Teaching kids all about alphabets and numbers used to involve plastic blocks or glossy books. Of course, you had to throw in lots of patience too. The patience bit has remained unchanged across generations, but a few new teaching tools to help with alphabets and numbers have come into the picture.
In the Web 2.0 age, is it any wonder that they are online and browser based education tools? Now, a lot of households have computers.
So, it would be easier to head towards a website rather than a children’s bookstore.
Parents and guardians will appreciate the unique challenges that crop up when children start with their pre-schooling. I am getting some frontline action with my 3 year old niece. What probably helps today’s parents is the relative precociousness of the “˜digital age’ generation. They seem to be naturally drawn towards anything that’s interactive.
That’s the thought that bolstered me as I kept the books aside and headed to the Internet to find alphabet learning games for kids online. My search was for learning websites that could give some pre-schooling interactively. Children might have some fun while learning. With these ten websites, maybe we can have fun teaching them too.
Start off with a very simple way to learn ABC’s, but in a colorful manner. Learn Your ABC’sfrom Fisher-Price and its online games section is a Flash based tool. The game introduces the child to the letters, one at a time. The letters change in different colors and all the child has to do is to press any key on the keyboard.
Help The Monkey
Alphabet Antics is about a monkey who need some help with coconuts. The alphabet game has three levels. The game is about a monkey who says the letters out aloud and the child has to click on the right coconut to help the monkey clamber up the tree. With each wrong answer, the monkey comes down a notch or two. Also, choose between capitals and small letters to make the child recognize both.
Pick One From The Floor
Poisson Rouge has a bunch of games that appeal to kids between the ages of 3 to 7. On the colorful homepage, you get to see a lot of objects without any information on how to use them. That’s a deliberate design to encourage discovery by kids.
As the user guide explains, kids hardly read (and you can’t expect a 3 year old to read!). So you get games which teach you about letters and numbers starting from the real simple ones to others that teach more fundamental things like reading time or guessing colors. The site is completely ad free and supports French and English.
The Funschool game takes the child into a haunted house where letters are hidden. With the ghostly music playing in the background, the learning task is about discovering the hidden letters. Find out if the scary stuff helps kids remember letters more effectively.
Whacking Pesky Moles To Friendly Bees & Frogs
PlayKidsGames has a lineup of alphabet games which can thoroughly make your kid an alphabet whiz. The child can hammer the annoying moles in alphabetical order. He can help a little ugly frog lap up some letters for lunch. He can also help the bees build their hive of letters. And lots more. Most of these are Flash games.
From Matching Alphabets To Connecting Number Dots
ABCya! is another site with a lineup of Kindergarten children’s computer games and activities. Alphabet matching games and connecting numbered dots should be great primers for a young child. You need not delete the bookmark, as the child can graduate to games likeMake a Pizza and other puzzles. The site also features a few storybook based learning games.
Picking the BBC for pre-school learning sounds strange, but the BBC happens to be a great education resource too. Bernie and Bill, the two characters, are there to help you out with a few number games for ages between the ages of 4-11. I went back to Snakes and Laddersafter a long time.
Get The Numbers At Sesame Street
You can find Sesame Street on television. And it’s there with a host of learning activities on the web too. You can watch Mumford the Magician pull out numbers from his hat or any of the other four that are there in their Numbers/Counting category.
Finally, Chill Out At This Pretty Place
Orsinal is almost picture perfect. Although it’s not about letters or digits, it could be about developing motor skills as the games are quite rapid. The games should be simple fun for children. What’s really eye-catching are the graphics. Everyone deserves a break after some hard studying.
These ten sites with alphabet learning games for kids online could provide the right spark to take your kids from pre-schoolers to scholars. Okay, that’s a bit early to predict, but these sites are all about learning activities. Though, no one would advice that a child spends too much time in front of the computer; the PC has a becoming a great education tool for all ages. The only thing that we need to worry about is chocolate smudges on the screen.
Let us know about your favorite sites for some home schooling.
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