The Parent’s Web Kit for Smart and Creative Kid Stuff
There are thousands of sites on the web with games and activities for kids. Savvy parents know that by directing their kids to the right ones, they can turn a dull afternoon into something much more fun and creative. You’ll be pleased to know that this guide is designed to help parents find family fun that really teaches kids something.
Travel and Recreation
- American Camp Association: The ACA website helps parents and kids find the right summer camp, and helps teens find great summer jobs.
- Association of Children’s Museums: With an easy to use search form, parents can find children’s museums around the world.
- Lonely Planet: Tips and articles for travelling with kids to dozens of destinations are provided.
- National Park Service For Kids: NPS’ portal helps kids and families plan their next outdoor adventure.
- Travelforkids: With a travel planner for families and book suggestions for kids, this helpful site is a must read.
- Web Rangers: Over 50 games and projects are available for junior rangers to explore and learn about the National Park Service online.
- 10 Construction Projects: The Science channel teaches kids to make batteries from coins, stink bombs, volcanoes and even a lava lamp.
- Built by Kids: Teaches kids the “ABC’s of DIY.”
- Cooking with Kids: The Food Network offers recipes, tips and advice for cooking with kids.
- Cooking with Kids for a Healthy Future: Offering free educational materials as well as a complete curriculum for purchase, this program provides recipes as well as nutrition education.
- Kids Gardening: Has tips and projects for kids at home and school to help “young minds grow.”
- Science Experiments: National Geographic for Kids has dozens of experiments and activities that kids can do alone or with help.
Holidays and Parties
- 15 Easy Christmas Decorations: Real Simply provides instructions and tips for homemade decorations.
- Disney FamilyFun: Crafts, costumes and decoration ideas are offered for every holiday.
- Handmade Halloween Costumes: Parents.com provides 16 “totally simple” crafty, homemade costume ideas.
- A Kid’s Heart: Help every member of the family celebrate like a kid with these ideas and activities.
- Martha Stewart: Tips and advice on planning kids’ birthday parties from the Queen of planning, entertaining and decorating.
- Passion for Parties: Ideas for everything for a great party from themes to recipes.
Arts and Crafts
- AmazingMoms: Offering arts and crafts projects on everything from paint to homemade playdough.
- Busy Bee Crafts: Seasonal, edible, outdoor and animal craft ideas are offered for kids of all ages.
- DLTK’s Crafts for Kids: Unique craft ideas, printable pages and more can be found at DLTK.
- Firstpallette: Step-by-step instructions are provided for a variety of crafts.
- Pitara: The kids network has interesting, inexpensive projects broken down by age and grade.
- Squigly’s Arts & Crafts: Kids can learn to make a telephone with cans and their own marbles from clay.
Books, Movies and Music
- A Matter of App: Written by an educational media researcher, this blog provides ratings and suggestions for the best apps for kids.
- Association for Library Service to Children: Lists of past and present award winners and honorable mentions for every major children’s book award are available all in one place.
- Common Sense Media: With over 17,000 reviews of shows, movies, music, books, video games, websites and apps, this website helps parents choose entertaining and appropriate media for their kids.
- Kids in Mind: These movie reviews include information about sexual content, nudity, violence, gore and profantity.
- KidsReads: Reviews, author interviews, feature stories and upcoming releases on the best kids books.