Have a curious kid on your hands? One way to nurture and foster that curiosity and love of learning is through travel. The culture, the sights, the sounds, all of it encourages a child to expand their horizons and think bigger picture.
Of course, first hand experience is great, but you know what’s just as good? A virtual field trip. As a former educator, one thing I do know is that kids LOVE going on field trips (even if it is from the comforts of their own home).
From zoos to museums, landmarks to famous wonders of the world, your kid can explore the world right from the living room couch!
To expand on the learning potential of these field trips, we’ve also included a few ‘on mission’ activities to get those grey cells working! You can use these as a home school activity or a stand alone educational tool.
Google Earth is also a great tool for kids to use to explore the world around them. In a couple of seconds they can be transported anywhere across the globe, like the Nevada Crop Circles or Australia’s famous Red Rock!
Google’s Art & Culture Program is another fantastic tool for kids to explore. Google’s World Wonders Project offers virtual tours of over 132 famous sites. Everything from museums to world heritage landmarks!
Virtual Field Trips For Kids
Ready to spend a little more time exploring this amazing planet we call home? Let’s jump right in. Here are 30+ virtual field trips kids will love to explore!
Virtual Tours of Wonders around the World
– Great Wall of China, China (This tour even plays local music to add to the atmosphere, so make sure your sound is on!)
Virtual Tours of Ancient Lost Civilisations
Virtual Tours of Natural Wonders
– Amazon Rainforest (Have a Virtual Reality Headset? This tour is made for that, but you can still explore the rainforest without it!)
– Grand Canyon, USA (There is a guided and non-guided, ‘discover by yourself’ option).
– Jokulsarlon Glacier and Ice Lagoon, Iceland (This tour also plays music!)
Virtually Impossible Places to Visit (Off-Limits)
These are probably our favorite list of virtual tours to include. There’s something mysterious and fascinating about taking a peek inside places we shouldn’t be, or have virtually no chance of seeing ourselves!
– Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway (This is a super interactive and fun tour to take! A lady narrates and talks about the vault whilst you ‘walk’ through it. Highly recommend).
Virtual Tours of US Landmarks
– Yosemite National Park (Highly interactive and fun tour to take!)
Virtual Tours of Space
– The Moon
– The Sun
Animal Virtual Tours For Kids
If your child doesn’t like animal captivity or you don’t want to support it, here are a few ideas for watching animals live in the wild.
Virtual Tours of US History
On Mission Virtual Field Trip Learning Activities From Home
Once you’re back from your fascinating tour, why not try…
1. Drawing a picture of your favorite landmark or sight.
2. Coloring in your favorite art piece from a museum. This website lets you download coloring pages from over 100 museums around the world!
3. Creating a fact journal about what you learned during the trip.
4. Creating a quick presentation about the things you learnt and found fascinating.
5. Scouting an encyclopaedia or book to dig even deeper into your chosen location.
6. Finding an online quiz and test your sleuthing skills. See how much you can remember!
7. Cooking a yummy dish from that local region!
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