Internet Games/Sites For Young Kids?
November 16, 2006 9:45 PM   Subscribe

Anyone have any recommendations for good websites/internet games for young kids?

This morning, my son accidentally erased the bookmark where I keep all his websites and games. I was able to find his old standbys without much trouble, but I lost a lot of other sites (including a few in Japanese) that I doubt I'll be able get back again. This thread from last year had a lot of good suggestions, but I'm hoping that there are recent additions Mefite parents can recommend for kids aged 4-7-ish. I'm interested primarily in engaging educational sites (science, music, reading) without too much TV character stuff, but good, simple entertainment games are appreciated too.

To avoid repetition, here's a list of his old faves:
PBS Kids
Orsinal
CBeebies
Sprout
Noggin
Sesame Workshop
Nick Jr
Wumpa's World
Lego Preschool
Learn To Read

Thanks!
posted by maryh to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
www.brainpopjr.com
posted by tremolo1970 at 10:30 PM on November 16, 2006


My 8 year old started playing LEGO's junkbot about three years ago. Frantically. Last week I heard familiar sounds coming out of his room, after a year of abstinence. We both played it way past bed time.
Lots of other really great games on the lego site (and some crappy ones too).
posted by ouke at 3:39 AM on November 17, 2006


My kids have loved http://abc.net.au/children/ since they could hold a mouse.
posted by bystander at 5:16 AM on November 17, 2006


I am not a parent, but recently I had asked my girlfriend to help me with a list of websites that I could use to help a child that I take care of sometimes to become more familiar with the PC, and also to learn basic skills, such as matching patterns, spelling of small words, picture recognition, word/picture matching, puzzles, etc.

The child is 6 years old, and the following list that my girlfriend compiled was very useful. It does rely a lot of TV characters, but I did find very useful games in there. Oh, also one or two of these you might have already.

Hope you find it useful.

http://pbskids.org/
www.nick.com/games/index.jhtml
www.ytv.com/gamepad/play/
http://www.treehousetv.com/
www.cartoonnetwork.com/games/index.html
disney.go.com/playhouse/today/index.html
www.neopets.com
www.4kids.tv/games
www.family.ca/games
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/games
www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet
kidswb.warnerbros.com/web/home/home.jsp
looneytunes.warnerbros.com/web/games/games.jsp
barbie.everythinggirl.com/activities/fun_games
posted by althanis at 6:19 AM on November 17, 2006


National Geographic has everything from MadLibs to online quizzes to virtual pets.
posted by GaelFC at 9:51 AM on November 17, 2006


Thanks for the links, everyone. Tremolo1970, that Brainpop site is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. It's still under construction, but what's up looks really good. And althanis, thanks to you, I've found one of my long lost timewasters- the dreaded Destructo Match. Thanks, i guess.
posted by maryh at 10:25 AM on November 17, 2006 [1 favorite]


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