Field trips are one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. Teaching my children at home allows us to plan our own trips to fun and educational venues on our own time and suited to our own tastes. We can also work around our finances and schedule.
Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, hitting the road to a new place just isn’t possible. That’s when it might be a good time to try out a virtual field trip! I didn’t even know this was a possibility until about a year or so ago, but ever since then, I’ve been hunting down some of the best ones for young children.
Here are my top ten choices:
1.) Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Learn how teddy bears are made from the cutting station to the finished, fluffy product at this famous factory and shop!
2.) Jelly Belly Factory
Who doesn’t love jelly beans? Ever wondered how these little yummy candies are made?Have fun watching and reading about how we get the best jelly beans out there!
3.) Mizuno Baseball Glove Factory
Got a baseball fan in your house? Then you simply must check out this photographic tour that showcases how the gloves are manufactured.
4.) Tootsie Roll FactoryHow many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop? The world may never know the answer to that but it CAN see how all the classic Tootsie Rolls products are created!
5.) Laura Ingalls Wilder Tour
If you have a Little House on the Prairie fan, then you have to take some time to check out these videos of the various places that the Ingalls family lived and roamed.
6.) Plimoth Plantation
If you’ve recently studied early American history or the first Thanksgiving, then this tour will be fascinating for your children.
Follow a rover all the way through space to the Red Planet!
8.) How Honey is Made
See how we get the sweet and gooey honey made by our buzzing friends, the bees.
9.) The New York Philharmonic
Learn about instruments used in the orchestra, composers, and more through this trip that also includes a downloadable student packet.
10.) Yellowstone National Park
Discover what makes geysers shoot up in the air and more in this fun interactive trip!
Have you ever taken a virtual field trip before? What was your favorite?