Top 12 Fun Websites for Kids Ages 3+

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It’s Summer, school’s out, and parents are traveling back and forth with their children to the swimming pools or indulge in outdoor fun. Until that first sunburn hits, or you get a call from the office, and have to check in at work. When we talked to some parents about what they do with kids “inside”, we heard a lot of “Watching movies, playing card-games.” and even “Gosh, we are so overwhelmed, all they want is to watch TV.”

So, why not plug in the computer, access some fun sites, and enter a world where kids can learn and explore (all while they play, and you get some work in, of course)?

Here our top FUN websites for kids to explore — regardless of age, skill level or interest, there’s something for everyone.

By Lisa Wolkoff

THE TRAVELS OF WIGLINGTON AND WENKS VIRTUAL WORLD (Ages 7+) – wiglingtonandwenks.com

A pretty entertaining, educational site, where kids design their own avatars who play games, assist historical characters (from Beethoven to Marco Polo), or explore real and imaginary worlds (the Great Pyramid for example). And the quest, as they say, is history.

Registration required; free, with optional fee-based premium account.

FUNBRAIN (Ages 6+) – funbrain.com

It’s as if this site has a right-brain, left-brain devide. It offers clickable educational games with problem-solving and rudimentary graphics (Grammar Gorillas, for example, is more grammar than gorillas). In other games, math and literacy challenges hide out behind awesome animation and sound effects.

Appealing site; free.

KIDEOS (Ages 3+) – kideos.com

Whatever your kids’ virtual cup of tea–wildlife, vintage cartoons, a diapered Baby grooving to Beyonce–this site’s got it: prescreened videos that are sometimes silly, usually laugh-worthy, and always kid-friendly. Videos are organized by age and category for easy surfing.

Kid-Friendly; free.

NGAKids ART ZONE (Ages 7+) – nga.gov/kids/zone

In more than a dozen witty interactive activities from the National Gallery of Art, Kids use cool tools (think drag-and-drop elements, motion painting) to play with art. Our testers got a kick out of making George Washington dance in his portrait and fashioning online masterpieces.

Here Kids are encouraged to touch Art; free.

THE TOYMAKER (Ages 5+) – thetoymaker.com

At this site, the fun unfolds from the clever designs of artist Marilyn Scott-Waters. Choosing from dozens of patterns, kids can print out and assemble whimsical paper toys and miniatures: fairy furniture, finger puppets, boxes, boats, cars and more. If your kids can cut, fold and glue, then reams of inventive fun are theirs for the printing.

Make something real here; free.

iTWIXIE (Ages 8+) – itwixie.com

This tween-girl social networking site is happily deliberate: crafts and recipes, polls and challenges, and more, all designed to encourage self-expression, health and creativity.

Registration required; free, with optional fee-based premium account. Awesome (and so positive) girl-power message here!

EXPLORATORIUM (Ages 8+) – exploratorium.edu/explore

The famous San Francisco science museum feeds curious minds with wildly original online exhibits designed to engage and educate. Intriguing interactive activities — including a memory lab and the Slice-o-Scope microscopic bread tour — also offer explanatory follow-ups for young answer-seekers.

Awesome real-life learning experience; free.

SHIDONNI (Ages 3+) – shidonni.com

Kids use the computer mouse to sketch a creature on screen. With a click, the creature comes to life and stars in its own virtual habitat, along with other drawn-by-kid elements (food, shelter) and funny sound effects (crunching, snoring). The graphic format is especially nice for prereaders.

Registration required; free, with optional fee-based premium account.

ACTIVITY TV (Ages 6+) – activitytv.com

Kid-friendly how-to videos offer step-by-step instruction in such beloved activities as cartooning, magic, origami, jewelry making, and juggling. Printable materials list and instructions supplement the clear, follow-along episodes, and generally kids can work independently for maximum “I did it myself!” satisfaction.

Learn how to do a coin-trick, or make an origami penguin in minutes. Free.

FIZZY’S LUNCH LAB (Ages 4+) pbskids.org/lunchlab

Way more fun than the food pyramid, this PBS site promotes good nutrition and physical activity through educational games, yummy recipes, dance-along videos, printable place mats, and funny talk show parodies. A spoonful of humor helps the information go down — as do the hip graphics.

Funny pop songs, amusing characters, and innovative features make learning about health fun! Free.

FREE RICE (Ages 8+) – freerice.com

Kids learn while they help fight world hunger. For every right answer, to a multiple-choice question (in vocabulary, math, and other subjects), the site donates ten grains of rice through the United Nations World Food Program.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS (Ages 5+) – kids.nationalgeographic.com

The photo galleries, activities, and games have the excellent educational content and high production values you’d expect from National Geographic, but it’s the unusual science and animal videos that really steal the site.

4 Comments

  1. Lydia says:

    Wow Excellent blog!

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  2. Gordon says:

    I like the info you provide in your articles. I am quite certain I’ll learn plenty of new stuff right here that I can translate into our kitchen at home!

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  3. Fred R says:

    Love your site, very refreshing. Please allow for a plug-in to share your content on FB or Google. Keep up the good work!

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  4. Valene E says:

    Our children are constantly trying to get online. Love the resources you’ve pointed out. We’d love to hear more about apps and blogs that are kid-friendly. Ready for more!

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