Limiting the time kids spend on the computer in this digital era can be a daunting task. But there are plenty of fun educational sites kids will love that make learning a blast.

  • Animals Abound

    National Geographic for Kids lets kids travel to far away states and countries to discover all kinds of critters and cool places. In addition to freaky creatures, there are things they can make and they can learn photo tips from Hilary. There's also lots of other weird stuff.

    kids.nationalgeographic.com

  • Space is a Blast

    NASA's Star Child has plenty to discover and lots of fun activities. Kids can learn which orbit each planet belongs to, match planets to their descriptions and even calculate what their weight and age is on each planet. Teens can click on a link to NASA's teen site and explore how to solve problems.

    starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.htm

  • Pop, Dong, Kerplunk

    This site will keep your kids busy for hours. Brain Pop is a fun site dedicated to health, science and technology. Thrill at the awesome background sounds, and find experiments, activities, cartoons, quizzes and animated movies.

    brainpop.com

  • Basics & Beyond

    FunBrain.com offers all levels of educational games in every subject. Kids can play Grammar Gorillas, connect the dots by ones, fives and even backwards, or take the Brain Bowl quiz. There are even parent-kid challenges and parent quizzes. Click 'search for games', and discover many more awesome activities.

    funbrain.com

  • Make me a Genius

    Kids can exercise the left side of their brains with this fun science and math site loaded with games, quizzes, jokes and videos.

    starfall.com

  • Forest Fire Facts

    Visit Smokey Bear and get the "Bear Facts," learn fire safety and help Smokey in one of the interactive games.

    smokeybear.com

  • Discovery!

    DiscoveryKids lets kids watch fascinating videos about alien planets, play a selection of games, such as Build Your Own Rollercoaster, and explore interesting topics.

    discoverykids.com

  • Sensational Animal Sounds

    Kids Planet by Defenders of the Wild is an animal sound delight. Calls from the wild welcome kids while they choose between taking an animal quiz, touring the "Web of Life," learning how to defend the environment or playing a game of "Who Am I?"

    kidsplanet.org

  • Medicine Madness

    PBS's A Science Odyssey lets kids take an interactive visit to the doctor, play a game show called "That's My Theory," read comic stories about scientists and learn about the discovery of penicillin.

    pbs.org/wgbh/aso

  • Math, Money, & More

    Math has never been so cool as it is at Coolmath4Kids.com. Kids can do brain benders and jigsaw puzzles, and play the lemon-aid stand game to improve their math and money skills.

    coolmath4kids.com

  • Online Adventures

    The Greatest Places lets kids journey to the Amazon, Tibet, Greenland and other fascinating countries where they can learn neat facts, watch videos, send postcards, play games and find great activities to do at home.

    greatestplaces.org

  • Presidential Probe

    There's plenty to learn at The American Presidency - even for parents. Both kids and parents can do activities and read fun facts about the campaign trail, life in the White House and assassinations. Then they can take a poll and share their thoughts.

    americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/home.html


Kimberly Blaker is a freelance parenting writer and a women's lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in more than 250 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Facebook.