Posts Tagged ‘electives’

Free Coloring Pages, Dot-To-Dots, Puzzes, And More!

September 17th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 17, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Coloring4All

Age Range: 4-10 (approximately, with parental supervision)

A ClickSchooling subscriber suggested this Google-ad supported website that offers a range of fun, free, creative activities for kids. When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, an icon menu of online coloring pages, and a horizontal menu that includes:

*Coloring – Children can virtually color pictures of cartoon and storybook characters as well animals and everyday things.

*Printables – Print out black and white drawings of favorite storybook and animation characters as well items like flowers and a snowman – and color them offline.

*Puzzles – Put jigsaw puzzles together online. Choose from a selection of images, then click a button to cut it into jigsaw pieces. Drag-and-drop the pieces into place. 

*Drawing – Virtually draw anything you like online. Simply select the colors and tools you want to use and create your very own masterpiece.

*Dot-to-Dot – You can play these games online or print them out to do offline.  Simply draw a continuous line, following a sequence of numbered dots, to reveal a picture of a rabbit, mushroom, elephant, and more!  A great way to practice number and counting skills!

Because there are randomly generated Google Ads on this site, parents should preview the site and supervision Internet use.

Free Travel Games, Arts, & Crafts!

July 16th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, July 16, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Artists Helping Children: Travel Games & Activities

ClickScholar Chris in Virginia shared this website where you’ll find an assortment of free travel games and much more!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to find suggestions for fun ways to spend time while traveling on long car rides or trips on a bus, train, or plane including:

  • Name That Song
  • Animal Counting Game
  • I’m Going On A Trip And I’m Bringing…
  • Funny Story Telling Game
  • Funny Poem Game
  • Spelling Bee Contest
  • Guess The Number
  • Alliteration Words Game
  • Colors Matching Game
  • Car Color Game
  • 20 Questions
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors

Then, explore the rest of the site where you’ll find free arts and crafts indexed by theme, holiday, or alphabetically and other activities and resources such as paper folding, drawing lessons, and coloring pages.

By the way, if you enjoy fun educational travel games, you’ll love my book, Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learning Time!

YouTube Zoo and Much More!

June 4th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 4, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Lil’ Fingers: You Tube Zoo

Age Range: 2-6 (Designed with young children in mind, but folks of all ages will enjoy the animal videos.)

Designed by a computer usability professional, Lil’ Fingers is a friendly website for the littlest computer users with free animated and narrated storybooks, interactive educational games, coloring pages – and a terrific archive of over 100 animal videos in their YouTube Zoo!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of “Animal Zones” including:

*African Region – See eagles, hyenas, meerkats and more.

*Elephant Jungle – Watch camels, capybaras, elephants, guanacos, etc.

*Asia Adventure – View monkeys, hornbills, bears, and porcupines.

*Forest Fun – Observe birds, owls, okapis, otters, etc.

*Polar – Check out penguins, polar bears, reindeer, and a walrus.

*Outback – Watch koalas, kangaroos, a monitor lizard and more!

As explained at the website, “All videos have been reviewed to not include animals mating, killing or bodily functions.” Plus, because you watch the videos on this website, you don’t have to be concerned about shielding your kids’ eyes from inappropriate comments that are sometimes posted by random visitors on the YouTube site.

When you’re through watching videos, be sure to use the vertical menu on the left side of the screen to access the animated and narrated storybooks, play interactive computer games that teach as they entertain, and print out coloring pages that include the alphabet, numbers, shapes, animals, events, and much more!

This is an ad-supported website. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Free Dot-to-Dot, Maze, & Writing Worksheets

April 16th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 16, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
WorksheetLab.com

Age Range:  3-7 (older children may enjoy some of these activities too)

This website was recommended by Brett Walter of the HomeschoolBuyersCo-op.org. It’s a database of free printable worksheets with fun activities for small motor development, artistic expression, learning writing skills, and more.

When you get to the website, you’ll see an image menu of some featured worksheets.  Click on any one and a new page opens where you can print out the worksheet to do offline.

Use the vertical menu on the left side of the pages to access all of the content at this site including:

*Pre-Writing – Print out worksheets of Mazes, Dot-to-Dot, Drawing, and Coloring activities.

*Writing – Practice uppercase, lowercase, and titlecase writing.

*Numbers – Practice writing numerals and do counting activities.

*Concepts – Look for objects that start with a specific letter, learn concepts such as inside and outside, play matching games.

*Papercraft – Get printable templates for cutting and folding paper animals and more!

This free site is sponsored by PlayOdyssey.com that sells reusable sticker kits, paper craft kits, software and more.  
 

 

Art & Music Activity Books

March 19th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, November 23rd, 2010 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MightyBook.com: Art & Music

Age Range: 5-10 (approximately, with parental supervision)

This commercial website offers a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s books available (without advertising) for a paid memembership. They also offer free books in the ad-supported section of the webiste. In fact, in the “Art and Music” section you’ll discover some free activity books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these engaging art and music books:

*Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.

*Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.

*Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.

*Mona and Beethoven – This silly little booklet features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free activity books also available on this site. 

 

Virtual Tour of Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15th, 2011

 

Hi!  It’s Saturday, January 15, 2011 and time for a Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Parks Service: MLK Birth Home Tour

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on this day in 1929. King was an African-American minister who led massive, peaceful demonstrations leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act ending racial discrimination in the U.S. in 1964. He was named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

At this website provided by the U.S. National Parks Service, you can take a free virtual tour of the home where Martin Luther King was born.

When you get to the website you’ll see a map of the home.  Click on any room and a photograph will appear in the screen, along with text that describes what you are seeing and provides some historical background. Use your mouse to look around the room, or use the controls to zoom in and out.

Monday is a national holiday in honor of Dr. King’s birthday. There will be no ClickSchooling messages on Monday.  Messages will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.

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