Early Learning Resources
Like Cross Curricula Resources, these are usable across multiple curriculum areas.
These 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, … .
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’.
- Playschool [ABC]
The most popular program for the very young.
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‘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’.
- Bridge to Learn
‘Bridge to Learn is a fun and engaging way for children to play and learn through Storybooks, Toy Kits and Learning Books’. Fee-based.
‘The World’s most advanced early learning system. Developed by teachers and educators, for teachers and educators. Start your CELS journey with a free My CELS account’.
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Enlighten Press. Big Books
‘For the early years framework Australia. Click each image to zoom in and see sample pages’.
- 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.
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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.
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Kidz Book Hub
‘Publishes well know author educators and aims to provide high quality literacy learning materials for teachers, parents and students at the early childhood level and at the beginning reading level in primary schools’. Free trial, then requires subscription to continue access.
- 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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Resources for Early Childhood
‘Resources includes videos and printable documents that provide information about the strong links between the AEDC, the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework as well as examples of how early childhood providers have used the dat’.
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Resources for Educators and Families
Kidsmatter.edu.au. ‘A wide range evidence-based resources to assist early childhood educators, families, community members and professionals’, with an emphasis on mental health.
- The Spoke
‘Early Childhood Australia’s Blog. A voice for young children’.
- Top Teacher
‘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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10 of the Very Best Online Resources for Early Childhood Teachers
‘Here are the top 10 early childhood websites that I absolutely relied on when I was teaching Pre-K’. USA.
- Ten Great Science Books
Smithsonian. ‘From dinosaurs at the Smithsonian to a walk around a pond, here are some of our favourites’. USA.
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 Early Childhood Teachers. Sections for Preschool, Kindergarten and Years 1 and 2. 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.
- Can I Eat Plants ? A Simple Guide To Understand Every Day Plant
‘A short picture book series, designed to educate children & young adults, more about the plants we eat everyday. It teaches them in an engaging way, the importance of eating different plant food on a daily basis’. Related material, including an app about to be released can be found at Looking Glass.
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 Childhood Education Resources
‘What you’ll find is a comprehensive library of websites, blogs, webinars, research and tools. Whether you’re just embarking on an early childhood education career or already work with children, you’ll find plenty of useful information’. USA.
- Early ICT
‘Themed ICT activities and resources to support learning in the Foundation Stage’. UK.
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.
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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.
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Links and Resources
Early Childhood Today, Scholastic. ‘A list of early childhood resources and links for early childhood professionals’. USA.
- Magnetic Letters
‘Click or type a letter, then make a word ! Drag the letters to the edge to remove them’. UK.
- Mostly Mommies
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.
Developmentally appropriate activities and practices for children from birth to Year 3. USA.
- Pauly’s Playhouse
Games, activities, cartoons, more, geared to the young. Activities include colouring, more complex actions. Much is Flash based.
‘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 Activity 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. 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.
- Sight Words : Teach Your Child to Read
‘A comprehensive curriculum for phonemic awareness instruction. It is intended for parents to use with one child in the home as well as for preschool teachers to use in the classroom’. Includes curriculum, lessons, printable material and teaching tips. USA.
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Stories to Grow By
Free and fee-based materials, extends beyond this level. Free teacher material. USA.
- Technology in the Early Years
“Look at our gallery for ideas of how to embed uses of technology that support children’s learning, imagination, creativity and collaboration”. Sections for Planning and Resources. UK.
- 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.
- Tools for Early Childhood Teachers
‘A list of free online resources to help keep your teaching tools sharp and up-to-date’.
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‘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.
- Early Learning Online
Rhymes, printables, activities. Designed for the United Kingdom curriculum. ‘Previously known as the Under 5’s’. 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.