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The Best Educational Websites for kids

Updated on August 28, 2012

My son is getting to the age where he is enjoying video games. Lately he has asked to play video games on line that he sees advertised on TV. Usually these games center around a cartoon character such as Spongebob. IN my experience the games are usually difficult for my son to maneuver. (Seriously, can you make Spongebob create a crabby patty with only the arrow keys AND in less than a minute?) and they have no educational value. Often these games were geared around purchasing a toy or product. I was aggravated by this and went searching on the internet for some more challenging and educational interactive games. Here are some of my picks for the best websites for kids. I hope you agree!

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NASA

NASA has a few good sites for young and old. The first site is NASA Kids Club. On the control panel your kids can press the windows to choose games or other learning activities. The buttons allow the child to choose the skill level. Your child can view a slide show of who is in space or choose a place o n the Earth to see how it looks in space. Below the dashboard are some other fun activities about space exploration with some of your child's favorite characters, Elmo and Buzz Lightyear

Brain Bites is another great website for kids. This NASA site answers those space questions even we adults ask. How do you go to the bathroom in space? How long does it take to call Mars? This site offers your child the answer in one click of the mouse. This site is for older children who can read well or who will let their parents read to them!

I stumbled upon this site one day while looking up Dr. Seuss facts for a group activity. This site is fun and does inspire my son ( at the age of five or six now). There is plenty to read and even more games to play. Mt son loves the green eggs and ham game. The object of the game it to get the green egg to the green ham. Your child will have to get it to go through a maze. Throughout the maze your young one will have to place cartoon fans and treadmills to get the egg to it's plate. There are several levels on this game and it kept my son busy for the longest time. There are many other games to play on this website for kids!

Remember the Magazine Highlights? Well it is still around and now it is on line too. Highlightskids.com features some short stories you can listen to or read. There are games for your child to play. Highlights has videos of different places your child can watch and learn about. It is educational in the fact it features this day in history as well as some directions on how to make crafts. This site is free of advertisements and easy to navigate! You and your child are able to view magazines from previous months as well. This site is free to browse. There are no sign ups or passwords involved.

National Geographic for Kids

This site can keep you and your child busy. The child that plays this site has to be an avid reader or have an adult with them. There is much to learn about the world through videos, games,pictures and stories. My son being six years old decided he wanted to check out the games first. The game that caught his eye was "Dung Beetle Derby". This is a cute game of strategy. The object is to get the dung to the dung beetle by manipulating wood and rock and filling holes. Needless to say my son did get frustrated after the second level and went back to repeat the first level. The game is not difficult and there are hint and try again buttons to use with out penalty. That feature I liked the most.

There is a part of the National Geographic for kids website that is called Animal Jam. This site asks for membership and tries to entice you into purchasing a full membership. It looks fun but money could be better spent on the magazine subscription.

An example of a coloring page from Discovery kids
An example of a coloring page from Discovery kids | Source

Discovery kids

Do you have a child who likes, I mean LOVES animals? Lets face it Animal Planet is mostly for adults. Who wants to terrorize their child ( or themselves that matter) with man eating sharks or big hairy tarantulas? Check out Discovery kids. This website is all about animals and thinking games. At this time my son really likes the game Birds on a Wire. This game is akin to a bejeweled game where you have to stack three birds in a row to get them to disappear. There is a downside to this site. You can sign up and play for free, however you have to pay if you want ALL the services. There are additional levels to game you cannot access unless you pay for them. I guess everyone has to make a buck somehow! There are lot of things to do on this site. There are coloring pages ( that my son had a tough time negotiating) and videos.

Adopt a butterfly

On this site you can adopt and "raise " a butterfly. Join it and they will send you a picture of your butterfly every few days. This is a wonderful way for little ones to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. This site will also send you free milk weed seed, which is a favorite amount Monarch Butterflies!

I will continue to update this site as my son and I explore the internet. Already he is keeping track of new places to explore as they are advertised on TV. Do you know about an educational and fun website? Please feel free to recommend some of the best websites for kids in the comments below.

Do you know of any educational and fun sites for kids?

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Interesting and well thought out, thank you for taking the time! Voted up and interesting

    • jacqui2011 profile image

      jacqui2011 

      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Very useful and informative hub which should keep my daughter interested. She loves animals, so I am sure that she will look into the Discovery Kids website. Voted up.

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      Tina 

      6 years ago from Wv

      Thank You Josh3418 and breakfastpop for your comments! Dotty1, I will have to look up that website in the future! Thanks!

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      dotty1 

      6 years ago from In my world

      brilliant hub :) my son enjoys a site where you can mix chemicals to see the reaction, although a little worried at first hehe I realised it is just his super keeness with chemistry .

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      breakfastpop 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable info. I now know what I'll do when my grandchildren come over.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Excellent hub, relevant and informative! Voted up and interesting!

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