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#1 of 22 Old 08-23-2007, 05:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A lot of sites are for older kids or teens, but I want DS to have some age appropriate and fun sites to use.

Right now his favorite sites are:
http://www.tvokids.com/
http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/letter-b/load.htm?f
http://217.116.240.211/index.php?_site=oline

What do your kids like?
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My 3 year old loves pbskids.org and nickjr.com

They are both easy for him to navigate. He actually figured them all out himself. I just loaded the websites into my bookmarks and showed him where to click. He figured out the rest. Once in a while he'll have a question about how to do something, but for the most part it is very kid friendly!

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pbskids.org and starfall.com are the favorites around here as well. there were a couple of really fun map websites which my son adores, but BooBah's not terribly interested.

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DD is not as much into it as her brother was. She'd much rather rearrange her little animals and have them talk to each other. But we have some computer games she likes... Clifford and Reader Rabbit type things.

He liked starfall.com, pbskids.org, and watching spaceships take off at the NASA site. We would just search for random movies sometimes, of different kinds of animals and places.

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Boowa and Kwala, DD loves this site and there are a lot of games. Mostly not overtly educational, but fun, and good for getting kids familiar with navigating around a site on their own.

http://www.uptoten.com/kids/boowakwala-home.html

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When dd was little starfall was her staple.

We stay away from nickjr.com though because of all the commercials

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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Thanks ladies. DS now likes PBS.org - esp. Curious George.
I've made links to uptoten and funbrain, but haven't tried them yet.

He has also tried the Telle Tubbies link, which I don't like, because one of the characters makes this awful crying sound, and when I hear it my milk comes in. I was upstairs changing DDs diaper, she was happy as a clam, and I hear this sound, and my boobs start leaking. Ugh!

Somewhat off topic, in the process I also learned that I need to re-evaluate how to speak with my 34 month DS. I don't give him credit, and too quickly assume he will not understand. Yesterday DD was breastfeeding but couldn't fall asleep because DS was playing on the computer and it was noisy. I repeatedly asked him to get off the computer and get his daddy. The real purpose of him getting his daddy was so daddy could take him outside, so I could get DD to sleep. When he repeatedly ignored me, I ended up mildly threatening him, at which point he immediatly turned down the volume of the computer and played quietly.

Yes, I am dissapointed in myself. I could have just as easily said, "Your sister wants to sleep. Please turn down the computer and play quietly." That's what I really wanted from him. And he knew that, even though I never told him.
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... watching spaceships take off at the NASA site.
My 34 mo DS loves this too!
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Yes, I am dissapointed in myself. I could have just as easily said, "Your sister wants to sleep. Please turn down the computer and play quietly." That's what I really wanted from him. And he knew that, even though I never told him.
Yeah, I fall into this, too.

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Oh! BeanBean loves watching things on YouTube, but there is PLENTY which isn't appropriate for children so it definately requires parental supervision.

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Oh! BeanBean loves watching things on YouTube, but there is PLENTY which isn't appropriate for children so it definately requires parental supervision.
Yeah, after DS watched Bee Season and the Spelling Bee documentary with me, he was really interested in the spelling bee, so we watched a bunch of videos on YouTube, but you do have to be careful. There were definitely some adult-themed spelling bees, and you couldn't tell until they started talking.

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My 24 month old loves watching anything about volvos or fireboats on YouTube. Isn't that weird? He has his favorite videos we watch again and again.

But of course you have to be careful because you never know what might be scary. He gets very upset if a car gets damaged in any way (because he personifies them). And of course there is so much inappropriate content out there that they could click on inadvertently.

But I came across another great site by chance which he especially liked when he was a bit younger:

http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-s...ittle-kids.htm

It has wonderful songs, very Pink Floyd like. My dh and I actually like it, which is a big plus!!!
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I have two sites to recommend:

National Geographic Kids Creature Feature (great for a kid into animals. There are short videos, animal sounds, photos and facts about various animals.)
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/A...eatureFeature/
There are a few ads, but they are quite minimal.

Peep and the Big Wide World (new 15 minute Peep video every day and a nice selection of simple games, plus NO commercials.)
http://www.peepandthebigwideworld.org

I'm super-restrictive about content, and these two both "passed" for me - nothing scary or age-inappropriate.
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Fabulous thread! My dd was a big starfall person at 2. She watches most of ths stuff the other kids watch around here, as well. But now she's 3 and it's the....drumroll please.....ELECTRIC COMPANY!!!! Yup....the clips are on youtube, and she doesn't seem to mind the 70's clothing at all, LOL. I know some of you moms may be too young to remember the Electric Company. It was a reading oriented kids show for those that had outgrown Sesame Street. Some of the stuff may bore a 2 or 3 year old. Some of the stuff may make you moms think "What in heck were parents thinking back then? The way "Easy Reader" (Morgan Freeman) relates to women isn't exactly kid stuff!" But check out "The Electric Company - C is for CA" and you'll see what I mean. My 3 year old is transfixed by the sillohuettes. I'm just waiting for her to ask about the hair styles!

Also on youtube.....The Muppet Show. It's not educational, but it's wholesome and funny. And Sesame Street clips that allow me to introduce my DD to things like the opera. There are at least 5 opera clips.

I'll post again when I get a chance to go through my bookmarks and see what else is good.

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www.uptoten.com - all my kids love this. it is awesome, but tricky to navigate.

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oops- this was posted already!

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kind of surprised I haven't seen this:
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/

it's my sons absolute favorite site & it is very easy for him to navigate - he loves being in charge & playing / doing it all.

he also loves national geographic as someone mentioned above...
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kind of surprised I haven't seen this:
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/

it's my sons absolute favorite site & it is very easy for him to navigate - he loves being in charge & playing / doing it all.
Yup, same here...dd1 LOVES it. My 21 mo. old likes the Elmo keyboard game. She can sit and press letters all by herself just like big sis.

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Oh, I forgot, jigzone.com is another of dd1's favorites. It's not a kid site but it is very tame and great for dd1 who loves puzzles any way she can get them!

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Don't think I've seen it from skimming, but Cambria loves

http://www.dailynoggin.com
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