As summer kicked off in the last few years, I've been sharing tips and tools to help young students hone schools skills while having some fun. We learned about these 10 games in 2009, and these tips for keeping math skills in shape over the summer break in 2010.
It's time to add some fun new ideas for the summer of 2011!
Here's a set of free online game sites for young kids, that can be fun and educational. Most of these sites offer games that are appropriate for K through 6, with a few offering some games applicable to students in grades 7 and higher (Thanks to my son Dylan for his help putting this list together.)
Knowledge Adventure (http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/)
“Knowledge Adventure has been making educational games for kids for over two decades. Working with child experts, developmental psychologists and educators, it produces games loved by parents and children alike. The fun educational games created by Knowledge Adventure have won many awards, including the iParenting Media Award, the Toy Man Award of Excellence and the National Parenting Seal of Approval, to name a few. Here is Knowledge Adventure’s collection of one hundred fun, free online educational games for kids.”
Learning Games For Kids (http://www.learninggamesforkids.com)
“Educational games are a great tool for building foundation math and language skills that today's elementary school curriculum requires. These online learning games and songs for kids are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they're free. Want educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more? You've come to the right place!”
“This site contains the techniques, tips, and secrets used by master teachers!”
Play Kids Games (http://www.playkidsgames.com)
“Play Kids Games provides free online kids games that are both fun and educational. Aimed at ages pre-K through middle school, Play Kids Games offers kids a safe environment to discover their abilities and learn new skills with interactive and fun computer games.”
Hooda Math (http://hoodamath.com/games)
This site contains math games organized into three sections: Geometry Games, Arithmetic Games, and Logic Games. The Hooda site also contains a variety of additional resources for math teachers and students.
“Take a break from your homework and kick back with these fun games from Academic Skill Builders! Click a game button below to play.” Site contains many games, grouped into these categories: Language Arts, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions and Ratio Games, Angels & Coordinates, and ‘Fun Stuff'.
Math Playground (http://www.mathplayground.com)
“Welcome to Math Playground, an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun!”
If you want to share some sites you like that aren't in this list (or on the earlier posts), please comment and tell us about them. Thanks!
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