Does your child need a little extra help with school work or a head start before the school year? Either way, there is heaps of support out there in the form of brilliant free educational websites.
If you can find a program which allows your little one to have fun whilst learning then you’re onto a winner!
We are here to help you with our list of free educational websites for kids.
Note: Some of the resources below are completely free and others have free subscription periods. Many are Australia-based, while some are from elsewhere in the world, but are brilliant so we added them.
Free Educational Websites for children
Funbrain is one of the best free educational websites especially if you have kids who are easily bored. Kids from pre-K to Grade 8 can access hundreds of free interactive games, books and videos, plus educational printables to practice math and reading skills. There are always new games and videos to enjoy. The website sorts resources based on grade so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Which part is free? Free interactive games, books, videos and printables
Pros: Lots of fun learning games, popular kids books and comics
Cons: Some content is less educational than others
You will love this education platform if: Your kids love games and are easily bored with traditional lessons.
Starfall was created in 2002 to teach children to read. Today, Starfall has expanded to include free maths and language arts educational resources for kids in preschool up to third grade. The website is still focused on phonics and English-language development with a few mathematics exercises thrown in. Parents and teachers can find plenty of free materials and excellent resources for homeschooling and special education.
Which part is free? Free reading basics activities, math exercises and resources for parents/teachers
Pros: Phonics-focused free educational website, excellent special education and home school resources
Cons: Additional reading and maths exercises can be unlocked for $35/year
You will love this education platform if: You want to help your child overcome reading difficulties or just encourage them to read more.
Next on our list of free educational websites: Scholastic’s Learn at Home Program is one of the best free online education platforms available, with daily projects for kids sorted into grade levels (from PreK to Grade 9). There are lots of resources for parents and teachers that are super useful for home schooling and distance learning. Activities are designed to reinforce and sustain learning for students who are unable to attend school.
Which part is free? Free resources and activities covering all subjects
Pros: Free downloadable resources for students, parents and, teachers
Cons: Some activities are not that in-depth
You will love this education platform if: You have kids who are stuck at home bored.
Award-winning ABC Mouse has been in the e-learning business for many years, offering a full online curriculum for kids ages 2-8. The program is focused on early learning, with a huge catalog of activities (+9000) for reading, maths, science and art. The app version is just like the web version, allowing kids to learn anywhere and be immersed in a step by step program with 10 levels.
Which part is free? 30-day free trial on the full online curriculum
Pros: Extensive catalog of early leaning material from pre-K to grade 2, up to 3 student profiles in one account
Cons: Need to pay for tests/assessments, virtual learning rewards can be distracting for some children
You will love this education platform if: You want age-appropriate learning activities for younger kids
Circle Time brings the beloved group activity online so kids can do fun learning activities in the comfort of their homes. The lessons are created by early childhood experts to keep kids engaged and you can watch on demand from any device or participate live. You can even join other parents in live sessions. This program is recommended for kids 0 to 6 years old and perfect for families who want to making bonding time educational.
Which part is free? 7-day free trial with unlimited access to all interactive classes
Pros: Learn at home any time with flexible scheduling, expert instructors and facilitators
Cons: The majority of this platform requires payment
You will love this education platform if: You are a fan of group activities for kids and want to join other parents in live sessions
Busy Things is a UK based educational e-learning program packed with games, fun activities and learning resources for kids aged 3 to 11. All activities are curriculum based and a great supplement to classroom instruction. They cover reading, phonics, maths and creativity (colours, shapes and sounds). Kids will love the bright colours and fun graphics on the website. This is a paid program with a free 7-day trial to support school closures. You can access lots of resources with the trial, including worksheets and hundreds of activities.
Which part is free? Free 7 day trial for families or free 28 day trial for schools
Pros: Fun, comprehensive e-learning resource for ages 3-11, affordable ($71/year)
Cons: Not a substitute for in-depth classroom instruction
You will love this education platform if: You want a fun learning program for kids and want to easily monitor learning progress
For parents who want an international education for their children, PenPal Schools is a good online option. The platform connects kids from all over the world to learn together in an online classroom. Kids can collaborate on original projects, design robots, make art, write poetry, solve maths problems and more. Parents can follow their child’s progress and continue learning at home. Over 10,000 schools in 150 countries are currently participating.
Which part is free? Free to join for teachers plus additional classroom credits when you refer another teacher
Pros: Learn and collaborate with children and teachers from around the world
Cons: Limited projects per subject and age group, matching can be restrictive
You will love this education platform if: You want a collaborative, international education for your kids in an online setting
If you like the educational resource website Classroom Secrets, you’ll love Classroom Secret Kids, a new online platform filled with fun learning activities for children. There’s a wide range of engaging material on offer designed by teachers. The subjects cover years 1-6 and include maths, reading, spelling and history. More resources are upcoming so make sure to check their website for updates.
Which part is free? Free 14-day trial with unlimited access
Pros: Comprehensive, all-in-one education resource for parents and educators
Cons: Lessons can get repetitive
You will love this education platform if: You are a new teacher/educator looking for engaging classroom resources or a parent who wants excellent distance learning material for younger kids
Our list of free educational websites just when up a level: Did you know that the popular magazine for kids has an online website packed with learning support? These are mostly articles on science, history and trending topics like climate change and coronavirus. The website is a little too cluttered with sponsored ads, but it’s still a better alternative to online games and aimless browsing, especially if your kids are obsessed with science, nature and/or history.
Which part is free? Free online learning resources
Pros: Free general learning resources on natural science, history, culture, reading and trending topics
Cons: Articles are not that in-depth, requires supplementary material for mastery
You will love this education platform if: You want a fun jump-off point for kids learning science and history
It’s hard to beat Khan Academy Kids when it comes to foundational and quality early learning content. Kids won’t get bored easily with the lessons due to the variety of activities and breaks that encourage free play and creativity. The high-quality videos, games, books and songs cover math, logic, creativity and ELA for preschoolers up to first grade. For kids age 5 and up, Khan Academy is one of the best free educational websites to supplement classroom math instruction.
Which part is free? Everything
Pros: Huge database of high-quality activities, completely free
Cons: Some parents may want more detailed feedback tracking
You will love this education platform if: You want free but excellent quality early learning materials.
Highlights Kids is the companion website to the popular and enduring Highlights magazine. Kids can play online games, make crafts and conduct science experiments. They can also submit drawings and jokes that may be published on the site or in the magazine. Parents will love the variety of fun activities for different ages, most of which contain lessons on science, reading and other subjects. The best part is kids don’t need to register (or have a magazine subscription) to access activities.
Which part is free? Everything
Pros: Fun, diverse and creative activities, you don’t need a magazine subscription to access content
Cons: Lessons are not in-depth
You will love this education platform if: Your kids are big fans of Highlights magazine.
English and Reading free educational websites
Reading Eggs is one of Australia’s most popular programs for learning to read. Instead of the traditional teaching method, Reading Eggs uses games, songs and rewards to keep learning fun and interesting. They have programs not just for young children but also for older kids up to 13 years. We suggest getting the app version for on-the-go learning.
Which part is free? 30-day free trial (new customers only) with full access to all programs
Pros: Learn to read quickly, basic and advanced reading activities, mobile app version
Cons: Paid subscription after trial, design is outdated
You will love this education platform if: You want make learning to read fun and interesting.
The Queensland Department of Education website has a literacy app called Out and About that helps kids practice and master 100 sight words. The words are grouped into ten sets, and kids advance to the next set after mastering all the words in the previous set. The interface is colourful and easy to navigate, and there are additional games to reinforce learning. Ideal for kids in Pre-K up to year 2.
Which part is free? Free app and resources (flash cards and place mats)
Pros: Fun way to learn and master sight words
Cons: Limited functionality beyond sight words
You will love this education platform if: You want to give your kids a jump start in reading and literacy.
Daytime Emmy award nominee Storyline Online adds the glamour of Hollywood to book reading. Young kids will probably not recognise the famous faces and just focus on the reading, but parents will be delighted to see their favourite stars. The website has activity guides for each book as well as questions to make reading more interactive. Storyline Online is designed for kids age four and up, but parents can guide very young children so they can follow along.
Which part is free? Everything
Pros: Entertaining, high production value, book guides make reading educational and interactive
Cons: You need Flash player to view the movies
You will love this education platform if: Your kids love movies and story time.
Science and Maths Platforms
Another multi-award winning e-learning platform, Mathletics is designed specifically to teach mathematics. Their extensive content for pre-K up to grade 12 covers subjects including numeracy, algebra, trigonometry and applied calculus. The lessons are self-paced but teachers can assign specific content and tests. Progress is recorded to help parents and teachers decide whether to provide supportive lessons or re-assign activities. This is one of our favourite free online education resources.
Which part is free? Free 30-day trial for teachers and schools, free 2-day trial for parents
Pros: Extensive maths curriculum for pre-K to 12 students, self-paced lessons
Cons: Some activities are repetitive and kids can get bored quickly, rote questions
You will love this education platform if: You want kids to prepare for advanced maths courses or simply catch up on difficult subjects
Maths is hard, but you can make the learning experience fun and entertaining for your kids through Prodigy. Prodigy motivates 1st through 8th grade students to learn, practice and improve their maths skills through a fun fantasy game. Their maths content is curriculum-aligned and designed by certified educators to ensure a high-quality learning experience. Overall a great review and practice tool when supplemented with classroom instruction.
Which part is free? Free maths review and practice lessons
Pros: Fun format for teaching kids basic and advanced maths skills whether at home or at school
Cons: Many features can only be accessed with a paid account
You will love this education platform if: You want to introduce your kids to civics and government
When it comes to maths-focused free online education resources, Splash Learn is an excellent platform for younger kids. The lessons adapt to how each child learns, whether used for catch up, practice or enrichment. Splash Learn is currently offering free access to all educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, with home access for remote learning. This means that all lessons assigned by the teacher can be accessed at home by the parent or student.
Which part is free? Free limited access to all parents and teachers, free 24-hour trial on your first premium class
Pros: Teachers can assign questions, easy practice and tracking progress
Cons: Limited content on the free account, questions can get repetitive
You will love this education platform if: You have younger kids who need help in maths
Zearn is an online learning platform that combines group instruction, independent online study and teacher support for maths learning and enrichment. Using only the digital content for studying is not the goal here; group instruction and in-person support are required for best results. Zearn is designed to support public school education and teachers learn how to create lessons for individuals and small groups based on the student’s progress.
Which part is free? Free access to educational materials for teachers, free digital lessons for students
Pros: Great resources for live lessons, perfect balance of online lessons and in-person support
Cons: Questions could be more open-ended, pricey for long-term homeschooling
You will love this education platform if: You are an educator/parent who needs a thorough maths curriculum to teach younger children
Mathseeds is another free educational website that teaches kids aged 3-9 core maths and problem solving skills. The lessons are a combination of highly structured instruction and interactive games to keep children engaged. Reviewers say that the lessons and games can be addictive! Kids can learn from a desktop computer or a mobile device.
Which part is free? Free 30-day trial for parents and teachers (includes access to Mathseeds for ages 3-9 and Reading Eggs)
Pros: Wide variety of fun lessons and games in learning and practice modes, skill-based rewards
Cons: Help can be hard to find in some sections
You will love this education platform if: You need a program to make maths learning and practice fun for younger kids
Science can be a difficult subject for many kids, but learning it shouldn’t be. Fizzics Education provides fun and entertaining live science classes via video conference so children can learn anytime, anywhere. The instructors are experts in their field and dedicated to making science learning an engaging experience. If you’re not keen on the subscription program, they have a huge library of resources for FREE, including science experiments, podcasts and STEM teaching articles.
Which part is free? Free science resources (experiments, podcasts, trivia and articles) for students and teachers
Pros: Fun video lessons, expert teachers, science parties
Cons: Limited options for remote classes, frequent classes can get pricey
You will love this education platform if: You want kids to love learning science and STEM subjects
Exploratorium is a science website and “public learning laboratory” from the museum of the same name in San Francisco, CA. All activities (videos, science experiments, hands-on activities, printables) are free to access and kids don’t need to register. Besides science and math, some of the content focus on art and history. Exploratorium has excellent resources for teachers to support home learning and make teaching fun.
Which part is free? Everything
Pros: Extensive library of interactive activities and science experiments
Cons: Lessons are not in-depth, content designed to increase museum visitors
You will love this education platform if: Your kids are science buffs who love going to museums.
Other Free Educational websites
The Typing Club is a free online education platform dedicated to teaching people how to touch type, whether you’re a kid or adult. Each lesson lets you practice until you reach mastery (five stars). We love that it takes only a few minutes each day for one to two weeks to become a pro touch typist. All you need is a computer and an internet connection to get started.
Which part is free? Everything!
Pros: Spanish, French and German versions, interactive lessons, progress tracking
Cons: When unsupervised, students may cheat by looking at the keyboard
You will love this education platform if: You or your kids wants to learn or improve touch typing skills
The Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) is a great website if you’re looking for supplementary civics and government e-learning resources. Book a free video conferencing program and connect students with experts in Parliament. The program explores how laws are made, the responsibilities of representatives, the formation of government and how government is kept accountable. Lessons are suited for years 5-10.
Which part is free? Free video conferencing program, immersive learning, and outreach programs
Pros: Excellent supplementary resources for students and teachers of civics and government
Cons: Not designed as standalone lessons, subject can be dense and boring for younger kids
You will love this education platform if: You want to introduce your kids to civics and government.
Type Kids is an adaptive touch typing tool designed specifically for kids. It’s like Typing Club but with a fun, kid friendly user interface, and entertaining games and badges. We love the fact that program learns from mistakes and adapts the exercises automatically to help kids with problem letters. It’s like a having a private touch typing tutor.
Which part is free? Free one month trial
Pros: Touch typing tutor for kids, fun games and rewards, money back guarantee
Cons: Complete course is pricey at $99.95
You will love this education platform if: You want a kid-friendly touch typing program
Last but most definitely not least on our list of free educational websites for kids: Watch your favourite ABC Kids show from any mobile device with the ABC Kids app. Designed for preschool and younger school-aged viewers, it features shows like Bluey, Peppa Pig, Hey Duggee, Play School, ABC Kids Listen and more. Kids can also play games and download activities like colouring kits and party packs. The app is completely free, but expect the usual ads.
Which part is free? Free Apple and Android app
Pros: Lots of popular kids shows and programs, plus games and activities
Cons: Doesn’t work without an internet connection
You will love this education platform if: You have little kids and want quality educational entertainment.