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Summer is the time when children love to be outdoors. The warm days are long and the extended light gives children and parents more time to explore nature. Having children learn by having fun adventures outside expands their minds and brings joy. Sometimes getting children started isn’t easy. Online games can inspire children to help them learn and plan a real nature adventure.
While it may seem backwards to start with online learning in order to explore nature, many children prefer online games. If they aren’t naturally inspired to go outdoors for nature play, the ideas from online games can get them excited about taking a nature walk.
Here are some great sites that will help your child learn about nature and hopefully will get them enthused about their next outdoor trip:
PBS The PBS.org site has so many well designed games and activities for children! There are lots of great nature games that will be fun for your child. Even adults will enjoy the graphics and “lessons” to be learned. There is also a Google App that has these games, too.
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center Children can learn a lot about animal habitats and watersheds, wildlife, and more. There are fun and easy nature activities, too.
Sheppard Software This fun site offers games for children of various ages. There are many animal games, habitat games, and food chain games. Kids will love the colorful graphics.
Science Kids This site seemed more educational than fun. But, some of these will be great for learning.
RSPB I enjoyed the Bird-feeding games. This would be fun for younger children. In addition to the games, there are wonderful activities that children can get involved with. The bird-watching activities look like a fun way for children to join an online group that keeps track of various birds.
Duckie Deck You’ll need Flash Player to play these games. The great graphics and bright colors make this a wonderful site for preschool learners. They’ll enjoy the fun times and won’t even know that they’re learning.
Turtle Diary There are games sorted by grade level and subject. There were some cute nature games in the Science section. Explore games for your child’s level.
Toca Nature This game is really a paid App. You can play on iphone and ipad. It lets the player shape nature and explore land, habitats, and animals.
National Geographic Games I love this site because of the quality of the games and activities. There are great photos and brightly colored pages. Kids will really get into these games.
Ranger Rick has online games that are fun. This is a subscription service with lots of activities. There is a 3 month free trial offer on the site, so that you can try it for a while and see if you want to pay.
NASA has science games and games to learn about the planet, moon, and weather. These games can teach as well as get your child eager to know more about the earth.
WhyVille Here children can create their own avatar and then have adventures. Some of the nature places include a reef and they can experiment with building a green structure.
ABC Mouse is a learning site that you can join. There are tons of learning games and there is a free 30 day trial period. This high-ranking site offers learning for math, art and colors, science, and reading.
Wishing you and your child tons of fun and adventure this summer!
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