If your kids are anything like I was, they probably can’t wait for school to be out for the summer! Summer is a great time for kids to play outside, spend more time with friends, and explore their own interests. As a parent, however, you’re probably on the look-out for fun ways to keep your kids engaged with learning and education even though school is out. Luckily, there are many great educational websites for kids that can help you keep your kids learning and having fun this summer. Here are our top 5 picks!
1. Starfall For kids from preschool to about second grade, Starfall.com is your go-to site for help with reading. With everything from colorful interactive flashcards to longer stories and plays, this educational website for kids uses phonics to improve reading skills.
2. PBS Kids Kids who love PBS shows like Curious George and Dinosaur Train will find hours of education and entertainment at PBS Kids. From videos to games, kids can spend more time with their favorite PBS characters and keep their brains active while they browse this website’s engaging, wheel-of-fortune style design.
3. National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids takes kids from about second grade and up on a virtual safari. They can explore distant lands, learn about other cultures, and see exotic animals, all without leaving the house! For even younger audiences, there is also a National Geographic Little Kids site.
4. Pottermore J.K. Rowling’s classic Harry Potter series comes to life on the web in the beautifully designed Pottermore site. Kids can read the books in their entirety in an interactive landscape that includes commentary from J.K. Rowling. Kids can also play games and participate in the wizarding world of Hogwarts. Even grown-up fans of the Potter books will be delighted by this very special site!
5. Spatulatta Why not get your kids involved in learning to cook this summer? Spatulatta has tons of fun recipes and videos to get your little helper going in the kitchen. Cooking teaches your kids a valuable life skill and you can enjoy home-cooked meals with your whole family.
Educational websites for kids are a great way to keep learning this summer, but it’s important to keep kids active off-line, too. Visiting your local library, exploring museums or hiring a private tutor are all great ways to make sure that your kids don’t just have a fun summer, but they learn something too!
Parents, what are your plans to keep your kids learning this summer? Let us know in the comments!
-Megan L. TakeLessons Staff Member and Blogger
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