Following are a few links to some exceptional children’s learning sites.
Brainpop – Animated learning site. Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr.(K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, a new, free educational games portal for the classroom.
Crayola – Cool site with tons of great activites for kids, good information for parents. At Crayola, we believe being “responsible” means doing what is right. It is being a good citizen in the communities and countries where we operate and our products are found. It means incorporating social and environmental priorities and practices into our Crayola brand, our products and our relationships with customers, vendors, consumers and employees.
Fun Brain – Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket. Teachers and librarians can confidently encourage students to use Funbrain during their free time in class, assured that kids will enjoy an educational, safe online learning experience. Funbrain’s games help students build on what they have learned in class and acquire new skills in reading, math, and problem solving.
PBS Kids – A simply wonderful site for kids, parents, and teachers. Wildly visual, very entertaining, and with more than enough variety of things to do…and learn. Games, coloring, music, videos, if you can think of it, it’s probably here.
Squidoo – Children learn and truly understand math and mathematical concepts when engaged in hands-on activities and games. By manipulating everyday objects, playing games and finding out ways to solve everyday problems, children gain a true understanding of math and mathematical concepts. Only with this understanding does the meaning of abstract numbers become apparent. You will find dozens of games, ideas and activities for bringing mathematical concepts to life for children of all ages. Bring out the seashells, beans and rulers. Let’s make math become a part of our children’s lives.
Ziggity Zoom – This more for parents looking for creative, hand-son activities. Check out the Top Kids Websites from around the web. These kids’ sites are great and we have something for everything- educational, learning, science, math, art, history, weather, fun, games, shopping, resource sites, and so much more. We add new sites to our Top Kids Websites every week so check back often!
Children Who Can Read, But Don’t – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. We inspire children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice. RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. Yes, it seems incredible for a book to launch a life, but it happens every day as hungry, inquisitive young minds reach out and grab hold of the new people, places, and ideas that books bring them.
Great Books for Kids – Stories have been a staple of culture for centuries, and for good reason. A story is a collective experience, shared between as many people who hear it, and can deliver entertainment as well as a moral message. It can be a fictional tale that challenges the limits of the imagination, or it can detail the adventures of real life. Reading not only enriches creativity, but develops vital language skills and expands vocabulary in addition to providing a fun experience that can be personal or shared within a family. There are books that cater to all ages and tastes waiting to be discovered!
Outdoor Play – Some no-tech games can be done indoors. Some can be done by yourself or with just one friend. But most of them are best when done outside with a group of people. Also, most of these games can be changed or improved by making up your own rules. Use your imagination!