Finding engaging content online is not always easy. Here are some of the best sites you can feel good knowing your kids are using them.
ABCmouse.com is an early learning program that’s great for supplementing children’s accredited schooling. It’s designed for children ages 2-8 and covers topics such as: Language development (vocabulary, listening skills, grammar), Reading (the alphabet, phonics, sight words, comprehension, genres, reading strategies), Math (numbers and operations, shapes, measurement, patterns), Science and Technology (weather, plants and animals, matter and energy, space science, inventions), Social Studies: (families and communities, geography and maps, U.S. history, states, famous Americans), Health: (the human body, habits for health and safety, health care), and more. Children learn on ABCmouse through songs, games, activities and other fun types of media that keeps them engaged. ABCmouse.com is subscription based, but you can take advantage of their one month free trial.
Club Penguin is a multiplayer online game where kids can play a variety of games and activities with their cartoon penguin avatar. Kids also chat with friends, create an avatar that expresses their style and collect items. Parents should be aware that this site has a chat feature; however, they are only able to use pre-approved words and phrases to create their texts. This is a great way to introduce kids to the world of online chatting in a safe environment.
This is a great site for preschoolers getting ready for kindergarten. This site features thousands of videos, games and books with popular kid’s characters like Curious George and Arthur. You can access Curious World on Apple devices right now and access a limited range of games, books and videos for free. A subscription is available, and with it you can access the rest of their collection as well as the ability to personalize and track Curious World for up to four children through the Parent Dashboard.
If your child can’t get enough of bed time stories, you need to check out this app. FarFaria offers unlimited kids stories that you can access via subscription. They have stories every kid can enjoy, from classic fairy tales to thrilling mysteries.
Kids who are interested in animals can watch videos, play games and learn all about animals as well as the environment on this kid friendly site of 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.”
Nick as in Nickelodeon. Nickjr.com is a fun, overly bright and shiny website that captivate little ones attention. There are plenty of games with all of their favorite characters. Most of the games even have actual educational value. Kids can go online and watch episodes of Nickelodeon shows, practice math skills and get free printable content. The website is also accessible via phones and tablets.
Finding recipes that are tasty but also easy enough for children to make is no easy task. Spatulatta features hundreds of recipes from appetizers to desserts that teach kids a skill they will need their entire life. Directions are directed to kids so they are easy to understand.
The same PBS you watched on TV growing up is just as fun and educational online. Kids can learn and play with their favorite characters like Elmo or Big Bird. This site also offers a library of printable content so your little one can engage unplugged. Games on PBS can even be sorted by character or difficulty level.