24 Feb

9 Great Online Sites for Educational Games and Activities

technology and kids

It’s a technology thing.

In order for kids to function in this age of technology, they need to have the skills to compete. That’s okay, though, because the kids of today have a world of technology to explore. Learning to use a computer seems like second nature to children now, and I marvel at how young they can master keyboarding and mousing techniques.

But how do you know what’s a good website for kids?

I’ve done some of the legwork for you. Here is a list of places that I’ve explored and found safe for my kids. Please note: I am not responsible for the content of these sites. Please check them out before you let your little one go at it. Remember that you are the parent, teacher, or caretaker of your child and the ultimate responsibility for what they do online lies with you. With that caveat in mind, here are some links I can recommend. The descriptions are taken from the websites.

Fun Brain

Parents can trust Funbrain to deliver a fun and safe experience for even the youngest children. The Playground helps parents introduce their preschoolers to the Internet and teaches them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard. Selected by FamilyFun magazine in its September 2010 issue as one of the top ten websites for kids, Funbrain is committed to providing a safe gaming environment that bridges learning and entertainment.

Starfall

Starfall.com is a program service of Starfall Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. The website has been a free online resource since 2002, teaching millions of children to read and inspiring a love of learning through exploration. The website is kid-safe. There is no advertising and we do not collect any personal information from children— in fact, we’re one of the safest children’s websites on the internet! Members enjoy mathematics, additional reading activities, and songs.

Kids National Geographic

Nat Geo Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events, and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core.

Seussville

Welcome to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! Here you will find resources to share with your students, news about special events and annual celebrations, and tips on how to incorporate Seuss books into your plans throughout the school year.

ABCya!

ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities.

Highlights Kids

Because children are the world’s most important people™, our company’s mission is to serve children, their families, and others involved in their development. We do this by offering only superior products and services that nourish children’s minds and hearts, by adhering to the highest standards in business methods and practices, and by fostering an environment that strengthens our employees’ desire to give their best efforts every day.

Switcheroo Zoo

This website started as a small project. We were playing around with the idea of making new animals by switching their parts, and the result was Switch Zoo. At first, the zoo had just nine animals, and it was the only attraction on the website. Today, Switch Zoo has 142 species, and the website features additional animal games, music created from animal voices, a reference section about all the animals in Switch Zoo, lesson plans, and poetry, stories and artwork created by students and other visitors.

ABC Mouse

ABCmouse.com offers a glossary with definitions of over five hundred words in child-friendly language, as illustrations and photographs that can help your child get a clear understanding of the meanings of the words.

Get Smart

Links to hundreds of interactive activities for use in your classroom.

Now that you’ve got some places to explore, what will you do with your kids online today?

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