Tweets by CommonSense 15 Online "Camps" Fill Kids' Summer With Learning Adventures From outdoor exploration to summer enrichment to computer coding, online camps keep kids busy, learning, and having fun. With many of the virtual camps below, you can mix and match activities to tailor the experience to your kids' interests. Expect to be more involved if you go for the free, choose-your-own-adventure camps. But fee-based camps call for some adult participation, too.
Check out these offerings: Free; age 3 and up. As long as you have a library card, you can access all the free entertainment and educational videos this app has to offer. Most of the content choices on Kanopy are similar to what patrons of a well-stocked library would expect: The animated books are top-quality, with classics from producers such as Scholastic and Weston Woods.
Parents and kids can view the monthly calendar to see what new topics are being added to the app, and parents can view kids' progress. Start with a Book. Free; age 6 and up. In addition to a summer science camp, this site offers a long list of themes, such as Art, Night Sky, and Weather Report, for kids to explore.
For each theme, you get book suggestions for all reading levels , discussion guides, hands-on activities, and related sites and apps. You'll need to shell out for books if you can't find them at the library.
With an emphasis on summer reading, the PBS Parents' site offers a variety of practical, step-by-step plans to incorporate books into the dog days of summer. Free and fee-based; age 7 and up. This site offers dozens of skill-based activities which it calls "challenges" in a variety of categories, including Art, Business, and Engineering, that kids can do year-round.
Every summer, DIY runs camps and shorter courses. Some of the camps have online counselors who interact with your kid. Sign up to get notified of the latest offerings. Free, but materials cost extra; age 12 and up. You get a PDF with daily activities that support the theme, such as making slime and designing and flying kites. Made with Code from Google. Free; age 12 and up.
A wide range of projects, including making emojis, animating GIFs, and composing music, is designed to ignite a passion for coding in teen girls. There's no stopping boys from doing these projects, though.
The site offers inspiration stories from female tech mentors as well as ideas to make coding social, such as a coding party kit.
In addition to letting you take a selfie and compare your face to images from great works of art, it also lets you find information about artists, museums, historic figures, places, and historic events. CreativeLive , variable costs; age 14 and up.
CreativeLive is a collection of educational video courses, ranging from photography to personal growth. The lessons aren't necessarily aimed at teens, but most of the content is fine for kids who are interested in adding new skills, such as Photoshop, to their resume. Online Courses for Kids. What can't kids learn at this online school? There's drawing, cooking, animation, music, science, engineering, and much more.
Each course has a professional mentor and is broken down into easily manageable projects that kids can complete at their own pace. While Khan Academy doesn't offer specific camps, it provides meaningful, step-by-step exploration in a variety of topics, including math, science, and arts and humanities.
Kids can sign up with a coach a teacher, parent, or tutor who can monitor their progress and suggest lessons. Kids also can earn badges by learning and teaching.
The custom dashboard has a progress map that fills up as kids work their way through the skills. Created by two parents who were looking for a way to help their kids continue learning during summer, Brain Chase takes a creative approach to enrichment. Each topic includes lessons, outdoor activities, videos, and additional reading suggestions for all ages.
The theme is Build Your Own Wonderocity, where families explore the wonders of construction and engineering in 42 lessons. For tech-curious kids, check out Connected Camps, which offers week-long, instructor-led, Minecraft-based camps including coding, game design, and engineering. Free for a course sampling; memberships: Each camp offers a variety of levels and challenges as well as a dedicated instructor.