by Kimberly Blaker
Freelance Parenting Writer
Pocono Family Magazine, Sept/Oct 2017 (among others)
Limiting the time kids spend on the computer in this digital era is a daunting task. But there are plenty of fun educational websites kids will love that make learning a blast. Share these great sites with your kids.
Fun Educational Websites
At National Geographic for Kids travel to far away states and countries to discover all kinds of critters and cool places. In addition to freaky creatures, there are things you can make and photo tips with Hilary. There’s also lots of other weird stuff.
Space is a Blast
At NASA’s Star Child there’s plenty to discover. Do fun activities, and learn which orbit each planet belongs to, match planets to their descriptions, and even calculate what is your own weight and age on each planet. Teens, also, can click on a link to NASA’s teen site and explore web pages to solve problems.
Pop, Dong, Kerplunk
This site will keep you busy for hours. Brain Pop is a fun site dedicated to health, science, and technology. Thrill at the awesome background sounds, and find experiments, activities, cartoons, quizzes, and animated movies.
Basics & Beyond
FunBrain.com offers all levels educational games in every subject. Play Grammar Gorillas, connect the dots by ones, fives, and even backward, or take the Brain Bowl quiz. There are even parent-kid challenges and parent quizzes. Click ‘search for games’, and discover many more awesome activities.
Make me a Genius
Exercise the left side of your brain with this fun science and math site loaded with fun games, quizzes, jokes, and videos.
Forest Fire Facts
Visit Smokey Bear and get the “Bear Facts, learn fire safety, and help Smokey in one the interactive games.
At DiscoveryKids watch fascinating videos about alien planets, play a selection of games such as Build Your Own Rollercoaster, and explore interesting topics.
Sensational Animal Sounds
Kids Planet by Defenders of the Wild is an animal sound delight. Calls from the wild welcome you while you choose between taking an animal quiz, touring the “Web of Life,” learning how to defend the environment, or playing a game of “Who Am I?”
At PBS’s A Science Odyssey, take an interactive visit to the doctor, play a game show called “That’s My Theory,” read comic stories about scientists, and learn about the discovery of penicillin.
Math, Money, & More
Math has never been so cool as at Coolmath4Kids.com. Do brain benders, jigsaw puzzles, and play the lemon-aid stand game to improve your math and money skills.
Take a journey to The Greatest Places, and visit the Amazon, Tibet, Greenland, and other fascinating countries. Learn neat facts, watch videos, send postcards, play games, and find great activities to do at home.
There’s plenty to learn at The American Presidency—even for parents. Do activities and read fun facts about the campaign trail, life in the White House, and assassinations. Then, take a poll, and share your thoughts.
Kimberly Blaker is a freelance parenting writer for hire. Keep your eyes out for upcoming articles on fun educational websites for kids.