Boredom Busters

I would like to give credit to whoever compiled this incredible list of websites – it is available from multiple sites across the internet. I specifically copied this from www.apacolorado.org/article/covid-19-home-activities-kids

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  1. San Diego Zoo: The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!: kids.sandiegozoo.org
  2. Tour Yellowstone National Park: www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
  3. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover: accessmars.withgoogle.com
  4. Virtual Tours of Farms: This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs:  www.farmfood360.ca
  5. Indoor Activities for busy toddlers: busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/?fbclid=IwAR3tYXAqw7tJRAzLExpPcJo4rApLsKtgL0AwghzxgnhwOajc4auX6o12_xw
  6. Play games and learn all about animals: switchzoo.com
  7. Play with fave show characters and learn too: pbskids.org
  8. Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip: www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
  9. This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life: www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
  10. Math and Reading games: www.funbrain.com
  11. Phonics skills: www.starfall.com/h/
  12. This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies: britishmuseum.withgoogle.com
  13. Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss www.seussville.com
  14. 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens: www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/
  15. Geography and animals: kids.nationalgeographic.com
  16. Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry www.mathscore.com
  17. Fave kids books read by famous people www.storylineonline.net
  18. Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, www.allkidsnetwork.com
  19. High school chemistry topics: www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html
  20. Math and reading games www.abcya.com
  21. Math and language games www.arcademics.com
  22. Hands on Elem science videos www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified
  23. Voice based learning… learn through Alexa bamboolearning.com/resources
  24. Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities www.highlightskids.com
  25. ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. clickschooling.com
  26. Math as a fun part of your daily family routine bedtimemath.org
  27. Games to get “into the book” reading.ecb.org
  28. Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
  29. Biology www.biologysimulations.com
  30. Elem Math through 6th grade boddlelearning.com
  31. Educational games K-12 www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
  32. Digital archive of history www.bunkhistory.org
  33. Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc. www.bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php
  34. Geometry www.canfigureit.com
  35. Resources for Spanish practice www.difusion.com/campus
  36. Chinese learning activities chalkacademy.com
  37. Music is for everyone musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
  38. Ccience, Math, Social Studies www.ck12.org/student
  39. Grammar practice for middle grades www.classroomcereal.com
  40. Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
  41. Chemistry www.playmadagames.com
  42. Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. www.commonlit.org
  43. Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. conjuguemos.com
  44. 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world: www.countryreports.org
  45. K-5th Science lessons:  mysteryscience.com
  46. Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies www.coursera.org
  47. Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school
  48. Digital learning content for preschool through high school www.curriki.org
  49. A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. deltamath.com/overview
  50. Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.: classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
  51. 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet: drive.google.com/file/d/1T4CZCt8hJqYLVT5ZVYpR7SgHLWDWaaUO/view
  52. Classes for older teens or adults: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com
  53. Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. discoveryk12.com/dk12/
  54. Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects: dogonalogbooks.com/printables/
  55. K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. www.dreambox.com/at-home
  56. Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/
  57. Higher level math series… online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems: www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA?reload=9
  58. Foreign languages www.duolingo.com
  59. Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement. www.everyday-earth.com
  60. A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access: www.facts4me.com
  61. Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! app.fiveable.me
  62. Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8. fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
  63. Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. www.gonoodle.com
  64. 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas hippocampus.org
  65. Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas: www.carmensandiego.com/resources/
  66. Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors www.hmhco.com/math-at-work
  67. Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects: www.izzit.org/index.php
  68. Online education program for toddler through high school… www.khanacademy.org
  69. Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Literacy-With-The-Littles/Price-Range/Free
  70. Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library
  71. Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/
  72. Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure. brainbox.games
  73. Resources for AP students marcolearning.com
  74. Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php
  75. Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources www.mathplayground.com
  76. Poetry and music www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments
  77. 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/
  78. Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. www.musictheory.net
  79. Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance www.ngpf.org
  80. Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. www.nitrotype.com
  81. Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
  82. Online curriculum that builds better writers. www.noredink.com
  83. 80+ do at home science activities elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities
  84. Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own: www.superchargedschool.com
  85. Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8: www.scootpad.com
  86. Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice:  noveleffect.com
  87. Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up: www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home
  88. Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial www.paragraphpunch.com
  89. PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials www.pbslearningmedia.org
  90. Science and math labs and simulations phet.colorado.edu
  91. An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. www.positivephysics.org/home
  92. Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free prodigiesmusic.com
  93. Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12: www.projectexplorer.org
  94. QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/
  95. For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. quizlet.com
  96. ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. www.readworks.org
  97. Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids
  98. Music Based Spanish Learning rockalingua.com
  99. Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology: sepuplhs.org
  100. The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. www.shurley.com
  101. Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. www.sightreadingfactory.com
  102. Music practice transformed www.smartmusic.com
  103. Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90: www.spellingcity.com
  104. Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
  105. A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. learn.concord.org
  106. Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. www.goodandbeautiful.com
  107. At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. www.theottoolbox.com
  108. Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html
  109. Keyboarding practice www.typingclub.com or www.typing.com
  110. Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. www.tytoonline.com
  111. Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. wonderopolis.org
  112. Math practice xtramath.org/#/home/index
  113. K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students www.zearn.org
  114. Preschool through 8th grade abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everything-you-need-in-one-place.html?fbclid=IwAR0Lo2FZ5cWLMt-6nto19auqTtI5kztqLqwi3japOPl1rcR_rLaNuCUcaYw
  115. 450 Ivy League courses that you can take www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR0tbYeSJTzmrzgs1z1Brpoh-Lg8zoqnThQAUTFqR-bBX9O6AEh2_lnLhTs
  116. Spelling 1-4 grade: www.spellingtraining.com
  117. 2,500+ online courses from top institutions www.edx.org
  118. 22 languages to learn www.memrise.com
  119. Learn to code www.codecademy.com
  120. Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8 www.funbrain.com
  121. Phonics and learning to read readingeggs.com
  122. PreK – 5 games for all subjects www.turtlediary.com
  123. Online digital coloring pages www.thecolor.com
  124. Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool – eight allinonehomeschool.com
  125. Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school allinonehighschool.com
  126. Phonics worksheets for kids www.funfonix.com
  127. Free stories online ages 3-12 www.freechildrenstories.com
  128. National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
  129. Learn all about earthquakes earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
  130. Learn all about the periodic table www.chemicool.com
  131. Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc. www.almanac.com/kids
  132. Guide to gardening for kids web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
  133. Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
  134. Space science for kiddos www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
  135. Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders www.mathplayground.com
  136. Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
  137. NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
  138. News and more for kids www.youngzine.org
  139. Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters: thestorystarter.com
  140. Immerse yourself in cryptography www.cryptoclub.org
  141. Math games galore gridclub.com
  142. Tons of science experiments that you can do at home: www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/
  143. An interactive way to learn history: www.mission-us.org
  144. Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. thehappyscientist.com
  145. Interactive games based on the book series: www.magictreehouse.com
  146. Work on the 8 parts of speech www.grammaropolis.com
  147. Learn all about cells www.cellsalive.com
  148. All sorts of learning here if you dig in www.google.com/earth/
  149. Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. scratch.mit.edu
  150. A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
  151. Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. www.geoguessr.com
  152. Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.: www.whatwasthere.com
  153. Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. www.numberphile.com
  154. A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=%2Fdashboard
  155. Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. artsology.com
  156. Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com
  157. Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids: www.preschoolexpress.com
  158. A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students: www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
  159. Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. supersimple.com
  160. Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. www.overcomingobstacles.org
  161. Coding for ages 4-10 www.kodable.com
  162. No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen www.si.edu/kids
  163. Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body: www.coolkidfacts.com
  164. This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. bensguide.gpo.gov
  165. This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. climatekids.nasa.gov
  166. Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more: askdruniverse.wsu.edu
  167. Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
  168. From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. www.weatherwizkids.com
  169. Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design:  www.kidsthinkdesign.org
  170. This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. ocean.si.edu
  171. Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. www.brainscape.com
  172. The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory: trainer.thetamusic.com/en
  173. Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. www.teachbanzai.com
  174. Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body: www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
  175. Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
  176. Find and fix learning gaps www.mobymax.com
  177. Algebra games for kids www.dragonboxapp.com
  178. Fractions practice www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php
  179. Education for kids all topics www.ducksters.com
  180. Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult: www.aplusclick.org
  181. Science podcasts to listen to with your kids: medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6
  182. Alaskan Wildlife cams www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams
  183. Coding with Star Wars code.org/starwars
  184. Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun www.crazygames.com
  185. Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children www.funology.com
  186. Amphibian unit studies premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-mom/amphibians-unit-study-resources/
  187. Engineering challenges with things you have at home: thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engineering-challenge/
  188. Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000: www.jigsawexplorer.com
  189. Toddler and preschool age ideas preschoolinspirations.com

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