The Internet opens up an entire landscape of learning possibilities. However, parents must ensure that children spend their time online on safe, trustworthy websites.
Below you will find 6 educational websites backed by reputable institutions. They’re a good source of content that is interesting, engaging and appropriate for children.
Nasa Kids Club
This is a treat for children who love STEM subjects. Having fun isn’t rocket science with this website that includes videos that teach children how to make projects like a straw rocket, a foam rocket and a balloon-powered rocket.
Google Arts & Culture
From panoramic pictures of the Taj Mahal to “pocket galleries” of the works of great masters of painting, this collection of resources allows children to explore great art from all around the world without leaving their home. And the selection is not limited to traditional art: Kids can also take a close look at amazing street art in New York and explore 12 Banksy murals in Street View.
Words are fun, and the guys at Merriam Webster know it. Quizzes, word games and spelling games will entertain your children and help them enrich their vocabulary and overall linguistic abilities. In fact, the games are so entertaining that they may even tempt adults. By the way, How strong is your vocabulary?
There are few institutions as widely respected as the Smithsonian. Their website combines scientific rigor with a fun, colorful layout. Among other activities, kids can learn how to make an indoor kite, or color the portraits of the National Portrait Gallery. Photos of many interesting Smithsonian collections are also available, including those dedicated to Ancient Egypt and Hip-Hop and Rap.
When it comes to educational websites, this is one of the most vibrant. Children can watch live TV, play games like Amazin’ Amazon and Pinkcredible Story Maker or visit sites dedicated to their favorite shows. Parents can subscribe to PBS Parents to get tips, updates and daily activities for kids delivered to their inbox every day.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
This website is maintained by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) to allow children to learn how the U.S. government works. And while the “learning adventures” are text-based, there are some interactive educational games like Place the States, quizzes and crosswords and Branch-o-Mania.