In many cases, such as with Sesame Street, PBS Kids, ABC Kids, and CBC Preschool, young children can transition directly from their favorite television shows to interactive websites featuring the same popular characters.
Among websites targeted at preschoolers, PoissonRouge.com caters to the very youngest users. Children, even toddlers as young as two years old, can easily navigate and enjoy this simply styled and colorful clickable playroom environment. Preschool aged visitors to Poisson Rouge (French for Red Fish) will learn basic educational skills such as colors and shapes, letters and numbers, and cause and effect, as well as basic computer mouse usage and website navigation. The alphabet sections are in English, French, and Spanish.
The classic educational and entertaining television show now presents the same learning opportunities to young children online in a new website presently in beta, SesameStreet.org. Content is categorized by subject, theme, and muppet. Playlists group games and videos into interactive learning adventures that follow a common theme such as Special Holidays, Winter Clothes, or Space. Also, parents can create playlists for their children on a number of subjects or themes with video and game options.
PBS Kids Sprout
SproutOnline.com, an offshoot of the popular PBS Kids website, is designed especially for preschoolers. It features many fun and educational games and activities with many of those based on PBS television characters. Games are categorized by character and by skill, such as creativity, fine motor skills, literacy, or just for fun.
Kids are invited to come inside the magical, wonderful, and safe world of The Playground, the ABC television preschool website. Once inside, after clicking on the keyhole, young children can play games with TV characters, listen to Playground Radio, watch videos, and do fun activities.
Kids’ CBC Preschool
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, presents CBC Preschool, a fun and educational website for preschoolers where kids can watch video clips and play simple games with their favorite television characters.
Starfall.com sets out to inspire a love of reading. The website is divided into four sections, beginning with Let’s Get Ready to Read for pre-readers. This is the area where preschool aged children will spend their time clicking on colorful ABC blocks and watching the resulting animation. This section also includes a sign language option. Parents can print ABC printouts for kids to use offline.
Websites offering simple learning games and activities allow toddlers and preschoolers to learn basic early childhood educational skills, as well as computer skills, while having fun, oftentimes with their favorite television characters.
Learn to Count Online
The following websites offer a wide selection of interactive counting games for young children that are educational, fun and free.
Help young children learn basic number concepts with the large assortment of child-safe counting games listed below. From counting woolly sheep and parading ants, to matching numbers and pictures, these interactive counting games are sure to inform, educate and entertain young children.
Kids AOL Ant Parade
This adorable game is just plain fun! To play, click on the whistle to see the number on the flag. Drag the correct number of ants to the leaf to win.
ABC Net Count Us In
This online game from ABC Net includes 15 different number games. Games 1-7 are for younger children. The remaining games require additional math skills including subtracting, sorting, number recognition, and more. All 15 games can be downloaded for offline learning, for free. Fun!
FunSchool Kaboose Counting on a Cloud
This online game from FunSchool Kaboose uses sounds, pictures and numbers. Counting on a Cloud requires number recognition and counting skills. 2 difficulty levels are available. To locate this game from the homepage, click on the “Preschool” tab, then “All Games” to easily find.
Curious George Banana 411
This fun game from PBSKids is great for number recognition and memory skills. Players must dial the correct series of numbers as they are called out. If correct, watch as George gets into all sorts of trouble! From the main PBSKids page, click on “games” and “Curious George” to locate this specific game.
Factmonster Big Count Bayou
This online game from Knowledgebox offers several different games for children. “Count Objects and Identify Numbers”, is for young learners. Other math games for older children include addition, subtraction and more. To easily locate, type “Big Count Bayou” in search box on main page.
Primary Games Fishy Count
This colorful game from Primary Games requires number recognition and basic counting skills. To play, simple count the colorful fish and select the correct number. To locate from the homepage, type “Fishy Count” in the search box in upper right corner of main page.
FunSchool Kaboose Teach Me 1-2-3
This online game is for younger children who do not recognize numbers or know how to count. Click a picture to hear and see the number.
FunSchool Kaboose Fishin’ Mission
This fun game from FunSchool Kaboose is sure to be a big hit with preschoolers. To play, place the correct number of fish in the fisherman’s net before time runs out and move onto the next level. To easily locate this game from the homepage, click on the “PreSchool” tab at top of main page.
Learning Planet The Counting Game
This game from the Learning Planet is for older users. To play, select multiples 1-9. Higher numbers earn more points. Place the correct multiple in the flashing box before time runs out. To locate from the main page, type “The Counting Game” in the activity search box on main page.
PBS Kids Curious George Count Your Chickens
This simple game from PBS Kids is for the very young crowd. To play, count the chickens in the pen. Curious George will help! Requires Flash (free download).
Learning Planet 123 Order
This online game requires number recognition and cognitive thinking skills. Children must decide what numbers come next in the sequence by dragging the correct number to complete the “what comes next” question.