Quick Links: Sites for Grownups
Sites for Kids - Physical Health | Motor Development | Emotional Development | Language Development | Imagination | Mathematical and Logical Thinking | Social Systems
Sites for Grownups
PBS Parents offers comprehensive information about child development from birth through the early school years, addressing topics like school readiness, social and emotional development, raising boys, and more. The Children and Media guide gives tips for how to handle video games, TV, and other media with children of different ages. Spanish version also available.
Leading to Reading from Reading is Fundamental (RIF), is designed to help parents and childcare providers develop the language skills of their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. A section for adults includes articles and videos with advice and activity suggestions. The Babies and Toddlers and Preschoolers section features age-appropriate early literacy activities. In English and Spanish. This is a must-see site!
The Reading is Fundamental (RIF) parents page has additional information for parents of children age 0-4.
Math at Play from the Madison Metropolitan School District provides videos, articles, book lists and more to explore early mathematical development, and the important ways that caregivers nurture children's understanding of math concepts.
The Peep and the Big Wide World website from PBS provides a collection of activities to help preschool children learn simple science and math concepts. In English and Spanish.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Early Childhood includes information on teaching standards and practices, professional development, early childhood special education, and kindergarten entrance.
The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners is an online community for parents, administrators and staff of early education programs in Wisconsin. The site includes links to information on screening and assessment, 4-year old kindergarten, professional development for early childhood educators and more.
The Talaris Foundation attempts to bridge the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice by translating scientific knowledge into tools for parents and other caregivers.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers resources to professionals and parents, including information about accredited childcare programs and assistance in locating quality childcare.
Colorin Colorado? from public television station WETAprovides bilingual resources for teachers and families of English language learners. Check the Families/Familias section for ready to read tips for parent of 0-3 year olds and preschool children. Be sure to expand the menu by clicking on the + sign in front of each item in the left hand column. In English and Spanish.
Birth to Six from the Multonomah County Library provides lots of information about reading for parents of young children. It includes recommended book lists (books for babies, books for toddlers, rhyming books, etc.).
Zero to Three is an organization that focuses on the healthy development of children and families. Much of the information on the site is geared towards professionals, but the site also offers science-based information and tools for parents.
Hooray for Health is a health curriculum from PBS designed around the Arthur television series. Materials are available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Sesame Street Parents Page provides articles, tips and activities for parents of pre-school children.
Sites for Kids: Physical HealthHealth and Safety Games from Sesame Street include Brushing Teeth, Elmo's Potty Time, Head, Shoulder Knees and Toes, and more.
Health House from the Children's Museum of Inidanapolis includes explorations of nutrition (sort foods), healthy habits (practice toothbrushing and washing hands), active play and sleep.
Sites for Kids: Motor Development
GrooveIt from Arthur: children choreograph and perform their own dance using simple movements strung together in an order they choose. Print out the dance cards from this site and dance to music.
Boohbah Dance from PBS: children create a Boohbah dance by using sliders music and movement. Then have children dance along.
Sites for Kids: Emotional DevelopmentTikabilla Emotion Theatre: Children drag different faces on the character to represent different emotions.
Feelings Games from Sesame Street include Read a Face and Happy and You Know It.
Getting Along song: sing along with Caillou.
Sites for Kids: Language Development and CommunicationsLeading to Reading from RIF: Babies and Toddlers section features video and audio stories, nursery rhymes, games, lullabies and finger plays. In Spanish or English.
ABC Match from the International Reading Association (IRA): match initial letters with pictures to practice letter-recognition fluency and memory.
Alphabet Organizer from IRA: create a printable an alphabet book or chart by typing a word for each letter.
Alphabet / Letters Games from Sesame Street include Big Bird's Letters, Bumper Cars, Alphabet Soup and many more.
Cookie Monster’s Letter of the Day from Sesame Street: feed Cookie Monster by dragging the items that begin with the correct letter to his mouth.
Elmo Rhymes from Sesame Street: click on the picture that rhymes.
SuperWhy from PBS: try several games involving pre-reading skills such as Alpha Pig's Match Up, Rhyme Time Bingo or Wonder Words Match Up (teacher guide to games).
Story Time from the BBC CBeebies site for young children: watch and listen to stories being read.
Online Games from Get Ready to Read: watch Inky the Octopus and Gus the Bunny then explore early literacy skills like first letter sounds, rhyming words, and making compound words while watching animated stories.
Simple talking alphabet from Literacy Center.Net. Also available in Spanish, French and German.
Sites for Kids: Invention and ImaginationPoisson Rouge or Red Fish Soup is a delightful site for young children to explore. The site is completely visual, designed to let children too young to read discover and experiment. There are activities that involve numbers, letters, music, art and imagination. Teachers and parents may appreciate the user guide, but try not to direct children too much on this site!
Fimbles Music Maker from the BBC: compose and then listen to a tune.
Kaleidoscope from Boohbahs: create colorful patterns by moving 3 different lenses.
Mix and Paint from PBS Curious George: mix red, blue, green and white to make colors.
This is Emily Yeung: Online games and activities such as scrapbooking, building a sand castle, finger painting and others.
Animal Soundscapes from the BBC: create music by placing animal shapes and listening to their sounds.
Fancy Shoes from PBS’s series Franny’s feet: decorate a pair of shoes.
The World of Victor features very simple games, puzzles and songs for young children. Available in English, French, Spanish and Japanese.
Sites for Kids: Mathematical and Logical ThinkingCount Your Chickens, How Tall, Banana 411 and other games from from PBS’s Curious George: practice counting, estimating and other mathematical skills (teacher guide to games).
Games like Balancing Bunnies, Trash Stash, Hop to It and Splat from Peep and the Big Wide World explore skills like balancing, sorting, estimating and color mixing.
Dominoes Games from the BBC: practice matching skills.
Numbers and Counting Games from Sesame Street include Big Bird's Numbers, Counting with Elmo, How Many Are There and many more.
More Counting from math teacher Cynthia Lanius: click to count robots, fish and other objects.
Tangrams from PBS’s Sagwa series: practice geometrical and spatial thinking with tangrams.
Shape Tool from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: play with virtual geoboards to learn about different shapes.
Fixit from PBS’ Jakers series: work on logic and spatial skills by “fixing” broken items for Jakers the pig.
Simple talking numbers and shape matching from Literacy Center.Net. Also available in Spanish, French and German.
Sites for Kids: Social Systems
Mama Mirabelle from PBS: several activities to help preschoolers learn about the natural world.
Franny’s Feet from PBS: games and activities about exploring the world.
Panwapa Island from PBS: virtual world designed to inspire and children to be responsible global citizens.
Explore the world with Grover and make online postcards in Greetings from Grover from Sesame Street.
Last updated 6/29/2011