Saturday, March 14, 2009

Quiet Online Games For Kids

It's raining. Again.

I'm balancing weekend guests with kids bouncing off the walls uh-oh, better keep the house clean too.

Here are some quiet games online that saved my sanity:

Not necessarily quiet (or consumer-free), my oldest also enjoys Lego, Scholastic, and K'Nex games online.

I'd LOVE to know your kids' favorite free sites. This may be the world's longest weekend!

23 comments:

celina from canada said...

thanks for the links...some of the following are of course linked to tv stations..so up to you what you choose..

basics like pbskids.org, and nickjr.com

the pbs one has cyberchase which has a great math drill game for my 8 yr old
and nick jr has a great wordworld one for spelling for youngers ones like my 5 yr old..

some canadian ones
tvokids.com (like our pbs , kinda)
treehousetv.com
cbc.ca/kids

in french... http://www.tfo.org/jeux/
http://www.radio-canada.ca/jeunesse/
http://toutpetits.telequebec.tv/
http://jeunesse.telequebec.tv/

i look forward to seeing more links from others..

Renee said...

My kids (age 4 and 5) love pbskids.org

Kylie's momma said...

Oh thank you thank you for the new websites. Some ones we've never heard of. I think the best $$ we spent was on a Webkinz. You buy the stuffed animal and get a code to play FREE for a year online. Good games and lots of educational ones. Math, spelling, typing to name a few. Plus you earn $$ to take care of your adopted pet aka the Webkinz you bought. Even as adults we like to play some of the games. They're TOUGH! Susan in MT.

Kate said...

Have you checked out Jelly Telly yet? It's from the creator of Veggie Tales and my daughter loves it. It's not a game site, but has show episodes that even I find entertaining. Go to jellytelly.com

Michele said...

Those cookies look yummy!

dsokids.com - it's from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra - my daughter's music teacher told her about it. Very nice if your child is interested in music.

Sarah Rose said...

I'm a big fan of Starfall, which isn't a game... but my third graders always loved it. It's interactive, and it reinforces reading skills, which is always a fun plus. It isn't quiet, but we always used headphones when I was teaching. My toddler loves it for learning her letters, but it's great for all ages. Hope the weekend starts feeling a little shorter!

Starboard said...

We love, love, love Starfall (starfall.com). Our kids don't watch tv, so the simple, flat graphics are exciting enough for them. For a more media-savvy kid, it might seem a little dull, but the content is great for the K and pre-K set.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Mine are still satisfied with PBS.com and Noggin's website, as well as Disney playhouse. Since we don't have cable, the websites are novel to my girls. :)

Kelly said...

I love THE TOYMAKER and Jan Brett . Both writers have creative and fun things you can make or do with a printer and some paper,

LeeAnn said...

My daughters really like Poptropica. Most of the major toy brands have game websites; Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, etc. Can you tell I have girls? :) Another vote for Starfall, too. The girls were introduced to that in public school; it's an educational game site.

LeeAnn said...

Oh, duh! EWTN kids! Really fun for younger kids. :)

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Amy said...

I third Starfall.com! It has been a staple at my house for the preschool crowd for several years. There are so many things on there for free!!

Kelly said...

Meredith ,
Google albright/knox art gallery . They have games that compare different works of art . I am sure your son would find them interesting .
I found this link through the HCPL (Harris County Public Library Link ). They had lots of great information. I am sure their are other great library sites on the internet .

Tracy said...

Our children use ABC Kids. Most of the games etc are to do with kids programming on the ABC here in Australia and they really enjoy them.

http://www.abc.net.au/children/

Renee said...

I love the games that you posted. Very unique.

This is more for learning but thought I would post

www.moneyinstructor.com

This is not so much a game but helps children with money. Being a good steward of our hard earned cash now a days is something we have to learn if we haven't already.

:) Renee

hsgbdmama said...

PBSkids.org and the various LEGO stuff (LEGOS, Indiana Jones, Bionicle and so on) are the only ones allowed here!

Stacy said...

My girl loves the ABC animal game on the fischer price site. (just hit a button and it says, E! E is for Elephant!) she wants t oplay it OVER AND OVER again. She also loves paint program and mommys tablet =p

Edi said...

I'll have to tell my son about the K'NEX website...he's just become interested in them since Christmas and has spent MANY hours creating...your son and my son might make a dangerous duo!

Kylie's Mom said...

My 7 year old son loves miniclip.com . Some really fun games there.

TJ said...

I'm with many others, pbskids.org is big at our home. So is playhousedisney.com, happymeal.com, starfall, the Hit Entertainment site that hasThomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina. All are free, and keep my kids busy for a long time!

Hope the weekend was a success!

Michelle said...

Although this site has games for every age, we started using it when my daughter was nine years old. We LOVE the U.S. Geography games, especially the Level 3 placement game. (Believe me, it is NOT that easy to place a state in the correct position when faced with a blank outline of the United States!)

Go to:

www.sheppardsoftware.com

and choose the category you want to explore. We've found this to be a great way to supplement our homeschooling studies.

Blessings,

Michelle

Sarah E. said...

Daniel (5 1/2) likes www.hotwheels.com
www.bionicle.com
of course there's www.webkinz.com (have to purchase the animal to get the code)
www.playhousedisney.com