Top 8 Online Resources for Kids (and Adults)
As parents, we are always looking for the best for our kids – especially when it comes to educational materials. The internet is a vast place, filled with resources of all types. It can be hard to know which ones are worth their time (and sometimes your money). That’s why we’ve done the research for you! In this blog post, we share our top picks for art lessons to teach drawing, brain games apps to train up their brains, and more. To access each resource directly, simply click on the title of the resource. By the end of this post, you’ll find that screen time can be productive and beneficial for your kids. Many of them are equally entertaining for adults and provide great parent-child bonding opportunities too!
Featuring lots of colorful, attractive worksheets, this website contains tons of worksheets for your little ones to learn and revise music theory. Cute dinosaurs, fun bubbles and delightful drawings are some of the things you can expect to see here. There are also lots of tips on how to teach piano to little kids and how to make piano practices fun for them.
If you’re up for it, you can even learn some basic theory lessons yourself. And be a self-taught teacher for your beginner-level child.
Mental Up is a mobile phone app with over 100 brain exercises in the form of fun games for all ages from 3 years old and up. This is from personal experience – even the adults could not resist pitting themselves against the kids and challenges. There are memory games, games that work on attention, focusing, analytical thinking, visual intelligence and more. The free version was good enough for us but you can opt for the premium version at only $70.98/year, which includes access for up to three users. Features more games and customizations.
If you are like me and can’t draw a duck to save your life, then it probably is a good idea to let your child pick up drawing from a younger age, since there is a high chance they might inherit your lack of drawing ability. With more than 6 million subscribers and growing, Art for Kids Hub is one of the best youtube channels for kids! Run by artist Rob, who uploads an art lesson every single day from Mondays to Fridays, there is an amazing plethora of instructional videos featuring subjects from animals to plants, to cartoon characters and more.
What is so unique about Rob’s videos is that rather than just being a demo session, he actually teaches one of his children on the spot so the pace and format is excellent for young, eager learners. Another thing we love about his videos is how he constantly emphasizes that it is perfectly fine if your picture looks different from his because the most important thing is to have FUN. We can’t agree with his philosophies more. For lessons organized by categories, visit this page and tap “How to Draw” on the top bar second navigation.
4. Turtle Diary
Unlike Mentalup, which is more directed towards brain training in a generic sense. Turtle diary features numerous subject and topic-based games and exercises for children. Ranging from arithmetic games to grammar games, crossword puzzles to shape recognition games for the very young, Turtle Diary was my saving grace when my younger child badgered me to give her “online work” because she wanted to be like her older brother who had to use the computer to complete his school assignments. Just for the record, we do prefer crossword puzzles on a book, but at times when you do not have a book on hand or face the need to give your child screen time for whatever reason, applications like these are excellent for constructive screen time.
In a digital world full of fake news, misleading articles and negative influences, world kids provide a haven where parents can feel safe to let their kids read and learn about current affairs. Best suited for children ages 7-10 years old, the website provides news and other information critically in easy to read stories that allow children to learn about the world they live in without overwhelming them. There are also printable worksheets to make your current events study more effective. The most unique aspect of this portal is that the editors thoughtfully integrate a biblical perspective in current events. Thereby providing a fun-filled path to learning about the world while reinforcing that God is in control and active throughout His creation.
God’s Big WORLD is a one-of-a-kind current events program for beginning readers. Designed, written, and illustrated for younger kids aged 3 to 6, these articles satisfy a young child’s thirst for knowledge, and to do so in meaningful, and developmentally appropriate ways. The online articles are free while colorful magazines are available for members at a membership fee of only USD$1.99 per month. The magazines are sent bi-monthly and are designed to be pulled apart into eight convenient weekly lessons. Each lesson includes three stories and a skill-building activity. The big pictures ignite children’s interest, and the controlled vocabulary in the accompanying text builds confidence in early readers. There is even a section written for adults to share out loud and take the content a little deeper.
We love that a wide variety of topics are covered throughout the year, delivered in safe and easy-to-use online materials. Story by story, your child’s sphere of knowledge will grow and deepen. Every story includes a related Bible verse to read with your child. Showing how God’s word is relevant to all of life.
If you prefer pen-to-paper instructions, art projects for kids is definitely your go-to. There are more than 700 easy drawing ideas in step-by-step ‘how to draw tutorials’. Simply click on an image, scroll down and look for a big orange button that says “Open How to Draw…. Tutorial” to access the templates.
Here’s an extra link to a template for the super young artist. Who prefers a super easy template to start on!
Imagine having access on-demand to millions of book titles of all genres for all ages at your fingertips, for FREE. If you are a Singaporean or Permanent Resident, all you need to do is create an account on the portal to become a member of this online library. Browsing and borrowing is done seamlessly and effortlessly online. And you do not have to worry about overdue loans because returns are automatic. Foreigners may register for membership at any physical National Library located in Singapore.