Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

What do your kids do all day on these hot summer days?  Around here, it's just been too hot to even play outside.  We have gone to the pool so much that we smell like chlorine on a daily basis.  There are some days when the kids just want to hang out inside and enjoy the air conditioning.  The only problem with that is eventually I'll hear, "Mom, I'm bored!"

While the kids do spend plenty of time playing board games, playing with toys, building forts out of blankets, using their imagination, and arguing with one another, they still want to watch tv and play on the computer.  I'm not here to argue why or why not children should or shouldn't be allowed to watch television and play on the computer, but I am here to tell you about some of the fun and free activities that are available.  (Just FYI, my kiddos are allowed one hour of tv and computer time per day during the summer.  Less during the school year.)

Here is a list of some of the websites my children have played on throughout the years.  All of them are free, although some of them offer additional activities for a fee.

Starfall  (this one is great for helping children learn to read)

Poptropica (I like this one because there is no noise and the kids have to use their brain to figure out puzzles)

Time Island (this is a new one and the kids have enjoyed it so far)

Club Penguin (this is my son's favorite)

PBS Kids (lots of cute things to do with their favorite PBS characters)

Noggin/Nick Jr (lots of cute things to do with their favorite Nick Jr and Noggin characters)

CBeebies (lots of cute things to do with their favorite BBC characters)

Whit's End (you can listen to Adventures In Odyssey for free)

Lego (fun for the lego lovers)

Toontown (my 4 year old and 8 year old LOVE this one)

JellyTelly (lots of fun activities)

Veggie Tales (lots of fun activities)

Playhouse Disney (lots of cute things to do with their favorite Playhouse Disney characters)

Do you have any more to add?

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