While the school year may be coming to an end, a child’s learning should not! Parents looking for ways to keep their children engaged this summer will be happy to know that there are plenty of educational and productive online resources. We’ve listed several great sites that are not only engaging, but also fun for students!

It’s recommended to visit these sites yourself to really get a feel for the content they offer. This will help you determine which sites will better suit your child in their current academic progress.

  1. Funbrain.com (K-8th)

Funbrain.com hosts many education oriented games and activities that are great for kids in Kindergarten all the way up to 8th grade. Funbrain features activities that focus on mathematics, reading, science, and other core topics focused on in school.

  1. Cool Math Games (K-8th)

Cool Math Games sounds vague in a namesake, but the site houses over hundreds of games that are great fun. From basic mathematical games to games that encourage logical thinking, the range of games that can be played on Cool Math Games feels almost endless.

  1. Starfall (PreK-3rd)

Starfall focuses on educational content for preschoolers to 3rd graders. Unfortunately not all the content included on this site is free, but there is still a lot available for free. The content that is free focuses on reading, grammar, math, and other skills like understanding calendars.

  1. PBSkids.org (PreK-1st)

PBS kids has been a long time resource for at home learning, and they continue to offer educational experiences with their website. If your student is familiar with the programming of the PBS channel, they’ll be happy to see many of their favorite characters featured on the website. The websites contain scores of interactive games and videos that are great for those in preschool to 1st grade.

  1. TIMEforKids.com (K-6th)

TIMEforKids.com is a website that releases articles, photos, and videos about modern topics for a child audience. This is great for finding content that requires students to read, while keeping them up-to-date on modern developments. The vast range of topics covers history, science, technology, and more.

  1. Poptropica (1st grade and up)

Poptropica is a free child friendly online game that encourages the players to solve mysteries using problem solving skills and exploration. Many of the mysteries revolve around history or science, and intertwine the gameplay with seamless lessons. The recommended age for a Poptropica account is at least 6 years of age, and children may need adult assistance when making an account. 

  1. Left Brain Craft Brain (pre-K and up)

For more hands-on activities, Left Brain Craft Brain has lots of different craft ideas that help explore STEAM and STEM ideas. There are numerous exciting activities to be done that revolve around science, art, technology and other brain provoking topics. Not to mention that many of the projects use materials that are often found around the house, or are inexpensive.   

  1. Brown Dog Gadgets projects (1st grade and up)

Brown Dog Gadgets have created kits and projects for creators of all ages and budgets. Follow their step-by-step project directions and learn more with classroom resources or find individual parts to dream up your own creations. No matter how or what you create, our products can help you learn the basics of electronics, circuitry, and solar energy.

  1. Little Bins for Little Hands(preK-2nd grade)

Little Bins for Little Hands is another website with great hands on activities. This website features a wide variety of science and STEM oriented experiments oriented around making things. From making slime to science-powered-LEGO-contraptions, this website always has something interesting in store.

  1. Instructables (K-12th)

While this website is not intended for kids only, that doesn’t stop it from having some fantastic projects for children. Ranging from more craft type projects to more in-depth hardware related works, the content on this website is great for students of all ages. Making things is always great for challenging the mind to think creatively, and this website is loaded with some great opportunities.

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation for students, but no one said learning couldn’t be fun! The sources provide experiences for students to thrive while enjoying the process. Whether focusing on a specific subject or bolstering their imagination, these excellent resources keep students entertained, engaged, and better prepared for their return to school in the fall. 

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Nick Schnitzer

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