AS THE WEATHER warms up, sometimes you just have to keep everyone inside to stay cool. While babies are napping, why not let older children play a few online games to stretch their vocabulary, practice alphabet and grammar skills, or improve their typing speed?
Check out these three websites to find a wide variety of games to productively occupy your kids.
Sheppard Software Online Games
Sheppard Software features several free educational grammar games to play online.
Kids play the Grammar Tutorial before they snatch worms with Noun Explorer, whack robots with Verbs in Space, and zap flies in the Adjective Adventure game. Crisp graphics and just a bit of challenge make it fun to practice parts of speech!
I discovered several amusing language arts games over at SchooltimeGames.com.
I confess that I enjoyed Fowl Words way too much! More than a language arts exercise, it’s actually a game that gives practice with typing speed as you race to spell words before the eggs crack.
The Boggle-like 3D Word Cube kept me occupied trying to get bonus points for using more than one side to form words. Must Pop Words was another entertaining word-building game that gave bonuses for starting a word with “Y” or making a 6-letter word.
I haven’t tried all the games, but I’m sure a kid can have fun poking around! (Heads up: Some of the games play a brief 10-second commercial before the game activates.)
You won’t need to brave any commercials at ABCya.com. Instead, you’ll find an assortment of colorful games arranged by grade level from K-5.
Older elementary kids will have fun with Alpha Munchies (a typing game) and Ice Cream Talk, which requires them to identify nouns or verbs in a sentence before playing a bonus round to collect scoops of ice cream.
I’m sure your children will find a game or two to suit their interests. (That is, as long as you can tear yourself away from your own favorites long enough to give them a turn!)
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Have you found some online language arts games you especially like? What are your favorites?