It’s that time of year — too cold to play outside, too icy to go anywhere, and too long stuck in the house. On such days, Story makes a good argument for playing on the computer. While I allow for some time spent on stupid YouTube videos (you know which ones I’m talking about, moms), I insist that she involve her brain somewhat if she is going to be staring at a screen for a while. Following are our top five favorite educational websites. Check them out. I guarantee you’ll learn something too!
- National Geographic for Kids, https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
I loved looking through my mom’s National Geographic magazines as a kid, and Story seems to be drawn to Nat Geo as well. But of course, she prefers the online version, which allows her to explore animals, geography, culture, and history through games, articles, and those gorgeous pictures Nat Geo is so well known for.
- PBS Kids, http://pbskids.org/
We’ve been using this website for ages, it seems. And yet, Story at eight is still as intrigued by it as Story at four. That’s because the content is ever changing and the games are simply fun. There is also the option of watching favorite episodes of PBS’s great shows.
- Highlights Kids, https://www.highlightskids.com/
Highlights was another favorite magazine when I was a kid. In fact, I dreamed of publishing my first writing piece there. This is Story’s go-to for science and recipes. There are also crafts, jokes, and games (don’t forget the beloved Hidden Pictures!).
- ABCYa!, http://www.abcya.com/
ABCYa! is a great site for kids preK through fifth grade. There is so much stuff on this site that you can find something of interest for everyone. Games, puzzles, and activities are divided into grade levels, and you can find out what standards the activities are related to. There are also now videos on the site, though there aren’t many as of yet.
- BrainPOP, https://www.brainpop.com/
Want to teach your child about women’s history? Yeah, me too. So we head over to the Women’s History section of BrainPOP. This site might not look like as much fun as the others, but once you start exploring, you’ll find all kinds of gems. There is a wealth of information in all school subject matters, even music, and your child can get as creative as she wants.
And don’t forget their apps too!