So, got a bunch of bored kids running around driving you crazy? The holidays getting a little long? Or maybe the weather just means that the kids are stuck inside looking for something to do…
Luckily, allowing your child to spend some time online doesn’t have to be a parenting ‘cop-out’… With all the great new apps and websites out there, time spent online can actually be both educational and entertaining! A while back I wrote a little on the benefits of technology in respect to a child’s development and in case you missed it, here it is again. Just click on the link below.
This year I wanted to be prepared, so I spent some time looking around online and I have managed to find some great sites for you to check out.
1. Design Squad Nation
Try it for yourself here. (pbs.com)
2. The Carnegie Cyber academy
A great site to help your kids learn about safety online. There are fun activities as well as a tips for finding the right resources online for school projects or homework assignments.
Check it out at carnigiecyberacademy.com .
3. Crayola Kids
A place for kids age 5 and up to pass some time, filled with many great activities and plenty of indoor fun!
I can spend hours here 🙂
4. Bubble Gum Interactive
A great virtual world full of fantastic, themed fun, aimed at kids age 6 and up, and super safe too!
Bubbleguminteractive.com is lots of fun.
5. My Pop Studio
A great option for tweens and teens, this site allows your child to develop critical thinking skills with options like ‘magazine studio’,’movie studio’ and ‘music studio’.
Check it out at mypopstudio.com .
6. Hackety Hack
A great site for older kids (11 and up), this is the perfect place for your child to learn about and get to grips with coding.
Here is your ticket to hours of coding fun.
A great, easy-to-use site for creating and sharing videos. Great for kids age 11 and up.
Head on over to aninmoto.com to see for yourself.
8. The Toy Maker
A great place to find printable paper toys (folding toys), bookmarks, cards and so much more. Perfect for kids that love getting crafty!
Get many great printables here (toymaker.com)
9. Yellow Stone National Parks Just for Kids
Sign up to WebRangers (it’s free) in the kids section, and become a virtual explorer! Great for kids aged 6 and up, with great education activities.
Why not check out nps.gov ?
10. Creating Music
A wonderful little site forteaching kids age 6 and up all about music. Create your own pieces or just play around!
Go to creatingmusic.com .
Well I hope you find these sites as helpful as I have! With a little luck, they should manage to keep even the most tech-savvy kids happy, but, if you do decide to add to your child’s educational games collection, Amazon (affiliate link*) does have some great deals. Take a look…
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