As a member of the Pong and Pac-man generation it blows my mind how many incredible, intelligent, internet games are available. For free. Blows. My. Mind. When we were kids, games like these would take super computers that filled office towers and cost a gazillion dollars, give or take a bazillion or so. (That and they required a time machine.)
Over the years we found a number of really fabulous online games that are more accessible than that. We're pretty choosey. They need to be:
- Smart: our kids need to be learning something worthwhile along with the playing.
- Safe: if there is online interacting, we need to know our kids aren't being preyed on or manipulated. Sadly, this can happen.
- Free: no explanation needed required.
Here's our go-to list:
1. PBS Kids
- Electric Company and Wild Kratz get played often around our house. But we've gone through Arthur, Super Why and Curious George phases.
2. TVO kids
- We've been using this site for many years and it has grown along with our kids. The site is in two parts: "Ages 2 to 5" and "Ages 11 and under". The Tumbleweed games are hits in our house, especially Seed Ball.
3. Cool Math 4 Kids
- Games that make math (more) fun. They really do! Our favourite so far is the lemonade stand.
- My two kiddos have outgrown this site of sweet and simple games for babies and toddlers. Sigh...
5. Poisson Rouge
- You can play these games in French, English, Chinese or Greek (just hover over the castle in the bottom right corner and click on the flag of your choice).
5. Lego Games
- The only commercial site on our list. We are dyed in the wool Lego fans (as you may know from our Lego kit hacks). This had to be on our list.