Stay Engaged: Free Online Learning Resources for Kids
Now that kids are participating in distance learning and many public places are closed until further notice, some parents may be looking for ideas on how to keep kids entertained once they finish their school assignments. Here are a few websites that offer free online learning resources that are educational, entertaining and are sure to spark your child’s curiosity, gathered by Resident Relations Manager, Heather Medina.
Weareteachers.com offers 25 virtual field trips and kids can enjoy exploring zoos, museums, aquariums and even volcanoes to name a few!
National Geographic offers ideas and activities for parents and kids to experience together and includes drawing lessons, virtual field trips, educational videos, interesting articles, fun activities and more.
Tucson’s own Reid Park Zoo Education Department presents free online programs as part of their commitment to connect you to wildlife and wild places, and to inspire everyone to take action for conservation. Don’t miss the Zoo to You Online Classes where children can learn about animal adaptations, animal diets and more! (These Thursday classes require advance registration with limited capacity). Meet the Animals, Animal Fact Sheets and Zoo Cams are a few of the other interesting things you can discover on this website.
The Sonora Desert Museum of Tucson invites you to discover the joy of the desert and the joy of learning alongside expert Desert Museum educators and scientists with live programs to view. Each week is different- check the site often for upcoming programs and make sure to register! In addition, children can play educational online games about desert animals, read plant and animal fact sheets, take natural history tours and explore the desert museum through Google Earth on this website.
GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning! GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home offers free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities and recommended off-screen home activities.