Games and Apps

For guidelines on recommended screen time for children, take a look at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ study. They advise very limited or no screen time for children under age 2, and no more than two hours per day for older children.

Apps for Kids

  • iMotion HD (free) make stop-motion animated films with just a few taps. The in-app settings allow users to control the frame capture speed as well as the playback speed to achieve desired stop motion effects, and uses an option onlon-skin translucent image option to keep your objects exactly where you mean them to be.
  • Moon Globe HD (free) interactive globe that rotates, spins, and zooms in and out seamlessly. Turn on/off filters to show spacecraft landing sites with year or geographical name, and move the light of the sun over the moon to create any phase.
  • NASA App HD (free) is a content-rich app presenting thousands of images from NASA telescopes and satellites, live streams from NASA TV, information on current missions, International Space Station tracker, and reference material about the Solar System and Space exploration.
  • Planets (free) this map of the starts shows locations of planets and constellations in either a 2D or 3D map, and tracks when which planets are visible from Earth; the 3D map helps young observers orient themselves when observing the night sky and easily see constellations.
  • VideoScience (free) 80 videos of hands-on science experiments allow users to virtually experiment without lab or otherwise specialized equipment; topics are appropriate for middle school and up, with many advanced concepts and some popular topics such as “green” plastic, 3D modeling, and air cannons.
  • Toontastic (free) chose from various characters and backgrounds and create your own cartoon. It walks users through classic plot structure with five scenes.
  • Tinytap (free) using any photos, easily create games for toddlers where they have to touch or a tap a specific part of the photo when prompted by voice prompts you record.
  • LeafSnap HD (free) this ultimate electronic field guide is used to identify trees by photographing their leaves; users take a photograph, and then work through the database to match it to a species.
  • LEGO Photo (free) easy to use photo app that turns any image into a photo mosaic that looks like it is made of Legos. Users can tap their mosaic to change to different color schemes.

Games and Fun Websites

PreK and Elementary School

  • Reading is Fundamental Activities
    RIF offers scores of activities for readers of every age group and every skill level.
  • Seussville
    Enjoy games and activities with favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
  • Starfall
    Short stories that concentrate on a vowel or blend sound. By clicking on a word, help is given. Primarily designed for first grade, also useful for pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and second grade.
  • StoryPlace
    The Children's Digital Library, with a Pre-School Library, an Elementary Library, and Book Hive. Online activities, booklists, coloring sheets, all in one great site!
  • PBS Kids
    Games and activities connected to your favorite PBS programs, including Arthur, Between the Lions and Sesame Street. Also provides information for grownups on using the site.
  • Sesame Street Central
    The kids’ activities page with your friends from Sesame Street. Play games with Prairie Dawn, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster.
  • Bedtime Math
    Modeled on the bedtime story tradition, Bedtime Math is a daily blog that offers daily math problems instead of stories. Math problems are offered in three levels of challenge (preschool, kindergarten through first or second grade, and second grade and up).
  • PEEP and The Big Wide World
    This web companion to the Canadian TV production shown on The Learning Channel and Discovery Kids' channel presents a baby chick and friends who invite preschoolers into the wonderful world of science.

Elementary and Middle School

STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Engineering, Arts, Math)

  • Animal Fact Guide
    Learn interesting facts about animals around the world. The site includes animal videos such as a rare pygmy hippopotamus at an Australian zoo and a wildlife blog.
  • Discovery Kids
    Discovery Kids inspires kids to explore the awesome world around them and satisfy their curiosity with innovative games, activities, quizzes and articles. Also available in Spanish.
  • Engineer Girl
    The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
  • National Geographic Kids
    National Geographic’s site for young readers is one of the best resources for information on the Net about the world, its people, and its wildlife. Not only can you read the newest edition of this magazine on-line, you can check out the contests, polls, games and even virtual adventures.
  • Roblox
    Create a virtual world!
  • Build Your Wild Self
    Have fun building a wild self by selecting tails, mouths, bodies, hair and find out about the animals in the New York Zoos and Aquarium!
  • Walking With Dinosaurs
    Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.

History and Social Studies

  • BBC Guide to Religions of the World
    This BBC site offers an introduction to Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and Sikhism.
  • BBC Primary History
    This is a great history site for primary grades to learn basic information about a few specific periods in history and the people of the era. This visual site does a great job of including timelines and biographical information in a way that younger learners can understand and enjoy. The website is designed like a toybox and will allow children to really "explore" the different topics.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Extensive data, maps, and flags of all the countries in the world.
  • Kids’ Health
    Information about all aspects of health and the human body. Includes informative articles, answers to frequently asked questions, healthy recipes, and games.
  • USA.gov for Kids
    A kids’ portal to the U.S. government, this site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids sites along with kids sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.

Research

  • Fact Monster
    Find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games.
  • How Stuff Works
    Learn how everything works. From digital cameras to identity theft, this site is a treasure trove of useful and searchable information.
  • The Kid Should See This
    Not-made-for-kids videos that you can watch with your kids.