Some of you might know, from reading my author bio, that I home educate my children. Some of you reading this article might be home educators yourselves, or parents of schooled children looking for something to keep the kids occupied, whilst encouraging learning and being kind to your bank balance. Well, I reckon I can help you there.
I am always on the hunt for free resources to aid in the education of my children, in particular, I seek out websites that will engage my children and hold their interest. Here I will share with you 5 of those websites, with links to each that are not just my own personal favourites, but also my children’s.
So, in no particular order….
5. Disney Junior
I remember when we had Sky, the children were obsessed with the Disney Junior channel. They adored the characters and picked up so much information, that I wondered if there was a website. Lo and behold! There was! It is literally jam packed with games, activities and episodes to watch online and the best yet, it is free!
My children have enjoyed many learning activities such as critical thinking and puzzle solving with Jungle Junction, to learning Spanish with Handy Manny and Dora. This is definitely a website for the bookmarks list!
4. Phonics Play
I was first introduced to this website by my best friend. I was after something that would help my eldest with learning to read, as he had been struggling with this in school before I began home educating, whilst being fun and providing a stress-free experience. This site provided exactly that!
It is a UK site and therefore had all the phonics knowledge appropriate to teaching children UK English phonics and words. Admittedly it isn’t entirely free, but a large proportion of it is. We only really ever used the free games and resources, although it is only £12 a year membership, which is cheaper than many other websites out there.
3. The KidzPage
An American website offering children a wealth of games and activities in the subjects of maths, logic, words and more. This site isn’t used as much by my children, compared to the others on this list, but it is still one of their favourites. They often enjoy the memory and puzzle games and I like the ease with which they can navigate the website, leaving me free to potter about in the background.
Most parents in the UK will know exactly what this website is about! For those who don’t, CBeebies is basically the UK equivalent of Disney Junior. Even now my children, who are 6 and 8, still enjoy the games on the CBeebies website and I can’t say I’m surprised. If I’m honest I’d say that many of them are suitable for engaging older children, because many of the games that my two couldn’t play when they were younger, they can play now.
On this website they can learn their phonics with the Alphablocks, simple mathematical concepts with Numberjacks, foreign languages with The Lingo Show and more.
Love Dr. Seuss? Then you’re going to love this website! I literally squealed with excitement when I discovered it and my children absolutely adore it! Based upon the books by Dr. Seuss, this website boasts a plethora of games, clips and activities that provide a wealth of learning experiences for your child with the minimum of fuss.
Here you will find The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, The Sneetches and even The Grinch! I absolutely love this website and most definitely do not play it when the children are in bed….
I hope you like this list. If you have any other brilliant websites for kids that are free, then pop us a comment below!