By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian
Looking for engaging and educational sites for kids? You’ve come to the right place!
Many websites designed for kids claim to be informative and entertaining, but it can be challenging to find fun, user-friendly sites for kids that are not loaded with advertisements.
What should you look for when exploring online resources and apps for kids?
- Websites for kids should be fun, age-appropriate, and easy to navigate.
- Websites claiming to be educational should offer immersive experiences for kids to learn about the world and broaden their horizons.
Engaging & educational websites for kids, curated by Oak Park librarians
From exploring the depths of the ocean to the limits of outer space and the principles of coding to the magic of Sesame Street, the list of free websites for kids below is sure to offer enjoyment and wonder for many, without all the advertisements.
Websites for fun & learning
- Friv (grades K-12): Games and activities.
- Khan Academy (grades 2-12): Practice exercises and instructional videos in math, science, history, reading, and language arts (click on courses in the top left corner).
- NASA Kids Club (grades preK-4): Games and activities on science, technology, engineering, and math, with a focus on space and NASA.
- National Geographic Kids (grades K-8): Games, videos, and magazine articles on science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
- PBS Kids (grades preK-4): Games and videos.
- Young Ocean Explorers (grades K-8): Videos, quizzes, and polls for kids to learn about and explore the ocean.
Online resources from your library (log in with your Oak Park library card & PIN)
- PebbleGo (preK-grades 3) & PebbleGo Next (grades 3-5): Informational articles, interactive lessons and games, and literacy supports for students of all abilities.
- TumbleBookLibrary (grades K-6): Animated talking picture books.
- World Book Early Learning (grades K-2): Games, activities, stories, and videos.
Eileen Saam is a children’s digital learning librarian who loves discovering new things, learning from others, and sharing with children the joy and wonder of books. One of her favorite things to do at the library is to help children, families, and teachers find books and digital resources that delight and inspire them.