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Interactive Science Websites for Kids Under 10

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Websites are a very useful interactive learning tool for children, as children are inclined to use technology for learning and entertainment in modern times. Giving your children as many options as you can for learning on their own time will help them do well in school and excel at subjects like science among others. Making learning fun is the best way to get your children interested, and interactive science websites offer fun games that will catch your children’s attention and get them excited about learning.

There are a number of interactive science websites for children, but some of them have more difficult lessons intended for older children or teenagers. When looking for high quality websites for your children aged 10 or under, you will want to find websites that have games rated for children from K-4th or 5th grade that are basic enough for young children to be able to understand. The best science websites for kids under 10 include a wide range of interactive games and lessons and other interactive science material such as videos and audios. These are some of the most best interactive science websites intended for children aged 10 or younger.


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Brain Pop Junior (http://www.brainpopjr.com)

Brain Pop Junior is the version of BrainPop.com for children aged K-3rd grade. This website includes interactive lessons on science as well as health, reading and math, social studies, art and many other subjects. Brain Pop Junior requires a subscription for a low monthly cost, but it is worth it as it is one of the best interactive websites for science training for children. Brain Pop Junior includes free games that do not require a membership as well as a tour of the website with access to some science games.

Annenberg Learner (http://www.learner.org)

Annenberg Learner offers a wide range of lessons and interactive science modules for ages K-5 and above. Although there are lessons for older children, the grade level can be filtered for K-5 and there are many unique and fun interactive science games available for this age range. Annenberg Learner also offers free science lessons that teachers and parents can use for classroom or supplementary science training. Much of the material is free but licensed lessons can be purchased for classroom or other use. Other disciplines are covered as well including arts, foreign languages, math, history and social studies, and literature.

PBS Kids (http://www.pbskids.org)

PBS Kids is a great resource for children aged K-6th and includes a wide range of fun games that teach science concepts, problem solving and more. PBS Kids also includes videos and shows that teach science concepts including Sid the Science Kid, SciGirls, Sesame Street, and many others. PBS Kids also has free interactive apps that teach science concepts that can be downloaded to iPad, and Android tablets and the apps can be filtered based on the child’s age. Show times for children’s shows can also be found on the website.

The Science Spot – Kid Zone (http://sciencespot.net/Pages/kidzone.html)

Since there are so many websites with small portions of their website devoted to science training for kids, the Science Spot has categorized a bunch of them and put them in one place at the Science Spot – Kid Zone. This is a great resource that can be used with the help of a parent to find age appropriate interactive science websites based on a specific science topic. Topics include astronomy, physics, life sciences, chemistry, geology, and more. Each science topic is separated into smaller even more specific categories, and each categorize has dozens of great links. For younger children there is a section devoted to links to science games for kids with pretty much all of the most popular science game websites listed.

National Geographic Kids and Little Kids (http://kids.nationalgeographic.com)

National Geographic has two sections devoted to interactive science for kids – NG Kids and Little Kids. The NG Kids section has games, videos and more. NG Kids has games and lesson material that is a bit more complicated and intended for older children, while NG Little Kids has basic science games for kids under the age of 10. Kids who are approaching the age of 10 can use most of the NG Kids website for science learning. Most of the games and videos are centered around science and natural science topics. Topics like geography, weather science, animal classification, astronomy, and many others are covered in the games and videos. There is also a section with detailed information on different animals, with a particular “Creature Feature” covering each animal with videos and photos, facts, a map of where the animal lives in the world, and more.

There are many other science websites that have great interactive features for kids under the age of 10. When it comes to picking a website to help your children learn science, be sure that you review the website and the material beforehand to make sure that it is appropriate in content and difficulty for your child, and be sure to monitor your child’s activity while they use the website.

Free Educational Websites For Kids – Gecko Kids

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Gecko Kids is our portal of free educational websites. It acts as a homepage for kids, who can then browse through specially selected sites that are organised into four categories: learning, videos, activities and games. All of the websites on Gecko Kids are free to use and have been selected for their quality by our team.

You can take a look a the Gecko Kids site here

Although the Gecko Kids section of our website is in its infancy, we hope to be improving it’s features consistently in the future. Our aim is to create a site for children that is engaging, easy to use and features the best of the web, so that parents can rest easy that their children are browsing the best available material. There are tens of thousands of websites aimed at kids on the internet, but sometimes it’s hard to find the best of the bunch, without hours of trawling through rubbish. We aim to take the pain out of that, while also making it fun for kids to browse through our directory.

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Hovering over each website in the categories will show a short description of the site and a screen shot, so you can get an idea of what the site is about before visiting. The layout is made in child friendly way, but is designed for parents to use as well.

Gecko Kids is also a corner stone of our parental control software, Gecko Filter. Gecko Filter has a ‘Gecko Kids Mode’, which will block the entire internet, apart from the pre-approved sites available from Gecko Kids.

In the future we aim to add a number of great features to all of this, and we have some pretty exciting stuff in mind. If you have any ideas or things you’d like to see in Gecko Kids or Gecko Filter let us know either by email or via the comments below.

You can take a look at Gecko Filter here

The best websites for kids learning to read

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

When your kids are learning how to read and developing their comprehension skills, you will want to provide them with as many quality resources as possible. Using home based learning tools like interactive reading websites can be a great way to accelerate their reading education. Some of the best websites for kids learning to read have been released in just the past few years and are at the forefront of child education technology.

Interactive reading websites are a popular and fun way to supplement classroom reading education and other forms of at-home instruction. With a wide variety of reading programs and websites available you will want to use the most effective and engaging options available for your children.

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Here are a few of the best options available:

Starfall (http://www.starfall.com) is a free online reading instruction program that is one of the most popular online options for teaching children how to read. The website uses a variety of games and interactive entertainment as teaching tools for reading and as an educational alternative to other forms of entertainment. Starfall can be used to teach kindergarten through second grade, homeschooled children, and for special education. Starfall also released a reading curriculum in 2009 that is designed with motivational techniques and active involvement.

Book Adventure (http://www.bookadventure.com) is another free online reading program sponsored by Sylvan Learning that is designed for children in grades K-8th. Book Adventure uses a motivational approach by allowing children to earn prizes for what they have read, and it also uses a number of interactive tools. Children can take quizzes on the books they have read, and there is also information for teachers and parents on best practices for reading instruction. Teachers can also use the website to track their students’ progress and issue prizes.

Studydog (http://www.studydog.com) is an effective online learning tool that is not free but offers a wide range of features and benefits compared to other tools. It allows parents and teachers to follow their kids’ progress, and the program adapts to an individual child’s progress and speed. Online access allows children to start and stop the program as they wish. Real-time progress reports are available at any time. Best practices for reading training are used at every reading level. Since the program is adaptive to a child’s abilities, it makes the games and interactive teaching tools easy for them to use while challenging them enough to aid their development.

ABC Ya (http://www.abcya.com) is another free reading education website that offers a variety of games for elementary school aged children. The games are developed by experienced teachers and are based on standard reading lessons. Games are available for each grade from K-5th and games incorporate multiple disciplines such as math and computer skills. The games are designed to be as intriguing and fun as possible for each grade level. There are also a variety of educational apps available on the website. The site is supported by child safe ads however which may be a downside for parents who prefer to use website without ads.

FunBrain.com also has a variety of games for free including math, reading, arcade and other games for K-8th grade children. Free books are available including best sellers and games are designed to be intriguing and interactive, and over 100 games are available. The site has offered kids games since 1997 and has expanded its offerings into comic books, free educational games and books, and more.

If you’re worried about your kids accidentally seeing web pages they shouldn’t when online, take a look at our very own Gecko Filter here.

Top Mobile Apps for Kids Under 5

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Kids today are certainly more technologically advanced than their parents were at their age and this has app companies tripping over themselves trying to invent the latest and greatest mobile apps that are savvy and yet can still be utilized by such young minds. Fortunately most companies are on the ball and by early this year there were more than a few mobile apps developed that are both kid friendly and parent approved.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Preschool Lunchbox is a fabulous semi-new app which is appropriate for kids between the ages of two and five. The snappy app includes five different games for kids to play, all hosted by an animated and witty little monkey who is more than willing to show little tots the ropes.

Games include jigsaw puzzles, memory and concentration and color matching as well as a couple other tried and true favorites. Each of the games has some chatty and lively background music which for some parents may become annoying, but it seems to get the kiddies excited about learning and the entertaining monkey is always a hit. It costs only $.99 to download so it is also economical and worth the price.

Monster’s Socks

Appropriate for kids three and older this app game would seemingly be too scary for youngsters if you went by the title alone, however the “monster” in this game that plays the role of host is anything but scary and kids fall in love with him right from the start.

The said monster has a peculiar problem: he has lost his socks and needs your child to help in finding them! Both monster and child will travel on a wild adventure looking for the lost socks which will expose them to constructing a bridge, sailing a boat and also bring them to the moon! The user has full control of the game at all times and it is great for those that love adventure but also like to figure out solutions to problems, all while helping out a friend who needs their socks.

The monster does spew some strange sounds which can get loud and possibly startle a young player so parents should monitor the volume but other than that this app offers quite an adventure and is truly interactive and easy to learn.

Toca Hair Salon 2

Toca Hair Salon part one was awesome enough but the newest edition really takes the cake. Perfect for ages three and up, though probably more coveted by the little girl population, this new edition has been revamped to include better scenery along with some new customers who desperately need an updated hair style.

The two new customers have wild personalities and are in the thick of a hair frenzy, seeking your child’s assistance in making them beautiful once again. There is a app that can be pre-downloaded to see the two newest members of the Toca Hair Salon family. The first one was quite popular but the new one is already surpassing the sales of the old. There have been few complaints whatsoever about this app other than the game doesn’t always save when a call comes in and is answered. And there is now a version available for the Kindle Fire as well.

At the low price of $1.99 your child will love the new challenges that this game highlights and the graphics are improved as well.

Dr. Seuss Books

Not a game app per say but rather a book app, kids under five will love the new features of this mobile app which is also available for the iPhone and Android. It comes with animated sound effects and vibrant illustrations and while the story is being read, the words light up so kids can easily follow which is great for them to learn phonics and other reading skills.

Kids can choose to narrate their own stories or listen to the professional narration already included in the app and they will enjoy a new feature that includes the pictures talking whenever they are touched. The app ranges from $3.99 to $4.99 and is well worth the price as it offers hours of entertainment.