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The Best Kids Sites on the Web

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There are so many great kids sites out there on the Web; here's a few that I visit with my own kids:

Science For Kids

  • Science Toys: " Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles."
  • Cool Science for Curious Kids: from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; explore biology with all sorts of really interesting articles and interactive games.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Can I just say how much I love Bill Nye? He's long been a favorite in our house.
  • MadSciNet: Anything called the "24 hour exploding laboratory" just can't be wrong.
  • NASA Kids Club:Anything from NASA is bound to be incredible, and NASA Kids Club is no exception to that.

Biology for Kids

  • Kid's Planet: Includes facts, games, a teacher's section, and even information how kids can act to save endangered species.
  • National Wildlife Federation: the official home of Ranger Rick and more; you can click on the Wildlife link and get more specific animal info.
  • A Guided Tour of the Visible Human: There's an enormous amount of information here; great for the budding biology major.
  • Human Anatomy Online: Pick a system, any system - skeletal, digestive, muscular, etc.
  • KidsHealth: this is a really good kids health site aimed towards kids, instead of parents. Great resource for science research but also an excellent source for questions such as "what is puberty?"
  • Wonders of the Seas: Explore the ocean and the creatures that live in its depths.
  • DinoDictionary: "With profiles of over 300 known dinosaurs, immerse yourself in a wealth of knowledge about the giants that roamed the earth so long ago!"

History for Kids

  • History for Kids: all sorts of good stuff here, organized by regions (China, India, West Asia, etc.).
  • America's Library: from the Library of Congress. Meet famous Americans from history, explore the United States, and watch videos or hear audio from American history.
  • Castles on the Web: an exhaustive resource for kids who'd like to learn about castles.
  • This Day In History: a great feature that helps kids get into history. It's especially fun to see what happened on your birthday.
  • BBC History for Kids: so much good stuff here. Interactive timelines, games, and lots of great information.

Government Sites for Kids

  • FirstGov for Kids: a portal to lots of great kids government sites; includes information on health, homework, money, arts, computers, etc.
  • White House Kids Home Page: history of the White House and personal notes from the President and Vice President, videos, quizzes, and more.
  • FEMA for Kids: Get educated about preparing and preventing disasters from Herman the FEMA spokescrab.
  • EPA Environmental Kids Club: Kids can get information here about anything to do with the environment; air, water, recycling, even an "Ask EPA" feature.
  • Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids: Pick an age range and then start exploring; there's a ton of great information here.
  • The United States Mint for Kids: find out all about the United States Mint, currency, and coins.

Kids Books and Kids Stories

  • Professor Garfield: Interactive stories, comic strip creation, and reading/writing practice from the iconic Garfield himself.
  • Storyline Online: from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation; an online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading books out loud.
  • Seussville: come on, it's Dr. Seuss! Need I say more?
  • The Magic School Bus: The Magic School Bus has done more to advance interest in science with my kids than almost any other resource.
  • Harry Potter: fans of Harry Potter will enjoy this site full of great Harry Potter news and fun interactive games.
  • Little House on the Prairie: I got these books as a child and now I'm reading them to my own kids. A timeless set of stories, and a great companion Web site.
  • International Children's Digital Library: "a library for the world's children...."that provides free access to children's books from around the world."
  • StoryNory: free children's audio stories; great for burning onto a CD.
  • Kiddie Records Weekly: My favorite kids site. My kids love listening to these classic stories.

General Kid Web Sites

  • PBS Kids: All the best PBS kids shows are represented here, from Barney to Mr. Rogers, and each show has its own games and interactive educational fun stuff.
  • Discovery Kids: Discovery Kids is a great kids portal, with lots of fun interactive games, videos, and information about various shows on the Discovery network.
  • National Geographic Kids: One of the best sites on the Web for kids. Games, cartoons, even a printable coloring book.
  • HowStuffWorks: Want to know how pretty much anything works? This is the place to go.
  • Sports Illustrated for Kids: a great way for kids to learn about their favorite sport.
Do you have a favorite kids site that you don't see listed here? Shoot me an email and I'll try to include it.

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