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Recommended Children's Websites Winter 2009

As always we have a selection of sites for the kids to go to on the internet - fun and educational! There are many sites where you can download work sheets. Kids find these a more ‘exciting’ way of doing some extra school work. There are worksheets available for many different subjects but Maths is the obvious choice of many of these sites. The ABC123 site is set out to make it easy to find an age appropriate worksheet and at glance can see if the printable is black and white or colour www.abc123sheets.co.uk. Another worksheet site with times tables grids is www.primaryworksheets.co.uk.

If you were to start looking there are many paper craft sites where you can download a printable plan and make some cool objects. To celebrate 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ create a paper model of this great scientist. They may need help to cut out the plan accurately but you don’t need glue to stick it together scienceblogs.com.br/rainha/scientists-papercraft-models. If they manage Charles Darwin, there is also Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan to create. Older children might like to have a go at making a Christmas tree. Unlike Darwin, you will need to use glue to make the tree so it’s a bit more fiddly www.ss42.com/pt/christmas- tree/christmas-tree.

A useful search engine for children to use is kidsclick.org. All of its entries have been approved by a group of librarians at a university in the states and it is also an ad free site.

Have you heard of Simons Cat? simonscat.com One of those youtube phenomenons that has taken the internet by storm. Simons Cat now has his very own web site where you can watch his films and most adults will enjoy it as much as the kids!

And finally one of those sites that is quite pointless and a project by someone who is doing it just because the internet makes it possible! One Million Giraffes came about as a bet between two friends in Norway where one thought he would be able to have one million giraffes submitted to his site by 2011 onemilliongiraffes.com and just to show how amazing the internet is. There are rules which state that the giraffes cannot be made using a computer or be a shop bought giraffe. You need to create your giraffe from anything you like, from the humble pencil to a collage of fruit! Take a look at the site for some inspiration and get your thinking caps on, then photo or scan your creation and contribute to the one million giraffes project!

First published 4kids Winter 2009