Friday, May 29, 2009

Terrific Tot Sites ~ KinderSITE provides a safe place for kids ages 2 and up to find games, music, songs and stories. There are hundreds of activities accessible for free through the site ~ think of it as a central location to find some of the best online activities for your child. From Joel Josephson founder/director:

"The Kindersite was founded in 2003 as I wanted safe and appropriate content for my 2 small daughters, who I have raised bilingually. The Kindersite is being used to introduce technology to very young children and for the teaching of English as a first and second language. Today the Kindersite is used by thousands of homeschooling families globally and over 18,000 schools in 157 countries that have registered."

All games, stories and songs are tagged with an age-appropriate category so you can quickly see if it's something that might work for your child. One of my favorite features of the site is the 'embedding' of the games/activities. Some of the games may come from external sites, but the Kindersite toolbar always remains at the top of the page so your child doesn't wander off into cyberspace.

Once you are a registered user {don't worry, I checked it out first for you!} you can use a search page to find activities for your child based on their age, activity type, educational value, etc. A link list will be provided for you and you can choose an activity from there. It's a great little search feature to help you find something quickly. You can take the Kindersite tour here. If you like one of the activities you are playing you can add it into "My Page" and save it for later too.

One of my favorite parts of the site for the toddler age group is the Lullabies of Europe. The lullabies came from a European Union funded education project called Languages from the Cradle. This page features lullabies in seven different languages {with translations} ~ a fun way to introduce new languages to your tot! Just choose one of the stars and you'll be able to watch a video version of a lullaby with a translation as well as several other lullabies. The lullabies will soon be offered as audio files to download also.

Kindersite also offers educational games/links for older kids too. Head over and take a quick tour. Hope you enjoy this Terrific Tot Site! To see more featured sites, click here!

1 comment:

Joel H Josephson said...

Many thanks to Jolanthe and the TotallyTots website for the kind and considerate review of the Kindersite. I hope you will find it useful and your tots will enjoy.