Limiting the time your kids spend on the computer can be a daunting task. But there are plenty of fun, educational sites your kids will love that make learning a blast and time spent plugged in healthier.
Animals abound. Travel to faraway countries at National Geographic for Kids to discover all kinds of critters and cool places. In addition to freaky creatures, there are fun things you can make as well as photo tips with (Editor) Hilary. You’ll also discover lots of other weird stuff! kids. nationalgeographic.com
Space is a blast. At NASA’s StarChild, there’s plenty to discover. Do fun activities, learn the orbit each planet belongs to, and match planets to their descriptions. You can even calculate your own weight and age on each planet. For teens, click on a link to NASA’s teen site and explore web pages to solve problems. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
Pop, dong, kerplunk. This site will keep you busy for hours. BrainPOP is a fun site dedicated to health, science, and technology. Thrill at the awesome background sounds, and find experiments, activities, cartoons, quizzes, and animated movies. brainpop.com
Basics and beyond. Funbrain offers all levels of educational games in every subject. Play Grammar Gorillas, connect the dots by ones, fives, and even backward, or take the Brain Bowl quiz. There are even parent-kid challenges and parent quizzes. Click ‘search for games’ and discover many more awesome activities! funbrain.com
Make me a genius. Exercise the left side of your brain with this fun science and math site loaded with fun games, quizzes, jokes, and videos. starfall.com
Forest fire facts. Visit Smokey Bear and get the Bear Facts, learn fire safety, and help Smokey in one of several interactive games. smokeybear.com
Coding fun. Kids can learn computer science by creating online projects. These free courses are really more like free fun. Pre-readers can watch videos and listen to audio recordings as they move through interactive learning segments. The courses progress according to age, all the way through the teen years. code.org/student/elementary
Medicine madness. At PBS’s A Science Odyssey, take an interactive visit to the doctor, play a game show called “That’s My Theory,” read comic stories about scientists, and learn about the discovery of penicillin. pbs.org/wgbh/aso
Math, money, and more. Math has never been so cool! Do brain benders, jigsaw puzzles, and play the lemon-aid stand game to improve your math and money skills. coolmath4kids.com
Online adventures. Take a journey to the greatest places! Visit the Amazon, Tibet, Greenland, and other fascinating countries. Learn neat facts, watch videos, send postcards, play games, and find great activities to do at home. greatestplaces.org
Kimberly is a freelance parenting and lifestyle writer. She’s also founder and director of KB Creative Digital Services, an internet marketing agency. For more information, visit kbcreativedigital.com.
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