5 Kids Activity Website Suggestions

Article by exfate

We all remember being a kid, right? Hours spent playing with toys, playing bored games, doing puzzles, and generally having fun. Playing was great fun but also very important to our early development and education, and still can be in the modern technological age. It’s something all children will and should do, and the following sites are my 5 suggestions of websites that provide kids activities for free.

Puzzlin (www.puzzlin.com)

Puzzlin features a selection of traditional kids puzzles that I’m sure we all did growing up, like jigsaws, word searches, and hangman. The classics, of course, are always the best.

The layout of this site is really straightforward. Kids and parents who are rushed of their feet will have no trouble navigating it. It doesn’t require Flash like many similar sites, which is a definite usability bonus.

The puzzles vary in difficulty, so their should be something to keep children of all abilities occupied. I’d recommend this site for kids 5 – 10 years old, since a good grasp of basic English is required for the word based puzzles.

PBS Kids (www.pbskids.com)

The PBS Kids site is one for very young kids. The activities are all based on PBS Kids many well known properties. Unlike most of the other kids sites from the large TV companies, PBS kids gets straight to the point. It has a mixture of games, puzzles, and more general interactive play experiences. For example, one Teletubbies themed activity consists simply of making splats of Tubby-custard on the screen, which sounds funny and will easily make young kids laugh as they click frantically on the mouse.

There are so more thought provoking things to do as well though. There are simple puzzles designed to teach kids things like colors, letters, and numbers. The Seaseme Street activities are especially good for this kind of thing.

Pitara (www.pitara.com)

Pitara has a mixture of games and puzzles. It seems to be tailored more heavily to education than similar sites. There is some basic math re-enforcement, general knowledge quizzes, and memory games. I’d recommend this only for children 6 and over.

I put it on the list because the general knowledge quizzes are very well suited to children. In addition to the interactive features, Pitara also has art and craft guides that are well written and illustrated.

Starfall (www.starfall.com)

Starfall is about learning to read, but it manages to still be fun. It features simple stories and short songs that teach kids using phonetics. The stories have simple animations that are sometimes interactive.

The site is broken up in to 2 levels of difficulty. The easiest puzzles focus on simple sounds while the harder puzzles focus on full worlds. There’s lots of music and vocals that make the chore of learning to read a lot more engaging than it otherwise would be for kids.

Where’s Waldo (www.findwaldo.com)

You probably know him as Wally if you’re from outside the US like myself, but let’s stick with Waldo for now. Naturally, the classic series of children’s books has it’s own website. Sadly, it only seems to feature 3 Where’s Waldo pictures. I know what you’re thinking, only 3 pictures so why include it on this list, right? Well, it’s such a classic that I couldn’t leave it off.

The site is straight forward enough, just click “Play Around” and launch the “game widget” to see the pictures. From there it allows you to zoom in and out, and pan the image around. Clicking on Waldo or any of the other hidden items ticks them off the list. Since panning around the image requires you to click and hold, I found myself accidentally finding items when I hadn’t even noticed them.

Where’s Waldo is a classic, so every kid should be exposed to the great fun that comes from staring at the hilariously intricate and detailed pictures for hours.

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