Great Websites and Games for Kids

Check out these highlights from Great Websites for Kids (GWS) sponsored by the American Library Services to Children. For the complete list, please visit the Great Websites for Kids page.

Animals

All About Birds: Learn all about birds on this website created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird names, species, location and history are all featured. Also included are bird songs and videos. Great for: Elementary–Middle School.

PBS Kids!: Games, videos, contests and more — all based on your favorite PBS Kids shows. Great for: Preschool

San Diego Zoo Kids: Take a virtual trip to the San Diego Zoo! You can find pictures of all the animals at the zoo, or watch videos or live animal cams. There are also games and activities on this site. Most suited for elementary age kids, but younger kids might enjoy the pictures and videos. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School.

Wildlife Filmmaker: The National Geographic Wildlife Filmmaker allows kids to make animal movies using short clips of a wide variety of animals. With a simple drag-and-drop interface, they can add animal sounds, music and captions. Once a masterpiece is completed, it can be saved on the site to share with family and friends or e-mailed directly to them. Great for: Elementary–Middle School

Arts

Between the Lions: This early literacy site is a tie-in for the award-winning television program. Appealing characters, terrific songs and fun games combine to offer great on-line experiences. Great for: Preschool–Grade 1

The Crayola Homepage: Everything you always wanted to know about crayons. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School

Color with Leo: Explore the world of art through interactive games, hands-on activities, and lessons with a young Leonardo da Vinci. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School

Disney Junior: Games, songs and activities feature characters from the Disney network. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood: Includes activities for kids as well as show-related information for kids and parents. Great for: Preschool

Nick Jr.: From the people who bring you the Nickelodeon Channel, this site is created for younger children and has a variety of games, activities and fun. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School

Sesame Street Central: The kids’ activities page with your friends from Sesame Street. Play games with Prairie Dawn, Elmo and the Cookie Monster. Great for: Preschool

ZiggityZoom.com: Games at ziggityzoom.com help children develop early learning skills, including eye-hand coordination and the ability to make decisions themselves. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School

Math & Science

Amazing Space: Learn about astronomy, space, telescopes, stars and discoveries. Includes “Tonight’s Sky” constellations, deep sky objects and planets. Great for: Elementary–Middle School.

Bob the Builder: Based on the PBS TV show, this website features online games, videos, activities and printables. Learn about machines and construction. Great for: Preschool–Elementary school.

Climate Kids:  Climate Kids offers kids clear answers to questions on global climate change through sections on weather, air, the ocean, fresh water, carbon, energy, plants and animals, and technology. Includes educational games, activities, crafts, videos and information on green careers. Great for: Elementary–Middle School

Engineer Girl: The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Great for: Elementary–Middle School

Math Playground: Math Playground is an educational site for elementary and middle school students where you can practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun! Great for: Elementary–Middle School.

Scratch: Scratch is a programming language and an online community. Program and create your own interactive stories, games and animation, and share with others. Includes video and step-by-step guides. Great for: Elementary–Middle School.

Strange Matter: Find out what cell phones are made of, look at aluminum atoms and much more! If you are interested in what things are made of, this is the site for you! Great for: Elementary–Middle School

Reading

ALMA Kids: Through images, videos, games and comic strips, children will learn about ALMA, the world's most powerful astronomical radio telescope located in Chile. Great for: Elementary–Middle School.

Between the Lions: This early literacy site, for children ages 4–7, is a tie-in for the award-winning television program. Appealing characters, terrific songs and fun games combine to offer great on-line experiences. Great for: Preschool–Early Elementary School.

Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website-O-Fun: Meet Dav PIlkey in comic book form! Explore his books, videos, games, and book app! Be sure to check out "Fun Stuff" for more activities and silly facts. Great for: Elementary School

Jan Brett's Homepage: You’ll find everything from trolls to armadillos on this author/illustrator’s page. She has created The Mitten, That Hat, Armadillo Rodeo, The Trouble with Trolls, and Berlioz the BearGreat for: Elementary School

Kevin Henkes: Award-winning author Kevin Henkes provides a complete listing of his picture books, mouse books, and novels, plus provide excerpts and information on his upcoming books. The go-to bar will take you to individual titles, where you can get additional information about the book and characters. Fun and games are included for some books. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School.

The Official Eric Carle Website: For fans of the famous author/illustrator and his books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Do You Want To Be My Friend, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeGreat for: Preschool–Elementary School

Tomie DePaola: Find out about award-winning children's author and illustrator Tomie DePaola and the many books he has written and illustrated including Bill and Pete and Strega Nona on his official website. Great for: Preschool–Elementary School.

Social Studies

Ben's Guide to the Government: Kids can learn about our government, how laws are made and elections work, Ben Franklin's life, and the importance of historical documents; and play related games. Great for: Elementary–Middle School

Biz Kids: Biz Kids provides resources that teach the basics of financial literacy. Great for: Middle School.

CIA for Kids: Find out what the CIA is all about, play games and solve puzzles. Resources for various audiences including parents and teachers. Great for: Elementary–Middle School

National Geographic My Wonderful World: Maps are a part of every great adventure. They help you find your way, share information, look at patterns and solve problems. This website offers lots of cool map activities from exploring a pyramid to collecting rocks on Mars. Great for: Elementary–Middle School.

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