Although I tend to favor outdoor activities, online educational games are a great way to combat the summer learning slide!
Welcome to Day 9 of the 10 Days of Summer Learning Fun Series. If you have missed any of the days in this series,
Technology – Love or Hate?
So I have spent the last 8 days telling you how I keep my kids learning and active throughout the summer. I have avoided technology the whole series, but there are times when my kids want to get online and play a game.
I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I know it has many advantages. I mean, I wouldn’t be chatting with you without technology. And I would be lost without my phone. But I also know that it can be a terrible time waster. Facebook, anyone?
So when my kids play online, I like to know they are spending their time wisely, and I love it when they can actually learn something or enforce what they already know.
So I have compiled a list of our favorite educational online computer games to help with that. Most of the ones we use are free, but there are a couple on this list that we have paid for.
Our Favorite Online Learning Games
Starfall – I love this one for kids learning to read. I have used it for all three of my kids and it reinforces phonics learning really well.
ABC Mouse – This game was gifted to us, and the kids have definitely gotten their money’s worth.
Reading Eggs – I got this game on sale a few years ago, and while we enjoyed it, they didn’t play it enough to make it worth renewing it.
Teach your Monster to Read – This is a cute free game where you have to practice with your monster so he can learn to read.
PBS Kids – This site has games based on some of the PBS Kids TV shows like Electric Company and Curious George.
Education.com – There are all kinds of different types of games on this site for sight words, place value, telling time, and rhyming to name a few.
Typing.com – this site has games designed to help kids learn how to type. Included games like Keyboard Ninja and Type Toss.
National Geographic Kids – Let your kids play games while expanding their knowledge of the world around them.
Multiplication.com – This site uses simple arcade games to practice multiplication skills.
Knowledge Adventure – From the Makers of JumpStart and MathBlaster, this site has tons of games from A-Z including Cup Stacking, Battleship, and Sandwich Shop.