Great Science Games Websites for Kids - Fun and Educational

Science games enable students to learn about many different topics in science while having fun.
Science games enable students to learn about many different topics in science while having fun. | Source

Educational Computer Games

The Internet is a wonderful resource for teachers. It offers activities that are both entertaining and educational for students. Playing online science games can be a great way for students to learn about science and have fun at the same time.

A wide variety of science games are available on the Internet. They cover many different topics and are available for all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Some games are only weakly related to science, however. Others are very educational but can be boring for children. The best games sites get the balance between education and fun just right. Luckily, there are many websites which meet this requirement.

The seven websites that I describe below are the ones that I use most often with my students. Some are best for younger students while others work better for older ones. All of them provide a free and entertaining way for students to learn about science. I also include quotes about educational games and software in this article. I think that these are very applicable to the use of online science games.

Sheppard Software screenshot
Sheppard Software screenshot | Source

Sheppard Software Games

The Sheppard Software website has a large collection of online games in science, math, language arts, geography and history. The site also has informative articles, quizzes, puzzles and brain games. In addition, the site includes a paint program for very young children. The program lets children choose a habitat, colour the different parts of the background and then drag appropriate animals into the picture.

The games are both entertaining and educational. There are age-appropriate activities for everyone, from preschool to adults (or so the company claims). An example of one of the games is shown in the video below.

Sheppard Software is a useful site for educators and students. There's a link to science games on the home page. There are other sections that would also be helpful for a science curriculum. These include the Animals, Health, Nutrition and Chemistry sections. There are games in these sections as well. It's definitely worth exploring everything that this site has to offer.

A Review of Sheppard Software Cell Games

We’re not saying the whole curriculum turns into this big game. We’re saying it’s an adjunct to a serious curriculum.

— Bill Gates

Science Kids

Science Kids has lots of games for children. The games teach important concepts in science. The main topics covered by the site are animals, biology, chemistry, physics, space, weather and technology.

The Science Kids website is very useful because it contains far more than science games. The site also has facts, instructions and explanations for experiments, project suggestions, quizzes, videos, free photos for presentations, a science joke page and a lesson plan section for educators. Like the Sheppard Software site, Science Kids is a big website that is worth exploring.

Science Kids screenshot
Science Kids screenshot | Source

The Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page has an interesting collection of online games and activities on a variety of science topics. One section, called the Nanozone, teaches children about the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. There is also an Earth and Space section and an Arcade Game section. In addition to the games, the website has quizzes and instructions for science experiments that students can perform at home. It also contains links to useful activities on other sites.

The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page has a professional development page, which contains helpful videos. The site contains fewer resources than the two websites described above, but it's still worth exploring.

Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 screenshot
Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 screenshot | Source

It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process. Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.

— Keith Krueger

PBS Kids Science Games

The PBS site has an extensive collection of science games for young elementary children. The games have a colourful and attractive design and are fun to play. They teach kids basic science facts in an entertaining way. Some of the games require the Flash plugin in order to run, but many don't.

One very nice feature of the PBS site is that some of the game screens have a link to information or activities related to the game. The linked sections include science facts for teachers and parents and printable puzzles and worksheets for children. There are also "Tell me more" tabs on some of the games pages. These give kids facts related to the game and suggest new activities that they can perform at home. Some of the games are based on the PBS Kids television show called "Sid the Science Kid". These games have a video button which lets kids see scenes from the show.

PBS Kids Science Games screenshot
PBS Kids Science Games screenshot | Source

Edheads

Edheads is a very interesting site that includes eighteen different activities for students. The site offers activities (or games) in which students perform virtual surgery while learning about surgical techniques and the human body. Virtual operations include brain surgery, knee surgery, hip surgery and aorta surgery. The site classifies the virtual surgery games as being suitable for grades 7 to 12+.

The Edheads site contains other science themed games in addition to the virtual surgeries. These include a simple machines game and a compound machine game for grades 2 to 6, a weather game for grades 4 to 9, a crash scene investigation activity for grades 9 to 12+ and a nanoparticle activity for Grades 10 to 12+. The site also has an activity in which students help to design a cell phone for seniors. In addition, it contains several stem cell activities. There are teacher's guides and a resources section.

My favorite site out of all the ones that I've reviewed is the Edheads site. I like its detailed and very original games. It's a good site for the older students that I currently teach.

Edheads screenshot
Edheads screenshot | Source

Television didn’t transform education. Neither will the internet. But it will be another tool for teachers to use in their effort to reach students in the classroom. It will also be a means by which students learn outside the classroom.

— John Palfrey

Edheads Simple Machines and Design a Cell Phone Overview

Kids.gov Science Games Links

The Kids.gov website is very useful. The website isn't as visually attractive as the other ones described in this article and doesn't contain as much for students to do. Its value lies in the fact that it contains lists of helpful and interesting links for teachers, parents and students.

When the "Learn Stuff" tab is clicked, videos and downloadable posters are displayed as well as links to information sites about various curriculum areas. Clicking on the "Play Games" tab brings up a page showing a few games stored on the Kids.gov website as well as links to games on other sites. The games relate to various subjects, including science. Similarly, the "Watch Videos" tab links to a few videos stored on the Kids.gov website and also provides links to videos stored on other sites.

Three big tabs at the top of the page let visitors explore information suitable for Grades K to 5 or Grades 6 to 8. Other tabs on the "Play Games" page provide useful pages for teachers and parents.

Kids.gov screenshot
Kids.gov screenshot | Source

There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.

— Nancy Kassebaum

Woodlands Junior School Science Games Links

The Woodlands Junior School is located in Kent, England. It has a very useful and well known website, thanks to Mandy Barrow, the creator of the site. Like most school websites, the Woodlands Junior School site has information about the school and school events. What makes the site valuable to everyone involved in education, even if they don't live near the school, is the resources section.

The resources include information, activities and links relating to science, math, literacy, history, geography and British customs. There is also a science games page, which consists of links to other sites categorized by science topic. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science and Space Science are all represented. For example, there are links to game sites that let students assemble a skeleton, build electrical circuits and play different instruments.

The Woodlands Junior School website is interesting for the general public. In fact, I found the site when I was searching for information about an aspect of British culture that interested me. When I explored the website I realized how useful it would be to educators.

Woodlands Junior School screenshot
Woodlands Junior School screenshot | Source

Learning Science via the Internet

The Internet is a great source of science information for all ages. Facts, virtual experiments, videos, podcasts, practice exams, online courses, the latest science news and games are all available for someone who has access to the Internet.

Playing games can be a very effective way to help students learn about science. I've reviewed my favourite games websites, but many others exist. Teachers can choose from a wide variety of online activities. It's highly likely that at least some of these activities will be both fun and educational for their students.

What is your favourite science games website?

  • Sheppard Software
  • Science Kids
  • The Lawrence Hall of Science
  • PBS Kids Science Games
  • Edheads
  • Kids.gov
  • Woodlands Junior School
See results without voting

© 2012 Linda Crampton

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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I'm glad to see that there are several interactive science websites like these for kids. The early they become interested in the science the more likely they might be to pursue a those interests into adulthood as either hobbies are careers. I know I got hooked in the the 4th grade thanks to an interactive science project! Great hub!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for the visit and the comment, Kris! Yes, a good interactive science website is a great way to stimulate students' interest in science.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am familiar with several of these from my teaching days. Well done; great information for teachers and/or parents and/or students. :)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks, Bill. I appreciate your visit and comment. These sites certainly are useful!


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PaisleeGal 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Alicia.. another good hub ! Thanks for sharing the info. It will be useful when my grandson visits. Things have changed so much since his dad was a kid. Voted up.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment and the vote, PaisleeGal! I appreciate them both.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

These science websites are excellent tools for making learning interesting and fun for children. Thank you for sharing them, Alicia. And the germy video is clever.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank you very much, drbj. I agree with you - the video about germs is clever!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This is sure terrific for kids instead of them playing all those fantasy and shoot 'em up games. Great article!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank you for the comment, Deb! I appreciate it.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great share which I will be handing on to my family. I vote up and thank you so much for a great hub and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank you for the comment and the vote, Eddy, and thanks for sharing the hub with your family, too!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I think that anytime one can encourage a child's interest in science it is good and if games spark that interest...that is great. Wonderful review of the different games available on websites. Up and useful votes!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank you so much for the comment and the votes, Peggy. I appreciate your visit!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Glad to find this resource for online science games. Pinning to my Home Education board and looking forward to hopefully visiting some of these sites with my grandchildren one day. :) Summer time can be learning time and this should be helpful to parents everywhere!


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank you, RTalloni! I appreciate your comment and the pin. I hope that the hub is useful to parents - and to grandparents!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I think all these websites would be cool and fun for kids to learn science and make it seem less intimidating.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for commenting, truthfornow. Yes, I think the websites would make it fun to study science!


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

Thank you very much for sharing the informative hub which should be helpful for the teachers and parents.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, ARUN KANTI.

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