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.

Gadgets and Apps – Welcome to the Future of Travel

Travel’s facelift for the 21st century has been radical and far-reaching. Skype and wifi have replaced the ritual of calling home by feeding endless foreign coins into a phone box, updating your Facebook status is the new postcard, and travellers are increasingly likely to use ‘augmented reality’ rather than have a guidebook tucked under their arm.

If anything, the pace of change continues to quicken – exciting, sometimes mind-boggling innovations are appearing all the time, meaning how we interact with places and people keeps on evolving. Below are some of our favourite gizmos and gadgets.

iLingual

A phrasebook like no other – download the iLingual app, take a photo of your mouth, the app then has over 400 phrases your mouth can ‘say’. Cue the odd sight of travellers holding their iphones in front of their actual mouths as the screen ‘talks’. Watch a video for this app – a demo is better than any written explanation. Only a few languages on offer at the moment, but it can’t be long until iPhone-bearded travellers are pow-wowing in Swahili on the Serengeti savannah.

Word Lens

Very Star Trek this one, another app for those struggling with mastering a foreign language. Word Lens only currently translates English-Spanish, but it’s a neat idea and could be genuinely useful. All you need to do is aim your iPhone camera at some printed text and Word Lens translates it in realtime. You need never struggle over a foreign language newspaper again (or at least not a Spanish language one).

Google goggles

Google goggles may just be the biggest game-changer of all. It’s still in its infancy, but the image recognition software is looking a pretty awesome and versatile travel tool. Here’s how it works: you’re strolling around a city, or a museum or gallery, you take a snap of something you want to know more about it, if Google recognises the subject of the image it will bring up search results. Cue instant expertise and a handy tool for appearing knowledgeable about, well, everything – from sourcing well-reviewed restaurants to enabling you to wax expertly on, say, pre-Incan Peruvian art. In other words, this may be the ultimate dating tool.

World Customs

We always give people who travel with us with plenty of tips and guidance about local cultures and etiquette in foreign countries, so this app is right up our street. Pick your country and then you’ll be presented with a load of helpful info on the destination – from law & order to religious etiquette to taboos. Great for sorting out your do’s from your don’ts.

And a couple of lower-tech gadgets we like…

Solar-powered LED light and water bottle cap

This one looks genuinely good doesn’t it? Mixing water and electricity perhaps isn’t intuitively clever, but the sealing means you’ve got nothing to worry about, and the light is supposed to be decent enough for a tent lantern. The idea of a solar-powered torch may lead cynics to snipe about artificial light being a little redundant if the sun is beating down, but ignore them – this has a good charge, is cheap, light and saves space, and is environmentally intelligent.

The daddy of all Swiss Army Knives

A supercharged multi-tool that looks like it’s on steroids. 87 tools on offer, including – at last! – a golf shoe spike wrench. All that’s missing is a flux capacitor. This one kilo treat fits snugly into your pocket, providing your pocket is 30cm long. A snip at nearly $1000AUD, plus postage, which presumably bumps the final price tag up a bit, not least because the instruction manual must run to a couple hundred pages.

The Benefits of Online Games for Kids

Kids enjoy playing online games and as a result, they often are glued to their computers for long periods. However, everything that is in excess can prove detrimental to one’s health. Nevertheless, there are many benefits generated from playing games online. As you shop around, you will discover many online games that target young children. Many of these games are interesting. Several scientific studies have discovered that they offer many benefits to kids, including:

· Social growth

Playing them exposes the kids to many people around the world. This can prove fun when they begin sharing with them. Kids get to talk to people, and in the course of sharing they make good friends. As they play and relate, the children gain knowledge, which helps them in social growth.

· Motivation

Many of the cash winning games available online attract a prize where the player gets to win the game. Children love rewards as well as deriving satisfaction in achieving small objectives developed in games. This win boosts their self-assurance making them to acquire some accomplishment. The kids learn how to overcome small objectives and thus, they are motivated to soldier on in the game as well as in real life.

· Multitasking

Many of the online free games for kids involve multitasking. These games involve getting to do several things all at the same time. This helps a great deal in making the kids multitasking experts.

· Reasoning

Playing birthday games among others helps to sharpen the kids mind; many of these games which increase the power of reasoning are commonly referred to as logic games.

· Improve eye-to-hand coordination

According to researchers, playing helps to improve eye-to-hand coordination, which is particularly important for the growth and development of the kid. This attribute is often transferred to real life, making the child very good at coordination.

· Build team spirit

The chance to play team games online helps the children to learn ways of cooperating. They learn the skills and abilities of other people as well as their way of thinking. Furthermore, they get the opportunity to meet different people and learn ways of dealing with them- qualities which are essential in fulfilling particular roles in the real world or in games.

· Improves technology abilities

Children who get the opportunity to play online games improve their technological abilities. This is particularly important in today’s world because the basic skills that are required at the workplace are computer skills and internet literacy.