Resources for Preschool

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A kid enjoying nature

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Nature Notebook

Hunt for natural items and draw what you see in a notebook. You'll be surprised at how much you find, even staying close to home!

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bioturbation in action

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Preschool–grade 12

Bioturbation in Action

Watch these time-lapse videos to see earthworms and other small critters do the important work of bioturbation, the mixing up of soil and sediment.

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powered by poop

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Preschool–grade 5

Powered by Poop

Watch how the Straus Family Creamery transforms "cow pies" into renewable energy and compost to fertilize pastures.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

Astronauts Answer Kids' Questions

Journey up to the International Space Station and join two real-life astronauts orbiting the planet as they answer kids' fun, quirky, and fascinating questions.

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winter wiggles

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Preschool–grade 1

Winter Wiggles

Try out these winter-themed activities that'll get you moving and learning science along the way.

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edible water bottles

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Edible Water Bottles

See how one company came up with an alternative to single-use plastics: the Ooho edible water bottle made of seaweed!

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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elephants in a museum

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Field Museum

Take a virtual trip to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, and explore their animal exhibits using Street View.

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Build it!

Create a structure with blocks, LEGOs, or other materials. How strong and tall can you make it? Destroy it! How fast can you clean up?

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Boy working on problem - Knowledge on the Go

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Great Minds: Knowledge on the Go

Build knowledge with these high-quality, daily instructional video lessons for ELA (grades K–8), math (grades K–12), and science (grades 3–5).

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cartoon skeletons dancing

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Preschool–grade 2

¡Huesos! Find Out More About Your Bones

¡Mueve tu cuerpo y aprende sobre los huesos!

Move your body and learn about bones!

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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A kid enjoying nature

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Nature Notebook

Hunt for natural items and draw what you see in a notebook. You'll be surprised at how much you find, even staying close to home!

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winter wiggles

Activity

Preschool–grade 1

Winter Wiggles

Try out these winter-themed activities that'll get you moving and learning science along the way.

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Build it!

Create a structure with blocks, LEGOs, or other materials. How strong and tall can you make it? Destroy it! How fast can you clean up?

Wide Open School's logo
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cartoon skeletons dancing

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

¡Huesos! Find Out More About Your Bones

¡Mueve tu cuerpo y aprende sobre los huesos!

Move your body and learn about bones!

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marbles in sand

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Create Some Craters

Make a planet's surface with household items, and then drop marbles or small rocks to create craters. Drop from different heights, and draw the results.

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Preschool–grade 3

Photosynthesis in Action

Reveal the secrets of photosynthesis by doing this simple experiment using some leaves and a bowl of water.

Activity

Preschool–grade 3

Exploding Baggies Experiment

Try out this exciting outdoor activity. Ponder how and why it happens, using skills like observation and deduction.

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Preschool

Stack Pillows

See how many pillows you can stack. If you run out of pillows, use stuffed animals or other soft things. How high will it go?

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homemade house for bugs

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Preschool–grade 1

Build a Bug Hotel

Cobble together a funky little living space for all kinds of creepy crawlies. Put it outside and see who moves in.

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Helicopter cutouts

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Preschool–grade K

Homemade Helicopters

Use this DIY helicopter-building activity to promote kids' design thinking. Can you make the copter twirl faster? Fly farther?

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nature brushes

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Preschool–grade 2

DIY Nature Brush

Go out into your yard and collect any cool plants, leaves, and twigs you find. Then use what you've collected to create a paintbrush.

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nature curtains

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Preschool–grade 2

Nature Curtain Decorations

Find, and look more closely at, nature's amazing objects as you create your own natural decorations.

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Equipment for Science Classroom

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 5

10 Best Science Tools for Elementary School

Lay the foundation for lifelong curiosity about how the world works and why.

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elephants in a museum

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Preschool–grade 12

Field Museum

Take a virtual trip to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, and explore their animal exhibits using Street View.

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screenshot of video game

Interactive

Preschool–grade 2

Sort, Build, and Explore

Practice problem-solving with your favorite wacky cat, and build some basic STEM skills.

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animated animals dancing

Lesson

Preschool–grade 12

Hour of Code

Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.

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animated snail

Lesson

Preschool–grade 2

Quick Coding Course for Pre-Readers

Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.

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bioturbation in action

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Bioturbation in Action

Watch these time-lapse videos to see earthworms and other small critters do the important work of bioturbation, the mixing up of soil and sediment.

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powered by poop

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Powered by Poop

Watch how the Straus Family Creamery transforms "cow pies" into renewable energy and compost to fertilize pastures.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

Astronauts Answer Kids' Questions

Journey up to the International Space Station and join two real-life astronauts orbiting the planet as they answer kids' fun, quirky, and fascinating questions.

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edible water bottles

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Edible Water Bottles

See how one company came up with an alternative to single-use plastics: the Ooho edible water bottle made of seaweed!

Video

Preschool–grade K

The Skin You're In

Learn a little about skin as Elmo and Lupita Nyong'o talk about the skin they're in.

Video

Preschool–grade K

What Is a Computer?

Even though computers are everywhere, it can be hard to understand what they are. Watch this video to learn the basics about the tools we use every day.

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person holding a butterfly

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Preschool–grade 1

Butterfly World Tour

Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly in this lively virtual tour.

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Nature Cat explaining Earth Day

Video

Preschool–grade K

Nature Cat: Loving the Earth

Join your zany friend Nature Cat as he learns about the importance of taking care of the earth.

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cartoon characters on the beach

Video

Preschool–grade K

Fun with Science

Follow some curious characters to discover basic science concepts through exploration and simple experiments.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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Boy working on problem - Knowledge on the Go

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Great Minds: Knowledge on the Go

Build knowledge with these high-quality, daily instructional video lessons for ELA (grades K–8), math (grades K–12), and science (grades 3–5).

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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screenshot of video game

Website/App

Preschool–grade 2

Build, Test, Improve

Solve the engineering puzzles in this free app to learn the process of iteration—making, testing, and improving—that contributes to coding.

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teacher helping a student

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

First 8 Studios

Check out these free math and science apps that explore some of the basic skills that lay a solid foundation for their future STEM concepts.

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cartoon characters on a seesaw

Website/App

Preschool–grade 2

Peep and the Big Wide World

Explore this excellent science-focused site for little kids. With resources for families in both English and Spanish, it's a great place to learn basic science concepts.

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Peep characters on slide

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Ramp Up, Roll Down

Check out this free app in English or Spanish to learn about ramps, and then use the activities to take learning offscreen.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Juegos! Vídeos!

Videos and games starring the characters of the TV Show Peep and the Big Wide World. Learn about science and math in Spanish or English.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade K

LEGO Duplo World

Build with virtual Legos in this fun, tablet-based game that's perfect for little ones. Read the app's parent guide for tips on playing together.

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Worksheet

Preschool–grade K

We're Going on a Nature Walk!

Explore your yard or neighborhood and discover cool things! Check off, circle, or color the items on your list once you've found them.