There are lots of cheap and free science resources out there. Here are 7 cheap science resources that a few homeschooling, blogging friends and I came up with.
- National Geographic Kids Website – Erin likes to use this site to study animals with her boys. National Geographic Kids has so much information and so many fun activities!
- Wild Kratts – Dianna and her kids share our love for the Wild Kratts show on PBS Kids. I swear our kids learn more from that show than all our reading and zoo visits! They are constantly telling me some crazy fact about animals they picked up from Wild Kratts. I am generally opposed to watching TV. However, I am finding a couple educational exceptions.
- Steve Spangler Science – Colleen, also, recommends SteveSpanglerScience.com. This site has a science store, experiments and videos – tons of cool science stuff!
- Local Nature Centers – Who doesn’t like free field trips? Most local nature centers are free and full of science information. We have a couple near us with exhibits, trails and free or cheap classes.
- Ellen McHenry’s Basement – A Homeschool Scientist facebook fan shared this treasure trove of science with us last week- Ellen McHenry’s Basement. I’ve just started to look into it. So far, I’ve found experiments and lesson ideas for science, geography, math and more!
- Nature – Another facebook fan, mentioned perhaps the greatest free science tool – nature! This can mean your backyard. There is so much to see in the grass, dirt, trees and bushes. Curious kids will learn lots from an afternoon outside.
- Used Book Sales – I have found so many experiment, nature and science text books at local used book sales dirt cheap. I have resources for almost every subject my kids want to look into, at least at a introductory level. Just last week, I bought an old book about using nature to predict the weather (just like my Grandma used to do), an elementary physics book with simple activities for the kids and a natural history book about our state. All for $2!
What about you? Do you have any cheap science resources to share?