If your kids are anything like mine, they love a fun online game! And much to my surprise…half of them are educational! I’m all about killing two birds with one stone; get the house clean AND get the kids doing something educational.
Here are some of the favorites around our house…
Crayola Creativity Central – Games, Card Designer, Coloring Pages, Craft Projects
Discovery Kids – Build a Volcano, Build a Rollercoaster, Quizzes, Puzzles, Take Shark Bites 101
Mini-Clip – For kids ages 5 +, my older boys love the games on this site!
Noggin – Lots of games from your favorite Noggin shows: Little Bill, Franklin, Max & Ruby, etc.
National Geographic Kids – Games, Videos, Stories, Puzzles, Geography and more!
Nick Jr. - All the games from Nick Jr.: Wonder Pets, Dora, Olivia, etc.
PBS Kids – Coloring, Games, Videos, and Music from Sesame Street, Caillou, Arthur, & more!
Playhouse Disney – Games, Online Episodes, Coloring, Music, Stories, etc.
Up-To-Ten – Award Winning Games, Coloring, Stories, Songs, Cards, etc.
Webkinz – Let your kids create a world for their “pet”, they will love it! Pet purchase required.
Granted, you don’t want to breed a computer/video game addict…so have some rules. At our house, video games and TV are only allowed after 4:00, provided all homeschooling and chores are done. Usually, my kids wind up finding something else they like to do before 4:00 and forget all about having permission, when the time comes. It’s great! There is lots of value, education, and entertainment that can come from the Internet and television…but rules have to be set. All things in moderation.
If the following video doesn’t scare you into controlling the amount of video/computer games that your kid plays, I don’t know what will! So, this dude’s mom canceled his “Warcraft” computer game subscription. Little bro caught his “freak out” on video and kindly posted it on YouTube for all of us to see! I must say, as sad as it is…I couldn’t help but laugh (and promise myself my kids will never get to this point)! See for yourself…
Am I crazy or did he try to stick a controller up his bum?? And, how fast did he get undressed?? Scary.
Back to a happier note…what fun (and educational) games do your kids like to play online?