There are plenty of fun and educational sites on the Internet for kids. One of the more famous is perhaps Starfall.com, which teaches kids to read and write using phonics.
Other great sites that your child might want to try out include Sheppard Software, a site with many fun online activites for Kindergarten, and SproutOnline, a PBS website with games featuring characters from the most popular PBS TV shows.
If you kids prefer watching videos to playing online games, check out this list of websites that are like Youtube for kids.
For kids learning their multiplication tables, Timez Attack is a fun arcade game to download and play. Math Playground is another interesting site with lots of interactive math games. Of you could, just for fun, try out some IQ test for kids.
For kids who want to learn real, fast QWERTY typing, you can download some of the best typing tutors here.
Easter is one holiday that kids eagerly await. Involving your children in Easter themed craft projects makes the celebration even more special for them. So here are five surefire projects to bring out their creativity.
If your kids love to draw, they can create their own Easter T-shirts using transfer fabric crayons. It’s simple and easy to do. Just have the kids draw an Easter design in pencil on regular non-glossy drawing paper. They could also trace a bunny, chick or Easter egg picture from a coloring book or use a stencil. Once they have an outline, they simply color it in with fabric crayons. Transferring their picture to fabric will require your help; it’s an iron-on transfer. Once you have transferred the design, the kids can color it in again and it can be reused. If there is a baby in your house, let the kids make an Easter transfer that you can apply to a bib for a baby carrier or a plain infant bodysuit. The finished transfers are machine washable.
Want your kids to get a head start on their education while still having fun? Need some help and support when raising your preschool child? Check out these ten preschool education websites for information, resources and support.
Your preschooler will enjoy clicking on the colorful fish to select an activity type on this site. Once you click, there’s a list of educational and fun games related to the topic. Topics include alphabet, counting, time, money, shapes and colors and all games are checked for suitability.
Today’s Parent Crafts and Fun
This site contains a wide range of craft activities for the more artistically minded preschooler, as well as great games you can play indoors. There’s a selection of games suitable for birthday parties too, which you can select according to your child’s age.
Inspired by Jeff Brown’s book entitled Flat Stanley, this activity is designed to encourage children to share ideas and information with others, and taking part in the project is a good way to improve reading and writing skills. It also combines writing with many school subjects, including math, science, geography, social studies, and art.
To participate, the child creates a drawing of the book’s main character and cuts out the figure. Next, he takes him to visit other people or to see local points of interest, and he records his paper pal’s experiences in a journal. Then Flat Stanley, the journal, and a letter explaining the project are mailed to someone else who continues the activity and documents the character’s adventures in the small book.
After a few days, the flat friend and journal are returned to the original sender. Sometimes the character returns with souvenirs, postcards, or photos showing places to which he traveled or people with whom he visited. Flat Stanley has had some exciting adventures during his lifetime. He’s met several presidents, appeared on television, and even gone into space on a NASA Space Shuttle!
A fun craft activity for kids is to build spotted paper mushrooms out of construction paper and recycled toilet paper tubes. These are easy to build, so you could quickly create an entire forest of red mushrooms!
Paperfoldables.com is a great site where you can print free PDF templates for 3D paper models, both paper animals and paper people. Just print, cut, fold and tape. These crafts might be a bit hard for your preschooler, but if you build them together they can certainly have fun playing with the finished designer toys!