Online games for kids

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  • If you can’t get your kids away from their computers, why not introduce them to a selection of online games that might teach them something too? They won’t even notice the educational element as they’ll be too busy having fun!

    Horrible Histories

    Teaches history
    A treasure hunt adventure full of fun and Horrible Histories facts like ‘Songbirds were a great delicacy for rich Tudors. Some were even baked alive inside pies’. Yuk! Stroll around the town collecting pieces of a treasure map, video clips and passwords, choose questions to ask people and find objects other people ask you to get for them. There are 4 adventures – Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, Awful Egyptians and Measly Middle Ages. Once you have all the passwords you can play the final Time Sewer Challenge and become a Horrible Histories expert. This is fantastic interactive game that’ll keep the kids busy for ages! Plus, they’re learning at the same time!

     Math Lines

    Teaches maths skills
    Make sums fun with Math Lines. You have to destroy balls by forming pairs that add up to 10 by pointing at them and shooting. You can also use one ball to destroy a group of same-numbered balls. It requires quick maths skills to explode all the balls. Be careful, it’s addictive!

    Double Trouble Fun

    Teaches co-ordination
    Based on the Disney film Tangled, Flynn, the courageous hero, is running from the guards. Help him escape and collect items along the way to help you pass to the next level. Fun and only requires basic up, down, left, right, jump, hide keyboards skills.

    Avengers Bunker Busters

    Teaches trajectories, speed and distances
    Information is received that Loki, Baron Zemo, Crimson Dynamo and Abomination have joined forces and you have to stop them! You aim and shoot an Avenger into the air, learning about trajectories by stopping the gun at the angle of your choice and choosing the right amount of power for distance. The Avengers act as cannonballs and destroy every baddie they come into contact with. It’s a bit frustrating while you get the hang of it, but then it’s fairly straightforward to progress to the next level. Try and get the boys away from this game at your own risk!

    Spongebob Squarepants’ Deep Sea Surgeon

    Teaches hand-eye coordination
    Spongebob is always a big hit with the kids, so a fun game with him as the star is bound to go down well. Spongebob is feeling under the weather and has some very strange objects inside him. Drag them through the maze of intestines, but don’t touch the edges or Spongebob will feel worse! It’s a bit like a virtual version of board game Operation. Great for fans of the TV programme and also for hand-eye coordination.

    Wallace’s Workshop

    Teaches engineering skills
    For
    budding engineers, this game will test your child’s problem-solving
    skills while they’re tinkering around in the workshop of Wallace, of
    Wallace and Gromit fame. You start off in the practice shed where the
    first thing you have to do is help Wallace build an object that
    transports a crash test version of Wallace to the Tube. If your design
    doesn’t work, you can always go back for a tinker!

    Code Breaker

    Develops memory skills
    Chase
    Stickybeard through the tunnels as he tries to infiltrate the den by
    memorising the level codes and repeating them to open the doors. There
    are five lights on each door, just copy which flashing lights in the
    correct order and the door will open. Great for practising memory!

    Spelling Bee

    Teaches spelling
    Do
    you have a child who loves spelling, or one who needs a little help?
    Make it fun with this Spelling Bee game. There’s even a mini Bee game
    for 5- to 11-year-olds. If you want to play a game without sound, you
    can play My family camping holiday with lots of activities including
    filling in letters (teaches spelling) and then you have to fill in what
    you’ve remembered from that exercise on the next page. It’s all good
    learning, but fun at the same time!

    Sesame Street’s Tooth Fairy Training

    Teaches basic day-to-day activities
    Help
    put the events in the right order with your magic fairy wand! Start
    with teeth brushing. Which comes first? Rinsing? Sleeping? Putting
    toothbrush on your brush? Get the video in the right order and you can
    move on! Perfect for little girls.

    Wordsearch

    Teaches spelling and concentration
    Fun
    online wordsearches that don’t need to be printed, including a Harry
    Potter and the Goblet of Fire search, animals, countries and more. Do it
    against the clock and see if you can beat your time! Kids will love
    this, but only if they have the patience to find all the words!

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