Child-friendly websites are recommended by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian. None are paid citations.
Always click on child-friendly websites first to make sure it is okay for your little one. Please be aware that some websites can have ads. You may want to talk to your child/grandchild about NOT clicking on those.
ABC Order Game for Kids–Connect the blocks by dragging and dropping them into ABC order(Room Recess)
ABC Slider Puzzle – Slide the letters into alphabetical order by clicking, dragging, and releasing. (ABCYa!)
Alphabet Bubble – Click on the first letter of the treasure box word for the lid to close. (ABCYa!)
Alphabetical Order – Put words in ABC with Roy the Zebra and Little Mo. (Roy the Zebra)
Alphabetical Order – Help Monkey put the ABC letter blocks back in order by clicking, dragging, and releasing the tile. (ABCYa!
Pop It! ABC–Pop each bubble on the capital letter before going to the next one. Great single mouse-clicking exercise. (Primary Games)
Shelver! – Mrs. Lodger’s Library–Put books in ABC order. (Mrs. Lodge’s Library)
Age of the Dinosaurs – archived BBC site about prehistoric life
A-Z Animals–Everything about animals and pets
Animal Corner–List of animals, pets, anatomy, lists, coloring pages, quizzes, and jokes
Bats – Lots of information from Bat Conservation Society
Dinosaur Geek–Guide to the types of dinosaurs as well as an A-Z list
Easy Science for Kids: Animals–Nonfiction stories about animals
Lincoln Park Zoo – Scientists, students, and educators can explore this site and gather information about the animals and this zoo in Chicago.
National Aquarium – Have fun watching these livestreams(Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion, and Pacific Coral Reef) at this aquarium located in downtown Baltimore on the Inner Harbor.
National Geographic Kids – Animal facts, games, fun quizzes, and videos
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Explorers – Learn about animals and plants, explore the videos, stories, activities, and games
Sea World– Click on the animal information dropdown menu for interesting animal facts and sounds
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute – animal webcams
Smithsonian Ocean – Everything about the ocean; lesson plans for educators
Switch Zoo Animal Games – Animal games, animal music, and teachers’ resources
Life Cycles of Animals — Utah Education Network
ABCya Paint – Draw using digital features in the toolbar
Art for Kids Hub: Origami–a collection of Youtube videos explaining step-by-step origami
AutoDraw – Create your own drawing or click on the top toolbar to match the shape you have drawn
Bomomo–Create art with the various tools and effects
Chrome Canvas – Draw using various colors and utensils; able to save
Country Dog Gentlemen – Videos of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosted by The Country Dog Gentlemen about famous artists’ work
PBS Arts Games–various arts games include art and music
Weave Silk – Create beautiful patterns that mirror on another
This Is Sand – Build sand art using various colors; website, google app, or apple app
Code for Life–Elementary, Jr, and high school levels
Scratch–website for ages 8-16
Scratch Jr.–ages 5-7 (free app)
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Kids Health–Kid-friendly health advice
Kids’ Quest–Centers of Diseases and Prevention
Mesothelioma Hope–How to talk to children about cancer
Nourish Interative–Solusville–Pro-Nutrition City
Nursing Home Abuse Justice (with nursinghomeabuse.com)–Tips on how to explain to your child about a loved one going into a nursing home
PBS Healthy Kids–Recipes, Tips, Games and Activities for Healthy Eating
Basic Dewey Decimal–Match the Dewey Decimal number to the correct category; created with Quia
Copyright and Credit–Learn by choosing flashcards, matching, concentration, or word search. Created with Quia by Mrs. Ledina.
Do the Dewey— Answer the correct Dewey Decimal Classification; Levels 1,2 or 3; created by Middletown Thrall Library
Dewey Decimal Concentration–Memory game; Match the Dewey number to its correlating subject; Created with Quia by B.Peter
The Dewey Decimal Rap--Mr. Scooter helps students learn the Dewey Decimal through a funny rap. Check out other library-related videos on his website.
Fact or Opinion–game by Recess Room.
Fiction or Nonfiction Game–Is the book fiction or nonfiction? Ten questions. Create on TinyTap by Katherine Sowders
Matching–Match the Dewey number with its subject; Created with Quia by B.Peter
Mrs. Lodge’s Library Shelver–Put the books in the correct fiction or Dewey order
Parts of a Book Hangman–Do you know the parts of a book? Created on Quia by Mr. Moskos; intermediate
Parts of a Book–Match the correct definition to the part of a book; created on Wordwall by Rosemarie18.
Rags to Riches: Primary and Secondary Sources–Correctly answer questions about sources; Created on Quia by Mrs. D.
Dance Mat Typing–Learn how to type on the keyboard with Gary the Goat and friends; BBC
Free Typing Games--Chose from several free and fun typing games; created by TypingBee.com
Free Typing Games–by FreeTypingGame.net
Typing Games–lessons and games by Typing.com
Keyboarding Games— by Learning Games for Kids
Keyboarding Zoo 1–From ABCya!
Keyboarding Zoo 2–From ABCya!
Typing Games Zone--various levels; by typinggameszone.com
Learn Keyboarding–keyboarding lessons by Turtle Diary
Sky Chase–Race others to see how fast and accurately you can type the words to make your airplane go first
Typing Rocket–From ABCya!
Dino Dive–Learn about volume by choosing the right-sized dinosaur to jump into the water
FunBrain – Chose the Math Zone top tab for a variety of fun math games
Get the Math–Demonstrates how classroom math correlates with math in the real world; math in music, fashion, videogames, restaurants, basketball, special effects; created by thirteen.org
Hooda Math–created by a middle school math teacher; Grades k-high school; over 500 games
Math Game Time–Grades PreK-7
Math Games – PBSKids
Math Playground–Grades K-6
Multiplication.com–There are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division games
Roman Numeral Challenge–Convert from Arabic to Roman or vice versa; created by Fact Monster
Roman Numerals–Rebuild the ancient building when getting the correct Roman conversions; ABCya!
Tangrams–Choose easy, medium, or hard level. ABCya!
MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY LITERACIES
Band Runner–Internet safety(United Kingdom’s The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Education) Play the game and learn how to stay safe; short videos as well
Cloud Quest by NetSmartzKids–interactive online safety game; videos too
Computer Components–matching; by Match the Memory
Cyber-Five–Internet safety with Hippo and Hedgehog
Digital Compass–Grades 6-8. Learn about digital citizenship and online safety with this decision-making game by Common Sense
Fact and Opinion–game. Read each sentence and decide if it is a fact or an opinion.
Find the Technology--Match the word to the equipment in the picture; ABCya!
Interland–Be internet awesome. Interactive lessons teaching online safety and digital citizenship. Created by Google
Internet Safety Hangman–Don’t let the pirate walk the plank by guess the correct letter to these internet safety rules. Created by Jim Daley on Quia.
NetSafe Utah–All ages; Internet Safety Videos and resources
Privacy Pirates–Interactive lesson about online privacy; by Media Smarts
Safe Online Surfing–Fun games to learn about online safety, grades 3-8; also in Spanish; FBI.gov is an official site of the U.S. government
Safety Detectives–(for parents)–Many great ideas of keeping kids safe on the internet. For example–This one is on How to Keep Kids Safe on YouTube in 2023 — Works 100% by Tim Mocan
ABCya! – Mix of educational games
Arcademic Skill Builders – Games to help build academic skills for grades 1-6
Create Your Own Superhero–create your own superhero; by Marvel HQ
Duolingo–Learn another language
FunBrain–Pre-K-8th Grade; explore by grade; math; reading; ebooks
The Kid Should See This – over 5,000 educational and fun videos for kids
Learning Games for Kids–variety of topics such as social studies, science, spelling, geography, music, art, and so on
Library of Congress–has layers of interesting topics, resources, activity kits, and so on
Mr.Nussbaum--K=8th grades; scroll down to find a huge collection of subjects
Nick Jr.–Preschool games, shows, and videos
PBSKids-Educational games and videos
Sesame Street–Preschool games
Starfall-–Educational games for K-3; not everything is free
Type a Friendly Letter – Learn how to write a friendly letter to someone; by ABCya!
Wizarding World–Fans of Harry Potter can explore games and quizzes
Classics for Kids – Listen to music and play games; composer lesson plans
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Feel the Music–Player can choose sad, mad, or happy background music and enhance it with other sounds/instruments
Isle of Tune–Create a town and assign a note or sound effect to be heard when the car(s) go by it; grades 3-6
Incredibox – Create your own music mix with this interactive game
Music Matching Game by Ducksters; match the two notes; able to choose level of difficulty
Music Memory by ProProfs Brain Games; students must listen and play the correct note
NIH(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) –Children’s songs with music and lyrics as well as games
Online Musical Games by Inside the Orchestra; a variety of musical games
Peg and Cat Music Maker by PBSKids; create a basic mix
San Francisco Symphony–Music Connects Kids–Learn about the instruments in an orchestra
USDA My Plate – Nutrition games and activities; by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jump Rope Rhymes–a collection of rhymes to sing while double-dutch or solo jumping
Kids Environment Kids Health by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; various games, brainteasers, puzzles, and songs
PE Central–collections of Physical Education websites for kids
Physical Education Links, Resources and Activities–by Internet4Classrooms–links for physical activity, games, and education
Magnetic Poetry–Click and drag words to make a poem
Poetry--Hear and see four primary-level poems read aloud; by Starfall
Poetry Foundation–adult and children’s poems
Poetry4Kids (Kenn Nesbitt)–funny poems for children
Poetry Machine–Has poetry forms with explanations and a template to make your own
ABCya!-PreK-6 Language Arts child-friendly games
Amazing Avian Alphabet–ABC bird book; can be read to or read on own; byABCya!
Are You a Wordsmith? Vocabulary. Interactive matching words to the picture. Preschoolers. by Turtle Diary
Author Pronunciation The author’s name is said aloud and often by the author; short explanation by the author of the name’s meaning
Friendly Letter Maker–Learn the five parts of a friendly letter and write one using the template
Fun Brain–children’s picture and chapter books
Kidlit TV— a mixture of children’s literature
Seussville–Games and videos based on the Dr. Seuss books
Starfall— online elementary books; I’m Reading section
Spaghetti Book Club –Book reviews by kids
Step Right Up: Synonyms and Antonyms–Practice game; easy and difficult levels; by ABCya!
Story Creator–Help create a story with Xavier and friends by clicking on how it should continue; by PBSKids
Storyline Online–Collection of children’s book read aloud often by the creator
Academic Kids–online encyclopedia
Almanac–Kids almanac; by Fact Monster
Atlas–Kids atlas by Fact Monster
Author & Illustrator Pronunciation–Not sure how to pronounce the name of an author or illustrator? Click on the name and hear it. Sometimes the author/illustrator even tells you in their own voice. Created by Teachingbooks.net
Dictionary–Merriam–Webster Student Dictionary; meanings are kid-friendly; thesaurus is included
DK Find Out – Fun facts about many different nonfiction topics
Rhyming Dictionary for Kids–type in a word for a list of rhyming words; by Poetry4Kids
Astronomy for Kids–American Museum of Natural History
Ask Dr. Universe -created by Washington State University; students can ask Dr. Universe questions
Climate Kids–Kids can learn about the climate, weather, atmosphere, energy, etc
Crypto Club–cryptography and related math, created by the University of Chicago
European Space Agency–all about space, games, teacher section
Forces and Motion: Basics–Explore various forces; created by University of Colorado
The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids–mixture of topics
NASA Kids’ Club – Games and activities to explore space
Space Scoop – Latest astronomy news
Climate Kids – NASA teaches about the climate
Energy Kids – U.S. Energy Information Administration shares games about the different forms of energy
Mineralogy4 Kids – learn about rocks and minerals; created by Mineralogical Society of America
OK GO Sandbox--Watch Ok Go videos and then learn the science used to make them
Science Bob–created by a science teacher; science experiments
Simple Machines MatchIt–Match the work to the definition; by Learning Games for Kids
States of Matter – Learn about gases, solids, and liquids; by ABCya!
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government–Ages 4 and up; learning adventures, games, and infographics. Ben is based on Benjamin Franklin; by the Government Publishing Office
iCivics-Upper elementary government, civics, landmarks, and more games. Also in Spanish.
Name That President–identify the photo of a president; created by Primary Games
Ohio History Connection–Ohio Village Virtual Field Trip explores life during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Interactive
Social Studies for Kids–mix of current events, history, maps, economics, and so forth
States and Capitals–Make it fun learning the states and capitals with this game from ABCya!
USA Geography Puzzle–easy or difficult levels; place the states correctly in the USA.