Online Resources for Preschoolers

Online resources can support a preschooler’s literacy journey.

Online resources can support a preschooler's literacy journey.
Online resources can support a preschooler’s literacy journey.

There are many resources online to support a preschooler’s literacy journey, but which ones are good? Over the last few months, I’ve been on a search to find great resources that parents can use that are easy to use and can engage kids. Over the last few months, I’ve tried each of the sites with one of my grandchildren 1 year to 5 years old.  So here is my “GG approved” literacy websites.  But more importantly it comes with a “grandchild approved” rating. Have fun!

Top 10 Online Resources (alphabetical)

  • Between the Lions– This website associated with the PBS show features games, activities, and resources for emerging readers.
  • Children’s Storybooks Online– This collection of online stories is perfect for beginning readers through young adults.
  • Starfall– Starfall guides students from learning the alphabet to early reading and beyond. The four sections include videos, guided stories, and a selection of stories featuring comics, plays, folk tales, and more!
  • Reading is Fundamental – This children’s literacy organization has activity ideas for parents, articles for educators and stories and games for kids. Be sure to check out the reading activity calendars!
  • Storyline Online – Screen Actors Guild members read children’s books aloud, accompanied by the book illustrations.
  • StoryPlace: The Children’s Digital Library – Thank you to the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County for creating a great interactive website for kids.  On this site your child can listen to interactive children’s stories and play on-line activities and more.
  • Starfall– Starfall guides students from learning the alphabet to early reading and beyond. The four sections include videos, guided stories, and a selection of stories featuring comics, plays, folk tales, and more!
  • PBS Kids – Kids can explore their favorite PBS shows such as Curious George, Caillou, and Arthur while playing educational games.
  • National Geographic Kids – Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website.
  • San Diego Zoo Kids – ALL FREE.  Great resource for “one stop activities”. Includes games, craft ideas, science experiments and videos about animals.
  • StoryPlace: The Children’s Digital Library – At this children’s website by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, kids can listen to interactive children’s stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities, reading list and more.

Online Resources Recently Discovered: Worth a Look!

  • H.I.P. Pocket Change – The United States Mint has a website just for kids! Here kids can learn about money through games and activities.
  • Toy Theater – At the Toy Theater you can compose music, make art, play Tic Tac Toe, and explore the interactive playset.
  • Literacy Center Education Network – The Play & Learn center has lots of online activities for learning to read.  Site includes activities in English, French, Spanish and German.
  • Chateau Meddybumps – Site has a FEE but there are many FREE activities.  Check out the Parent Guide on how to support your child in language, reading and social skills.

“GG suggested… grandchild approved.” 

Isn’t education ALL about reaching the kids? 

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