Getting any free stuff for kids is a blessing for parents. Kids are expensive!
Not to mention, keeping kids entertained can be tough sometimes and it seems like they grow out of stuff so quickly, right?
You can find:
- Coloring pages
- Days out
- And much, much more!
And, it’s all totally free!
In today’s post, I’ll be covering 50 free things for kids that you can get in the mail or online.
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To make things easier for you and to save time (who doesn’t want to save time, right?), we’ve categorized these freebies. So whether you are looking for books in the mail, free printable bookmarks, or free things for kids to do, you can easily find the freebie that you want.
What will I learn?
Free Books in the Mail for Kids
Okay, the first thing that I want to cover is free books. Kids love stories and encouraging literacy and a love of reading early on is so important.
Luckily, there are a lot of places where kids can get free kid’s books in the mail.
Here are some places that offer free books for kids.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a wonderful organization that mails out free books to kids. Through the program, kids can have books mailed to them from birth until they begin school. The program is only available in participating areas so do check the website (linked above) to see if you can get books from the program in your area.
If your child is blind, then you could get free books from the Braille Books program from American Action Fund. The program provides blind children with a free Braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series. The program has delivered more than 318 titles from popular children’s reading series’ to thousands of blind children since 1997.
If you don’t mind leaving a review, you could get your kids free books in exchange for reviews from Fresh Fiction. The website features a huge range of books for all ages that you can review. This includes books for children. You can get both hard copies and digital copies of books. Just create a review, and it will be posted on the Fresh Fiction website.
LibraryThing gives away free books and offers books in exchange for reviews. There are books on offer for all ages, with review copies of children’s books often listed.
To get more details, just visit the website linked above, and scroll down the page until you get to the box that says, “Free Books.”
If you are looking to get some free children’s books, then check out PaperBackSwap. This website is an online book swapping community where you can trade the books you don’t want, for ones that you do want.
Basically, you list a book that you want to swap with other members. Then, if your book is requested, you mail it to the person who requested it. Then, in return, you can choose a book from the 1.7 million books available on the platform. Sure, you have to pay to ship the book that you send out, but the postage for the books you receive is already paid. You can keep the book you get or swap it again for another title.
It’s a great way to refresh your child’s library. There are lots of children’s books available in a variety of genres on the site, and both paperbacks and hardbacks are on offer.
Free Bookmarks for Kids
Kids can keep track of where they’re up to in their latest read with a free bookmark. Yes, you can get bookmarks for kids at no cost! Most of them are found online, so you will just need to print them out, but there are a few places that mail out free bookmarks to kids.
Here are some awesome free bookmarks for kids:
6. Disney Bookmarks
Disney Family used to offer free bookmarks featuring some of their most beloved cartoon characters. These feature characters like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Unfortunately, they seem to have discontinued it. But if you like to DIY, Marcie & the Mouse has a great DIY tutorial for creating your own free Disney bookmarks. Plus you can make it even more fun by having your kids helping you create the bookmarks.
Kids of all ages like Harry Potter, which is why these Harry Potter themed bookmarks are so awesome. They feature quotes from the books and adorable designs!
Subscribe to its email list and Skyenimals will send you a free animal bookmark set in the mail!
These bookmarks from Tales of a Ranting Ginger feature super cute robot and rocket ship designs.
Free Stuff for Kids to Do
If you’re looking for some fun free things to do that you and your kids can really enjoy, then this is the section for you. Below, I’ve listed some free fun things that are great for kids, and many are awesome for the whole family!
Many national parks actually offer free entrance days. Click the link in the section heading above to learn more!
11. Free Museum Visits
Lots of museums provide free admission either on certain days or all the time.
Whether it’s art or history, kids can enjoy learning about lots of different subjects at museums. Thankfully, there are also a lot of free museums near you.
Kids can get free DIY workshops from Home Depot. These are free live-streaming and digital workshops where the store’s expert associates can help you to take on projects, learn how your home works, and more. You can sign up online on the website linked above.
With Kids Bowl Free, you can sign your children up for 2 free games of bowling each day during the summer!
Free Coloring Books & Pages for Kids
Kids love coloring books, so why not get them some for free? You can find free coloring pages for kids as well as coloring books. Some are available online so you will have to print them out. But, you can also get a free coloring book in the mail.
Here are some awesome coloring books and coloring pages that you can get at no cost!
Since most children love Disney movies, this coloring page that features Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is sure to be a hit!
The U.S. Fire Administration is offering a fire safety coloring and activities booklet for children who are 3 to 5 years old. You can order a copy online and have it mailed to you for free. Or you can read it online and download it and print it out instead.
You can get a free Bee A Scientist Coloring Book from the Natural Inquirer. It provides an English version and a Spanish version. The coloring book offers a basic introduction to different types of scientists.
Free Educational Apps for Kids
Educational apps can help teach kids about everything from math to the alphabet. In this section, I’ll be covering some great learning apps for kids that are totally free!
17. Khan Academy
Offering 1,000s of educational books, activities, songs and games for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners, The Khan Academy is a great app for kids. This award-winning app features a cast of cute characters that guide children through lessons. Children can learn about a variety of subjects like math and reading.
Here’s where you can get the app:
18. Coolmath Games
On Coolmath Games, you can find a range of math, logic, thinking, and strategy games. And, there are new mini games added every week!
Here’s where you can get the app:
19. PBS KIDS Games
PBS KIDS Games is a really popular learning app for children that offers 100s of free educational games. This includes things like art games and math games. There are more than 200 curriculum-based games available for children aged 3 to 8 years old that are totally free!
Here’s where you can get the app:
Coding is a useful skill to have nowadays, which is why ScratchJr is such an interesting app. It’s an app that teaches kids how to code. It’s an introductory programming language that enables children aged 5 and older to create their own interactive stories and games.
Children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, dance, jump, and sing. And, children can even modify characters, add sounds and voices and then use programming blocks to bring their characters to life.
You can consider making a donation to the Scratch Foundation if you want to, but the app is totally free to use.
Here’s where you can get the app:
Epic is a cool educational app that helps to improve children’s reading confidence. Using the app, which is designed for kids aged 12 and under, children can get access to a library of 1,000s of books, audiobooks, and learning videos. There’s a free version of the app and a paid version.
Here’s where you can get the app:
22. Piano Kids
For building musical skills Piano Kids is a great app. The app allows children to learn to play musical instruments, explore different sounds, and just develop their overall music skills. Kids can create melodies, learn to count, learn the alphabet, solve puzzles, learn to paint, learn to draw, and more with the app as well.
Here’s where you can get the app:
- Download Piano Kids for Android devices here.
Free Printable Games for Kids
Okay, so if you want your kids to spend less time looking at screens, then consider printable games. You simply print them out and your kids can enjoy playing them – all with good old-fashioned pen and paper!
In this section, I’ve listed some cool printable games for kids that they are sure to love!
Mr. Printables offers some really cute word search puzzles that are great for children. They feature lots of different topics from farms to the sea. The best part is that they are so decorative and colorful, so they are sure to be a hit with children.
Puzzles-To-Print.com features some awesome sudoku puzzles for kids that you can print out for free. The puzzles are available as PDF files, and each file comes with a second page that includes the answers, which is always handy, right?
Make sure that you click on the “Easy Sudoku Puzzles” link on the page above to find puzzles that are great for kids because the site does also feature printable sudoku puzzles for adults.
Get cool printable word search puzzles for kids from Free-For-Kids.com. There are puzzles available on a variety of topics, such as Road Dahl, Star Wars, and the weather.
Free eBooks for Kids
Aside from books in the mail, there are also a TON of free eBooks that you can get for your kids or toddlers. In this section, I’ll cover some awesome websites for finding free eBooks for children.
Amazon is an excellent website for finding children’s books. These can be read on any device with a Kindle Cloud Reader installed, like tablets, desktop computers, and phones.
This is because there are many Kindle books on offer for free! Handily enough, Amazon splits its Bestsellers list into two sections: Top 100 Paid and Top 100 Free.
Click on the Top 100 Free section (or just follow the link in the section heading above!) and you can view tons of the site’s bestselling free kid’s books.
For free kid’s books, Goodreads is a great website. You can find a list of free eBooks for children aged 7 to 12 years old. This includes well-known titles, like Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Overall, it’s a great place to find quality books for children!
FreeChildrenStores.com has lots of kids’ stories for a variety of age groups from 3 to 5 to 8 to 10. The best part is that these stores are illustrated too, which kids always love!
FreeKidsBooks.org provides a selection of children’s books that you can download for free. You can get PDF versions of books or read titles online too. The site offers books for a range of age groups from toddlers to young adults.
30. Magic Keys
At Magic Keys, you can find illustrated children’s stories for kids of all ages.
NetGalley allows authors to give their readers prerelease copies of their books. So, you could get free digital children’s books from the site. You can find a variety of books for kids on offer in the Children’s Fiction and Children’s Non Fiction section.
In return for this free book, you will need to provide a review.
Read.gov is a government website from the Library of Congress that aims to promote literature and reading. The website offers lots of classic children’s books that they can read for free.
You can read titles like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Cinderella.
Project Gutenberg is an awesome website for free books offering more than 60,000 eBooks! There are tons of books for kids available on there that they can read for free! This includes well-known titles like the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.
The Rosetta Project is a large collection of illustrated antique children’s books online. There are books available for all readings levels that can be read online for free.
International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Microsoft Corporation, and Adobe Systems Incorporated.
The ICDL aims to create a library of children’s books from all over the world. Although it doesn’t have as many books in as many languages as it used to, it still offers more than 4,000 titles that can be read online for free.
36. Kids World Fun
Kids World Fun provides a selection of animated children’s books that can be read for free. And, you can either read them online, or you can downland books so that your child can read them whenever they want.
Free Worksheets for Kids
Worksheets are fun and educational, making them great for kids during school breaks, the weekend, or whenever you want to keep them entertained!
Here are some awesome free worksheets. All you need to do is print them out!
For rainy days, weekends, and school breaks, this elephant connect the dots worksheet is great and it’s free too!
This color by numbers castle worksheet is sure to keep kids entertained.
If you’re looking to help your kids to learn math, then this handy first-grade math worksheet is ideal. With it, your child can practice finding numbers that are one more and one less than the number featured on each piece of candy, up to the number 20.
Kids are sure to love these really cute Star-Wars themed bookmarks from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
Free Games for Kids
Sometimes it can be tough to keep kids entertained! Especially during school breaks. That’s why the sites below are so great. They offer free online games! This includes board games, arcade games, and more.
Here are some great gaming sites for kids:
There are more than 1,700 board games that kids can play for free at Tabletopia. It’s an awesome site for older kids in particular.
43. Board Game Arena
Again, for older kids, Board Game Arena is a great site. It allows you to play thousands of board games from your browser for free! You can play with friends or players from around the world.
Cartoon Network Games is a great site for kids of all ages offering a variety of games like sports, action, arcade, and adventure games for kids.
Arkadium offers lots of games for older kids like solitaire and crossword puzzles and they are all totally free.
Other Free Things Kids Can Get in the Mail
In this section, I have even more freebies for kids!
Kids can get an autographed picture of an astronaut from NASA. Just write or fax your request. You can get the address on the page linked in the section heading.
Kids can pledge to be one of the National Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Heroes and get free seeds! You can plant these seeds and help butterflies to thrive. You can also get tips for gardening on your windowsill, porch, patio, or back yard.
Kids can get a free copy of LEGO Life Magazine. The magazine is for kids aged 5 to 9 years old and it includes comics, activities, posters, and lots of other engaging content. You can have the magazine delivered to your home 4 times a year.
49. Free maps in the mail
Kids can get free maps sent to them in the mail. And we have a post all about it! Check out 38 Places to Get Free Maps by Mail to learn more! Maps are great for older kids especially!
Kids can get free stamps in the mail from the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors (ISWSC). And, you do not need to be an ISWSC member to take advantage of the offer either.
Free Activity Books for Kids
There are actually a lot of free printable activity books or activity packs online, but not all are create equal. I found on that I think covers everything a kid needs in an activity book – learning while having fun coloring, crafting and creating!
We all know Penguin Books, one of the giants in the book publishing industry. They offer free printable Puffin activity packs for 3 different age groups which includes:
- 0 to 5 Year-olds
- 6 to 9 Year-olds
- 9 to 12 Year-olds
You just pick the age group your kid or toddler belongs to and download and print the activity book. The free activity pack lets them “colour, craft and get creative with stories – they’re packed with oodles of fun!”
Enjoy these Freebies!
The internet has become a great source for finding all kinds of free stuff for people in different age groups. From totally free baby stuff and freebies for expecting moms to free stuff for teenagers, adults and seniors, all it takes is a little time to find them.
But you don’t even need to spend any time. We have done the work for you. So bookmark this page and refer back to it whenever you need something particular for your kids but don’t want to pay for it.
There’s something to suit every kid’s taste and interest, everything from games to museum visits!
Do you have any tips on where to find free stuff for kids? Let us know in the comments section below.