As a mommy I have spent countless hours looking for way to keep my son busy during those times when he gets bored while adding to his learning. I always worry if he is falling behind.
This list a fun way to develop his math, reading and other skills while he plays games – he has fun and I am happy knowing its not “mindless play”. So here are the websites I found that are FREE and that you and your kids will love checking out:
10 Fast Fingers: Older kids who want to learn to type. A free online Typing Test Game in multiple languages. You can measure your typing skills and improve your typing speed.
ABC Mouse: Preschool-Kindergarten. Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more.
ABC Ya: Online games for kids in K-5 sorted by grade level. Games incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills.
Adapted Mind: AdaptedMind was created by graduates of Stanford, Berkeley and Harvard to improve the way children learn. We aspire to bring a revolution to education, improving it by pushing the frontier in learning science. Your child is unique. But the mathbooks and exercises your child does are the same as other children’s. AdaptedMind creates a custom learning experience for your child. A learning experience that identifies your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and delivers a curriculum and exercises that adapts to these needs. That’s adaptive learning. (NOTE: There are free and paid/membership section on this site).
Cookie: Hundreds of educational games for math, literacy and science.
Fact Monster™: Grades K–8th. This site combines reference materials, facts, and trivia quizzes for kids on all subjects. Parents, educators, and kids can get homework help and access almanacs, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and an atlas.
Fuel The Brain: Fuel the Brain was created to provide free and inexpensive resources to elementary educators and has numerous games, printables, interactives and more. The site currently focuses on kindergarten-third grade objectives.
Funbrain: Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Parents can trust Funbrain to deliver a fun and safe experience for even the youngest children. The Playground helps parents introduce their preschoolers to the Internet and teaches them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard.
Fun4TheBrain: All games here were made by Exuberant Games. Each game goes through important information for a certain subject matter for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. The math games are great if you need to review your math facts for addition, subtraction , or division; English games to review parts of speech; Reading games to help learn sight words; Science tutorials and games.
Funschool: Preschool-6th Grade. Offers free online educational elementary games for kids as well as printable activities, coloring and crafts that will help kids learn.
Game Classroom: Ages K-6th grade. Game Classroom has compiled games, lessons, videos, and worksheets from a variety of reputable sites. The site also offers helpful articles and newsletters to keep parents informed.
Highlights Kids: All ages. A collection of games, coloring pages, activities, learning projects, stories, jokes, etc. Based on their magazine
IQ Interactive Quizzes: The IQ Site is comprised of hundreds of interactive activities created using an open source application. These activities were designed with K-12 students in mind across all curricular areas.
Into the Book: Ages Kindergarten-4th. Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs. Behind the Lesson provides information and teaching resources for each strategy. Watch our 10-minute professional development videos and explore the Web site for lesson plans, video and audio clips, downloads, and more.
LearningGamesForKids: Educational games are a great tool for building foundation math and language skills that today’s elementary school curriculum requires. These online learning games and songs for kids are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they’re free. Educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more.
Light Up Your Brain: Grades K-8. Brainteaser games and audio stories featured on Light Up Your Brain help students hone their problem-solving, reading, color-matching, math, and fine motor skills.
Multiplication.com: Multiplication.com helps students review multiplication tables as well as addition and subtraction facts. It has interactive games, classroom games, and worksheets that can be downloaded. Grades 2-6.
National Geographic for Kids: All ages. Features different people, animals, and places with facts, games, activities, and related links.
OswegoInteractive: Tons of interactive games designed by teachers in the Oswego City School District in New York.
PBS Kids: All ages. A large collection of games, shows, and activities themed around their educational TV shows.
Prongo: Grades K–8. Prongo offers free games, e-cards, jokes, downloads, brainteasers, and links for most major academic subjects. You can also create interactive quizzes for your student using the Quiz Station.
ReadWriteThink: All ages. Provides a huge collection of online interactives that engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun.
Scholastic: Grade School. A collection of games based on their books. Kids can also access the kids games at Scholastic Kids. Scholastic’s game page offers puzzles, games, and quizzes, but the first things you should check out are the writing games. These prompts are based on characters and themes from Scholastic books and encourage students to practice their creative writing skills.
Sesame Street: Games, videos art and more that bring lessons in literacy & numeracy, emotional well being, health & wellness and respect & understanding.
Seussville: All ages. Official site of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat featuring games, printable activities, the complete illustrated character guide, information about the creator.
Spelling City: A leading web site in schools and for consumers, the innovation is the automation of the methods used to study vocabulary and spelling. (NOTE: free and premium access)
Starfall: Learn to read with phonics. Pre-K-2nd. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.
Storyline Online: All ages. Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children’s books aloud.
Switcheroo Zoo: All ages. This website started as a small project. We were playing around with the idea of making new animals by switching their parts, and the result was Switch Zoo. At first, the zoo had just nine animals, and it was the only attraction on the website. Today, Switch Zoo has 142 species, and the website features additional animal games, music created from animal voices, a reference section about all the animals in Switch Zoo, lesson plans, and poetry, stories and artwork created by students and other visitors.
The Kidz Page: Hundreds of free kids games, puzzles, activities, coloring pages, clip art & more for children, families, parents, teachers… Kids of all ages are invited to play! We also have free online games, puzzles and kids printables in the kids games & activities sections! New educational and fun games, activities and printables added on a regular basis for kids, schools and family fun.