I’ve been collecting free educational games that we’ve been assigned to do from teachers as well as links that I’ve found online. Here are my categories:
Personal Finance for Kids
I also list my favorite children’s book blogs and parenting blogs. What are your favorite educational sites, blogs, games?
Free Fun Math Games
Math facts take practice to master but flashcards, both traditional and electronic, are not very fun. My kids’ teachers want math facts mastery. The goal is 50 problems (1-2 incorrect) within 2 minutes. Math fact mastery — addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division — means less than 3 seconds per problem.
But if math fact flashcard drilling is causing your child to meltdown like mine, it’s time to change tactics. This is where gaming apps and websites come in. I think the key is to change it up. Not only will it be more fun for the child, but he or she will also retain more by having different learning experiences. Gaming is effective!
For more fun math ideas, please follow my Pinterest Board: Math Fun.
Math Facts Free Games: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Learning math facts using games. This collection of math games for kids includes somewhere they race other kids. Our favorite of this group is Multiplication Race Car and Fire the Ball Add to 10. I also have fun math apps here to learn math facts.
AAA Math: Fractions The Fractions portion of the AAA Math website is particularly useful because it provides visual representations and easy-to-understand instructions. You can choose from a selection of topics like basic fractions, adding fractions, comparing fractions, converting fractions, reducing fractions, etc.
Geometry Games for Kids
Some of these geometry games focus on learning terminology, but the first game requires critical thinking to solve a problem using geometry (my favorite kind of math!).
These great math resources have online games for a range of grades and concepts. While this list was compiled with teachers in mind, parents might also find this useful to reinforce what their child is learning in school whether their child is behind, ahead, or just right in math.
Math Chimp Free collection of online math games for grades K-8 organized by the common core standards.
Math-PlayMath-Play has online math games that are organized by grade level, content, and game type. You’ll find resources for addition, subtraction, multiplication, integers, fractions, and more.
Math Pickle Some math concepts can be tricky but Math Pickle’s videos are really good at simplifying concepts for your students.
Math Game TimeMath Game Time has interactive math games, videos, and worksheets that are separated by grade level. Your students will be able to practice everything from counting to decimals.
Cool Math 4 KidsThis free website looks like it may have been designed in the early ’90s, but it’s got tons of great content for addition, subtraction, times tables, long division, fractions, decimals, and more.
Free Math Apps
Number Pieces is a great free app for iPad to have an endless number of base ten blocks at their fingertips.
Games are a fun way to learn about the states and state capitals. I have several games for these in case you want to mix it up. 4th grade covered states with optional state capitals for extra credit. We also have placemats at the dinner table with the globe and the United States capitals for a fun family trivia game.
This round-up of great science websites, resources, and games covers a wide range of topics from physical to life sciences. It’s meant to help support STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) interest in your child. I especially want to introduce girls to science. Research has shown that if girls don’t find science interesting by the end of elementary school, they will reject it forever. This is a shame since there are so many great jobs in the STEM fields, an area that is currently dominated by men.
And do boys have an edge over girls with regard to science and math? The research says absolutely not! Girls just need to realize that math and science skills to be acquired are NOT a genetic inclination or gift!
Water Cycle Diagram – EarthguideThe interactive Earthguide Water Cycle Diagram provides a visual representation of the different parts of the water cycle, including precipitation, runoff, infiltration, evaporation, evapotranspiration, freezing, and more.
B-EYEGive your students a different view of the world, literally! B-EYE shows your students what the world looks like through the eyes of a bee. You can zoom in and out to truly experience the effect of compound eyes on one’s vision.
Life of BirdsThe website version of PBS’ Life of Birds is a great resource for learning about Earth’s most adaptable creatures.
InnerBodyAn interactive guide to all systems of the human body including the digestive system, immune system, muscular system, respiratory system, skeletal system, and more.
Planet Size ComparisonThis super-cool website lets you pick two planets in our solar system and visually compare them. It’s great for a unit on space!
The Dino DirectoryView 3D models of five well-known dinosaurs, and learn about the origins of their names, how large they were, what they ate, and when and where they lived.
Infrared Zoo GalleryUse the Infrared Zoo Gallery to “see” the difference between warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals. It also allows you to study how well feathers, fur, and blubber insulate different animals. Very cool!
For more ideas on Science, please follow my Pinterest Board: Science Fun.
Fidgit Game The Fidgit game gives you lots of different engineering challenges to solve. Experiment with different designs and configurations in the challenges, and then watch to see what happens.
Engineering for Earthquakes Making structures strong enough to withstand earthquakes is one thing that engineers need to do as they build bridges and buildings. Play an exciting game that challenges you to build a new bridge that would withstand a very strong earthquake.
Bridge Builder GameThis bridge-building game lets you choose a level and then place pieces of material onto the screen to build a bridge. Just click your mouse where you want to place pieces. If you change your mind, click the ESC button to remove a piece. You can also test your bridge to see if it will support its weight.
Simple Machines Help Twitch do his work with simple machines in this fun game. You will need to solve challenges to create simple machines.
Build Your Own Coaster Build a roller-coaster to send people off on a wild ride. Lay tracks until your coaster is finished. After it’s done, see how people like the ride.
Children have a natural empathy for animals. With more species than ever threatened with extinction, it’s so important to teach this generation of kids about the fragile state of our planet and ecosystems.
ARKiveThe ultimate resource for breathtaking photos and videos of the world’s endangered species. Each entry also includes a description of the species (or region) and information about its range, habitat, biology, threats, conservation, and more.
BagheeraLearn about endangered and already-extinct species from around the world at Bagheera. Classroom activities and resources are also available for additional learning opportunities.
Earthquakes for Kids
The U.S. Geological Survey website provides students with information about earthquakes. They can learn about the latest quakes, watch animations, get ideas for science fairs or play earthquake-related puzzles and games.
Plate Tectonics Animations
The University of California Berkeley’s plate tectonics animations demonstrate how the plates work, and the site includes information on the theories behind the motion, as information on the history of plate tectonics and animations of how plate tectonics shaped the world in the past!
You might not think of apps or games to learn history! Here is a great round-up of resources to try at home or in a classroom.
Mission U.S. is home to two free, interactive, immersive U.S. history games. One focuses on the American Revolution, the other focuses on a slave’s quest for freedom, and both bring history to life around the student, giving events of the past an immediate and highly personal appeal.
Online Hieroglyphics Translator
Type in a phrase and see what it looks like when it’s translated to Egyptian Hieroglyphics. This is a cool activity to do if you’re covering Ancient Egypt.
Free lesson plans and interactive games for learning civics. Some of the topics covered by materials at iCivics include citizenship and participation, separation of powers, branches of government, and budgeting.
The Underground Railroad
Scholastic’s interactive Underground Railroad activity provides an in-depth and honest look at what life was like for slaves. It’s got audio, slideshows, videos, teacher’s guides, and more.
The Seattle Times: Martin Luther King Jr.
An invaluable resource to teach the incredible story of Martin Luther King Jr. This website includes a biography, timeline, seven teaching exercises, a photo gallery, a quiz, and more.
Electoral College Calculator
Teaching your students about the Electoral College? Using the Electoral College Calculator is a great activity to show how winning certain states can put a candidate on an easy path to the White House.
Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving Interactive Activity
Yes, it’s spelled “Plimoth”! Trust me, I double-, triple- and quadruple-checked! This fun, award-winning activity has students role-play as history detectives who investigate what actually happened on the first Thanksgiving.
Do you ever guess how a word is pronounced and even if it’s wrong, it’s how you want to say the word forever? I do that. As the designated read-aloud parent, I am still guessing at how some words are pronounced. I will be utilizing Forvo for assistance in the future!
There are other great games to get kids to learn English Language skills.
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.