Youngsters click on the left side of the home page to encounter
some of Nickelodeon’s biggest stars—Blue, Dora
the Explorer, Little Bill—along with coloring pages,
stories, and games. The right side is for parents, offering
a fabulous Activity Finder link that suggests more than 50
family-oriented activities, from arts and crafts to games
While not exactly living up to the claim that “It’s
like preschool on TV,” the online edition of this Nickelodeon-affiliated
channel uses well-loved characters like Oobi (a hand puppet
with eyes), Maisy the mouse, and the cast of Sesame Street
to serve up an entertaining e-curriculum of drawing, coloring,
and games that help children develop logical thinking and
Mister Rogers and the Teletubbies are waiting for your little
ones at pbskids.org, where tots can also help Clifford the
Big Red Dog give kisses to all of his friends. The “It’s
My Life” link is a terrific resource as children grow,
for times when they need help understanding everyday troubles
from bullies at school to drug abuse. Coloring pages, games,
stories, and music, too.
Yep, it’s that Ronald. Ronald McDonald and friends have
devoted an entire site to fun, with games like Color Grimace
and Wacky Wardrobe, where you have to find the missing piece
of Grimace’s outfit. Steal some of the Hamburglar’s
Robble Robble Riddles, and play alphabet games with Birdie
in her treehouse.
Sure we’ll tell you how to get to Sesame Street. Once
inside, kids can print coloring pages, play games, listen
to music, or explore Elmo’s world, where they’ll
make breakfast with Cookie Monster or choreograph a dance
with Zoe. The best part? E-stories that let kids interact
with their favorite characters.
Sports Illustrated’s junior partner has updated
scores and highlights (in a kid-friendly style), cool e-cards
of favorite athletes, and a ton of games like Rooftop Skater
and Sackfest. Tots can also watch online toons featuring soccer
phenom Freddie Adu and the Nets’ Kenyon Martin, or try
their hand at managing a fantasy baseball team.
Your kids have launched into space with them, gone on safari
with them, and dragged you to Madison Square Garden to see
them live, but now you can stay home and visit the insanely
popular Aussie children’s entertainers online. Come
here to listen to Wiggles tunes, color in pictures of Wags
the Dog and Dorothy the Dinosaur, play counting, alphabet,
and memory games, and find out the Wiggles’ middle names
(in the exhaustive FAQ section).
This colorful, easy-to-navigate site supplements the Almanac’s
list fetish with plenty of fun facts to hold a hyperactive
attention span (e.g., the first video game—Space War—was
played in 1962). Even parents might want to check it out:
The Kids Speak Out! contest offers some insight into who kids
consider to be the most important people in the world (hint:
It’s not mom and dad).
Yahoo’s search engine for the older child has links
to everything from sports highlights and fun games to science
news and popular movie summaries. There’s also a page
called Ask Earl, where kids can brush up on their trivia.