The Best Interactive Websites for Education and Online Learning Games for K-8
by Dan Reiner Published December 21, 2012 Updated March 14, 2017
Parents of online students know that learning doesn’t stop when the winter holidays arrive. To prevent your student from spending mindless hours watching TV, get him or her engaged with some effective educational websites. These sites encourage students to have fun playing games while strengthening math, reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills.
The websites featured target elementary and middle school students, and they offer everything from printable worksheets to interactive puzzle games. Click on one of the resources below for more fun online learning to chase away the winter-break boredom.
This website provides free interactive materials and games that help kids practice reading and build their phonemic awareness.
The Online Games section of the PBS website offers not only games but also printable activities such as coloring pages. These resources attract and engage young students because they feature popular PBS characters.
ABCya focuses heavily on building math, reading, and writing skills, but it also covers some additional topics as well as holiday themes. All of the games and apps were approved by certified teachers.
Game Classroom has compiled games, lessons, videos, and worksheets from a variety of reputable sites. The site also offers helpful articles and newsletters to keep parents informed.
Focused on improving math and reading skills, Funbrain features books and comics as well as arcades filled with interactive games.
The brainteaser games and audio stories featured on Light Up Your Brain help students hone their problem-solving, reading, color-matching, math, and fine motor skills. For example, your child can test his or her understanding of physics in “Successful Experiment” by using different-sized balls to move an object to a designated spot.
Prongo offers free games, e-cards, jokes, downloads, brainteasers, and links for most major academic subjects. You can also create interactive quizzes for your student using the Quiz Station.
This site combines reference materials, facts, and trivia quizzes for kids on all subjects. Parents, educators, and kids can get homework help and access almanacs, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and an atlas.
Multiplication.com helps students review multiplication tables as well as addition and subtraction facts. It has interactive games, classroom games, and worksheets that can be downloaded.
Scholastic’s game page offers puzzles, games, and quizzes, but the first things you should check out are the writing games. These prompts are based on characters and themes from Scholastic books and encourage students to practice their creative writing skills.
Does your student enjoy any other educational websites? Let us know in the comments below.