A List of Kid-Friendly Websites

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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:

Hot Wheels
Lego

My Little Pony
Playmobil
Thomas the Train

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
Noggin

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.
Primary Games
Rainforest Maths
A Plus Math
Alice.org This site helps teach kids computer programming.
IKnowThat.com
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!)
StoryPlace
Seussville  Dr. Seuss.  Enough said.
Big Idea Fun
KneeBouncers  A great site for the youngest toddlers.
Poptropica
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.
BrainPOP
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
Science Museum
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.
Millsberry
eNature
FunBrain
Peep and the Big Wide World
Poisson Rouge
Orisinal  With gorgeous graphics, these games are designed for older children.
Scholastic's Summer Reading Buzz
Haring Kids
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.
Priory Woods
Literacy Center  Another multi-lingual site.
BookAdventure
  By Sylvan Learning Centers, this site is for kids through 8th grade.
MiniClip
Word Central  Excellent word games by Merriam-Webster.
Shel Silverstein
Steve Spangler Science
Whyville
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.)

Preschool Mama

Shannon Lowe is a BlogHer contributing editor (Mommy/Family), and she also blogs at Rocks In My Dryer.

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