Kid’s Links
The Arts

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The following sites are recommended for children from preschool through age 14, their parents, and other caregivers. Recommendations apply only to sites listed, not to any sites that may be linked from these sites.

A. Pintura, Art Detective.

Outstanding, clever, and stimulating site using a Dashiell Hammett detective style to explore art in some depth.

American Treasures.

Divided into three main areas—Memory, Reason, and Imagination—with approximately twenty items in each, this site is exceptionally rich. It is to be a continuously updated exhibit at the Library of Congress.

Inside Art

What if you were trapped inside a painting and had to solve a mystery to get out? An adventure inside art history.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The page for young people includes family guides, museum hunts, and art games. Features special sections on artists such as Winslow Homer.

Origami.

Clear instructions and elegant models in the traditional Japanese art of paperfolding from Joseph Wu in Japan. Contains links to many other origami sites, including “How to Make an Origami Crane.”

Museums

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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago.
The Adler opened on May 12, 1930, as the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, and continues today to interpret the exploration of the universe for the broadest possible audience.

The Art Institute of Chicago.

Includes activities for children. Excellent opening page with animated changes of the art images. Includes exploring “A Mysterious Mummy” and “Thousands of Dots” (about a painting by Georges Seurat).

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The museum offers nontraditional learning opportunities for children and their families. Includes explorations of dinosaurs and visits to “Rex’s Lending Library”

The Exploratorium, San Francisco.

An online version of a hands-on museum in San Francisco that permits you to do your own cow’s eye dissection or learn the science behind a home run. Be sure to visit the “Learning Studio.”

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Utterly fabulous site combining multiple museum holdings in an over 75,000-item database. Images are excellent, and you can send your comments and knowledge about the paintings to the museum. Requires plugins.

Illinois State Museum, Springfield.

Provides online exhibits about the Ice Ages and prehistoric mammals as well as a trip back to our Midwestern lands 16,000 years ago.

The National Air and Space Museum Web Site, Washington, D.C.

A part of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum contains resources about flight, airplanes, and space travel.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art and its collections belong to the people of the United States of America. European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and selected works on paper. Full-screen views of whole paintings and details allow close study. The site also includes information on artists and on the museum’s facilities and services.

Salem (Mass.) Witch Museum.

Useful since kids study this area of history. “Haunted Happenings,” a commercial part of Salem stuff, is very neat.

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Great site for gaining an understanding of the natural world and our place in it.

University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.

If you like paleontology, you’ll enjoy the online exhibits here (recommended for third grade and up).

WebMuseum, Paris.

This is an exciting collection of resources on many subjects ranging from Paul Cézanne, to information on Paris, to Medieval art treasures. Many images can be enlarged for closer viewing.

Music

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The Classical MIDI files.

Listen to classical music right on the Web in different midi levels. Includes Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Scarlatti, and Schubert.

Garden State Pops Youth Orchestra.

Learn how to read music and listen to musical instruments. Includes a daily calendar of musical history and many useful links to other music sites.

Piano on the Net.

A complete set of piano lessons on the Web. Put a keyboard next to your keyboard and you’re ready to go! With many links to other music sites.

For Younger Ages

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Carlos’ Interactive Coloring Book.

Kids choose the coloring tools they want to use and go to work coloring.

PBS Kids.

This site is full of all of your favorite PBS friends. Play games and watch videos with fun activities. Pick your own favorite.

The Crayola Home Page.

Everything you always wanted to know about crayons.

Download-a-Dinosaur.

Looking for a quick kids’ craft activity (try saying that five times fast)? Look no further.

Kaitlyn’s Knock Knock Jokes and Riddles.

Do you like knock-knocks and riddles the way we do—the worse the better? If so, here’s your site; hooray Kaitlyn!

Little Explorers.

Click on a letter of the alphabet and connect to, not one, but many, many pictures of works with that letter and hot links to Web sites about that word.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Includes activities for kids as well as show-related information for kids and parents.

Sesame Street Central.

The kids’ activities page with your friends from Sesame Street. Play games with Prairie Dawn, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster.

Theodore Tugboat Online Activity Centre.

This fun Canadian site shares stories and activities for younger children and their families

Thomas the Tank Engine Page.

Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans! Stories, games, and fun.

Animals

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Bat Resource Area.

Maintained by the Bat Conservation Society, this site includes bat facts, photos, pictures, and fascinating bat trivia, such as how to exclude bats from buildings.

Bear Den.

A comprehensive understanding of all members of the Ursidae (bear) family; allowing visitors to share in a visual and written celebration of the wonder we experience in the presence of bears. All you might want to know about bears. (Also note the Cub Den, which includes bear facts and bear book lists for kids.)

Children’s Butterfly Site.

A delightful site: pictures to color, facts to learn. Includes bibliographies of books and videos on butterflies.

National Wildlife Federation.

The Kids Page features articles in English and Spanish from Ranger Rick, the environmental magazine for children; a homework help section; and briefings on issues such as the wetlands, endangered animals, water quality and more. Search the site for the information you need. You can even take action by sending an e-mail message to your elected representatives on a wildlife topic.

Sea World/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database.

Designed especially for students and teachers, the Sea World/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database brings the world of wildlife to classrooms! Download cool animal facts, teacher’s guides, quizzes, activities . . . even check out live animal cams!

Tiger on the Loose.

Beginning with a newspaper account of a disappearing tiger, this is interactive game that teaches a great deal about tigers. Connects to the searchable tiger information center.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit.

A site where no amphibians are sacrificed for science, with instructions in many languages.

Whale Songs.

Want to know a particular cetacean’s size, shape, or color? Where cetaceans live? What cetaceans eat? Select a cetacean from this site for specific natural histories and information.

The Wonderful World of Insects.

Well-organized site to investigate insects of all kinds.

Worms at the Yuckiest Site on the Internet.

Includes informative interviews with Eddie Earthworm, Larry Leech, Tommi Tapeworm, Paulette Planaria, and Bearded Bobby.

Yuckiest Site on the Internet.

If you like cockroaches, visit it! Ask Wendell any yucky question in science.

The Dinosauria.

What do we know about dinosaurs? How did they live? How did they die? How do they live on today? Includes a section on myths and contains links to numerous other dino-sites.

World’s First Dinosaur Skeleton: Hadrosaurus Foulkii.

A site about the first dinosaur fossil found in the United States. Foulke had discovered the first nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur, an event that would rock the scientific world and forever change our view of natural history.

Zoos and Aquariums

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Animal Omnibus.

An indexed reference list of animal Web sources. If you are searching for a particular animal, this site will provide links to information on that specific animal as well booklists (bibliographies).

The Electronic Zoo.

If it has to do with animals, pets, or vets on the ’Net, you can find it here. Created by a veterinary doctor, this site is powerful in the information it offers.

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.

The Lincoln Park Zoo Web site strives to build understanding and respect for wildlife and natural lands across the world. Information on more than 1,000 animals in their zoo as well as great animal photos.

Monterey Bay (Calif.) Aquarium Online.

The “E-Quarium” site gives you a look at how one of the newest and most elaborate aquariums in the country works, learn about the effects of El Niño, and see how the sea otter population is being preserved.

National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, this aquarium’s site has a current exhibit on ghosts of the water (jellyfish) as well as trivia quizzes on frogs.

Official Keiko Home Page, Newport, Ore.

Visit Keiko, an orca whale, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. This project takes cam shots of Keiko and offers information on re-introducing Keiko to the wild. Keiko was the star of Free Willy. Requires plugins.

Oregon Zoo, Portland.

In the “No Adults Allowed!” section you will find outline information on all of the animals in this zoo collection with terrific pictures you can use for a report. Emphasis on saving endangered species.

San Diego (Calif.) Zoo.

You can play “Gulp!” at different levels or do a puzzle in “Baby Talk.” This Zoo cares for 3,800 animals (800 different species) and creates outstanding natural habitats for its animals.

Sea World/Busch Gardens: Animal Resources.

Want to know about Beluga whales or bony fish or gorillas? This is the site to locate information or fun facts about a terrestrial or aquatic animal. It often includes book lists for projects or general reading.

Wildlife Conservation Society at Bronx (N.Y.) Zoo.

Opportunity to adventure with Pablo Python. Strong environmental and conservation approach. The photography and layout of text are excellent. Requires plugins.

ZooNet for Kids.

A subset of ZooNet that suggests links to many animal/zoo activities and programs.

Environment

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Dodoland.

This is a kids online e-zine on the environment that includes a page of wishes for the earth written by children.

FEMA for Kids.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps people who have been in a disaster. They also teach people what to do during a disaster and what to do before a disaster happens.

Kids F.A.C.E. Kids For A Clean Environment (Kids F.A.C.E.®)

is an international children’s environmental organization started in 1989 by a nine-year-old child. The club, with a current membership of 300,000 worldwide, was established to help children who want to learn more about the world in which they live, provide a way for children to be involved in the protection of nature, and connect children with other children who share their concerns about global environmental issues.

MBGnet-Kids Page.

The Missouri Botanical Gardens site allows kids to explore different biomes as well as freshwater and marine ecosystems.

El Niño Theme Page.

Basic information on the nature of El Niño, including its benefits.

POPClock Projection.

A daily update of the U.S. population by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more information go to the U.S. Census Home Page at

Rain Forest Web Community.

This Web site provides information about the rain forest’s community, its leaders, and the many special residents who live there.

A Science Fair Project Resource Guide.

An excellent resource from Internet Public Library that links kids to all sorts of exceptional resources for their projects.

Sierra Club.

This site offers a number of pages on forests, trees, and the air. The Sierra Club is a nonprofit, member-supported, public-interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions—legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.

The Skinny on . . . the Color of Snow.

One of many explanations of scientific questions written by Hannah Holmes for Discovery Channel.

Tsunami.

Everything you want to know about tsunamis (tidal waves).

USA Today Weather.

Weather by USA Today news.

The Weather Dude.

A weather page especially for kids, parents, and teachers from KSTW-TV weather forecaster Nick Walker. Includes musical meteorology.

Astronomy

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Aboriginal Star Knowledge: Native American Astronomy.

Stone Medicine Wheels began 2,200 years ago on the northern plains of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Examine how the Medicine Wheel works and study Native American legends and folklore behind the stars.

Astronomy for Kids.

The solar system, planets, sun, stars, asteroids, and galaxies are all available in this site.

The Aurora Page.

What is the “aurora?” What causes it to happen? Information, links, and images about the Northern Lights.

Basics of Space Flight Learners’ Workbook.

This module is the first in a sequence of training modules that pertain to space flight operations activities.

The Constellations and Their Stars.

Need information on stars, constellations, the Milky Way? The first thing you need to know is that constellations are not real!

Earth and Moon Viewer.

“Presents an earth map—you can see where it is day, or night, right now. You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe.”

Hubble Space Telescope’s Greatest Hits 1990–1995.

The Hubble space telescope evokes a new sense of awe and wonder about the infinite richness of our universe in dramatic, unprecedented pictures of celestial objects. Like a traveler sharing their best snapshots, this site presents a selection of Hubble’s most spectacular images.

The Jason Project.

A scientist and explorer opens the door to discovery to children. After receiving thousands of letters from children who were excited by his discovery, Dr. Ballard and a team of associates dedicated themselves to developing ways that would enable teachers and students all over the world to take part in global explorations using advanced interactive telecommunications.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Find out how to get photos from space, see a launch, get a lesson plan.

National Air and Space Museum.

Here, in virtual space, are the objects that made the dream of flight a reality. Each is a reminder of a noteworthy achievement and evokes the spirit of its own particular time.

SETI Institute.

This site serves as a home for scientific research in the general field of life in the universe, with an emphasis on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

Space Day.

Help celebrate the wonderful world of space exploration. Listen to audio files of the four-hour, interactive Webcast that took place at this site on Thursday, May 6, 1999. Hear what former Senator John Glenn and other astronauts, astronomers, scientists, educators, and filmmakers had to say about what’s so cool about outerspace. Requires plug-ins.

StarChild.

Explore the universe at this colorful site maintained by NASA.

Science

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Earthquakes.

All you want to know about earthquakes.

The Mineral Gallery.

Explore rocks and minerals. Includes pictures.

Earthquakes for Kids & Grownups.

From the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn about past, present and future predictions for earthquake activity. Includes neat facts about quakes, science fair project ideas and answers to frequently asked questions about earthquakes.

Primordial Soup.

The history of life on earth: paleontology, wonderful graphics, and interactive components.

RiverResource.

Find information on rivers around the United States.

Volcano World.

Find details about volcanoes, their eruptions, and more. Part of a NASA project.

Money and Finance

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Kidscapital.com.

Helping Families develop great money management conversations and practices

Kids’ Money Store.

Featuring Hundreds of Kids’ Money Books, Audio Books, Videos, Banks, Games and Other Learning Activities. …

Kids and Money

Worried about your kids’ problem money behaviors such credit card abuse, shoplifting, teen gambling, impulsive spending, or gimmes?

American Numismatic Society

All about coins, medals and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The largest producers of security documents and postage stamps in the United States.

Investor Words

The largest glossary of financial words you’ll find anywhere, online or off.

Money Museum

Anything you’ve always wanted to know about money and more…

Games

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The following sites are recommended for children from preschool through age 14, their parents, and other caregivers. Recommendations apply only to sites listed, not to any sites that may be linked from these sites.

FunBrain.com – The Internet’s #1 Education Site for K-8

Contains educational games that improve your math, science, and grammar skills.

Fun and Games – BONUS.COM the SuperSite for Kids

Brain games, multiplayers, mazes, puzzles, arcade games, and other online activities.

Kids Games

Looking for kids games? How about rules for playground games, verses for jump-rope rhymes, and much more??? You have come to right place!
Descriptions and rules for dozens of traditional children’s games, including indoor and outdoor activities.

Internet Games for Kids

A quick guide to all we have to offer here at Internet Games for Kids.

Kids games and activities for free.

Great jigsaw puzzles and …
Fun kids games and kids acitivites. … kids games – jigsaw puzzles, racing games, coordination games, mazes – and many more activities for kids to choose from.

Zoopz.com

Games for kids. Digital arcade and creative arts activites created especially for kids by Meyers Labs.
Description: Zoopz.com – Creative arts and digital arcade games created especially for kids by Meyers Labs.

Zeeks.com | Fun and Games for kids – EZine and BBoards!

Games, multimedia projects, meta-search, personal calendar and bulletin boards, all for kids.

funschool.com – Free Interactive, educational software

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Large collection of educational games for kids from Pre-K to 6th grade includes Circus Fun, Rivets…

Year Round Holiday Games for Families

Helps in supporting our continuing efforts to provide free holiday games for children, families, educators, and non-profit organizations.
Provides printable word searches, scrambles, mazes, and other games appropriate for children.

Fun and Games for Kids

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