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preHeadI have a 20 month old daughter that requires me to keep her entertained. I don’t know if all young ones act this way but mine loves the computer, TV and DVD player. I tried to beat her at her own game when I went out and bought several learning DVD sets including Your Baby Can Read, Baby Einstein and several Sesame Street DVD’s.

Just like everything else she was only interested in it once or twice. So I have come to love the Internet for its ever changing content and have found several websites with preschool online games that my daughter visits daily and I am going to share them with you! Your kid will love you for it!

The first television show my daughter watched was on a channel we have in the United States called Noggin. Noggin has all the big shows like Dora The Explorer, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets and Lazy Town. For the really small ones you can run a program called Baby Smash on top of your browser to not let the baby change the page or mess with the web site. I wrote a post here about it Noggin + Babysmash = One Happy Baby! (Windows) Noggin + Babysmash = One Happy Baby! (Windows) Read More .

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There are loads more shows and they all have a mini-website built into Noggin. Each mini site contains lots of preschool online games and music as you can see below from Jack’s Big Music Show. You can see and listen to all this season’s music videos and there is a link to the last seasons videos as well.

Your kid (or you) can get lost on this page as well.

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Next up on the same site is the Backyardigan’s mini-site which my daughter adores. There is all sorts of stuff, from video games to creative arts and crafts you can do at your home and even printables for parties and activities.

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Next up to bat is the ever popular Sesame Street. Sesame Street has been around since I was a kid but we didn’t have an interactive website like this! Just like Noggin there are loads of games, videos and playlists. They also create a playlist for the day around a specific theme.

Below, the theme is “Guessing Day” others have been “Father’s Day” and “The Letter K”. You can get into the themed play list by hitting the green play button on the home screen after the flash intro plays. The playlist is made up of videos, games and more. If you have a really little one you will probably want to stick with the videos.

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Each character has its own links. You can click on the Muppets link on the top to see the break down.

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After clicking on any Muppet you will see a screen similar to the one for Elmo:

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You can click on any of those links to videos, games or combo playlists all with the character of your choice!

What websites with preschool online games do you let your young ones play with? We would love to hear about them so my daughter will stop trying to find new ones on Google!

  1. Billy Collins
    December 28, 2009 at 7:07 am

    My son loves http://avenscorner.com.

  2. jiny
    December 3, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Yes Noggin! My little niece loves it. She is enjoying a lot with those all characters. Regards...

  3. Fun Child Game
    August 14, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Letting our kids see television shows like Dorah the Explorer is good. But when they are watching, we parents must accompany them to explain everything that the characters are saying. Also, we must let our kids do other activities as well as too much of television is detrimental to their health.

  4. kelly
    August 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    You might also like to try souptoys.com - virtual toys which play on the desktop.

  5. Jeanette McLeod
    August 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Hi Karl
    kids love using technology and when this can be used to help them learn too that is a good thing, especially when their lives will be dominated with technology that we cannot even imagine yet.
    As long as their time is balanced and parents choose wisely technology can be a great source of edutainment.

  6. Pankaj Singh
    August 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Yay, my niece was getting bored of babysmash. (Thanks a lot for that excellent article) Now there's more stuff to keep her busy.
    Thanks Karl

  7. Ryan Dube
    August 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Hey cajnavrecka - I think you make an excellent point. But in my own opinion it's also important for people to realize that we live in a different world. While I loved playing with my neighborhood friends every Saturday morning, I would have absolutely loved the opportunity to stay in touch with my friends who ended up moving away in grammar school through an online social network...

    It's a brave new world and it's bringing us closer together as a global community - and it's allowing kids to expand their mind in ways that we didn't have available to us as kids. And that's not a bad thing at all! However, your call for moderation is also important.

  8. cajnavrecka
    August 1, 2009 at 8:33 am

    please please tell me you also spend time with your children off-line!! it's very easy to just stick them in front of a tv or a computer, but, dear parents, do you remember how was it when WE were children? when we actually went out of the house with our parents/cousins/babysitters and later on with friends - real flesh-and-blood friends, not the kind you have on facebook?

  9. Tommy Carlier
    August 1, 2009 at 7:34 am

    You should install Babysmash. My niece (1.5 years old) loves it.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      August 1, 2009 at 7:51 am

      I mentioned it in the article and she loves it. Thanks for reading though!

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