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Best Internet Sites for Kids Ages 8-10

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These days, we are just as likely to let our kids play on the computer as sit in front the TV (except for those strong-willed Moms out there who ban TV altogether—how do they do it?!) That’s why it's become more important than ever to make sure kids are getting the most from their time spent on the Internet—and we don’t mean just loitering around Club Penguin. We've created a three-part series of best Web site bets in small, medium and large-kid versions. Here's part three for pre-tween ages 8-10 with recommendations from our friends at Common Sense Media.

reef.jpgAmazing Reef Movie Maker
Finding Nemo isn't the only story out there in the coral reef! Kids get to make their very own movie casting the heroes and villains in their own underwater adventure. You’ll find this fun, educational game on Chicago's Shedd Aquarium Web site.
toy.jpgThe Toymaker
If you have access to a color printer, you're just a few keystrokes away from a whole toy chest of fun. More than 30 paper toys can be printed, folded, and glued together. Some of our favorites are the Fairy Furniture, Marble Mice, and a toy that never gets old: An Old Fashioned Pin Wheel. The best reason to visit? It's all free!
yucky.jpgThe Yuckiest Site on the Internet
Both bugs and bodily fluids fascinate kids, and this site delivers. The yuckiest part of the yuckiest site is the "Gross and Cool Body" section. There you'll learn about "poop, dandruff, sweat, zits, and ear wax. Hmm, suddenly the teenage years don't sound so bad.
rangers.jpg WebRangers
This outstanding site from the National Park Service promotes interacting with nature. The main objective is to complete more than four dozen activities—puzzles, mysteries and quizzes to earn your "WebRanger" status. Kids can also upload their nature-related photos and stories.
Excellent kids' search engine detangles the Web.This site directory and search engine was created and is maintained by librarians, so parents can feel safe about their kids surfing here to find useful and age-appropriate information. Administrators won't list sites that collect private information, charge a fee, are product-driven, or promote violence, hatred, or illegal activities.

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Danyel Connerley December 12, 2010, 11:35 AM

I think your rss feed is broken, please fix!

Drezi May 1, 2011, 3:10 AM

great post. :)

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