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Fun and Educational Websites for Kids

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With the Internet consuming so much of our lives these days, it’s important to be safe with what our children view online. While we used to be concerned about television programming, today’s parents are acutely aware of how easy it is for children to wander to an inappropriate website, download something expensive or containing adult content on a smart phone and more. Fortunately, there are many websites that are not only safe for kids, but are both fun and educational at the same time.

When your children want to play on the computer, there are obviously the “big names” when it comes to Internet fun. All of their favorites are represented online – Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS, etc. All of these children’s programming gurus have both elementary aged and preschool aged divisions to their websites, making it accessible, fun and educational for children. However there are many smaller sites out there that may teach your children even more while engaging their imaginations in new ways.

Wonderopolis

The tag line on the Wonderopolis website is “Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease,” and this is the perfect way to describe this educational site filled with animal and nature facts kids will love. Check out their daily “Wonder of the Day” fact filled with photos, information and a chance to test your own knowledge of the daily subject. Think of this website as a flashy encyclopedia where kids can explore the world around them without ever having to leave the house.

Fun Brain

Fun Brain is a simple website that is welcoming to children of all ages. Featuring arcade-style games, kids can read stories, hone their math skills or play games that are just plain fun and silly. The reading center is one of their focal points, featuring web versions of many popular kids books. The math section is also strong, featuring games and activities categorized by grade (K-8th).

Whyville

Initially, Whyville was coined by the media as a Facebook for tweens. While this is somewhat true, it has grown to be so much more with over 100 games and activities for kids aged 8-13 to enjoy. Interact and socialize with other tweens, or involve parents and teachers on this website. This is a great way to engage your tween in a game of checkers or something more academic – a great excuse to bond with a child who may be growing distant as adolescence approaches. You must register to use the content on this site, but an account is free and Whyville is a great introductory site to the world of social media.

National Geographic Kids & Little Kids

Parents will likely remember those familiar yellow-rimmed magazines filled to the brim with educational articles about the world around us. Now kids can dive into their online version with a lot less brain power. National Geographic Kids focuses on easier to digest concepts, a whole lot of animal facts and more. Young children (aged 3-6) will enjoy National Geographic Little Kids – an even more simplified yet still interactive version.

These are just a few of the great educational websites geared toward children. It is important with any children’s website that you or another adult remain present with the child at all times. The Internet is a new terrain for children and it’s easy for little fingers to wander to a non-child friendly site. It’s also a great experience for the child when mom or dad stays engaged and plays right along with them while they learn new things online.

What are some of your favorite sites for kids?

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