Internet is a great way for children to learn and enjoy learning online. There are zillions of websites and everyday new sites are launching. It maybe difficult to choose the right sites for the kids. Here are my picks:
ClubPenguinis a virtual world where kids wander around with their penguin avatars, play games, interact with other friend penguins. They can chat, send greeting cards, use emotions, attend parties, take part in role-plays, adopt a pet. It's a great place to practice reading and participate in role playing. It's free and there is no third party advertisement.
Shidonni is a site where students can draw their favorite animal with a world to live in it and see the animal spring to life. Kids take care of their animals by feeding, petting or sending them to sleep. The animal eats the food that kids have drawn for it. They can choose if they want their pet to walk or fly, and they can name it. Kids can draw a background and change it whenever they want. They can play games with their virtual animals or send them to their friends to play with their animals. You can watch this introduction video. This site is great for kindergarten students but I’m sure primary kids will love and enjoy this site!!
Nasa Kids' Clubis an interactive site of NASA where kids can play educational games about math, science and technology, learn about space and astronauts. They can also chat with NASA experts .
SFSKids is a site where you can learn about music and instruments, hear, learn and have fun with music.
CBeebies is a BBC website for kids. There are songs, games, art&craft and stories section on the site. Each section has many different and fun activities for kids to play and learn online. The site also has Radio CBeebies where you can listen or watch shows. There is also a section for grown-ups to help teachers and parents to get most out of this site.
InnocentKids is a site where children play games and get prizes every week.
National Geographic Kids (opens in new tab) is a site where you can search on different topics such as animals, maps, geography, history and culture for young learners. It also has a blog section where you can read National Geographic articles for kids by kids. There is also an online homework section where you can find different lesson plans with resources for different levels and subjects. There is also a sister site, National Geographic for LittleKids (opens in new tab)where you can find materials for preschool children.
PBSKidsis a website that is based on favourite TV shows where you can find many activities such as games, songs, stories and colouring pages.
MoshiMonstersis a site where children can adopt their own pet monster, give it a name and design it. Monster can make friends and interact with each other. Children can nurture their pets by solving puzzles and playing games.
Enjoy exploring and playing!
Crossposted on my blog.