Set Your Sites on Toddler Learning: Top Online Spots for Tots
The Internet isn't just for big kids anymore. An influx of online games for toddlers (yes, toddlers!) has made learning colors, numbers, and letters easier than ever. You may be surprised how early your preschooler can point, click, and learn her way through fun educational games. We've gathered a list of the best websites for you and your tot to explore and enjoy.
- Nick Jr.
Formerly Noggin, NickJr.com transports your toddler into her favorite shows like Moose & Zee, Wonder Pets!, Max & Ruby, Dora the Explorer, and more. She can play games, go on adventures, and create crafts with her favorite characters. There is a family section with health tips, vacation ideas, recipes, how-to videos, and more.
- PBS Kids
PBS Kids is the one-stop website for all your child's favorite characters and shows, including Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman, and Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop has videos, coloring pages, stories, music, and Elmo's World. The games teach letter recognition, colors, numbers, and even cooperation, feelings, and other cultures. Another classic that parents can appreciate is Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The site's games and activities are designed to boost kids' self-esteem and teach basic life skills.
Starfall is a great educational site for young children learning their ABC's or starting to read. The activities are interactive and simple, and make learning fun. Toddlers can also keep their baby sign language fresh with the sign language lessons offered.
This site offers simple games that encourage the exploration of foreign languages, music, and art. Preschoolers can learn their ABC's and improve vocabulary in English and French, put together puzzles, create music, and more.
At Kneebouncers, you and your child can go on a train ride, jump on the bed, make music, and play peek-a-boo. Preschoolers can learn their ABCs, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Designed by parents, this brightly animated and vivid site combines fun activities with educational purposes. Play time with a colorful cast of characters -- Sly Cat, Caesar, Freddy, Horatio, Foo Foo, and Sammy -- is just a click away.