From just pure entertainment to educational games, there are zillions of free online game sites available to keep kids entertained and learning while having fun. Here are what I think are the best sites for online games (in no particular order):
Targeted to the preschool age to 6-7 years old, Noggin and Nick Jr have adventure, dress-up, art and learning games categorized by show and also by game type and age. All their favorite characters are represented, including Dora, Diego, Wubbzy, Kai-lan, Wonder Pets, Max & Ruby, Backyardigans, Blue’s Clues and more.
There are over 1,000 free games on this site categorized by age range, game type and skills being developed while playing the games. This is a very entertaining site featuring characters named Boowa & Kwala.
This is an excellent educational site focusing mainly on helping kids learn to read and practice reading skills. The site is set up so kids can progress from learning their letters and sounds, to putting together words and sentences, all in such a fun way, they don’t realize they’re learning at all!
Definitely targeted to older kids, Yahoo has lots of arcade, board & tile games, games from tv shows, word games. It’s a little more difficult to navigate than the other sites but lots of fun stuff to be found!