Online Fun & Games


Sometimes when you want to help a child learn to read, it pays to think “outside the book.” Unlike many of us, our kids are not only growing up with free access to computers, there is at least one at their disposal at all times.  Whether they get to the Web from a desktop, laptop, or iPhone, there are fun ways to use that screen time for literacy.

 

see also Audio and eBook ResourcesFun and Games with Literacy Concepts

 

General Listings for Online Learning

ALA’s Great Websites for Kids

 

BestHistorySites – A collection of history games and animations, ranging from ancient history to modern history.

 

Boowa and Kwala – This site offers fun activities and games for kids that are easy to navigate.

 

Game Classroom – Games from all over the web are sorted according to skill, topic and grade level (K to 6). There’s a homework help section with learning tips, online resources and sample problems. According to the site, content was created by professional educators with more than 200 years of teaching experience, and has been outlined using US state educational standards. There are games here simple enough for children younger than five, yet more challenging ones too. There are heaps of Language Arts games

 

Games on History – The History Channel offers interactive games and puzzles that encourage learning in the subject of history.

 

Highlights – Free activities and interactive fun from the children’s magazine HIghlights.  See the Book Chook review.

 

I Spy – You’ll find games and puzzles just like Scholastic’s I Spy book series. Check out this part of Scholastic’s huge site that offers games, riddles and fun for the whole family. The games are interactive, and kids who aren’t at the reading stage can listen to the clues. I like the neat zoom in/zoom out feature that enabled me to search the pictures more easily.

 

Kideos  Children’s video site with lots of content about book characters, nursery rhymes, fairy tales etc.

 

Literactive Online educational games for preschool to Grade 1. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child’s reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner.

Online Books

 

Tagxedo – Site that turns words into cloud blocks in a variety of shapes.  See the Book Chook review.

 

Whomp – This is a Shockwave game where you attempt to make as many words as you can in a prescribed time period.  It is very similar to Boggle. Players adopt a monster avatar such as the Yeti or Chupacabra and compete against another monster. This game will help reinforce spelling patterns and increase orthographic knowledge. (Jeff Berger NC Teacher Stuff, March 2010)

 

 

Activity/Game Sites based on Children’s Books

Bembo’s Zoo: An Animal ABC by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. This is an animated version of the ABC book that created animals from the letters in their name.

Fun with Spot by Eric Hill

Olivia the Pig by Ian Falconer

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

 

 

Game/Activity Sites for Children’s Books Series

Arthur (at PBS Kids) by Marc Brown

Berenstain Bears by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Curious George by H. A. Rey

Franklin the Turtle by Paulette Borgeois

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

Mouse Cookie Books by Laura Numeroff. Moose, Mouse, Pig, and Cat are all here to play.

Pigeon Presents by Mo Willems. Naked Mole Rat, Elephant and Piggie, and the Pigeon himself are ready to play.

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage

Seussville Playground – You’ll find the Lorax, Sam-I-Am, and the Grinch, among others.

Warriors by Erin  Hunter Serve Your Clan as it tries to fulfill its prophecy

Game/Activity Sites for Easy Readers and Transitional (Illustrated) Chapter Books

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

 

Game/Activity Sites for Middle-Grade and Young Adult Book Series

The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar by Lee Edward Fodi

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

 

Author and Illustrator Sites with Online Activities

Beverly Cleary

Elizabeth O. Dulemba

Laura Numeroff

Shel Silverstein

Sandy Fussell’s Samurai Kids Series

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