Web Picks for Kids
Ages 6 and up.
Math vs. Zombies – Kids can practice math skills from basic operations through multi-digit multiplication and division in a series of entertaining worlds while being challenged by approaching zombie cartoon characters. The difficulty levels make this game appealing to kids from first grade through sixth, The app is accessible by nonreaders and intuitive to play.
Swift Playgrounds -This ipad only app teaches kids ages 9+ to code using the programming language of Swift. The puzzles and challenges are a fun way for kids to learn key computational thinking skills while also developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
Rory’s Story Cubes Ages 7 and Up. Rory’s Story Cubes is the app version of an award-winning dice game that encourages storytelling and creativity. Shake the device to roll nine dice. Each die has a simple picture on it, and players use the images to create stories. Stories can be created individually or as a group. This is a great app to be used at bedtime, in the car or anytime kids want to get creative!
Animatch: Animal Pairs and Sounds Matching Game Mentioned in The NY Times as a ‘Great game to bring along with traveling kids’, this game uses such adorable animal graphics and sounds that children won’t even notice that they are developing concentration, memory, and cognitive skills, as well as learning what sounds different animals make. For ages 3 and up. (Please note there may be a charge for this app)
Toontastic – Ages 7 and up This app provides an easy way for kids create their own animated films, while teaching them the fundamentals of storytelling. Kids choose the characters and setting for each scene, then just move the pieces around like they were playing with action figures, providing their own dialogue and music as the iPad records it all. Kids can share their stories with the Toontastic community and even enter them into contests. Cost varies with device.
Flow Free Flow Free is an ultra-absorbing, color-based puzzle game that’s simple enough for young kids and challenging enough to keep teens and adults playing through the hundreds of levels. Flow Free is simple fun that requires increasingly complex thinking skills.
Block Builder 3D Free
Block Builder lets kids have the joy of building and then destroying structures made from blocks — without causing a mess in your house! Block Builder 3D is freeform play, so there are no points or levels to complete — just your child’s imagination.
Sushi Monster This Math-themed app provides a fun environment for children to practice their addition and multiplication skills. Kids can ‘feed’ their Sushi Monster by correctly choosing the correct answer to the problem presented, and when the monster has been fully fed, they move on to feeding a new (more challenging) monster. For ages 4 and up.
Art of Glow A free art creation app, which is a 21st century version of a LITE-BRITE toy but with animation. Kids ages 6 and up can choose their settings for color, shape, speed, and more and then begin to finger paint endless combinations of moving, twinkling, fading art forms. Promotes creativity, science and technological skills.
NASA App Kids can learn all about astronomy from this app. They can learn facts about planets and NASA’s space programs, see NASA’s photos and videos, and even keep up to date on NASA’s tweets, launch schedule, and features in the news. The app is designed for kids ages 7 and up.
biblionasium.com-This is a reading-based social networking site and so much more. Safety measures will reassure parents wary of social networking and reading challenges create a sense of healthy competition, whether kids are competing against themselves or a friend. Parents can sign up themselves as well, and learn a great deal about reading levels, popular books and participate in family reading challenges with their child. The site instills the sense that reading for pleasure is a great, fun activity.
Book Adventure– This website provides students with a list of books to read based on criteria the student
ReadKiddoRead – Created by best selling author James Patterson, this website helps students and parents
select great books for a specific age range.
KidsReads – Known as the ‘Book Report Network, this website provides summaries and reviews of popular
children’s books, a list of children’s authors, contests, newsletters and a variety of other features to help
get kids motivated to read!
Startwithabook.org is a website for parents and teachers who are looking for book suggestions, reading activities, and practical tips for teaching kids to read and to love reading.
Kid friendly Search Engines
KidsClick – This search engine is specifically designed with kids in mind, and lets them search by keyword,
alphabetically, by subject and even by Dewey Decimal System number!
KidRex – Operated by Google, this search engine seeks to provide safe internet searching for kids.
Fun and Games
freerice.com -This is a children’s vocabulary website that tests children’s vocabulary skills while donating 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program to end hunger for every correct answer the child gives. The site also presents issues that might be raised about hunger, about the nature of learning, and why the site even exists. For ages 7 through high school.
Fun Brain – Interactive educational games addressing all curricular areas categorized by age from age 6 and up.
PBSKids.org – Funded by the US Dept of Education, PBS Kids helps children ages 2-8 develop critical thinking skills through fun and engaging games, videos and activities.
TheKidzpage.com offers free kids games, puzzles, activities, coloring pages, clipart and more for the whole family.
If you love Math and Science
Howtosmile.org – is an online collection of math and science activities run by UC Berkeley’s Hall of Science and professional advisors around the world.
Wonderopolis.org – Designed for elementary age students and up, the site enables kids to find answers to questions they have been wondering about. Kids will discover information along with some thought-provoking ideas and activities for further exploration. Whatever you are wondering about, look no farther.
What’s going on in the world?
Tweentribune.com -Tween friendly news site with everything from serious news to fashion and entertainment.
An interactive game that tests kids’ knowledge about ways to stay safe online.
A website devoted to how to help kids and teens make smart choices when using mobile devices, the internet or social media.