12 Educational Websites for Preschoolers

12 Educational Websites for Preschoolers
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Educational websites are here to make students entertained and engaged through the whole process of learning. And with the help of interactive games, videos, quizzes, and websites with resources related to the subject, kids can actually discover the beauty of learning themselves and hopefully maintain this habit for the rest of their lives.

So, here are the 12 educational websites (with one bonus) you might want to give a try.

1- KhanAcademy Kids

Though many of you might have already heard it, this website is still worth mentioning. KhanAcademy is a free, fun, and an all-in-one site for learners of all ages, all over the globe.

2- PBS Kids

PBS Kids comes with a user-friendly interface, many educational games, videos, and even an advice & tips section for parents.

The website also offers a kids’ podcast you can listen to for free, along with all the episodes of PBS Kids Show.



3- Starfall

Starfall is an easy-to-use website for kids aged 5 to 9. It has songs and activities that teach kids the colors, alphabet, numbers, and even geometric shapes. Also with it’s talking library, your kid can enjoy reading a very simplified version of Shakespeare.

It has a free version with some limitations but you can upgrade it for an affordable price whenever you want.




4- NASA Kids’ Club

If you have a young astronaut at home, this website is for them. NASA Kids’ Club provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.

On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


5- Turtle Diary

Turtle Diary offers over a thousand interactive games, videos, and quizzes for kids in P4 through the 5th grade. And also include a great range of subjects from maths & science to language, art and geography.

It also has various worksheets and teaching tools for parents, caregivers, or teachers.



6- FUNBRAIN

Funbrain is a well-designed educational website donated with hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy

Though the website doesn’t offer audiobooks, and not all its videos look great, it still has lots of pictorial e-books and games your little student can enjoy.

7- The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is an interesting and versatile website with its planting charts, recipes,  Moon- and sunrise times for those who watch the skies, and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of whether left up in the air.

But that’s not all. This almanac is also an annual treasury of facts, trivia, notions, puzzles, pleasantries and amusements, poems, and just about anything and everything. You’ll also find the unexpected, such as stories about “How to Hypnotize a Chicken” and “How Not to Rob a Bank.”

8- Sesame Street

As many of you may be familiar with, Sesame Street is an American TV series. So on this website, you can play games and along the road learn new things with your favorite characters from the show.

It has several drawings you can paint online, videos of various songs, and games you can play with The Muppets.

9- e-learning for kids

As its very name signifies, e-learning is an online educational tool for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The website is completely free, but you can always donate. It has games and fun lessons for math and science.

10- Young Ocean Explorers

Young Ocean Explorers is a website created by a father and daughter who set sail with the aim of inspiring kids to love the ocean, through entertaining education. It has lots of videos about oceans, animals, and the environment.

11- ABCMouse

ABCMouse is a paid website, but it offers a one-month trial and an affordable annual price for the rest. It offers games and lessons for reading, maths, science and art for kids aged 2 to 8. You can check their versatile curriculum on their website.

12- Smithsonian Learning Lab

This website offers resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students.

The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.


BONUS: Google Earth

Google Earth is a cloud-based geospatial analysis platform that enables users to visualize and analyze satellite images of our planet. You can turn and flip the Earth with a touch, or you can zoom in and out into even the remotest places of our planet.



Before you leave, a last note; when searching which websites to choose for your children, make sure you know the level of moderating and monitoring on each site. And you need a triple-check. Check for the “HTTPS” security certificate in the address bar, take a look at the website's “about us” page, and make sure you try out a few of the games or watch a few of the videos yourself first.

Have a joyful learning.

Author

Erva Nur Ursin.