Interactive Sites for Parents and Kids
The following sites all allow for fun and games, exploring and learning without leaving your browser. All are great sites for families to explore together.
At Whyville, sponsored by the Getty Foundation, visitors can search the world for art treasures, develop a cure for WhyPox, or rescue and retrieve aliens from earth. Take a look!
Cool Math For Kids has games, puzzles, and teasers for families.
The Exploratorium museum, one of the first to mount online exhibits, has created an area for parents and kids to learn together.
Blue Coral Learning has created The Reef a library of interactive activities and resources you can access with your web browser. Check out Magellan's Voyage, take a tour of the Solar System or pose & draw dinosaurs. Interactive resources for toddlers to High School.
Chateau Meddybemps has collected learning activities for preschool and primary elarners in addition to guides for parents about child development. Youngsters can practice alphabet skills and print their own drawings.
PBS has a wide variety of games from simple to very challenging.
SesameStreet complements the educational television program with followup activities for young kids and advice on both learning and social topics for parents.
Wonderville, developed by the Science Alberta Foundation, projects its own cast of cartoon characters to help with home-grown science activities. Use the "Free Access" link to access resources; the site does require you to register.
Not all parents have English as their first language.
Here's a site from PBS that kids in Spanish peaking households can enjoy with their family.
The major advantage of sites, such as these, is that families can enjoy online activities together which, as educators, we know is important for children of all ages really.