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March 13, 2020

A lot of families are experiencing a little bit of an Emotional Whirlwind right now with everything going on. I have seen a lot of people concerned about their children being out of school for a period of time. Others might just be looking for some fun and educational ideas for their families. As a homeschool mom, I wanted to share some of our favorite learning tools for anyone who might be looking for some fun new options for learning at home. I always keep a list of websites, learning apps and hands on learning that I share with anyone who asks about homeschooling, so I just added a few more items to that list to share with you all. I will keep updating this post as I think of more fun things my boys enjoy that I want to share.


Educational Websites:

Adventure Academy - This is one of my boys top choices for learning games. Discover Knowledge, Quests and Adventure while learning reading, math, science and social studies. It is $59.99 per year and is for ages 8-13.

Prodigy My boys love playing Prodigy. It is like a video game where you have to complete math questions to win battles. They have both a free and paid option and it is for 1st through 8th grade.

Generation Genius - They educate and inspire kids in Science with really engaging videos. The site will let you watch a select number of videos for free before signing up. Grades K-5.

Mystery Science - Science videos and curriuculum. Offers a FREE membership for a year.

Education.com - Great resource for worksheets, reading, math and typing. 

Moby Max - You can register for Free. They also have a paid membership.

Science 4 Us - K-2 Science. Offers a free 30 day trial. 

Khan Academy - FREE math curriculum. 

Tynker - Coding games for ages 5+. Create a student account and get a limited number of games free.

Kickstart Reading - 2 minute videos that teach your child how to read. For ages 3-6. Offers a monthly plan for $7 a month or a Forever plan for a one time charge of $57.

Educational Games/Apps:

Osmo - Easily one of our favorite learning tools. They have so many different options for hands on learning games. From coding to tangrams, drawing, math and reading. A few of our favorites are: Coding Awbie (coding), Pizza Co. (math), Osmo Monster (drawing game), Coding Jam (coding & music) and Words (Reading). But honestly, we love all Osmo games, so you can't go wrong. Osmo Little Genius is perfect for preschool age kiddos. Games are compatible with Ipads and Fire Tablets. 

Jungle Time - They have a set of 4 apps that are all great and can be adjusted to learn multiple things within each concept: Time, Coins, Fractions, Geometry. We use this one all the time.

Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr. - Videos that cover a range of topics: Science, Social Studies, Engineering, Music and more. *Request FREE access during the school closure. Also can be used on the computer as well as the app.

Phet - Free science and math simulation for teaching STEM topics including physics, chemistry, biology and math.

Science 4 Us - Interactive science curriculum for K-2nd grade. You can try it for Free for 30 days.

Teach Your Monster to Read - Fun reading game and the computer version is FREE! 

ABC Mouse - Educational games and stories that cover reading, math, science, art and more. For kids ages 2-8 years old. They have a deal for $45 for a whole year going on right now. You can use the app or the computer. Be sure to check out their ABC songs... my boys love the letter B song! 😁

Math Cards - Math flash cards

Hands on Projects & Subscription boxes:

Kiwi Co. - Fun projects delivered monthly to your door. They offer different crates for all ages and interests from engineering and design to science, art and geography. They even have ones for the littlest learners ages 0-24 months.

Linkin working on a catapult basketball from Kiwi Co.


Beakerz - Science made fun. Explore a wide array of sciences through fun lessons with experiments and activities while being lead step by step by a video teacher.

Ivy Kids - monthly subscription box for ages 3-8 years old. Each kit includes a new book along with over 10 science, math, art and literacy activities. My favorite part is you can make it a sibling box for and additional $5.95 and they will include supplies for 2 children for every activity in your box. Use code IVY20 for 20% off you subscription. Or use code PASTKITS10 and take 10% off any past kit of your choice. Single kits are $39.95

Luke working on a paint project and letters from Ivy Kids, with help from little Ledger of course. 😉


Green Kid Crafts - Monthly boxes filled with 4-6 science and art kits. Get outside and have some fun with these kits. The last one my boys did sent them on a scavenger hunt at the park for bugs. 

Build-it-yourself woodworking kit. Landon built an airplane and Link built a birdhouse. 


Little Passports - Kits for geography, science and world cultures. They offer kits for different ages starting at age 3 and going up to 9+. $19.95 per month.

Other fun ideas:

Stickbot Animation, Stick Nodes (App) - My boys love creating stickbot stop motion animation videos.

Sensory Bins - Some ideas to use in Sensory Bins are Marble Beads, Rice, Easter Grass, Magic Sand. A lot of these can be found at Lakeshore Learning which has a ton of great educational tools or you can search for items around your house to use. 


Board Games - Need some new ones... here are some of our family favorites are Las Vegas, Disney Song Challenge, Ticket to Ride, Disney Eye Found It, Pictionary, Clue, Monopoly, Harry Potter Chess, Clank, Operation, Disney Challenges, The Grimm Forest, Sculptapalooza, Beat the Parents, Western Legends. If you want more idea, just let me know... we love board games!

Square Panda - Learn phonics and reading with this playset that has a variety of different games to chose from. 

Wax Musem Project - Have your child select a person from history and make a poster board about them. They can learn facts and dress up as their person. Then put a "button" that you can push where they come to life telling you about their life as that person. Here is Linkin as General Patton. 

Connectrix & Connectrix Jr. (you can find them both on amazon)

Kinderbot - Beginning coding for preschool aged kiddos.

Art Hub for Kids - A great drawing channel on youtube with a dad and his kids teaching step by step drawing tutorials of popular characters.

iMovie, Splice or another video editing tool - Teach the kids how to edit videos and make a slideshow of pictures from your family adventures.

Gardening, Puzzles, Cooking, Modeling Clay, Scrapbooking... you can turn anything into a fun learning experience.

As always, if you have any questions about any of these programs or ideas, I would be happy to share my boys' experiences with you and help however I can. If you use any of these, I would love to know your experience with them and if your kids enjoyed them. Do you have any other fun websites, apps or ideas that I didn't share? I am always looking for fun new learning tools for my boys, so please share them in the comments. 

We hope everyone stays healthy and has fun learning!


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