friends

Basho and Friends uses original music videos to teach children Spanish, French and Mandarin. Accessing language learning through music is just another way to increase the likelihood of retention.

  • Age: 2-plus
  • Cost: Free on YouTube

Culture Groove

Culture Groove exposes children to Indian culture through dance and story videos. Aiming to help parents raise multicultural kids, their videos are a window into the history and fun of Indian traditions.

  • Age: 3-plus
  • Cost: Free on YouTube

Netflix

A Netflix membership offers a plethora of content for children.It also offers a large library of documentaries. To access many of them, be sure to be on a parent account. Then explore deep sea diving, outer space, philosophy or any other topic you can think of.

  • Age: All
  • Cost:$12.99/month

Amazon Prime

The CuriosityStream channel on Amazon Prime is an extensive collection of documentaries based in science, technology and history.

  • Age: All
  • Cost: $2/month after free trial

Disney+

If you’re looking for more educational shows on Disney+, Disney Junior shows are a great option for your little ones. Older kids will enjoy the documentaries or maybe have them read the book before watching the movie adaptation.

  • Age: All
  • Cost: $6.99/month

HeartSmarts Adventure

This e-learning program helps kids learn about relating to other people and resilience-building techniques.

  • Age: 4-6-plus
  • Cost: Free on YouTube