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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:

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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.

13 Best Online Nature Games for Children

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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Lisa Ehrman

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15 Comments

Jodi Hunter · June 8, 2020 at 5:46 pm

These sound so fun and educational.

Dana Rodriguez · June 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm

How awesome! I love ideas that make learning actually fun.

    Lisa Ehrman · June 9, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Great! Summer learning has just got to be fun 🙂

Calvin · June 16, 2020 at 10:57 am

Really a fan of these games, we all need nature, so blending it in with their online studies too is a clever thing to do.

    Lisa Ehrman · June 16, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks, Calvin. Yes, a good balance makes it more interesting 🙂

Vickie L Couturier · July 13, 2020 at 10:26 am

i like having this on hand when my grandkids come to visit and want to play a game on my computer,,i dont like those violent games or games that are too rough

Tami Vollenweider · July 16, 2020 at 7:09 pm

What we wouldn’t do without our computers today! Great sites for my grand kids to learn so many things!

    Lisa Ehrman · July 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I know. It hasn’t been that long since we didn’t have them (or know how to use them). But, these learning/fun games are great 🙂

AuntySuzany · August 14, 2020 at 1:57 pm

Great ideas! Will share with the grandkids! Thank you!

monique s · August 25, 2020 at 8:04 am

These look fun and I love the nature theme. Too much battle/violence/car chase in too many.

Debbie P · October 17, 2020 at 7:24 pm

These sound like they make learning fun. And PBS for sure knows how to engage children.

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