Caught in the Web

 Got Kids?

(Or grandkids, or great-grandkids?)

 

by Laura Emery, Field Editor 

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 If you’ve got kids (or grandchildren or great-grandchildren), you know that the World Wide Web can be a valuable resource for many things — whether it’s kid-friendly recipes, or custom accessories, or educational games. The best kid-friendly websites are always going to be the ones tried and recommended by other moms. Here are some websites that come highly recommended by Internet-savvy, time-hungry, convenience-loving moms.

 

Shopping

 www.etsy.com/shop/AccessorizeKait

If you have a young daughter or granddaughter, this should be your go-to website for cute, affordable accessories. At AccessorizeKait, you can find beaded bracelets in a variety of colors and adorable boutique-style bows for your little one — all at affordable prices. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, chances are that the shop owner will be more than willing to create a custom piece for you. With 100-percent positive feedback from customers, you’re sure to find the perfect accessory at AccessorizeKait.

 AccessorizeKait is extending Cooperative Living readers an exclusive offer: Buy any two items and get the third one of equal or lesser value free! Simply order any two items from the shop and then tell the shop owner (in message to seller at checkout) that you heard about their store from Cooperative Living magazine and describe the third item that you would like to receive free. It’s as easy as that!

 Little Learners

 http://hoodamath.com

Whether you homeschool your children or you’re the kind of mother or grandmother who likes educational resources for your little ones, this is a website worth checking out. HoodaMath’s approach to teaching math and math-related concepts relies on gaming as the interactive tool to present data. It uses various clever methods to teach specific goals from addition and subtraction to geometry and even the quadratic equation. Grouped into four main sections — Games, Tutorials, Worksheets and Movies — HoodaMath uses a straightforward approach to providing resource tools for educator and student alike.

 www.Starfall.com

Starfall’s systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic-awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

 www.funbrain.com

Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rockit. Parents can trust Funbrain to deliver a fun and safe experience for even the youngest children. The Playground helps parents introduce their preschoolers to the Internet and teaches them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard.

 Kids in the Kitchen

 www.bakeanddo.co.uk

A fun cooking website for children packed with easy and delicious recipes. Written by children for children. All of the recipes have easy-to-follow instructions and all are tried and tested by children before being included. The site also contains plenty of fun arts and crafts activities to keep children occupied. Competitions encourage children to try their own recipes out and to submit the results for the chance to win some great prizes. This is a great way to encourage children to learn to cook and to take an active interest in food.

 http://cupcakekidcafe.com

A fun site all about cooking, run by 7-year-old Rachel who features fun recipes, videos and cooking games for kids.

 Keep ‘em Busy

 www.kerpoof.com

Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company, the KerPoof website is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Your kids can make artwork, animated movies, printed cards, T-shirts and mugs, tell stories, and vote on the movies, drawings and stories that other kids have made.

 Arts and Crafts

 www.kidsites.com/sites-fun/crafts.htm

This website compiles all the best arts and crafts websites for kids into one convenient list. And kidsites.com doesn’t just list any old website out there — before a site can be listed it goes through an extensive review process. They look for sites with quality content, good presentation, and subject matter that is safe and suitable for children to view. And, most importantly, they only feature websites that are free to access and use.

 

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