Posts Tagged ‘play’

Interactive Science Games for Kids

June 27th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 27, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Schools Online

(web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now. The University of Illinois Extension offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games, click on any one to play-and-learn including: 

  • The Great Plant Escape – Discover the mysteries of plant life.
  • Where Your Food Comes From – Tons of interactives to find out the origins of chocolate, pineapples, bananas, peanuts, rice, coffee, tea and much more.
  • Riding the Winds with Kalani – Investigate the science of weather and what impacts it including the sun, seasons, clouds, precipitation and more!
  • Let’s Talk About Insects – Find out the definition of an insect, learn about insect life cycles, and discover their importance to life on earth.
  • Shake, Rattle and Slide – Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Many of these games are actually entire websites hosted by the University of Illinois and not only include the games, but teacher guides, suggested activities to enhance learning, and links to other resources. Plus, many of the games are available in a variety of languages.  

In addition to the science games, you’ll also find games about nutrition, exercise, sports, and more.

Create a Beatbox Band

June 17th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 17, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Incredibox

(www.incredibox.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Become the conductor of a group of animated human sound machines and express your musicality through this free, fun, and easy to use interactive program. Sponsored by a graphic design and mixed media studio, Incredibox lets you record your music composition to share with friends.

When you get to the site, select from versions: 

  • The original – 2009
  • Little miss – 2012
  • Sunrise – 2013
  • The love – 2014

After making a selection, a short introduction demonstrates how to use the program. Once the intro is over, the program will be ready to begin. You’ll see animated male characters. Drag and drop different effects, beats, melodies, and voices (from icons located below the animation screen). As you drop them onto the character, it will dress the character in a new outfit and demonstrate the effect. Continue until you create a musical piece that appeals to you. 

Use the small icons above the music screen to record your music, shuffle the program (automate it), remove the sounds (start over), and change the settings. It takes a little experimentation to get proficient at creating compositions, but the fun is in exploring and testing the possibilities.

Note: There is a big “Play Now” button located at the bottom of the screen that opens a page where you can download a game program. It was difficult to tell if it was an advertisement – but it’s not part of the Incredibox program. Our advice is to avoid it. Also, there is a paid version of Incredibox available in the Apple App Store.

Ask An Astronomer Videos & Lessons

June 13th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/index.html)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center answer kids’ questions about the universe in entertaining video format.

Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured videos. Below that is a menu of questions with video answers that include: 

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What will happen to the Earth when the Sun dies?
  • How do you discover an asteroid?
  • What is the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way?
  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?
  • What is a brown dwarf?
  • What causes an eclipse of the moon?

Once you’ve explored the videos, use the menu at the top of the page that includes: 

  • Cosmic Classroom – Find a wide spectrum of activities, experiments, and lessons that focus on infrared light.
  • Cosmic Kids – Learn to build your own model of the Spitzer Space Telescope, find out if people glow in the dark, enjoy a story about “What’s in Space?”
  • Image Galleries – A spectacular collection of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Videos – Not only will you find the “Ask An Astronomer” videos, but you can enjoy Spitzer Observatory animations, and a series of funny and informative educational videos about a variety of science and technology topics.
  • Cosmic Games – Play astronomy-themed online games including Concentration, Hangman, Word Search, and more!

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

A Sailor’s Life

May 11th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 11, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Sailor’s Life For Me

(www.asailorslifeforme.org/index.php)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Do you have what it took to be a sailor aboard Old Ironsides? With the interactive activities at this website from the USS Constitution Museum visitors will not only learn what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800’s but also the role the USS Constitution and its sailors played in the War of 1812.

Discover the life of a young sailor as you: 

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name Old Ironsides.
  • Discover how Old Ironsides remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
  • If you play the game well, you’ll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on “Sail To Victory” and start playing the game right away. As you play, you’ll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is a lot of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on “Educator Resources” link at the top of the home page for lesson plans and more. When on this page, look at the bottom and select the “Family Activities” link to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include: 

  • Speaking in Colors – Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!
  • Word Search – Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!
  • Ship’s Biscuit Recipe – Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.
  • Constructing Constitution – Construct your very own USS Constitution.
  • Ready? Aim. Fire! – Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, “This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!”

Play US State Games

April 27th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 27, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learning Games for Kids – US State Games

(www.learninggamesforkids.com/us-state-games.html)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Commit to memory all the states’ symbols with these flash-based games from the larger Learning Games for Kids website.

When arriving at the site, either select “All States” or a specific state from the list, then choose the game type you wish to play. Types of games include: 

  • Which One?
  • Memory Match
  • Unscramble
  • Letter Fall
  • Speedy Speller
  • Hangmouse
  • Word Search
  • Nature Calls
  • Printable Fun
  • Flag Puzzles
  • Story Blanks
  • Word-O-Rama

Playing the games, kids will learn state: 

  • Nicknames
  • Flowers
  • Trees
  • Birds
  • Capitals
  • Abbreviations
  • Mottos

And much more. This website makes learning all about the United States fun and a great addition to your studies.

Be a WebRanger!

April 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WebRangers

(www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a free online WebRanger program for kids with over 50 games and activities that teach about national parks, monuments, and historic sites all provided by the National Park Service.

We suggest you click on “Visit” on your first experience and just look around and play the activities (rated Easy, Medium, and Hard) in these categories: 

  • People – Learn about U.S. Presidents, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere.
  • History – Discover arctic artifacts. set sail on a Navy war ship in 1812.
  • Nature – Discover dendrochronology (tell time with tree rings) and take The Puma Challenge!
  • Puzzles – Break the alpha code names for national parks, send a message with a signal flag, go on a website scavenger hunt.
  • Science – Test the water quality, virtually explore tidepools, find out what dinosaurs ate.
  • Parks – Play “Name That Park,” help a ranger, learn the 10 essentials for having fun and staying safe in parks.
  • Animals – Pack a virtual dog sled, protect bald eagles, and help baby sea turtles find the ocean.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of multi-media online games and activities that teach as they entertain. From simple match games to challenging quests, you won’t believe the amount of content delivered.  

Bookmark this site, you simply can’t see it all in one visit.

Also, National Parks Week is April 15-23, 2017 and during April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free! On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission! Many of them are also offering educational and entertaining activities including historical reenactments, living history, guided tours, volunteer clean-up programs, and much, much more. Find your park!

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