Here’s a list of educational sites to keep your children’s minds sharp

Your kids can take a drawing lesson from children's author Mo Willems.

Children's author Mo Willems is hosting "Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems" weekdays at 1 p.m. Kristi Palma /

As families across the state adjust to homeschooling their children during the coronavirus pandemic, education professionals are releasing lists of websites that can help, and celebrities are engaging children online with reading and drawing sessions.

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Your kids can listen to books read by celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Jimmy Fallon, and Jennifer Garner as part of #SaveWithStories, a program to encourage donations to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry during the pandemic. Kids can also read and draw with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Mo Willems, author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” is hosting Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems weekdays at 1 p.m., and Scott Magoon, author of “The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!” is hosting a  weekly read-and-draw along for kids.

Local cultural institutions such as the USS Constitution Museum, Boston Children’s Museum and Zoo New England offer free online learning resources for families. The Boston Children’s Museum’s Beyond the Chalkboard is full of hundreds of activities in the categories of science, literacy, art, math, and more. The museum’s STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide offers science, technology, engineering, and math activities for preschoolers, and its 100 Ways to Play is full of activity ideas for families. Animal-loving kids will find arts and crafts and other activities at Zoo New England’s Kids Corner.

Aquariums across New England are also offering free online programming for kids. For example, Boston’s New England Aquarium offers at-home crafts and activities, a daily Facebook Live at 11 a.m. with animal care professionals, video presentations, and virtual visits. Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. also offers an 11 a.m. Facebook Live with animal care professionals, as well as conservation-based STEM activities, downloadable coloring sheets and activities, and a live feed from its African penguin habitat.

Parents looking for still more ways to keep their children’s minds sharp can get free lesson plans for family history research projects on and check out The Learning Network, a free resource from The New York Times where students can practice reading, writing, and thinking using the newspaper’s journalism.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the following list of free educational websites for parents, which covers everything from reading and math to yoga and virtual musical instruments:


More than 300,000 printable worksheets for toddlers to teens:
Daily recommendations of websites to help kids learn:
Learning materials for pre-K to Grade 8:
More than 30,000 learning materials for pre-K to Grade 12:
Learning materials for grades K-3:
Learning materials for pre-K to Grade 8:
Learning materials pre-K to high school:
Learning materials for high school:
Preschool materials:
For help finding and fixing learning gaps:
Educational videos:
Flash cards, coloring pages, worksheets:
Flash cards:
More than 7,000 videos in 13 subject areas:
Learning materials for all subjects:
Videos, lessons for all subjects:
Videos for grades 3-12:
Videos for all subjects:
Coloring pages:
Voice-based learning:
Movement and mindfulness:
Online education program:
Online homeschool platform for pre-K to 12:
At-home projects for kids ages 2 and up:
Daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking:
Daily activities kids can do on their own:
Educational materials for kids ages 4-8:
Printables for kids up to age 6:
Printables for students in pre-K to Grade 2:
Learning materials for high-performing students:
Learning games:
Crafts, projects, and recipes:
For students to practice a variety of topics:
Critical thinking for grades K-6:
Games for all subjects pre-K to Grade 5:
Games for all subjects K-8:
Activities for toddlers:
Games, recipes, crafts:
Occupation-centered activities:
Three weeks of maker stations:
Crafts, activities, mazes:
Crafts, activities, finger plays:
Educational games:
Printable board games, activities:


Math and reading games:
Math practice, from counting to geometry to algebra:
Math and reading games:
Math and language games:
Math for elementary kids:
Math for grades K-5:
Math for elementary kids through sixth grade:
Math for grades K-8:
Math and logic problems:
Math and ELA for grades K-8:
Math middle school to AP calculus:
Math, science, social studies:
Math and reading printables for grades K-8:
Math for second grade through college:
Math games, logic puzzles, and brain builders:
Math games:
Algebra games:
Interactive simulations for math and science:
Money management:
Personal finance:
Higher level math series:
Hands-on elementary science videos:
Science K-5:
Science experiments:
More than 80 at-home science activities:
Science projects:


This composite image made from a series of Jan. 23, 2018, photos shows a self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge.

Explore the surface of Mars on NASA’s Curiosity Rover:
Space science:
Earth science:
Science simulations:
The climate:
Ocean life:
Farmer’s almanac for kids:
Learning about cells:
Exploring the human body:
Studying the human body:
Periodic table:
High school chemistry:
STEM resources:
Coding for ages 4-10:
Coding with Star Wars:
3D printing and coding projects:
History for pre-teen to adult:
Learning about the US government:
Voice-driven storytime:
Grammar for middle grades:
Reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar:
Interactive games based on book series:
Stories for kids ages 3-12:
Read and play games with Dr. Seuss:
Reading for grades 2-8:
Reading for grades 3-12:
Reading elementary (use the username and password: read) :
Reading and phonics:
Games to get “into the book”:
Creating stories, games, and animations:
Vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions:
Sight reading and sight singing:
Spelling (use code: VSCFree90):
Spelling for grades 1-4:
Playing and learning with TV characters:
Language arts for grades K-8:
Foreign languages:
Foreign languages:
Foreign languages:
Music-based Spanish learning:
Songs for pre-K and K students:
Ear training and music theory:
Music theory:
Virtual musical instruments:
Music and poetry:
Social and emotional skills:
Jigsaw puzzles:
News and more:
Yoga for kids:
Illustrated recipes ages 2-12:
Kid-friendly workouts:
Gardening for kids:
Tour Yellowstone National Park:
Activities from the San Diego Zoo:
11 virtual tours of farms:
Learn about animals:


The Louvre Museum in Paris is closed, but you can take a virtual tour.

Virtual field trip to The Louvre in Paris:
Tour the British Museum in London:
Smithsonian activities:
Art and art history:
Geography and animals:
National Geographic Young Explorers:
Alaskan wildlife:
Google Earth:
Countries and cultures:
Virtual tour of the Great Wall of China:
Test prep for SAT, ACT, etc.:
For AP students:
For AP students:
Classes for older teens:
Free university classes:
450 Ivy League courses:
More than 2,500 online college courses:


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