*Originally published September, 2013.
This BIG LIST of 50+ Free Online Games and Activities for Homeschool Students was created by Vicki Arnold of The Vicki Arnold Blog!
A reader recently asked about free online games for homeschool students, which started a great list of answers from other readers. Below you will find a list that includes both their answers and more that we uncovered with some research.
Please be aware that some of these sites to have ads on them and be sure to check out any site before allowing your student free reign.
Free Online Learning Games and Activities
Starfall – Games for learning to read.
BigIQKids – Games for money, measurement, spelling, and vocabulary.
Scholastic – A variety of games featuring characters like Clifford, Word Girl, Maya and Miguel, and The Magic Schoolbus.
Spelling City – Spelling and some language arts are available free. A paid account offers vocabulary, writing, and more spelling games.
Suessville – Both games and printable activities based on Dr. Seuss books.
SoftSchools – Offers free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics worksheets and games.
Sheppard Software – Lots of subjects covered with these games including science, math, geography, language arts, and health. There is a section that breaks down what ages they are for, from preschool to adulthood.
XtraMath – A website for students to practice math skills. You can track your student’s progress in your parent account.
Reading Bear – Free phonics and vocabulary videos.
Khan Academy – Math, science, economics and finance, and humanities videos.
ABCya – Games for grades K-5, organized by grade level. Covers mostly language arts topics.
Kids Know It – Games that cover astronomy, geology, history, math, spelling, and more.
Grade Spelling – Spelling lists and activities by grade from first grade through high school.
Turtle Diary – You can find games by grade, subject, or topic. Grades are toddler through 3rd currently, with 4th and 5th coming soon.
Peep and the Big Wide World – Lots of fun games based on the show.
Learning Planet – Games organized by grade group from preschool to 7th grade and beyond.
ScootPad – Math and reading activities where you can track their progress with a parent dashboard.
Multiplication.com – Games to help students with multiplication facts.
PBS Kids – Loads of games for learning from PBS shows like Martha Speaks, WordWorld, and Super Why.
IXL – Math and language arts for pre-k through 8th grade, plus algebra 1 and 2 and geometry.
Cookie – Learning games for phonics, math, science, social studies, and more.
FreeTypingGame.net – Exactly that, free typing games.
Typing Club – Free touch typing program.
Typing Web – Another free program for learning typing.
Music Theory – Online resources for learning music theory.
Arcademic Skill Builders – Games for math, spelling, typing, and geography. Grades 1-6.
Review Game Zone – Games to help students review subjects like math, science, foreign language, economics, history, technology, and more.
Purpose Games – Students can play games created by other users and you can create your own. Lots of geography and science games.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool – There is a review games section on this site that links to a lot of different games and is organized very well.
Math Game Time – Math games and apps.
The Kid Should See This – This is a collection of not-made-for-kids videos curated for kids. Some really awesome videos like the footage from a camera strapped to the back of an eagle.
History.com – The game section of the cable channel’s website features games from their shows, including action games and puzzles.
Ducksters – A selection of games like online hangman, geography hangman, battleship, chess, and a dots logic game.
Sesame Street – The classic children’s show has a games section on their site featuring the characters from the show.
Funschool – Word and math games.
Wordly Wise 3000 – Games to go with the popular curriculum.
Grammar Ninja – An online game with three levels of grammar fun.
Mission US – Free interactive games for learning US history.
Dance Mat Typing – Free online game for learning to type.
Fun Brain – Lots of games available organized into the categories math arcade, reading, fun arcade, and playground.
AG Kid Zone – Games featuring characters from Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Holly Hobbie, and more. These are matching, finding, and similar type games.
Veggie Tales – Games like find the penny, puzzles, and matching games featuring the Veggie Tales characters.
Hightlights Kids – Find the difference, picture sudoku, code crackers, silly story twisters, and other puzzle games can be found here. Other sections of the site include hidden pictures, jokes, and art activities.
Word Central – From the folks at Merriam-Webster, these are free word games.
Brain Pop – Social studies, science, math, health, English, and engineering and tech games.
Mensa for Kids – This site contains links to some games found elsewhere, but there are also games marked updated daily that are pop up games on this site. Games for older students.
Learning Games for Kids – A variety of games for typing, math, music, colors, and more.
Knowledge Adventure – Educational games you can search by grade, age, or subject.
Nick Jr. – Games for preschoolers featuring the characters from Nick Jr shows like Bubble Guppies, Dora, Mike the Knight, and more.
Leapfrog – Online games from the popular educational company.
Boatload Puzzles – Crossword puzzles for older students (or Mom and Dad).
Super Teacher Tools – This one last because it is more for the homeschool teacher than student. You can make your own jeopardy games to play with your students. There is a variety of other tools available as well.
Also, don’t miss this free 30-day trial of ABCMouse.com. This is a favorite of many FHD readers!
DID WE MISS ANY? What additional free online games and activities should be added to this list? Leave your favorites in the comments!
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