Top 4 Free Online Games for Kids to Play List

Many parents today cringe at the thought of their child playing video games. Of these same parents though, most of their children do still play them. The truth is that not all games online for kids to play are bad or bad for them to play. Playing games online can actually be a good way of learning for toddlers.

The great thing about these free online games is that they are all appropriate for kids. Probably the only major concern you should have about your child playing these free online games is the amount of time they spend playing them. In our household, we try to be balanced and reasonable about the type and amount of games our toddler plays.

What online games can teach kids

Some of the videos and games on these websites instill valuable lessons like sharing, problem solving and so on. These are a great way for your child to relate to real-life situations.

4 websites for free online games for kids to play

  1. nickjr.com/kids-games or nick.com/games depending on the age of your kid
  2. pbskids.org/games/index.html
  3. kids.yahoo.com/games
  4. disney.go.com/games/#/games/

With some monitoring and perhaps some guidance, you can turn these free online games for kids to play into a fun and easy way for them to learn. One benefit to your child learning through playing games online is that they absorb the information and can actually make practical use and application in their lives.

Free Online Games For Kids

Would you like to find sources for free high-quality online games for kids? There are lots of websites that will let your kids play great games online for free. In this article I describe tactics for locating websites with free games for kids of any age range.

First, think about your standards for gaming sites. Will you allow your kids to use sites with games that include violence? Guns? Profanity? References to alcohol and drugs? You should be clear about your own criteria for choosing age-appropriate websites, as you will use these standards in the selection process described below.

To find gaming sites that are appropriate for kids, use a search engine to help find candidate sites. Just use a simple search phrase to get started, like “free online games for kids”. That will give you a big list of sites in the search results.

Now that you are looking at the search results of hundreds, or even thousands, of possible game sites, what do you do next? You must jump into the list, and visit sites to evaluate them one by one. It’s called due diligence!

When you are at a website that has games for kids, you should look at the categories of games and see if there is content that would disqualify the site, according to your standards. Be aware that some sites offering games for kids also have adult games that may NOT be appropriate for kids, but are available to all site visitors.

If you get bogged down in looking through search results using the ideas above, you may want to search for more specific types of games. This can limit the total number of results, and provide a higher quality of resulting sites.

For example, you may want to try searching on one of these phrases:

free online car games for kids

free online dress up games for kids

free online educational games for kids

free online games for boys

free online games for preschoolers

Those are just examples to get you thinking. Adjust the search phrase to fit what kinds of games you want to find, and what age of kids you want to target.

One way to save the results of your investigation is to bookmark the sites that meet your approval. Bookmarking a site saves a link to a site in the browser’s bookmarks or favorites, for easy access by you and your kids.

These tactics should help you find lots of websites with fun games for your kids.

Easy Online Games For Kids

Although I’ve covered Preschool Games in the past, I’m revisiting the topic because it continues to be one of my most requested subjects. But this collection of games is not only for preschoolers; each site also includes fun stuff for early elementary ages. Find out more at the following websites.

Billy Bear’s Online Games

Billy Bear has a large collection of games for preschoolers and early elementary grades created with Java and JavaScript. This means you don’t need to download any plug-ins, but you do need a newish browser. Be sure to have both Java and JavaScript enabled in your browser preferences or options. Some of these games are very cute. Others are just ho-hum. My personal favorite is the addictive Billy Bear Solitaire: the aim of the game is to delete as many bears as possible by jumping checkers-style.

Funschool.com

From preschool to sixth grade, Funschool.com is a cornucopia of grade-specific activities. All are Java-based, so have the same browser requirements as Billy Bear (see above). At the bottom of each activity screen are buttons to play another scenario of the same game, to restart the current game, or return to the grade-level game listings. Learning these will help you get around. My favorite preschool game is Fishing for Numbers, where the player matches numbers to sets of fish. For older kids, I like the geography game “Where in the world?”

Seussville Games

“Here’s lots of games for you to play, to keep you entertained all day.” From the Cat’s Concentration game to Green Eggs and Ham picture scramble, Dr. Seuss fans will find plenty to crow about. My don’t-miss-it pick of the day is the Shockwave “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!” game. It is based on the newest Seuss book, written by Jack Prelutsky, inspired by work Dr. Seuss left incomplete at the time of death in 1991.