These days, a new generation of computer-literate children is emerging and, while the internet can be a rough sea to sail, it can also be an ideal educational tool when carefully navigated. To help you and your young child along, here are five websites filled with educational games that can be considered kid-tested and mother-approved.
If your preschool-aged child enjoys watching Sesame Street, they will certainly enjoy playing along with their favorite characters on Sesamestreet.org. This website is easy to navigate with lots of educational games of varying skills. Your child can practice learning their letters and counting skills as well as simple coloring activities with Elmo, singing songs with Ernie, and shapes with Big Bird. Parents can even search for games centering on specific skills they would like their child to focus on or just sit back and watch their child explore around. Besides being easy to use, Sesamestreet.org contains only safe content and does not contain any annoying advertising banners children might accidentally click on.
Another TV-based website comparable to Sesamestreet.org with educational games for preschool-aged kids and up is PBSkids.org. From Clifford and Caillou, to Sid the Science Kid and Super Why, each character has a variety of learning games. Curious George helps kids even get up and dance around the computer with his “Monkey Moves” game. It is safe and easy to navigate as well as free of banner ads, too. You can also download many of the games onto your mobile phone for your kids to play when waiting in line at the grocery store.
Fisher-Price isn’t just a brand name for toys. Aside from products and playtime guides for interacting with your child from birth, Fisher-Price.com has bright games geared towards infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The games section is easily searchable for simple games like animal sounds and peek-a-boo, coloring pages without the possible mess on your walls, and memory or opposite games. You can even rate your child’s favorite games with five stars.
Preschool Learning Games for Kids has a variety of bright and colorful games for, of course, preschoolers. If your child loves jig-saw puzzles, this website is an excellent source where you won’t have to worry about losing any pieces down the couch cushions!
Scholastic.com has games based on characters from your child’s favorite books and TV shows – “I Spy” pictures to zoom in on to find objects, science-based games from “The Magic School Bus”, and more. The website is flashy and contains a few “parent” banner ads; therefore, help guide your child along in knowing what things they should and should not be clicking on when playing on Scholastic’s website. To help find age-appropriate content, the “Family Playground” tab is suggested for children ages 3-7, while the “STACKS” tab is geared towards older children ages 8 and up.
So the next time your child wants to play a game on the computer, pick one of these websites for fun as well as educational games to entertain them. There’s something here for everybody!