In today’s post: Got bored kids? Help them learn something something new with these 12 free online classes.
Like many of you, we found out recently that our kids will not be headed back to school until the fall. That leaves my children with LOTS of free time. In between playing outside, reading, crafting, and relaxing, I figured each kid might as well use some of this extra time to learn something new. And no, I’m not talking about extra online school – I’ll be honest here and admit that I’m already tired of helping kids complete assignments and turn them in on various platforms. I’m not super interested in trying to sell my kids on extra online homework, aka making more work for myself.
Nope. I’m talking about online classes my kids can take to learn something FUN!
My daughter inherited a ukulele from her brother months ago and has been wanting to learn how to play ever since. Since in-person lessons aren’t an option right now I decided to see if there was a free beginner’s course online. Turns out there are FREE courses for all sorts of things online!
I’ve collected 12 of the best free online classes that your kids can take right now to learn something cool. Enjoy!
Please note: Most of these courses are designed specifically for kids, but a few are not (I have noted which ones aren’t). Our family members have personally used some of these classes, but not all of them. Remember to preview the classes your kids are interested in to ensure you as the parent are comfortable with all of the content. Thanks!
Free online classes for kids: Coding
Coding: Swift Playgrounds
Swift Playgrounds is a free app for iPad or Mac that teaches kids how to use Swift, a popular app-building language. Instead of just watching lessons, kids actually get to control a character within a virtual playground. They learn to write the code that makes the character explore his surroundings. It’s a new, immersive way to teach kids about coding that feels more like a video game than a class!
Code.org is a popular online coding resource that’s taught millions of students about computer programming. Your child may have already used Code.org through school but it’s FULL of courses and activities kids can do at home. There are courses for all age levels (even pre-readers!) and if kids don’t want to start a full course they can also work on fun hour-long coding tutorials.
Free online classes for kids: Music
Guitar: Justin Guitar
Justin Guitar is the best free music lesson site I have ever seen. Justin offers over 1000 free lessons that are presented in a short, manageable format. The lessons start at a complete beginner level and range to fairly advanced. There are currently 591 songs you can learn for free! The site isn’t geared toward kids, but the teaching is definitely both appropriate for and accessible to children.
Ukulele: Andy Guitar
This Free 10 Day Ukelele Starter Course from Andy Guitar is a great resource if your child would like to learn the ukulele. The first lesson covers choosing a ukulele and getting it in tune, and then you’ll get right into learning your very first song! Again, this class is not geared specifically toward kids but looks both appropriate and accessible for children.
Piano: Hoffman Academy
Hoffman Academy offers over 240 video piano lessons that are designed to give your child a comprehensive musical education. Kids can learn to play their first song in the very first lesson! All the video lessons are free, but a paid premium add-on is available giving students access to printable materials, online games, and professional practice tracks.
Free online classes for kids: Arts + Crafts
Drawing: Art For Kids Hub
Art for Kids Hub is an amazing YouTube channel that will teach your kids to draw just about anything. It has hundreds of step by step drawing lessons featuring animals, buildings, people, favorite characters, and more. The host demonstrates how to draw in simple, easy to follow steps, and one of his children always draws along with him so you get to see how both their drawings turn out (which helps ensure kids don’t feel bad if their drawings don’t turn out perfect). And you don’t need any special art supplies – just paper and something to draw with.
Watercolor: Createful Kids
Watercolor Painting Lessons for Kids is a YouTube playlist offered by Createful Kids that contains 12 beginner watercolor lessons. The lessons are geared toward children and can be followed using basic watercolor supplies. Some lessons are technique based, such as “How to Mix Paints” and “How to Paint a Background,” while other lessons walk kids through the steps to make a specific painting, like a vase of flowers or a mermaid.
Sewing: Crazy Little Projects
The Learn to Sew for Kids and Teens course from Crazy Little Projects is a great introduction to sewing. It contains five step by step lessons that cover all the basics in sewing, from sewing a straight line to installing a zipper. Plus each lesson includes a sewing project kids can complete, like a notebook cover or PJ pants. Please note that these are written lessons, not video lessons, so while tweens should be able to follow them on their own, younger kids will likely need help from a parent as they move through the course.
Cooking: Chop Chop Cooking Club
Kids can join Chop Chop Cooking Club online or via an app (registration and email address is required to join). The club teaches kids 13 recipes they think every child should be able to cook. Each recipe has short lessons for every step required, and kids can earn badges as they complete the steps.
Cooking: Kids Cooking and Crafts
Kids Cooking and Crafts is a cute YouTube channel hosted by a kid named Ava. She has over 70 easy recipe videos that kids can follow along with. It’s not a step by step course, but kids will learn a lot about cooking by watching the videos.
Free online classes for kids: Languages
If your kids are interested in learning a new language, Duolingo is an amazing resource! With over 35 different languages available and effective bite-sized lessons, kids will be speaking a new language in no time. The lessons adapt to each child’s learning style and offers virtual rewards and the chance to unlock new levels to keeps thing interesting. All lessons are free but you can pay a small fee to get an ad-free learning experience.
Free online classes for kids: Physical Activity
Ballet: Daniella Ballerina
Daniella Ballerina is a YouTube channel that offers free ballet classes for kids. The videos feature Daniella, the teacher, in an animated studio where she is joined by her animated animal friends. Daniella sings and entertains young kids while introducing them to the basics of ballet. My daughter would have LOVED this class if it had been around when she was younger!
Yoga: Cosmic Kids Yoga
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a healthy screen time option for kids that offers interactive adventures to build strength, balance, and confidence. A huge variety of yoga videos are available, from “Yoga Adventures” (familiar stories told through active yoga poses) to mindfulness exercises and guided relaxations. New videos are posted regularly to keep things interesting. These classes are even fun for adults to do along with their kids!