A List of Kid-Friendly Websites
School is almost out, and that means I'm eagerly in search of resources to keep my kids' brains fresh and stimulated. And also to keep them from destroying my house.
Of course, these days nearly every product marketed for children offers a site full of games. Some of the especially impressive ones include:
With the gracious help of the web-savvy moms at my own blog, I've been compiling a really fun list of kid-friendly sites. There's something for nearly every age here! Here they are, in positively no particular order:
Cool Math 4 Kids
WolfQuest Role-play the life of a wolf in Yellowstone Park.
A Plus Math
Alice.org This site helps teach kids computer programming.
Starfall This is my own preschooler's favorite.
Uptoten This is a bilingual site, available in both English and French. (It's free, but for a fee you can access additional features.)
Crayola Digi-Color Tool Saves paper (and crayon marks on the wall!)
Seussville Dr. Seuss. Enough said.
Big Idea Fun
KneeBouncers A great site for the youngest toddlers.
Bembo's Zoo Gorgeous alphabet graphics!
Lil' Fingers Storybook
The Little Animals Activity Center Sponsored by the BBC.
Discovery Kids The children's site by the Discovery Channel.
PestWorld For Kids This may make the moms cringe, but the kids will love it.
NASA Kids' Club
Mars Exploration Another fun NASA site.
National Geographic Kids
EdHelper An especially great resource for teachers and homeschoolers.
Arcademic Skills Builders
Internet4Classrooms Especially for teachers, and it's full of additonal helpful links.
Math Playground For older kids.
Syvum Available in several languages.
Storyline Online Sponsored by the Screen Actors' Guild, it's full of streaming video.
Story Nory Free and downloadable kids' stories.
Project Gutenburg Children's Bookshelf
NGA Kids By the National Gallery of Art.
Peep and the Big Wide World
Orisinal With gorgeous graphics, these games are designed for older children.
Scholastic's Summer Reading Buzz
Moshi Monsters Similar in concept to Webkinz or Club Penguin, but there is no fee (or product purchase required.)
Seterra A really challenging set of geography games.
Creative Park By Canon printers.
Jan Brett This is an artist who offers some impressive (and beautiful) activities on her site.
Spatulatta A site by and for kids who love to cook.
Literacy Center Another multi-lingual site.
BookAdventure By Sylvan Learning Centers, this site is for kids through 8th grade.
Word Central Excellent word games by Merriam-Webster.
Steve Spangler Science
Dance Mat Typing By the BBC, this is a great tool for teaching kids to type.
Mexico for Kids
Other bloggers writing about on-line resources for kids include:
SportsMama (Reading and Math For Kids)
Woody's Arcade (a mom set this blog up for her child, specifically to direct him to his favorite sites. What an amazing idea!)
Shamus Young (Same thing. Parents who set up sites just for their own kids. Brilliant.)
Shannon Lowe is a BlogHer contributing editor (Mommy/Family), and she also blogs at Rocks In My Dryer.
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