With a learner who prefers video and learning online to just about anything else, I’m always on the lookout for new sites she can explore. Here’s a list of online learning activities for kids.
NOAA Discover Your World Activity Book
NOAA (North Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a free downloadable NOAA Discover Your World Activity Book for children. It is full of hands-on activities related to science topics such as the earth, weather and climate. These would be especially good for upper elementary and middle school students.
The University of Illinois Science Activities for Kids
Schools Online is the University of Illinois base site with links to many different science and weather related activities for kids. For example, Tree House Weather Kids has a variety of activities that help children explore various types of weather. They also have all kinds of audio books for younger children that cover topics such as insects, volcanoes, where food comes from, trees, the woods, etc.
BBC Science Clips
Caroline explored the BBC Science Clips site for a long time when I first showed it to her. Many of the science concepts were ones we hadn’t explored yet in a formal fashion so this was a fun way for her to begin to hear the associated vocabulary and see them in action. The site is broken down into age appropriate sections although naturally curious kids will probably explore all over!
Library of Congress For Kids and Families
The Library of Congress has a wonderful section online called For Kids and Families. There is lots there to explore for all ages. There is also a section for Teachers which homeschooling parents would also find interesting. It also includes classroom materials on a variety of topics.
Around the Mall Blog (and more) from The Smithsonian
As one might expect, The Smithsonian has an excellent website. Included in this is their always interesting Around the Mall Blog. From there you can go in dozens of different directions including educational videos, games, and the photo of the day.
Highlights for Kids Website
Caroline hasn’t started reading Highlights. She had a subscription to High Five for about six years. My parents bought her subscription each year and let me tell you… Those magazines are WELL LOVED. LOL! They have been read and re-read and read again. Highlights for Kids also has a website with lots of interesting content.
Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz from The Smithsonian
Here’s a fun quiz for your older students or for the parents. The Pew Research Center and The Smithsonian created the Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz to test the knowledge of the public on science topics. It includes topics that are both textbook-type questions as well as science questions related to daily living.