Take a break with some cool games, activities, and reading on the Web! The Youth Services staff (with help from our young patrons) has put together a collection of leisure-time Internet links for kids of all ages. We even have an online version of the Youth Services Coloring Book ready for you to download, print, and enjoy.
For more information about Skokie Public Library ’s Youth Services resources, contact Susan Heist Carlton at 847.324.3144 or by .
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Please note: The Youth Services staff makes every effort to select websites that are suitable for children; however, the Library has no control over individual website content, sponsors, or advertisements. We encourage parents to explore and enjoy these websites with their children.
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These websites have been selected just for preschoolers and their kindergarten pals.
A Little Bit of Everything
Early World of Learning from World Book Online
Early World of Learning offers stories, games, and activities to help early learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading skills. Content includes narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference materials for beginners, and more.
The Internet Public Library has put together a special web directory for children. Follow the links to games, stories, music, and more.
Books and Learning
Use computer crayons and a paintbrush to color Riffington's Coloring Book! You can even print the pictures when you're finished!
Visit a far-away library with just a mouse click! Preschoolers (and kids of all ages) can participate in the same types of activities offered by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. Each theme includes an online story and activity, a take-home activity, suggested reading, and a parent's activity.
Friends and Favorites
This collection of online games just for preschoolers is based on the popular LEGO building toys.
Enjoy online activities such as games, puzzles, and painting with Bob the Builder and his friends. Learn all about Bob, too!
Take a trip to the online home of the PBS gang. Have fun with games, stories, music, and coloring pages featuring Arthur, Barney, Caillou, DragonTales, Jay Jay, Teletubbies, Zoboomafoo, and more.
This is the online neighborhood of the gang from Sesame Street! C’mon along for games, stories, art, music, Elmo's World, and the Sesame Street Post Office (pssst… there’s lots of good stuff for parents, too).
The Cat in the Hat has a home on the Internet! Join the Seussvillians for games, activities, a storymaker, and more fun activities for kids. Grown-ups will enjoy the biography of Dr. Seuss and a calendar of Seussian events.
After you’ve finished your homework, check out some of these links to Internet fun and games for older kids. Many of the websites have been recommended by kids who regularly visit the Youth Services Computer Lab.
Arcade Games and More
This Youth Services favorite includes interactive games, videos, programming schedules, and shopping.
"Only the very best free online games!" A collection of Flash games for kids... 250 in all! New games pop up at any time and the least popular games drop off the screen.
This is a collection of online games based on the popular LEGO building toys.
This collection of simple and "super cute web games" is suitable for kids of all ages.
Recommended by Tania, age 11.
This directory of kid-friendly online games includes links to board games, card games, word games, and more.
Brain Benders and Puzzles
Funbrain offers a selection of online games, quizzes, and parent-child challenges arranged by age and learning categories (numbers, words, universe, culture, extra) with special areas for kids, parents and teachers.
Get the scoop on secret codes and find out how they've been used throughout history and around the world. Then write your own secret messages with the Thunk message scrambler. Also includes jokes, trivia, and links to other cool websites for kids.
This virtual chess club includes online interactive lessons and quizzes for kids who play, or would like to play, chess. A resource center is available for parents and teachers. Great for beginning chess players!
Fun and Learning
This website was developed especially for Jewish parents, teachers, and kids. Learn about weekly Parsha, Israel, the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, Jewish holidays, and Torah heroes. The site also has a Hebrew Phrase of the Day and coloring pages, too!
This interactive journey just for kids explains all about "stuff" through a collection of activities, cartoons, and animated movies. The first two movies each day are free. Thereafter, a paid subscription is required for unlimited viewing.
Words and Writing
This children’s author and illustrator gets zany on the Internet with “scenes and material which may be considered too silly for grown-ups…” This extra crunchy website stays crispy in milk with interactive games, printable coloring pages, literature-based paper airplanes, jokes, riddles, “how to draw,” and other fun stuff for kids. A Boring Grown-Up Stuff section describes how teachers can use the site as a teaching tool.
The Reading Planet is all about having fun with books and reading. Find fun activities, cool games, booklists and reviews, author and illustrator interviews, and so much more and this website just for kids
Sure, there’s lots of cool stuff to learn and do on the Web, but there’s fun stuff to do when you’re away from the computer, too. Find ideas online, and then have fun on land!
Follow along with step-by-step video instructions for gifts, games, magic tricks, kid-friendly cooking recipes, science experiments, cartooning, cheerleading, juggling, origami, jewelry, puppets, and more. Print instructions are available, too!
Learn how to juggle with these animated instructions for three-ball and four-ball juggling. Note: Youth Services staff recommend that this activity be practiced outside of the Library and far away from anything breakable!
A collection of craft projects especially for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. Visit the special page about color mixing to find out how you can make all the colors of the rainbow!
Paper and Pen
Learn the Japanese art of paper folding with this collection of origami diagrams. Diagrams are arranged by difficulty: simple, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and complex.
This art and crafts site for kids, parents, and teachers provides all kinds of ideas for using recyclables to create drawings, paintings, sculpture, origami, collage, paper maché, prints, and crafts.
Boondoggle -- also known as lanyard, gimp, and craftstrip -- is a colorful, flat plastic lacing that can be woven together to create all kinds of cool projects. This website is jam-packed with step-by-step illustrated instructions for all kinds of boondoggle stitches and projects.
Enjoy all different kinds of tales from around the world with these online stories and books.
Book Clubs for Kids
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Sponsored by Sylvan Learning.
Book Reviews by Kids
UNDER the COVER: Book Reviews by Teens from Skokie Public Library and our neighborhood schools
Check out these book reviews written by teens at local Junior High and middle schools. These students were chosen by their teachers to read and write about new books that are hot off the press.
From BAB Books, this website is the online version of the Mad Libs party game. Fill in the blanks and see what silly story comes up!
Online Books and Stories
The BAB Books website offers online stories for kids that the whole family will enjoy.
This storytime website for kids and families features all kinds of stories: read-a-story, see-a-story, hear-a-story, decide-a-story, fill-in-a-story, and finish-a-story.
This online library is filled with children's books from all over the world! Read stories from places like Croatia, Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and more.
Kids' Corner featuring Beatrix Potter
Kids' Corner features the stories of Beatrix Potter in text, RealAudio, streaming media, and multimedia slideshows. Some stories are available in Japanese, French, and German languages.
This wesite features children's stories from India and Asia. Story themes include jungle tales, school and friendships, relationships and sibling rivalry, peer pressure, and loneliness.
From the Shema Yisrael Torah Network, this website has illustrated stories and downloadable coloring books about Shabbos.
A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles, and quizzes adapted from existing picture books. Choose from story books, "readables," life stories, puzzles and games, and language learning.