Thought you guys here would have good ideas. We have done little to no screen time so far which has been fine, but it means I am kind of in the dark as to what is out there! We're spending 2 months in a very, very rural place without any structured activities for kids and frankly without much in the way of other kids at all (other than his 2yo sister), and I am working mornings while my parents watch the kids, but I'd like to give my 6 1/2 yo son the option to do a couple of online activities he can do on his own with little adult input (loose supervision- he'd be using a computer in the living room). Anyway, I am not envisioning hours and hours or anything, just something he can choose to do alongside his other options (playing outside, playing inside, bike and skateboard riding, piano, reading, drawing, swimming, etc). Oh yeah, and preferably free.
I am looking for things that are non-commercial and not tied to any media characters. I am also looking for stuff that is kind of more, I don't know, creative or open-ended than a lot of what I see. Definitely not drills or anything like that. He is having a reading explosion right now, but is not a precocious reader (currently reading: Captain Underpants, Asterix) so not too text-heavy. Very visual/spatial kid, very creative, not a methodical step-by-step kind of learner. He's got access through his school to this "chess magnet" thing but it looks a bit boring to me (he is doing it right now on my laptop which is why I'm thinking of it!)
I say non-commercial but is there cool stuff on the lego site? He does love legos and I'd probably make an exception for that.