Menus — LOTS OF THEM This is a site that will require some looking into WITH your children and bookmarking some spots before you let them run free…. there are a lot of options and I wouldn’t be surprised if younger children found it overwhelming. That being said — the reason they do have so many options is they offer a LOT on one site. Here are a FEW of the options:
Search by Age/Grade for a Game:
Kindergarten & Grade 1 (6 Years old and Under) This search will take you to a page where you can search by age, grade or subject….
which takes you to a board game where you play a long series of SHORT games in Math or just for fun. These games are cute and it’s not very often games will actually say “You Won” which you frequently get here.
Reading will take you to options of either playing Mad Libs Junior or Reading Books/Comics (they offer many and they are very enjoyable stories).
The Playground is a picture of many funny characters and clicking on them will take you to a corresponding game.
ALL Games — There are way too many games to get into and they are all short, fun and most are educational. When you go to this option you will also see Poptropica advertised. This is a great place to play with your children or have your older children go to. Poptropica is a separate site but is part of funbrain.com. You need to enter boy/girl and age (6-15) to create a character. If you want to save (you will) you need to enter a username and password but you do not need to register an email address. I like this feature since too many sites I go to check out have me signing up and giving my email address before I know if I even like it. On the down side — you do not know if the people playing are truly children or not…so the safety becomes questionable and as such I would either play with your children or make sure if they are older they understand internet safety.
In Poptropica once you pick your character you have the option of going to different islands to explore. Each island has a world to explore with mini gaming spots and mini adventure games built in (I highly recommend the one in Time Tangled.) The mini adventures require you talking to characters and you need to be able to read to collect inventory and figure out where things belong.
As you go through the adventure games they have little icons that if you click will give you the opportunity to learn in depth information about where you are or who you come in contact with (Edison, Ancient Greece, etc.) The gaming places allow you to ask others to play one of 5 different games together. I am looking forward to summer time to explore some of the adventures with my kids — I know they will love them.
There are also customizable features such as setting up blogs on the main page that are age appropriate for your children. There are resources for parents and teachers and much more.
Fun Brain has a ton of wonderful resources, games and activities to make children think. I love this site and will be adding it to both my children’s favorites and look forward to exploring it more. I highly recommend checking it out.
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