According to homeschooling parents, science is one of the harder subjects to get through at home – particularly as the children get older and the world of science becomes more complex. But it doesn’t have to be so, science is an amazing subject to explore with your kids, and with the right resources you will be just fine!
In this post I share a huge list of science resources for children. This list is aimed at homeschool parents looking for various supplementary methods to teach their children the sciences from K-12 (Preschool – Secondary school and beyond).
However, all parents will find this list useful as you might find the missing link to help connect your child with the subject they are struggling with!
I have tried to include as many free resources as possible, however, some resources on the list will have paid options such as subscriptions, full product access etc.
All-in-all the list will be useful for those looking for worksheets, online curriculums, interactive educational games, lesson plans, lesson ideas, teaching guides, visual experiments etc.
Where possible I have listed age-group focus, subject, and availability (whether free, free to try, subscription-based, app/tablet access etc.). I hope you will find this useful and if you do please share with another parent 🙂
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Scholastic’s Online Resource Bank isn’t called that for no reason. With over 2200+ science resources covering Early Years, KS1 and KS2 – you are bound to find everything you need.
You can choose to explore their free resources or opt-in to their members-only unlimited access section for £1.25 a month.
However, the members-only option is not just restricted to science as they cover literacy, history, ancient civilizations and so much more with over 6,000 primary activities, lesson ideas and resources – perfect for homeschoolers with children aged 5-11.
Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education resource put together by Washington State University. It has short videos, free activities, colouring sheets and even a podcast for children.
Biology lesson plans, worksheets, tutorials and resources for teachers and students.
Free biology simulations and worksheets and basic games covering cell energy, evolution, ecology & heredity.
CK12 is a brilliant resource for the sciences and many other subjects. It has free resources for k-5 (primary school). As well as classes and interactive physics and chemistry simulations for older children.
Over 40 fun, free, science and cooking experiments, lessons and activities to do at home.
Cool Kid Facts is a free resource for K-12 schools, homeschoolers, teachers and everyone who loves to learn! It features science facts, history facts and geography facts.
Elemental Science has a variety of lesson plans, digital books, activities and experiment kits for children of all ages. They supply homeschools and co-ops with resources as well as schools (paid). They also have over 80 free science activities and experiments (direct link to activities).
Science experiments, arts & crafts, magic tricks, projects, recipes and games for young children. It is all free, just click and print!
Online Science Videos and Lessons For Key Stage 1 & 2.
Get instant access to hours of fun, standards-based videos, reading material, quiz games, simple DIY activities & more.
This is a very modern and interactive website for children who love wildlife. The San Diego Zoo is full of videos, stories, activities and games to keep the little ones engaged. Lots of free animal colouring pages and arts and crafts ideas. You can play online (but requires flash) or download individual app store apps of their games!
Play Mada Games has an online Chemistry game and app store game (Android and iOS) for highschool/ secondary school-aged children teaching them about atoms, ions, ionic bonding, acid & bases etc. There is a free demon to try and free sign-up for teachers however, beyond that there is no access. This has been included in the list because they have downloadable quick start guides and student worksheets available for free on their products page.
Science lessons from K-5(primary school) covering a wide range of topics. They are also offering a whole year free trial, limited space available of just over 500 at the time of writing so be sure to check it out and get signed up soon!
Airplanes….astronauts….space travel…NASA STEM – games, worksheets… it is ALL there and more!
Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook (with the help of their parents, of course). Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
Interactive simulations for physics, chemistry, math, earth science and biology.
Middle school and high school curriculum with analysis on every day things that affect us such as waste disposal and living with plastics.
Science lessons for learning at home. Many of these activities can be completed at home without internet access.
Empowering students to be authentic science problem solvers. In this new generation science game, students solve a food shortage using genetics, or figure out that animals are sick from microplastics by examining the ecosystem and collecting data. Free trial and $5 per month for parents.
A listing of printable worksheets for every topic/concept typically covered in elementary and middle school science.
Tons of science experiments that you can do at homehttps://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/
Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/
Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement. https://www.everyday-earth.com/
High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html
List of Top Science Podcasts For Kids
(Kids Listen Podcast)
Aaron’s World is a 66-episode Science-themed drama podcast for kids. It is full of fun and imaginative adventures. If your child loves things like dinosaurs, time travel, robots, etc. they will love this!
Ask Dr. Universe
Join Dr. Universe and her friends at Washington State University as they investigate science questions from children all around the world. If your child has a science-related question, you can also help them submit it via askDrUniverse.wsu.edu and it could be featured on a future episode.
This is a 32 episode science, tech and history podcast. This podcast has had very high rating but unfortunately, it has stopped producing new episodes since 2017. None the less, these episodes range from roughly 20-50 minutes and would make great car or travel audio.
Radiolab for Kids investigates all of the intricacies of nature and the natural world. It asks and analyses all of the strange questions that children may or may not have considered and makes them think. For example, “What do dogs see when they look at the rainbow?” to “Do animals laugh?”and so much more.
60-Second Science has over 300 episodes ranging from 1 minute to 3 minutes in length. Check this podcast out for fun, interesting bursts of science.
Star Talk Radio
Science podcast hosted by the man himself, Neil deGrasse Tyson!