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I've always been a big one for playing educational games. To quote Nickey Pietila in her online article The Top 10 Literacies in Education Today "It won’t be difficult to convince students of the merits of this unconventional new literacy. Online video games have been linked to above average scores in math, reading, and science, and some schools use games like Minecraft and SimCity to help kids develop fine motor skills, better navigation abilities, and problem-solving strategies. Gamification is on the rise, and students with this fluency will level up faster."

After a great deal of research and recommendations from my students, I've come up with the following list of game links.


Daniel TigerCurious GeorgeInterland The Kidz Page ABCYA.comPBS Kid GamesSeussvilleCaillouPBS EngineeringMath Games National Geographic Kids


ALA Notable Children's Digital MediaThe Notable Children’s Digital Media list for 2020 iincludes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. Most require downloads from the Apple Store or Google Play.  Only games that can be played online without sign-ins and downloads are linked below.


AquationAquation - Produced by the Smithsonian, this simulation game educates children on water equity and challenges players to distribute resources and humanitarian aid around the globe.


gonoodleGoNoodle - This app and website is full of short videos that provide music, movement, dance, stretching, yoga and mindfulness. A simple way to get kids moving in a safe and fun environment. Worth the sign-up and download.



Tami's TowerTami's Tower- Produced by the Smithsonian, this game asks users to use basic engineering design principles to help Tami the golden lion tamarin solve the problem of how to reach the best fruit.



More Games Sites to Try


4Kids.org4Kids.org - This on-line component to the weekly newspaper feature includes games, a "scavenger hunt" quiz, and links to "cool spots" for kids to use for homework, information or fun. Created by a team focusing on techKNOWLEDGEy.

Capstone KidsCapstone Kids - Recipes and instructions for some really fun projects!

 

 

Chateau MeddybempsChateau Meddybemps - All kinds of fun for families with younger kids.

 



Clever CraziesClever Crazies - The mission of Clever Crazes for Kids is to build healthy lives with a primary focus on nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem and respect for our earth.



FraboomFraboom - Fraboom is a live interactive online children's museum. The site highlights books, cartoons, classroom materials, websites, live presentations and interactive programming.



Funbrain

funbrain - Who ever thought learning math could be so much fun? Test your math skills with these fun and interesting games. Includes some teacher and parenting resources.


Highlights for KidsHighlights for Kids - Similar to the Highlights magazine, this site offers fun stories, "Hidden Pictures" "Games and Giggles" science articles, and jokes. In addition, there is a daily update on "what happened in history on this date." Viewers can e-mail editors. Includes a privacy policy and "Safe surfing tips".


Learning Games for KidsLearning Games for Kids - This site features games for preschool and elementary students that build skills in math, reading, social studies, science, art and music.



LEGO Star WarsLEGO Star Wars - Through this interactive site, LEGO and Star Wars fans can immerse themselves into a world of adventures, games, videos, and activities.


MakeBeliefsComix MakeBeliefsComix - Make your own comics online with this online comic generator from author Bill Zimmerman.



mocomiMocomi - Mocomi is a fresh approach to content for kids with the perfect blend of fun and learning that helps the left and the right brained child learn through experiences.


Walt DisneyWalt Disney - Movies, games, animation—everything Disney!




Star WarsOfficial Star Wars Web Site - For Star Wars fans everywhere!




ProtropicaPoptropica - Created by Jeff Kinney of "Wimpy Kid" fame, this virtual world invites young gamers to create a character and to undertake age-appropriate quests on over a dozen "islands" based on themes from history, nature, and human culture.


Professor GarfieldProfessor Garfield - Professor Garfield is an interactive learning portal full of educational games and activities for children. It was designed by teachers to enhance and support classroom learning in new and innovative ways.


ProngoProngo - Locate free online games, e-cards, quizzes, jokes, brainteasers, wallpaper, screensavers, and more.



Tate KidsTate Kids - Children can create their own artwork, upload their artwork and create their own gallery on this website. Children can play games and watch films. Ideas for creating arts and crafts are included. An adult zone includes the internet safety clause, lessons for teachers, and ideas for parents to use with their children.


Turtle DiaryTurtle Diary - Aimed at children from Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade, this site offers over a thousand educational puzzles, games, projects, worksheets and more in areas from math and science to ESL and arts and crafts.