18 Free Online Resources You Need to Homeschool Science

Looking for online homeschool science resources to encourage curiosity? Here are 18 to add to your homeschool.


I’m going to get real here for a minute, I don’t love science.

I never have.

Chemistry was okay since it had a lot of math, but biology? Yuck.

Perhaps this was because as a child, science in school seemed so separated from life. Now, I see how science is so connected to everyday things, and I find it much more interesting.

However, that hasn’t turned me into a homeschool mom who rocks the science experiments.

Instead, I just let the kids go and create slime or oobleck when they want, we go to the science museum, and we watch How It’s Made.

So I hope these online homeschool science resources will help you have some fun with science and not feel like every science activity deserves a lab report.

18 Free Online Resources You Need to Homeschool Science

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Online Homeschool Science Resources

1. Explore.org

Explore.org has been a favorite resource for years. It is a fantastic site where you can watch live cam videos from around the world, both in the wild and rescue facilities.

We’ve seen everything from bison at a watering hole to the Great Barrier Wreath.  We’re also a fan of Zoo Atlanta’s Panda Cam.

2. Animal Planet

We love an animal cam and rarely tire of seeing what’s going on with the animals. Luckily,  Animal Planet has a page dedicated to animal cams so you can find just what you’re looking for.

Another favorite local cam is the Berry College Eagle camera.  It even has night vision technology!

3. Kids Know It

Kids Know It is the home site to several other learning sites for kids. From there you can navigate to Kids Dinosaurs, Kids Biology, Kids Geology, and other websites to use in your homeschool.

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4. Try Science

Try Science is a site for science teachers, but their kid’s section has dozens of experiments in areas such as chemistry, biology, math, and engineering.

Navigate through the icons by subject and find an experiment the kids would like to do.

5. Science News for Kids

Science News for Kids helps young people (and moms) stay up-to-date on the latest scientific news.

Articles are available on topics such as pollution, habitat destruction,  and why chocolate is so challenging to grow.

6. How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works offers a wide array of science articles from Environmental Science to Engineering. There is sure to be something interesting to add to your homeschool.

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7. Science Toys

Science Toys has a wide range of gadgets and toys to create. These go beyond the typical homeschool activities.

They usually require some inexpensive, but unusual materials, so plan to make sure you have the needed items.

8. The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is in San Francisco, but their website brings various activities and resources you can use in your homeschool.

They’ve also created several microsites on topics such as cooking, music, and gardening.

9. NASA

When you think of NASA, you think of science. Older kids interested in space will love learning more about NASA’s ongoing research.

The younger kids can check out all the fun games on the NASA Kids Club page.

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10. Education.com

Education.com offers a wide variety of worksheets on every topic imaginable. You’re sure to find something to add to your science studies.

11. U.S. Department of Education, Helping Your Child Learn Science

The U.S. DOE website is focused on the elementary kids and has a list of fun science activities to do with your kids.

From checking out crystals in the kitchen to taking a nature walk, you can find an easy to do science experience.

12. The Smithsonian Institute

Who doesn’t love the Smithsonian? Their website is loaded with activities for elementary and middle school children, including tracking migratory birds and learning more about habitats.

This weather lab would hold the interest of slightly older kids that see many online games as too young.

13. The Dictionary of Units of Measure

This isn’t a flashy website with games and animation, but it will teach students all they need to know about weights and measurements around the world.

You can read about measurements from the Apgar score to the way paper is weighted.

14. Little Bins for Little Hands

LIttle Bins for Little Hands is a great blog full of experiments and activities for the younger children.

The thing I love most is that she uses everyday materials you probably have around the house or can pick up at the grocery store.

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15. Wonderopolis 

I love this site! It would be a great addition to your homeschool morning time. Wonderopolis allows students to explore the world and answer their many questions about science and other subjects.

It also offers interesting exploratory activities, such as what you would pack for a trip into space. You can even check out their Wonder Ground site that is designed for teachers. It can give you a lot of ideas to include in your homeschool.

16. National Geographic Kids

National Geographic for Kids offers a range of exciting games, videos, and activities for younger children, related to animals, dinosaurs, space and more.

17. Funbrain

Funbrain is fun! You can search by grade level or resource type. They have books, games, and videos on their site.

I like the simple machine’s game that gives an overview of physics.

18. Help My Kid Learn

Help My Kid Learn is organized by age, which I like. Sort by age range and you are given a variety of activities on different topics.

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Just in the 10+ years, I’ve been homeschooling, the number of resources available online and elsewhere has exploded.

With the benefit of such amazing information at our fingertips, we’re able to provide our children with the scientific knowledge they desire or need.

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six always homeschooled children who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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