Afterschool programs play an essential role in boosting academic performance, promoting physical health, and creating a safe environment for children of working parents. If you're a teacher or director who operates one of these programs, you know how much work goes into keeping children engaged.
Here are five websites we found that are packed with tons of free (and fun!) activities for kids:
Developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum, this website provides an expertly-curated collection of activities that promote creativity skills in children 2-14 years of age. Easily search for and find activities by age group, skill type, difficulty, time it take to complete, cost, and more!
Explore free printables that cover a range of subjects like reading, writing, math and science. These printables are perfect for children of any age and organized by grade level for easy navigation.
For more than 30 years, ExtendED Notes (formerly School Age NOTES) has been providing valuable resources, tips, and supplies for afterschool programs across the country and around the globe. Check out their website to access countless free student activities, tips, and more!
With over 17 million members, Education.com is a popular destination for parents and educators looking to find quality learning materials for children. Find thousands of activities* covering a range of topics and age groups.
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While all of the websites listed above are free, if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks, you can find some great afterschool resources through other organizations such as the National AfterSchool Association.
As a afterschool professional, where do you find inspiration and new ideas to keep your program's children engaged? Please share with your fellow readers in the comment section below.