Fun & Educational Websites for Kids

Great Websites for Kids
A compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. The site is no longer actively maintained as of 2016, so some websites listed may no longer be available, but the list still has many excellent options, and by clicking on the subject areas listed at the top you can still see the websites recommended at the time. In response to evolving technology, the ALA (American Library Association) created a new committee, Notable Children’s Digital Media, which nominates a new list of websites each year. The 2020 list can be found here.  Or you can find links to lists from previous years here.

Starfall
A free public service to teach children to read with phonics, perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).

PBS Kids
A curriculum-based entertainment. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children.

Discovery Kids
An informational, educational and entertainment-oriented website affiliated with Discovery Communications, LLC.

National Geographic Kids
Features different people, animals, and places with facts, games, activities, and related links.

Fisher-Price
The official home of your favorite Fisher Price Toys and Baby Gear. Find parenting guides, playtime ideas, advice from experts, kids toys, baby toys and more!

KidsKonnect
Has printable worksheets for teachers and homeschoolers – a safe Internet gateway for kids created & maintained by educators.

EdSITEment
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides web access to some of the worlds great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities. Lesson plans are also available for educators.

Fact Monster
A free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects.

Encyclopedia.com
A free online encyclopedia with entries, article, facts, images and more from authoritative and respected sources often used in libraries.

Walking With Dinosaurs
Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.

DK Find Out
DK Find Out! is a general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics.

Exploratorium
Can’t get to the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum in San Francisco, CA? Their website offers hundreds of videos, apps, and activities on everything from what happens to meat when you cook it to why your voice sounds so good in the shower.

Engineering, Go For It
Presented by the American Society of Engineering Education, this online resource provides students and teachers alike with a comprehensive overview of all things engineering. While the teacher portal includes lesson plans, experiments and class activities, the student portal provides students Grade K-12 with information about engineering concepts, famous engineers, videos, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Animal Planet
Lets you explore cat breeds, dog breeds, wild animals and pets. Get exclusive photos and video, play games and more!

ARKive
The ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species. Includes endangered species videos, photos, facts & education resources.

Merriam-Webster’s Word Central
Offers kids a student dictionary, Daily Buzzword, and interactive word games.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government
Teaches kids from kindergarten through 12th grade about the federal government, from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

America’s Story from America’s Library
Explore U.S. history using primary sources from the Library of Congress. Kids can discover America’s Story, meet amazing Americans, explore the states.

Native American Facts for Kids
Website for younger readers presents material about American Indians in convenient question-and-answer format.

ABCMouse.com
With more than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is the most comprehensive online educational resource for young learners (ages 2–7+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.