Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen lists of museums offering virtual tours, educational services offering free memberships, and even lists of “just plain fun” free resources. I’ve also heard a lot of parents asking for someone to put them all in one place so they’re easier to find. So, that’s what we’re doing today! Call it the ultimate list of lists, if you will. Below is a roundup of every single list of free online educational resources that I could find.
All of the free online educational resources and virtual tours in one spot
Dozens of bloggers and educators spent hours putting together incredible lists of free online educational resources, virtual tours, and more. Below, we’ll pull them all together into one big list of lists! That way, you can find exactly what you’re looking for, and maybe even discover a list of educational resources that you didn’t know about.
Education companies offering free subscriptions
This is the original one from Amazing Educational Resources that went viral back when this all started. It covers every grade from pre-K all the way through college.
Virtual zoo tours to take from home
If you can’t go to the zoo, bring the zoo to you with these virtual zoo tours!
Virtual field trips
An easily scanned Google Doc with all the places to explore with kids right from your living room.
Museums you can visit online
While it’s a short list of just 12, they cover some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse museums that you can visit online.
Virtual educational tours
Offers 100 different places to visit from your couch, including virtual tours of the world’s most historic cities and landmarks. This is one of my favorite free online educational resources lists so far!
List of teacher-approved educational Netflix shows
If you have a Netflix subscription, use it to supplement your child’s education with this teacher-curated list of educational shows on Netflix
Free Kindle eBooks for Kids
This GoodReads list has 260+ free Kindle books that you can grab for your kids.
List of virtual libraries
Miss visiting your library? Check out these 250+ digital libraries and archives from around the world.
Free Audio Books for all ages
Find over 1,000 audio books, including just about every classic imaginable. Great for kids who can’t read, or even as bedtime stories for those who can!
Free online textbooks for all grades
OpenCulture also has a list of 200 free online textbooks for those who want to create a bit more of a structured learning environment.
Colleges offering free online courses
Here’s one for your older kids (or you). These are the top 25 colleges offering free online courses. They’re not for credit, but still a great way to further your education.
List of books read aloud by celebrities
StoryOnline has a list of books read aloud by celebrities, like Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and many more.
Learn a new language for free
Inc. Magazine has a list of nine places to learn a new language for free that’s especially helpful to those of you with middle school and high school students who were taking a language class this year.
Where to find free music for kids
Want to start a dance party in your living room and get your kids moving? Check out this list of 150+ free kid-friendly songs organized by theme.
Free educational games
Free educational worksheets for all ages
Education World has a huge worksheet library where you can find printable sheets for all ages, grades, and subjects.
Free trials to streaming services
This list isn’t strictly educational, but it covers just about all of the streaming services offering free trials. Many, like Netflix mentioned above, offer educational programming. I suggest staggering them so you can get the most out of each one.
Online gym workouts that you can do for free
Another one for all ages, CNBC listed out 50 free workouts that you can do online.
Just for fun free entertainment resources for kids
Last, but not least, a “just for fun” list of free entertainment resources for kids, like printable coloring sheets & activities, ebooks, kid-friendly movies and such. Great for keeping kids busy after your virtual school day ends.
All of these free online educational resources and virtual tours lists should keep you and your kids busy until we can get back out into the “real” world. As you visit each list, if you have a spare moment please consider sharing their post on social media. Quite often, bloggers use their site as a way to supplement their income. With so many people out of work right now, it may be their only source of income at the moment. Supporting each other through simple acts is just one of the many ways we can work together to turn illness into wellness!
If you know of a free online educational resources list that I missed, let me know in the comments. Stay safe, stay healthy, and most important of all, stay home!