27 Ways to Use the Internet to Help Keep Your Toddler or Preschooler Occupied While You Are Homeschooling

One of the biggest challenges many homeschoolers face is keeping toddlers and preschoolers occupied while trying to homeschool an older child. Later this week, I will post about things you can do that don’t use the computer, but today I wanted to give you some internet resources that you can use with toddlers and preschoolers:

  • agKidZone – if you thought Strawberry Shortcake, the Care Bears, and Holly Hobbie were things of the past, think again. This site offers themed games, activities, and printables
  • Aven’s Corner offers preschoolers fun, educational games and activities.
  • Baby Gamer has collected links to games and activities for infants and toddlers and categorized them (i.e. A,B,C’s, Animals, Plants, Drawing, etc.).
  • Baby Smash is a free program that you can install on your PC. It not only locks the keys so that your baby can pound on your keyboard without damaging any of your files or applications, it also draws letters, numbers, and shapes while playing sounds. My daughter really enjoys this program and will play with it for 5 -10 minutes while I read to my son (which is a long time for her). Baby Smash is a copy/homage of AlphaBaby, which is for Macs.
  • BBC’s CBeebies site is sort of the equivalent of the U.S.’s PBS site, it has games and activities that correspond to the UK’s preschool television shows
  • Chateau Meddybemps provides lots of fun and educational games and activities for preschoolers.
  • Count Us In Games offers games designed to teach basic math concepts. The games can be downloaded to your PC also.
  • Crayola Creativity Central  is a collection of Crayola-themed games, coloring pages and other activities for preschoolers.
  • Duplo Fun Zone – is a fun place for Duplo-themed games and movies for young children (I do want to warn you that the “movies” are just glorified commercials).
  • Fisher Price’s website has games, activities, and coloring pages for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Funschool Kaboose’s preschool page offers games and coloring pages.
  • Fun with Spot is an adorable site with Spot the Dog-themed games, activities, coloring pages, and stories.
  • Goodnight Stories has some stories that your child can hear being read while she turns the pages of her own book (Make Way for the Ducklings, Guess How Much I Love You, etc.).
  • HiT Entertainment is the “home of popular children’s entertainment properties, such as Bob the Builder, Barney, Thomas and Friends, Pingu, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, and more.” The site has games, videos, and activities that are based on their shows.
  • IKnowThat.com is a site with educational games and “movies” for preschoolers.
  • Jan Brett’s website offers games, activities, and printables based on her numerous award-winning books.
  • KneeBouncers is a website with games for toddlers. Toddlers do not have to hit specific keys to play the games, instead, any key will cause an interaction, such as a police car to sound it’s siren, a shape to appear, a balloon to be counted, etc.
  • Literactive is a free phonics site with lots of pre-reading fun.
  • Nick Jr. has games, activities, and videos based on their many popular preschool television series.
  • PBS Kids has games, activities, and videos based on their many popular preschool television series.
  • Playhouse Disney has games, activities, and videos based on their many popular preschool television series.
  • Sesame Street’s website is a place where your preschoolers can watch Sesame Street videos, play games, and more.
  • Seussville is the place for Dr. Seuss-themed games and activities.
  • Sheppard Software has educational games for preschoolers.
  • Starfall is a site devoted to teaching phonics with games, videos, stories, and more. Their “A, B, C’s” category has age-appropriate options for preschoolers.
  • Storyplace has online stories and activities, as well as printables, for preschoolers.
  • Storyline Online is a site with videos of famous people, such as Al Gore, James Earl Jones, Tia and Tamara Mowry, Elijah Wood, and more, reading children’s books out loud. Book titles include A Bad Case of Stripes, Stellaluna, Brave Irene, Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch, etc. The site also gives related activities that you can do offline with your child.
Do you know of any other good sites that I missed?
Labels: Online Learning, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff