I have an enormous population of toddlers and preschoolers in my community. And while curling up with a board book or picture book is still a popular library activity, more and more caregivers want to allow their one, two, or three-year-old to experience online activities. Finding fun and age-appropriate websites isn’t always easy- especially for little ones who may not yet grasp the concept of “point and click.”
I’ve been working on a flyer/brochure with some good websites and helpful hints for online fun. Here are a few of the sites I often recommend for toddlers and preschoolers:
Colorful, musical, interactive, and no matter what you click, something fun happens.
A great site for toddlers to explore.
Simple games about everyday things like washing your hands, getting dressed, and making funny faces with vegetables. One of the best features- the mouse arrow turns extra large when it’s time to point and click.
FisherPrice- Learn Your ABC’s
A perfect game for babies or toddlers who have yet to master the keyboard or mouse. Any key pressed makes the letters morph onscreen.
ABC games for pre-readers (including American Sign Language alphabet demonstrations) to interactive storybooks for beginning readers.
Here you’ll find some of your preschooler’s favorite characters- Big Bird, Caillou, Clifford, and more. The games tend to require listening skills and a good grasp of point and click technique, so toddlers will need some help.
UpToTen- Boowa and Kwala
Games designed especially for children 0 to 6 years. Available in English and French.
More great characters and games from BBC kids.
In interactive, arctic world for young children to explore. Similar to Club Penguin- but for a younger user. Available in French, Spanish, and Inuit!
The banner ads tend to confuse younger children, but with some grownup help, the games are tons of fun.
Similar to Nick Jr. With some grownup direction, kids will find some of their favorite characters- like Max and Ruby and the Backyardigans.