A good children’s website should be both educational and entertaining for its young visitors. The 10 educational websites listed here score top marks in both fields, and at least some of them are sure to be big hits for your own inquisitive youngsters.
Curious World is a carefully-crafted site put together by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The target audience here is made up of the youngest of the young; this is primarily a pre-kindergarten website. It covers social skills along with reliable standbys like math and reading readiness. One of the best features you’ll find here is a fully-customizable flashcard system that you can fine-tune by age and subject matter. Once your selections are set, your kids can enjoy the flashcards at any time.
The working theory that drives the Spatulatta site is that the kitchen can be a learning environment. Besides educating kids on basic cooking and safety techniques, the site will also let them explore new recipes based on the ingredients and meals they love. Why not encourage your picky eaters to transform into young chefs?
BrainPOP is an animated site that does a terrific job of educating kids either one-on-one or by the class. The site covers a diverse range of topics – from history to science to the stock market. Continuity and connection are encouraged by a pack of endearing characters led by a plucky robot.
Are your children hungry for fresh stories when the time for bedtime reading rolls around? FarFaria is a terrific app that gives you access to an endless library of anytime storybooks. Subscriptions for the site can be purchased on a monthly or yearly basis, and your payment unlocks a library big enough to satisfy even the most voracious of readers.
Agnitus is a tactile learning site. Figuring that kids hear “don’t touch!” way too often, the makers of Agnitus have put together a learning environment where curious youngsters are encouraged to get hands-on with the learning experience. Subjects include reading, colors, basic numbers, size relationships, and more. This tablet-centric educational site has a free trial available to determine whether or not it’s a good fit with your kids.
An unending stream of tot-friendly TV programming is the big draw at babytv.com. Equip yourself with some educational resources to ease your way through those sleepless 3 AM nights! There are always educational shows, music, games, and more available. The site uses a structured fee approach that allows you to pick the features you want and the devices (Kindle, iPad, etc) your kids will use.
Funbrain is a wide-ranging site that has outstanding reading and math content for kids from preschool age all the way up to Grade 8. Mobile reading is a big draw, as are fun games like Grammar Gorillas and Math Baseball.
This site bills itself as the world’s most comprehensive learning tool for children between the ages of two and seven. Kids will be able to listen to music, read (or listen to) books, color, and play games across a range of customized learning levels designed by educational experts. Full progress tracking adds to the site’s value for parents. You can try the site for free for up to a month; ongoing membership will cost $7.95 per month.
For multi-generational PBS families, there’s no better way to entertain and educate the next generation than checking out PBS Kids. Your children will be in good hands with both familiar faces like Curious George and Elmo and new friends like Peg + Cat. Besides a vast library of fun games, this site also provides you with tons of printable materials to help your child learn offline.
They make wood, crystal, and hemp jewelry like I’ve never seen before. In a saturated Etsy market these two amazing souls, Emily & Dave craft unique & outstanding chakra healing gemstone jewelry. From sodalite, jade, rose quartz, amethyst and much more, they combine wood with healing crystals and hemp to make a captivating and powerful piece.
Here are some of my favorite pieces out of their shop.
Aren’t those beautiful? It was love at first sight!
Based out of Michigan, these two are currently traveling the US in their RV, searching for a place to buy land and start a self sufficient farm. I bought a few pieces myself, and can say that there are no others like it.
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Visit their Etsy store to see more items and designs – I am sure you will find something perfect for you!
I know that some of you may not agree on this, but I truly believe that these days we need to be as careful as we can when it comes to our kids and digital world.
Owning a mobile phone carries a big amount of responsibility, and we have to agree that kids by nature are not very responsible creatures. Most phones have internet access and that can be extremely dangerous, not only in the hands of a little kid, but in the hands of irresponsible adults too.
Because of all that, I decided to get a monitoring software for my kid’s iPhone. With Family Orbit – iPhone Monitoring Software you can monitor calls, text messages, photos and more without jailbreaking your child’s iPhone. The app creates a remote connection with your child’s iCloud server so you can retrieve all their phone usage data directly. Besides this, the GPS tracker extracts the location history of your child using the same technology as Find My iPhone.
Family Orbit – iPhone Monitoring Software Review
Some of the Features:
Call Monitoring – Monitor call details including date, number, and duration. You can see incoming and outgoing calls.
Tracking Text Messages – You can track sent and received SMS and iMessages and monitor deleted SMS if they are sent to backup before they are actually deleted. You will see all the recipient details.
Viewing photos – You can view all the photos taken by your child or downloaded by them.
Tracking Location – You can track all the places your child has been to. The location history report also includes specific details such as the exact time and date when your child visited a specific location on an online interactive map.
Web History – You can view the URLs your child has visited while using internet browsers in their phone.
Calendar & Reminders – You can check every event saved in your child’s phone calendar.
Apps Installed – Stay informed about your child’s smartphone activities by monitoring the apps they’ve installed.
And Much More
With this monitoring software you will never have to worry about your child’s phone. This app will let you monitor if your child is using his phone safely!
My family loves potatoes! That is not really a big secret. We love to bake them, fry them, mash them – whatever the way of preparing is, we will love the product. For a long time I was trying to find a good peeler and masher for my potatoes. I bought a real bunch of them, and most times I was really disappointed – they were all low quality, even though I sometimes paid a big money for them. When I bought this one, I thought it would be the same. But boy, I was wrong!
Stainless Steel Potato Masher & Potato Peeler Set Review
Like I said, this is not the first potato peeler and masher that I’ve owned, so I can truly say that it’s the one with the highest quality. The set is entirely made of stainless still, so it’s sturdy, durable and it will not rust or get watermarks even if you wash it in a dishwasher. And it is dishwasher safe!
Potato masher can be used for other things too, such as a guacamole masher. You can also use it when mashing bananas, strawberries, mangos and all kind of soft fruits and boiled foods. This well-studied design will minimize the amount of food that gets stuck to the grid plate: efficient mashing and easier cleaning.
The peeler is awesome. You can also use it for some other vegetables, such as carrots or cucumbers. It peels really smooth and clean.The peeler has two blades and you can use the other side to make some pretty salads. So, use one side for peeling while the other is suitable for slicing or shredding into long and short strips.
It’s a perfect gift idea for anyone that loves spending time in the kitchen and a perfect kitchen decor.
Last month we tried a new app for toddlers – KidloLand. And I can just say one thing – it’s amazing! So many games, songs, activities… My little one loves it. She likes to play games with animals and listen to ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ before going to bed.
I still believe that it’s important to limit the screen time, but also agree that technology has lots of positive sides if you’re using it properly. I am sure my daughter learned a lot just by playing educational games on her tablet and listening to songs.
KidloLand App Review – Perfect App For Mini Me
This is the top preschool app for kids under 5 that includes bunch of nursery rhymes, abc’s, phonics, stories, games, activities, colors, animals, fruits, vegetables, etc. They recently won Mom’s Choice Gold Award and I can just say – they earned it!
The one thing I really love about this app is that you can download specific content so that you can use it when there’s no wifi around. We downloaded her favorite games and songs so she can listen to it when we have a long drive in a car. My daughter is usually really easily bored, so she just moves from one app to another. But colourful screens and amazing songs and games in this app are really attractive and most of the time I need to take the tablet away from her. She would play this for ages!
If you want to try it, here are the links for you:
The KidloLand app is free to download and free version have some great content. To gain access to the full app you need to purchase a subscription. The subscription gives you unlimited access, so you can download many more educational nursery rhymes, games and songs.
Disclosure: We received Kidloland App subscription free in order to share our experience with that. All opinions are mine.
If you’re interested in new best books for toddlers 2017, you came to the right place. You all loved our old post about best books for toddlers so we decided that it is time to search for some new books for toddlers that are already out there. After researching and buying a good number of children’s books 2017 we finally completed our list of best books for toddlers 2017!
We love these series from David Roberts and this one did not disappoint either.
We already read Iggy Peck Architect and Rosy Revere Engineer, so we hope they will keep making more of these! This will be a big hit in children’s books 2017 list.
Just like any other Pete the Cat book, my daughter loved this one too. Very cute book to read with fun, vibrant colors that kept the little one completely interested. This time a mystery is involved. For additional activity while reading, do the math. Pete the cat is awesome and definitely deserves to be on best books for toddlers 2017 list.
This book is well-written, easy to read aloud, and brightly illustrated. Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett did a great job telling the story of a little bear named Tucker who wants to know what the King is like.
Author Jon Klassen brings a lot of humor out of a hat.
This one has a moral to it involving friendship and sacrifice. Two turtles find a hat in the desert. They both want to wear it, but obviously they can’t.
So, they sacrifice, go without and try not to think about the hat. And you know what happens when you try not to think about something? Like having the brownies in the house when you’re on a diet.
Who is going to end up with the hat? And what happens to the hat if neither turtle gets it? That is what keeps you turning the pages.
I absolutely love this series of books! Like always, silly Mouse is up to his normal mischief. Except this time we start it off by giving him a tasty brownie. Then of course he needs something else, and then something else, and then something else… until we come full circle and he finds himself needing another brownie.
Mouse makes his long-anticipated return to the spotlight in this winning picture book from the acclaimed team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. One of best books for toddlers 2017.
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence. Branches books help readers grow!
In book #5, it’s almost Warm Hearts Day! Everyone is busy making gifts for their loved ones. Eva LOVES crafting, so she creates all sorts of fun gifts and treats for her friends. She is excited to give out her homemade gifts at the big party at the Old Oak Tree. But then Eva realizes she forgot to make gifts for her family! Will she be able to make the gifts in time?
The entire book is about different types of dinosaurs doing different dance moves. Educational in the names of different dinosaurs and it encourages kids to get up and move. Kids will have no problem acting out any dance moves the dinosaurs are doing.
Super colorful, incredibly interactive, definitely a book you could read in a group setting or for a children’s reading time. Sandra Boynton is a great children writer and this is one of the best books for toddlers 2017.
Very cute book! I love how the words flow with such ease. It was a real pleasure to read this. The illustrations are so adorable. This is a story of a little girls first trip to the zoo. She is so excited to be going and can’t get to sleep but then she gets a magical lullaby from her mom.
This book has beautiful artwork and shows the cat looking different from a bunch of different animals’ perspectives. It gives my 3 year old something to think about and she also really loves the colors. Since the words are relatively repetitive (the dog saw a cat…the bat saw a cat…), it’s easy for her to “read” it herself and study each word.
Once in a great while, a book is written that makes us feel deeply the power, beauty, and majesty of the written word… The illustrations are unique and very special. They have been created with text from other children’s books, including Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Swiss Family Robinson… The text has been used to visually take you on the journey, alongside the hand written storyline. From the forest of fairytales to the mountains of monsters, this book brings together numerous children’s books both old and new.
If you’re looking for best children’s books 2017, this has to be on your list.
Another great addition to the Llama Llama collection! This is a board book, but the price is slightly higher due to the scratch and sniff aspect. There are 6 different scratch and sniff foods and they are labeled “scratch here” below the illustration. The scratch and sniff smells are orange juice, pink juice, jelly, pickles, spaghetti and a cherry.
Penguin Problems is one of the most charming and unexpectedly touching children’s books I’ve come across in a long time. Jory John’s compassionate and gentle sense of humor shines throughout, and Lane Smith’s gorgeous illustrations are a wonder to behold. I really can’t recommend Penguin Problems enough — both for children and adults. Get a copy ASAP!
Grumpy Bruce continues his reluctant journey as a parent in this wonderfully illustrated and well written book. Bruce arrives home to find his home has become a hotel! The chaos and pandemonium that ensue will have you reading this book over and over again. Ryan T. Higgins has become my new favorite children’s author!
This book completely captures the spirit of the Elephant & Piggie series.
The illustrations, like the Elephant and Piggie series, are full of humor and character. The story is told through speech bubbles. The story (four friends figuring out how to share three cookies) is also a familiar conundrum for the age set, and when told with fun illustrations, made this a good addition to the read-to-self library.
In it, the chickens are scared of halloween. They meet different animals in costume and examine typical halloween items, like Pumpkins. This book is written in typical Boynton fashion: flowing, rhythmic and lyrical. It’s easily read, with half a sentence a page, and kids will adore it!
Sandra is great as always, and this is one more amazing children’s books 2017.
Ellis the Elephant is back, and he’s headed to the White House! In Hail to the Chief, the sixth in Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis meets some of America’s greatest presidents and discovers how they have led USA throughout American history.
Like finding a letter in a glass bottle floating in the sea, this book is a treasure.
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles tells a timeless, beautiful story, with a powerful lesson. I love picture books like this. It’s one that when we finished reading it, we immediately read it again, and have read many times since then.
Michelle’s storytelling, and Erin’s beautiful illustrations create a touching story that will stay with you long after you read it. It is a gem that can be read over and over again, for generation to comes.
Humorous paintings of oversized dinosaurs with human parents make this an irresistible book for sharing. And we all know that when parents are ready to say good night, it turns out that sometimes little dinosaurs have other ideas!
Laugh and smile as the dinosaurs try everything to avoid bedtime — from hiding under the bed, to screaming no! — and then snuggle in as all the dinosaurs show they really know the right way to go to sleep — a bath, a story, and a good-night kiss! For some unknown reason, kids adore dinosaurs so this had to be part of my best books for toddlers 2017 list.
Great bedtime book for the little ones. My kid is fascinated with Buddy and his routine. She just love the illustrations and everything about it. Would be a great gift for anyone with a new baby or young child!
A Squiggly Story is a book about writing. A little boy sees his sister reading and writing stories all the time, and he wants to write a story too, but he doesn’t know how. His sister tells him that it’s easy. Stories are made of words, and words are made of letters, so just start with a letter. He does. And then she prompts, “What happens next?” The story continues this way with the sister, the teacher, or his classmates continuing to prompt him. The result is a fun story made of individual letters and squiggly lines.
Bill the Cat has been an enigma in the fantasy world of Bloom County, and “The Bill the Cat Story” provides details about his origins, his travels, and how he ended up in Bloom County to “ack!” and “ptthhhhhp” is way through panel after panel.
Beautifully drawn with Berkeley Breathed’s rare wit, it’s a fascinating story — worth a look if you’re a Bloom County fan (even if you’re not a Bloom County fan, it’s still worth a look).
This book is just plain fun. Ethan finds a note under his bed instead of his monster. He’s gone to help someone else who needs a monster to stay in bed – his little sister, Emma. Ethan knows that Emma gets up at night and plays, but he doesn’t want to give up his monster, Gabe, even though he’s afraid of him. He needs the fear of his monster to sleep at night. Ethan is determined to find another monster for Emma, so Gabe agrees to give him 3 tries. Unfortunately it seems that no monster will be able to scare Emma into sleeping.
There are all kinds of ABC books, but none quite as unique or as fun as Xavier Deneux’s. This is the first time I’ve seen a TouchThinkLearn board book, but it won’t be the last. Board books are a marvelous way to introduce a baby or toddler to the joys of reading and this book is no different. Unlike most board books, this one is like an oversized picture book, a book that can be worked with on a table. Homeschoolers will absolutely love the learning opportunity this ABC TouchThinkLean book has to offer.
Sidman’s invocation is simple and heartfelt. She voices it with the clarity of a ringing bell and real honesty. She plays her quiet voice against the hustle and busyness of an urban setting, allowing the snow and the wonder of it to slow the entire book down to the pace of the invocation itself. It’s a beautiful effect, strengthened by the illustrations and the beauty of the words themselves.
The photos in this book are hilarious! This book is a perfect gift for all your friends who battle the squirrels who damage their yards and empty their bird feeders. It’s a losing battle, and this book at least gives you some humor about the situation. Nancy Rose is a (patient) genius!
A book that should be in every school and public library. Teaches the principles of evolution in terms that kids can understand, with helpful information in the back for adults. Not only does it get evolution right (unlike so many other books), it even corrects a number of misunderstandings in the back. Good science, good artwork, good story, something kids will love and learn from (without ever realizing they are learning). Brilliant!!
Amazing book! It teaches so many concepts as well as valuable social skills, problem-solving and creativity. I love it and eagerly await more books from this series. My kids and my students love your books!
This book is cute. Eight blades of grass are growing. They’re so proud of themselves. It’s adorable. Then they start to notice their differences: one is curliest, one is tallest, two are pointiest, etc. But the last one, Walt, doesn’t know what he is. When the lawn mower comes along, he is finally able to determine what he is.
A great book for youngsters to read during winter/X’mas time, STICK MAN from the artists of ROOM ON THE BOOM offers another unique story about the family tree dad who is content with his beautiful Stick Lady Love and stick children three, is one day chased away from home by a dog and hurls into worlds of danger.
Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, Chris doesn’t feel so brave. He’s afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is–and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
What happens when Duck drives the big red tractor through town, past the popular diner where all the locals are having lunch? What will those folks really think when they see Duck and all the other animals riding around on Farmer O’Dell’s tractor? Filled with entertaining detail and sly jokes, readers will pore over each picture again and again. Perfect for reading aloud!
Terrific book, especially for kids, but with a great message for adults as well. Teaches important skill that provides a great foundation to build on as one grows up. Makes a wonderful gift. Thoughtful parents will be excited to have this resource.
Brad was inspired by the birth of his daughter to curate this collection, but you don’t need to be a parent to treasure it—Heroes for My Daughter is perfect for children, parents, teachers, and anyone looking for inspiration. The sixty featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world. The format allows for reading straight through or at your own pace, and includes photos, quotes, brief biographies, and vignettes that highlight the single moment that made each person great.
I’ll admit it: I’m an adult who loves children’s pop-up books. I’ve amassed a decent collection and enjoy seeing how different artists have played with construction techniques to enhance the story. So I was curious to see how a book about space would incorporate the various interactive elements.
By the time she’s two years old, Violet Van Winkle can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she’s building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig.
Newborn lamb Finn, raised inside the farmhouse, isn’t as big and strong as the other animals on the farm. He can’t help but be frightened as he ventures outside and encounters unfamiliar sights, sounds, and creatures. With the help of Farmer John and his animal friends, Little Finn learns to be brave and mighty.
A child wearing a flowing red scarf heads out into the woods on a late summer morning. Branches sway in the cool wind. Animals are out and busy looking for food while others are heading south for the winter. Cozy nests and dens are being crafted too. The flowers are catching the last rays of warm summer sun. There are rumbles of thunder and clouds rolling in. Breezes and drizzle and chill enter the air. Leaves are starting to fall too. The child heads out the next day, into autumn.
This book may keep Mother Goose nursery rhymes alive for many more generations to come. I was not particularly drawn to Mother Goose books – many of the rhymes I could remember seemed irrelevant to me. But this book has changed my view. My 3 1/2 year old daughter and I read it together regularly – she now chants the rhymes along with me.
Young readers will love this pinkamazing 8×8 picture book that comes with a beautiful sheet of stickers.
Pinkalicious and the Pinkertons are all excited when they return from their trip to the orchard with lots of Pink Lady apples to munch on! After realizing they have more apples than the family could possibly use, Pinkalicious finds ways to share the apples with others.
Here we have a big, chunky, board book about big city life for the toddler set. The pictures of skyscrapers and street life are colorful and bold, in a modern approach. The pages are often cut into fun shapes–a soccer ball, subway windows, the back of a taxi, etc. First up, we explore city transportation–subways, taxis, buses, walking, and more. Next we think of things to do, like visiting dinosaur bones at the museum, buying books at the bookstore, going to the stadium, etc.
“The Storybook Knight” is an absolutely delightful tale of Leo, a knight (mouse) who doesn’t like to fight. He is sent on a quest to defeat a dragon who has been terrorizing people. He encounters a scary griffin, troll, and the dragon on his quest. Instead of fighting them, he offers to read them a story and then gives them the book, sating their anger and giving them something more productive to do. He returns home victorious to be left in peace to read.
This book purports to teach a lesson about kindness by showing that if you are kind to others then you will get something in return. Really? That is the reason we should be kind to others?? What a terrible moral lesson to teach anyone, especially a child.
Superheroes have superpowers that they usually use for good, but what happens when they have a bad day? Do they destroy the playground, knock over buildings, or cause dangerous weather to spoil a nice day? This book is actually a great partner to Dolly Parton’s I Am a Rainbow because it also deals with emotions and how to control them in a calm, logical way.
This book has the perfect marriage of text and images that work together to tell the story of 2 classes that send pen pal letters to each other. The reader is in on the plot twist, leaving us wondering what will happen when the 2 groups finally meet. In clever rhyme, each group assumes they are writing to someone very much like them, when in fact one group is comprised of humans and the other is comprised of dragons!
With all the concern currently about stereotypes and all that happens to perpetuate them, it’s refreshing to see a take on the subject that is so very enjoyable. Floyd Peterson is very clearly a monster (even he admits it at one point in the story, although very reluctantly). He looks like a monster, he sometimes behaves like a monster, although he claims that that is inadvertent. But despite it all, he does not like being called a monster. In a hilarious narrative, Floyd explains that he doesn’t like people being scared of him (even though he does sleep in closets and under beds) and seriously prefers to be called Floyd Peterson.
Meltzer brings to his latest book the same gifts of being able to see the ‘big picture’ of an elaborate plot with lots of colorful characters — but this time to give his readers a series of snapshots of humanity — some of them larger than life, some of them just our size — to define just what makes an act, or even a thought, a heroic one.
Sweet Max, an adorable little kitten, is almost ready to shut his eyes and curl up for a wonderful night’s sleep. It’s way past his bedtime and he’s very sleepy. He does his nightly rituals… laps up his milk, brushes his teeth, even cleans behind his ears (boy this kitty means business), and to finish off he just has to say goodnight to all the things he loves. He says adieu to his fish, his box, his spider, and then looks up to say goodnight to the moon. But wait! Where is the moon? It is nowhere to be found so he goes outside to try to locate it. It definitely deserves to be on the list of best books for toddlers 2017.
If you have some good books for toddlers you would like to add to the list of best books for toddlers, feel free to leave it in the comments.
“It’s not so much about what book you look at, it is how you interact with the toddler. Toddlers don’t read but love looking at pictures, so books with lots of pictures are great. The thing to do is to ask questions – “Where’s the mouse?”, “What color is the house?”, “Shall we count the trees together?” etc.
So you could use the Encyclopedia Britannica if you want, the book isn’t really that important as long as it’s got lots of nice pictures.
Also do funny voices, kids love funny voices.” by James Johnson about Best books for toddlers.
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