Indianapolis Children's Museum : In our opinion, the best children's museum in the world! And they have one of the best websites in the world, too! This link will take you to their games page for ages preK-2nd grade, but you can click on their home page to find great stuff for older kids, too.
NASA Kids Club: The official NASA site for kids is loaded with games and information about NASA missions, the Space Shuttles, the Space Station, and lots more.
Kikki's Workshop: Anything a kid could ever want to know about construction equipment can be found on the fun site from Japan.
Kids Astronomy : Space, space, and more space! Learn about the stars, the planets, the universe!
The Exploratorium Online Exhibits: Site from one of the premier Children's Museums in the country. This is one of the most fun sites ever!
The New York Philharmonic Kidzone: For listening, learning, and playing.
National Geographic Kids Page: Science, nature, geography, fun!
Haring Kids: Based on the art and work of Keith Haring, an interactive site with games, activities, ecards, and lesson plans.
FunBrain: The name says it all--learning AND fun!
Sparky: Great info and activities all about firefighting!
Suessville: All things Seuss!
Kids Newsroom : learning support activities for kids, parents, and teachers.
Kids Com: An educational and entertaining playground for kids 4 to 12. Games, monitored chat, and Key Pals. (As with all children's web sites that require registration, please monitor your child's activity closely, and make sure they understand the limitations and cautions.)
The Kidz Page: hundreds of free kids games, puzzles, activities, coloring pages, clip art & more for children, parents, teachers.
Creating Music: a children's online creative music environment for children of all ages. It's a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.
First School Preschool Activities and Crafts: The name says it all--an impressive range of ideas for teachers, caregivers, and parents, including themed units, activities centered around specific picture books, and general craft ideas.
Preschool Express: a site mainly for teachers and caregivers, it has lots of good ideas for activities based on different themes.
Everything Preschool : they say they have over 30,000 different activities! We haven't actually counted, but they sure have a lot of good ideas!
Turtle Diary: Activities in many different content areas for pre-K through 2nd Grade. You can access many of the very engaging activities for free, though there are ads on these content pages. You can also upgrade to a premium account to access the entire site, ad-free.
KaBOOM! Activity Cards: This site advocates for plenty of outdoor exercise for children of all ages. Their "Activity Cards" are high-quality, graphically compelling downloads that can be laminated to create a booklet of ideas for physical activity, primarily for school-age children (though many of the activities can be adapted for preschoolers).
Education.com Preschool Activities : Not only are there a good number of interesting activities on this site, but each activity is accompanied by photos to help describe the project.
Lane Public Library: This is our local library, with branches in Oxford, Hamilton, and Fairfield. They all have really great children's departments, with lots and lots of books, videos, magazines, and computer games.
Short Stories for Kids : Fabulous site with extensive collection of stories for infants through teens! Extremely well designed and organized site, featuring original stories, classic fairy tales and folktales, some with illustrations, all well written and captivating!
StoryPlace: The Children's Digital Library: A wonderful site with stories and activities in English and Spanish, maintained by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.
Kidspace at the Internet Public Library: This site is loaded with information about books, authors, and tons of other stuff! There are also lots of links to stories and fun stuff.
Kids Click:: This is a search engine to help you find information on the internet. The site was put together by children's librarians, and is a lot of fun to use!
Literature for Children and Young Adults: Compiled and maintained by Dr. Brenda Dales, this site has a wealth of links to sites with lists and information about all things literary.
Scholastic: The publisher of Harry Potter, Clifford, the Magic School Bus, and tons of other great kids books has a site full of things to do.
Children's Book Council: Has information about publishers, newly released books, literacy initiatives, and reading lists, as well as the Children's Choice Book Awards.
International Reading Association: Promotes literacy and maintains Book Choice lists generated by and for children as well as for teachers and parents.
Reading is Fundamental: One of the original literacy programs that is still a fabulous resource, this site contains information, suggestions, and links to help foster a lifelong love of reading.
FreeBookNotes.com--Bedtime Stories for Kids: Great list of links and resources to help make nightly story time (and any other reading time) fun, engaging, and enjoyable for everyone!
ChildrensBookStore.com: Bedtime Stories : This is a commercial site for an online retailer that specializes in children's books and is committed to early literacy. You can purchase books directly from the site, or use it as a valuable resource to identify great books by topic or age level.
PBS Kids: cool stuff about some of the fun characters from shows like Arthur, Sesame Street, Clifford, Dragon Tales, Teletubbies, Caillou, and lots of other fun stuff:
Discovery Kids: great activities from the cable network that brings us Ready Set Learn, Tutenstein, Grossology, Bindi the Jungle Girl, and more
Nick Jr.: some of our other favorite shows, like Blue's Clues, L'il Bill, and Dora the Explorer:
Zero to Three : There website describes them as "a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers." The wealth of resources, information, and links on this site is extensive and high quality, providing a valuable tool for parents, teachers, and caregivers.
COSI (Columbus Center of Science and Industry)--Classroom Activities: From an amazing science museum in Columbus, Ohio, this site has a list of several cool science activities for classroom or home school, most of which are adaptable for children in a range of ages from preschool through elementary.
Baby Sign Language : If you are interested in teaching your child to sign, this site has a wealth of information and resources. It's target audience is parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers, but the dictionary and other resources are great for introducing preschoolers to signing as well.
Safe Kids USA: A great site loaded with information about product recalls and making environments and experiences safe for children of all ages. (You can also check out the complete list of other safety related sites from Guardian Insurance at http://www.guardianinsurance.com.au/ArticleLibrary/Ultimate-Safety-Site-List.aspx.)
Home Safety Tips for Toddlers: Even though this is a commercial site from a bedding retailer, this link is to a page that offers a wealth of suggestions and resources to keep in mind to optimize the safety of your home for young children.
Kids and Bike Safety: Link to a pdf published by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), with a good summary of safe riding tips for kids.
Kids Bicycle Safety Guide : This page is loaded with information and links to help kids and adults learn about bicycle history, bicycle maintenance, and most of all, bicycle safety.
Motosport.com Ride Your Bike Safely : Rich resource of links for safety information for riders of all ages .
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI): A professional organization for early childhood educators and caregivers. The ACEI has a primary emphasis on research, and has a number of publications that would be of interest to parents as well.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The NAEYC is one of the major professional organizations for early childhood educators and caregivers. They have an extensive list of publications on a wide range of topics, many of which would be of interest to parents.
Kindersite: This non-profit site is designed for kids and teacher/caregivers in pre-K, daycare, home school, home care, or any situation where kids access computers. It offers activities as well as links to numerous activity and informational sites. Full access requires registration, but registering is free.