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Web Sites for Kindergarten-Age Children

Many of these sites were recommended by members of the EdTech listserv.  For more information about EdTech, go to < http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb/ >

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Oceans and Sea Life

 

General interest

     General interest Web sites with a broad range of resources

Kids Domain doesn't have a section especially for Kindergarteners.  It does have crafts, games to play online, things to download, contests, sections on special topics (like holidays, Harry Potter, and Pokemon), and pages of "kid safe" links.  Their online games are organized according to which plug-in program you need to play it (which makes sense, because plug-ins can be a pain in the neck!)  They seem to restrict their advertising to one banner ad at the top of each page.  They also have a Grownups Place, with links to subject-area resources (like dinosaurs, space, and animals), downloads, and software reviews.
   < http://kidsdomain.com/ >

ALFY: The Web Portal for Kids has this to say about itself:  "Navigating the Net can be frustrating enough for a college grad, so imagine how daunting this task can be for a 6-year-old!  ALFY, the largest web portal for kids, was developed so that for the first time ever 3-9 year olds could safely and easily experience everything the cyber world has to offer. ALFY is a fun, accessible, educational center stocked with interactive stories, games, crafts, activities, and much more. Designed with the guidance of an Advisory Board of world-leading psychologists and educators, ALFY is revolutionizing the way kids learn and play online."  It does seem to be easy for non-readers to use, because most of the links are labeled with both pictures and spoken words.  They have a "Family Room," with games for kids and parents to play together.  Its advertising seems to be restricted to a banner ad at the top.
   < http://www.alfy.com >

Learning Planet has "educational online games for kids from preschool through sixth grade."  They have a selection of games labeled for preschool through Kindergarten, which require plug-ins like Shockwave.  They also include a section for parents of preschoolers and Kindergarteners at < http://www.learningplanet.com/parents1.htm >.  I didn't see any advertising on this site!
   < http://www.learningplanet.com/ >

ChildFun.com has a large range of resources for parents and a large number of ads, including those annoying pop-ups!  There's a page of links for Kindergarten at < http://www.childfun.com/web/main/teacher/kndg.shtml >.  (Most of these links take you to other kids' Web sites, like Learning Planet and the Barney the Dinosaur Web site.)
   < http://www.childfun.com/ >

Enchanted Learning
   < http://www.enchantedlearning.com/ >
     Preschool and Kindergarten Activities < http://www.enchantedlearning.com/categories/preschool.shtml >

PBS Kids.  Each show has its own section, with lots of information, games, music, and activities.  There are also sections for parents and caregivers.  Some online activities require Shockwave and other plug-ins.
   < http://www.pbs.org/kids/ >

 

   General interest Web sites with online games

funschool.com has "free, interactive educational software for kids."  The homepage has a link to online games for Kindergarteners (as well as for preschool and other elementary grades).  There are about thirty online games for Kindergarteners, which you need the plug-in programs like Flash 4 to play.  There is also lots of advertising on this site.
   < http://www.funschool.com/ >

Kids Domain doesn't have a section especially for Kindergarteners.  Their online games are organized according to which plug-in program you need to play it (which makes sense, because plug-ins can be a pain in the neck!)  They seem to restrict their advertising to one banner ad at the top of each page.  
   < http://kidsdomain.com/ >

Learning Planet has "educational online games for kids from preschool through sixth grade."  They have a selection of games labeled for preschool through Kindergarten, which require plug-ins like Shockwave.  I didn't see any advertising on this site!
   < http://www.learningplanet.com/ >

ALFY: The Web Portal for Kids has a "Family Room," with games for kids and parents to play together.  Its advertising seems to be restricted to a banner ad at the top.
   < http://www.alfy.com >

Nick Jr.  Even though we don't get cable TV, we still have watched Dora the Explorer and other Nick Jr. shows on weekend mornings on CBS and Sunday mornings on Telemundo.  The Nick Jr. Web site has some really nice games which even preschoolers can play without much help.  (Requires the Flash plug-in.)
   < http://www.nickjr.com/ >

 

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Animals

STILL WORKING ON THIS SECTION!

Enchanted Learning
   < http://www.enchantedlearning.com/ >
     Includes:  Animal Printouts < http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/ >

Kids Domain collection of links to animal Web sites
 < http://kidsdomain.com/brain/animals/index.html >

 

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Space

   Space Web sites developed especially for kids

NASA Kids.  
   < http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/ >
   Puzzles, games, other activities < http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/Puzzles/ >
   Models of spacecraft and space objects
< http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/Puzzles/Projects/Models/ >

Star Child: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers.  Information about the solar system and universe is presented on two levels of sophistication.  Includes a glossary and sound files so your computer can read the text to you.
   < http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/ >

Kids Domain collection of links to space Web sites:
 < http://kidsdomain.com/brain/space/index.html >

Arty the Astronaut.  This site has a bunch of online activities, games, and quizzes with a space theme, plus a teachers' (and parents') section with activities to print out.  The site requires the Flash 5 plug-in, and the teachers' section used the Adobe Acrobat plug-in.  There is a store that sells Arty the Astronaut CD-ROMS and posters, but no advertising.  Kindergarteners will need someone to help read the text.
   < http://www.artyastro.com/main.htm >

ALFY has a Space Station games for kids and parents to play together.  (It's really a tangram puzzle with a space-station theme.)  It requires the Shockwave plug-in.
  < http://www.alfy.com/parents/Activity/space_station.asp >

List of solar system Web sites for Third Graders from Ivy Hill Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois:
   < http://www.ahsd25.k12.il.us/Curriculum%20Info/SolarSystem/solar_system.htm >

 

   Space Web sites developed for older people, 
   but still useful for Kindergarten families

Views of the Solar System.  This Web site has enough pictures of the sun and planets to capture Ethan's attention.  It also has lots of information to help Dad answer Ethan's questions.
   < http://www.solarviews.com/eng/homepage.htm >

HobbySpace - Clark's Favorite Space Links.  Huge collection of links!
   < http://www.hobbyspace.com/Links/ >
   Space Education < http://www.hobbyspace.com/Links/spaceEdSciTech.html#Education >

Kennesaw State University solar system Web page.  
   < http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/solar.html >
  

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Oceans and Sea Life

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Treasures@Sea.  "Exploring the ocean through literature."  Books, writing, and art activities, treasures hunts, online games, and links, some of which are appropriate for Kindergartners.
   < http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow8/dec98/main.html >

 

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Here are some more sites that I haven't reviewed yet:

www.funbrain.com, "The Internet's #1 Education Site for K-8 Teachers and Kids."
  < http://www.funbrain.com >

Berits Best 100 sites for children
   < http://www.beritsbest.com/ >

The Idea Box
   < http://www.theideabox.com/ >

K-2 Projects
   < http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/k_2.html >

Tech For Tots category at www.edupuppy.com
   < http://www.edupuppy.com >

I KNOW THAT
   < http://www.iknowthat.com/ >

  

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