pbskids.org Another one for pre-schoolers, although they may need help navigating around the site. They can choose songs to sing and dance along to, match shapes and colours with the help of friendly dragons and interact with their favourite TV characters including Barney and the Teletubbies.
www.ziggityzoom.com For children 2-8 years. Games, puzzles, mazes, colouring exercises and audio stories. Kids will also be able to explore play worlds where they can interact with colourful characters such as princesses and dragons in virtual worlds.
www.funbrain.com Ten points for the names of the games on this site. Kids can learn their parts of speech with the Grammar Gorillas, and test their science knowledge with Proton Don. Also has engaging blogs for girls 6-9 and girls 10+and boys 6-9 and 10+.
www.primarygames.com There is lots to do on this website for children in primary school, including breeding virtual fish, building snowmen, and playing chicktionary - a fun version of scrabble with chickens. There is also a range of maths, social studies and science activities.
www.eduplace.com/tales/ WackyWebTales is a site for teaching the parts of speech and the fun that can be had with words.Children are asked to suggest adjectives, verbs, people and places and these are used to create fun and as the name suggests wacky rhymes.
www.kidsites.com/ This has a whole range of educational sections on history, science, animals, maths, dinosaurs, as well as activities and games. Kids can build their own aliens and learn to play chess.
NASA Kids; Club has space-themed games, information for children about NASA and what it does. Kids can build virtual rockets and test their knowledge of the solar system. Activities vary in difficulty depending on their age.
www.clubpenguin.com/ Disney&Club Penguin is a virtual world for kids. They can dress up their penguin, decorate their igloo, chat with other members, read blogs and comics, submit their own art and print out Club Penguin colouring pages. The site offers safety advice for parents, who can choose between two moderated chat settings for their children. Membership starts at US$6 for a month.
www.mission-on.co.nz This website requires a fast internet connection. A SPARC and government initiative, it 's meant to encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Kids can learn how to kick rugby balls, find out about different foods and earn points that can be redeemed at a virtual rewards shop. For 5 to 12 year olds.
www.nzpost.co.nz/myfuture A tri-lingual educational website sponsored by NZ Post that asks kids to plan their birthday party for the year 2050, choose a venue, think about how much they will need to spend, and who they will invite. Kids can choose to answer questions in English, Maori or New Zealand Sign Language.
www.wcl.govt.nz/kids/ A Wellington City Libraries website with book recommendations and book reviews submitted by kids. Word games, quizzes and links to a whole lot of other games websites including Roald Dahl, Peter Rabbit and Dr Seuss-themed websites. Includes a blog for kids and a homework help section where they can consult the online junior encyclopedia Britannica, and ask librarians for help online.
www.anyquestions.co.nz/ Helps kids find information on the Web. Librarians are online between 1pm and 6pm on weekdays, and can chat with your child to help them find the information they need. At the end of the session, the relevant links will be emailed so kids can go back and look at the pages they found. The site includes search tips and suggestions for presenting and evaluating research.
www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/ An Education Ministry website. Kids can have a go at quizzes and crosswords and play interactive games in English and Te Reo Maori. The site has profiles of famous or inspirational New Zealanders. Kids can create their own websites, and are shown ways to research and present information.