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Arts and Crafts Sites
Nature and Animal Sites
Sites for Younger Kids
Sites for Grade School Kids
Sites for Tweens and Teens
Family Sites

Kids Give Back
• FreeRice.com offers kids the chance to donate grains of rice for each synonym they guess correctly. 
• The Literacy Site asks kids to click on a button daily so sponsors will pay for books for kids. Sign up to get the daily reminder in your email box.

Arts and Crafts Sites

• ActivityTV.com is a new website for kids that features videos of great arts & crafts activities, cooking projects, magic tricks, science experiments, and more. What's really cool is you can also view original Lego movies made by kids.  Activity TV is also an on-demand channel.

• FamilyFun.com offers a variety of ideas of things to make at home, kid jokes, games, recipes for everyday fun and the holidays.

• Internet Public Library’s Kid Space is a great website for kids to find information on a variety of topics.

• sharemycraft.com is a craft and creativity website that has terrific and kid-friendly how-to videos.

• The San Francisco Symphony presents classical music and music education in a way that everyone can enjoy.


Nature and Animals Sites

• San Francisco Department of the Environment brings their messages on the importance of recycling and reuse right into your home with local enviro news and contests for kids.

Webrangers is a great site by the National Park Service that has activities and games (best for ages 6 to 13). This site is also translated into Spanish.

San Diego Zoo’s Kids Page has animal games and much more.

Sites for Younger Kids

 Arthur is a website based on the PBS show and features games and activities.

Starfall.com helps kids recognize letters, learn phonics, and read easier books online. There are also free print-outs that can be downloaded.

Eekoworld is an interactive and informative ecology site by PBS.

PBSKids.org features all of your favorite PBS characters in games, coloring pages, and music fun.

Nick.com and Noggin features games, Nickelodeon television show scoop, and an arcade with all of its most popular TV show characters.

• Speakaboos features story book reading with pictures, vocals and words to read along. 

Sites for Grade School Kids

San Francisco Public Library's website has listings of fun activities at your local library and also online homework help.

• Starfall is an educational site focusing mainly on helping kids learn to read and practice reading skills. The site is set up so kids can progress from learning their letters and sounds, to putting together words and sentences, all in such a fun way, they don’t realize they’re learning at all!

• Funbrain.com offers Math Arcade, language and science fun and don't forget Sudoku.Games are sorted by grade level.

• Scholastic Kids offers cool I Spy and Captain Underpants games and activities as well as many more.

• Kahn Academy is an amazing website that offers FREE materials and resources for a wealth of academic topics for parents, students, teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone who wants to learn. There are over 2,400 videos in their library, covering K–12 math, science, humanities, finance, history, and more.

KidWebsites.com is the leading guide to the best in kids' websites. Find educational sites, sites specifically for girls, craft sites, sports sites, coloring pages, and more.

• National Geographic Kids offers nature, science, games, experiments, brain teasers and more.

NASA for kids! Space crafts, videos from space, and activities can be found at this educational site.

• Puzzle-maker can create cool crossword or word search puzzles with your friends' names or other fun words.

• Schoolhouse Rock gets everyone brushed up on their grammar, science, multiplication, money, and more.  Find the words to all your favorite songs and sing along.

Sites for Tweens and Teens

• Fourth Story Media.com is a site that tells stories across the web, mobli phones, and other forms of media.

Neopets.com is a virtual pet site on the internet. Cute!

Miniclip.com offers online games from sports to driving.

• The U.S. government interagency Kids' Portal will get kids interested in politics.

• Speaker Nancy Pelosi, our representative in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, has a site with lots of good links about Congress.

• Thinkquest.org is the home of The Oracle Education Foundation's yearly web design competition for youth ages 9 to 19. Students (and their teachers) create an educational website geared toward youth. Thinkquest.org also has a great library of websites created by students from around the world as part of the competition.

• Runescape.com - kids create a character and train it for a quest with mystical and mythical creatures.  Players can play against others in cyberworld. There is a parents' guide for complete understanding of the game.

TeenMusic.com features interviews with the hottest stars.

TeenInk.com features content written by teens for teens.

TeensPoint.org lets you review books, music, and movies. Check out the poetry slams, too.

Family Sites

• Common Sense Media is the best site on the web for articles and reviews of TV shows, other websites, movies, games, books, and music. Not sure what your kids are listening to, playing, or watching? On this website you can search for the best media by age and media type.

Safekids is your family guide to making the internet and technology safe, fun, and productive and includes blogging tips and kid rules for online safety.

• FamilyTLC.net is an interesting site with activities sorted for kids by age, designed to enhance parent/child relationships. The site also has a resource library of articles with relevant information for every age group.

• WhatTheyPlay.com gives parents a fast insight into video game content. You are able to sort of consoles, genres and age groups. 

•  Kidsites.com is a guide to the best kids sites on the web.  Find animals, history, music, girls' interest, crafts and parent sites.

• ReadKiddoRead.com. James Patterson, nationally known author, creates a website of book lists broken down by page turning books to advance levels.  Books selected help to motivate kids to read, even the reluctant reader.


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