Science is all about exploring how things work. It’s often best learned through hands-on experiments and observation. This makes it a fun and easy subject area for kids to dive into while at home. Parents don’t need chemistry or biology degrees to help their kids learn science. Curiosity and playfulness go a long way when it comes to science. A willingness to get a little mess also helps. Here’s a list of online science resources to help kids learn and have fun while at home.
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For Early Learners
1. Raising Dragons is filed with online science activities for toddlers and preschoolers.
2. Ooey Gooey has a long list of preschool science activities.
3. Little Bins for Little Hands is dedicated to the youngest scientists.
4. ABC Mouse is currently free and has early childhood science curriculum.
5. Happy Hooligans offers simple science activities.
6. Fun Learning for Kids has 30 hands-on science activities for little ones.
7. Playdough to Plato has step-by-step activities on fun topics like rainbows and butterflies.
9. Preschool Steam explains the importance of science and how to incorporate it into learning play for young children.
10. Very Well Family has eight recipes for homemade playdough, a fun science activity.
For Elementary School
11. Farmer’s Almanac is filled with cool facts and videos.
12. Exploratorium has fun videos and instructions for at-home science experiments.
13. Home Science Tools offers videos, lessons, coloring pages, printables and more.
14. Scholastic has info, video, and activities on a wide range of science topics.
15. Mystery Science offers free lessons broken down by grade level on fun topics like, “Why are baby animals so cute?”
16. oLogy! is a science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. It includes games, stories, videos, activities to do at home and more.
17. Science Bob offers videos of experiments and then directions to try it at home.
18. Breakout Edu offers interactive digital games on topics such as the solar system.
19. Curriki has lesson plans on fun topics such as the velocity of sailing and speed of NASCAR.
20. Science Fun has instructions for tons of cool experiments.
For Middle School
21. NASA offers cool space-related videos and activities.
22. The Happy Scientist offers great videos and fun experiments to try at home.
23. Khan Academy has lessons, activities, quizzes and more on a wide range of science topics.
24. PBS has great videos on a variety of topics, including a series on viruses.
25. Worksheetworks has free science printables.
26. Make Me Genius has cool science jokes, videos, facts, quizzes, and activities.
27. Scholastic has fun lessons like exploring the science behind extreme super sour candy.
28. Science Buddies has over 1,500 experiments.
29. Steve Spangler Science offers hundreds of experiments to do at home with videos explaining why they work.
30. How Stuff Works will keep curious kids entertained for hours.
For High School
31. Fiveable livestreams lessons in AP course material, such as AP chemistry.
32. Bill Nye the Science Guy is cool with teens.
33. Chem Matters Online has articles and videos searchable by topic.
34. Hippocampus has videos in chemistry, biology, physics and earth science.
35. Fizzics Education offers 150 science activities for older students.
36. Experimonkey offers games, videos, activities and experiments.
37. Virtual Urchin from Stanford University is an intensive study in sea urchins.
38. Anatomy Arcade offers games, interactive activities, flashcards, and videos.
39. Flipping Physics teaches through comedic videos and gifs.
40. University of California Museum of Paleontology has fun, interactive lessons dinosaurs, evolution, geology and more, including “What Did T-Rex Taste Like?”
Science concepts aren’t the only thing kids will learn by watching videos, doing experiments and learning how things work. They’ll pick up new vocabulary, strengthen math skills, engage in logic and problem solving, get practice explaining concepts to others and more. Have them keep a journal or log, take photos, make a video of their discovery or Facetime grandparents to share their project. Science is a great way to keep kids learning and pass the time without argument because they’re having fun.
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