It may still be summer, but fall and school are just around the corner. Here are five kid friendly web sites that are safe to surf and will not only help entertain your kids now, but can help them with homework, math skills, and more during the school year.
1. Fact Monster – www.factmonster.com
This online almanac is designed for elementary age kids. The bright, colorful graphics might just fool your kids into thinking this is just a place for fun and games. Don’t tell your kids, but they might enjoy practicing spelling, math, and thinking skills and find out some cool facts about loads of great stuff too! I’ve even noticed adults in the games section mesmerized by the challenge of the SAME GAME and more.
2. SSE KIDS – www.solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids
Future astronauts or space cadets will love this fun, fact-filled site sponsored by NASA. Recoup some of your tax dollars while the kids find out more about planets, stars, and everything space related. Kids can calculate how much Dad or Mom weigh on Mars or the Moon, get plans to build their own paper space fleet, explore the Mars Fun Zone or just check out the universe outside their hood.
3. Read, Write & Think – www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources
Beat the summer doldrums and find great ideas for fun activities that promote reading and writing. Kids love to get mail, how about creating some cool postcards to send to Grandma. I bet she will write back! This site offers something for everyone K-12 and has great teacher resources too.
4. FEMA Kids – www.fema.gov/kids/
Join Herman the spokescrab for FEMA and learn about how to become a Disaster Action Kid and help prepare your family for emergencies. Curious kids can learn about twisters, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, oil spills and other natural and man-made disasters. This informative site uses stories, games and activities to help kids and families plan ahead for emergencies of all types. FEMA Kids is a fun and informative site that just might inspire you to get your family prepped and ready for just about anything this world can dish out.
The Internet can be a great resource for educational entertainment for kids. Just remember to limit the amount of time kids are sitting in front of the computer screen, and keep your computer in an open area you can easily supervise. Surf safely, learn, and have fun the savvy way!