Early Learning Resources
Like Cross Curricula Resources, these are usable across multiple curriculum areas. They cater to children in ages from birth to approximately 8 years old. They cover all areas from colouring pages and books to software, programs to stories, television linked activities to crafts. Unless otherwise stated they are free.
There are some links to information on child development and parental advice.
Remember international sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
Apps appropriate for use in this area are found on the Education Software pages.
All your favourite characters and activities. Among many areas are :
Games linked to different stories from the ABC.
- Make and Do‘Pictures to colour, party packs to make, computer goodies to enjoy. Search by character, or activity’.
- ABC Splash
Select from the range of options provided on the top menu.
- Count Us In Games
ABC Learning. Games which can be played to develop understanding of basic number concepts.
- Parenting [ABC] - ‘Trusted one stop location for advice on raising children from pregnancy all the way through to school years. Factual content about everything from health and nutrition to appropriate media and games’.
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The most popular program for the very young.
‘We’ll help you find an extensive selection of education activities for kids, toddlers and babies. We provide the most comprehensive listing of sports, games and activities for children in Australia’.
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Free Resources - Early Learning Association Australia
Part of a larger Services & Resources section.
- Home Interaction Program
‘HIPPY is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program targeting disadvantaged families in our community’. Brotherhood of St Laurence.
- K-3 Teacher Resources
‘A part of Australian [and overseas] education for 3 years, producing quality printable resources for K-3 Early Years Education. Our site also includes a comprehensive Teaching Ideas Directory’. Both free and fee-based resources, but membership is cheap.
- Little Learning Planet
‘Dedicated to helping parents to help children read and spell’. Access some material for free, but to continue, it becomes fee-based.
- Modern Teaching Aids
‘Australia’s largest supplier of quality, Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary School Resources’. Notes these are fee-based.
- Mummy Weekly
‘Danielle Mantakoul has now educated thousands of parents on a wide range of topics surrounding early childhood’. Read a collection of these on the site.
- ‘My House’ and ‘Going to Fair Day’
Books described as ‘early childhood education material which include same sex parent families, … . These readers promote inclusiveness and the acceptance of diversity’.
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‘Innovative and creative early childhood curriculum resources for your classroom’. Not free but very reasonable for a yearly membership.
- Wiggle and Learn
‘A resource that is available for free to early childhood educators around the world. You can also get a brief overview by clicking on “Learn More” on the Wiggle and Learn landing page, and if you would like to see more, we invite you to register, so you can have a look at the resource’.
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Ten Great Science Books
Smithsonian. ‘From dinosaurs at the Smithsonian to a walk around a pond, here are some of our favourites’. USA.
Ideas for using ICT in the Early Years
“Ideas to Inspire”. Use the slide show to choose those you are interested in. UK.
Click on icons to access colouring, brainwork, click and drag, ecards, screensavers, new items, more. Netherlands [but in English].
Printable material covering basics, shape books, theme units, fun activities, flashcards, sections at higher educational levels. Access 5 000+ printable documents. USA.
- A Child’s Place [Ruth’s Child Care]
Themes and activities. Use the menu on the left. Canada.
- Activity Idea Place
Index of activities for used with early learning students in formal or non-formal situations. Animal Activities, Miscellaneous grouping, Seasonal/Holiday Activities - some American. USA.
- Alphabet Soup
Units, games, activities, crafts, fun, recipes.
- A to Z Teacher Stuff
Educational Sites for Teachers - Early Childhood. Links to information, resources, more. USA.
- Baby Einstein
‘Helps by using music, language, nature and art in playful ways to entertain and engage little ones from birth and up’. Select products by age or category. Delivery to a range of countries including Australia. USA.
- Beantime Stories
Original stories for children from preschool to primary grades. Parent’s and Teacher’s Guides assist you. USA.
Ideas and advice for parents, 600+ activities. In directories. Part of the Up to Ten site.
- Busy Teacher’s Cafe
Worksheets, lesson plans, management tips, educational tips, links, free clipart. USA.
Colouring Books and Pages [Online]
For other resources in this area, check links on The Arts Resources page.
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Disney Family Fun
Printables, downloads, game activities, cooking, other creative activities. USA.
- Early ICT
‘Themed ICT activities and resources to support learning in the Foundation Stage’. UK.
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Multiple sections from Games to Science fairs. Each has a section covering early childhood/Preschool. USA.
- Enchanted Learning
American but with useful material - crafts, printouts, lesson plans, themes, dictionaries, Kids’ Club. USA.
‘Features hundreds of quality foundation stage and key stage one teaching resources, all of which are free to download’. UK.
- Favourite Friends for Preschoolers
‘Free printable crafts, colouring pages, cards, etc., to keep your preschooler occupied for hours !’ Other sections cover Favourite Friends and Book Breaks.
- Fine Motor Skills and Gross Motor Activities for Preschool Children
Information, explanations, multiple topics including activities and skills. Canadian.
- First School
Resources for children 2-6 years. Printable crafts, other activities, online resources in Spanish.
- Fossweb K-2 Modules
Science modules specifically for K-2. 16 modules in all.
You need to be able to sign in to access this site. USA.
A wide range of activities, both curriculum and fun. Select by grade levels. USA.
- Fun With Spot
Activities based around a favourite book character. Mouse over home page items for available activities. UK.
- Games for Children Ages 1 to 5
- Idea Box
New ideas, activities. Enough for every day for a long time.
Colouring pages, printables, games, crafts, videos, stories, Christmas. USA.
- KidsCom Junior
Linked to KidsCom. Preschool and infant levels. Kids games, educational and learning games, online colouring books, preschool activities, other games for preschoolers’.
- Kid Stuff !
Easy craft activities and projects. Craft and cooking activities, many linked to special events. Many involve recycling household goods. USA.
Mathematics, language, science. Puzzles, magic tricks, worksheets, lesson plans, etc.. USA.
- KinderArt - Art Lessons - Art Education
Art lessons, art library, free newsletter, special sections, a Don’t Miss section. All aspects of art. USA.
- KinderCrafts for Preschool and Kindergarten
‘With adult supervision and guidance, even toddlers can make most of these simple projects. The crafts use materials found around the house like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about colour mixing on how to combine paint to make all the colours of the rainbow’. USA.
- Kinderweb Children’s Games
Matching games using different shapes, animals shapes, colours.
‘Animated exercises allow them to visualise the simple sentences and encourages them to type the letters shown. There is no scoring for this age group, everyone gets the same positive encouragement upon completing the exercise’.
‘Lesson material and ideas for preschool and elementary age children. Loads of downloadable material that can be used in lessons of your own or at home. The suggestions and materials can be used to create your own lessons. Most downloadable materials are in PDF format’. Netherlands, but in English.
- Letter of the Week
Free Preschool curriculum. It goes further than this, providing a curriculum up to age 11. USA.
- Magnetic Letters
‘Click or type a letter, then make a word ! Drag the letters to the edge to remove them’. UK.
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Well-annotated links to online games, activities for toddlers. Many lead to high quality activities.
- Mr Printables
‘Offering free printables for children, parents and teachers. We love designing, drawing, crafting with paper and creating things for children. We aim to have the best free printable projects for parents and teachers on the web, always great designs and new inventive paper crafts’. USA.
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Developmentally appropriate activities and practices for children from birth to Year 3. USA.
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Games, activities, cartoons, more, geared to the young. Activities include colouring, more complex actions. Much is Flash based.
- Pratt’s Early Childhood
‘Including themes, songs, arts & crafts, literature, online activities, more’. Check viewer and reciprocal links for the same areas. USA.
‘equips the caregiver/parent with a simple way to impart needed pre-kindergarten skills to their child in a fun and convenient way’. Apple, Not Free.
- Preschool Education
Access information under Classroom headings from Alphabet Ideas to Useful Recipes, find out about updates, additions, articles, more. Links to related sites. USA.
- Preschool Express
‘Preschool Activities & ideas for teachers, parents and grandparents’. Monthly as well as topic groupings. USA.
- Preschool Learning Online
‘Pre-K printables, child preschool activities such as circle time and children’s songs, creative movement, science and themed Pre-K lesson plans can be used during rainy days or preschool time’. Canadian.
- Pre-school Library
‘The StoryPlace is full of great activities for you to explore’. Each theme has an online story, activity, take-home activity, parent’s activity, suggested reading. 15 themes included. USA.
- Preschool Printables
Printables for activities and special occasions.
- Seussville Games
Children love Dr Seuss. Access games played using characters from his books e.g., The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Horton. You need Shockwave. Printable games in PDF format. USA.
- Stories to Grow By
Free and fee-based materials, extends beyond this level. Free teacher material. USA.
- Toddler Toddler
‘We have over 250 activities, fun, games, crafts, printables,, exercises for you to enjoy with your toddlers !’ Even a Toddlers 101 section to help deal with some of their actions. USA.
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Tools for Early Childhood Teachers
‘A list of free online resources to help keep your teaching tools sharp and up-to-date’.
‘A technology-based online educational program that offers a depth and breadth of educational content for early learners, with more than 1 000 individual learning activities and over 200 lesson plans’. Program is fee-based but reasonable. USA.
- Under 5’s
Rhymes, printables, activities. Designed for the United Kingdom curriculum. UK.
- Welcome to Bry-Back Manor
For people who care for young children or children with special needs. Activities, fun stuff, garden fun, links, picture recipes. USA.