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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.