The Internet is a vast resource of tools, activities, and games for children to explore. Here are sites that I have recently found that will catch a child’s interest along with providing a learning opportunity.
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future
Building Blocks has a wide variety of children’s games on their website. I was really impressed with the quality and variety of the games. This site includes learning games that focus on music, weather, memorization, feelings, and matching. This site also has free books, stories about the characters, and sing-along songs. This site is geared toward pre-school and lower elementary aged children.
Discovery Kids – Yucky
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet, hosted by Discovery Kids, is a very catchy website that boys will definitely love. Wendell, a worm reporter, is your guide through the Yucky site. Kids can learn about roaches, worms, cool and gross things about the body, science experiments for home, and playing science-based online games. Children can also ask Wendell a question, and their answers will be posted to his site with answers. Reading through the questions is also a fun and gross time too!
Wonderopolis is a website where children can learn about a curious wonder of a world. Each day a new wonder is posted including a video and an article. There is then an interactive portion to learn more about the wonder as well, referred to as the “Try This” section. Another section includes “Wonder words to know and use” which pulls out the vocabulary words that children should try and use throughout the day. Children can also rate the Wonder of the Day and post and share responses and options about the article and wonder. This would be a great activity to do at home as a family after a school day or on the weekend.
Learning Games for Kids
Learning Games for Kids is a website with educational games. There are games for a wide variety of subject areas can help to build upon topics and knowledge that is learned in school. Children can search by topic. The games included vary from scrambles, videos, matching, jigsaws, word finds, and spelling activities. The activities would be great for younger children, but beware that this site does have advertisements.
The Internet is a great resource for fun, learning, and interactive games that parents can access and help children learn at home.
Article By Laura Ketcham-VanHellemont
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