Games are more than just fun; many of them provides educational opportunities or practices that can be beneficial to your child’s growth and development.
- Spatial Relations
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Math, Reading and Social Studies Review.
The Youth Services Department provides different ways for children to learn and play, starting with our preschool room filled with toys to encourage socialization, make-believe and construction. We have a Stay and Play program every Friday at 11am that allows babies thru age 5 and their parents to mingle and explore age-appropriate toys in a controlled environment. We also have iPads at your disposal filled with games and apps for all ages as well as “old fashioned” board games that can be brought out of our closet at anytime for group play. Finally, we have 9 computers in our Youth Services Department that are meant for homework and game use.
Below you will find a list of educational online games that can be enjoyed at the library or home.
Berenstain Bears – Enjoy as these beloved picture book characters come to life in their tree house. Take a tour, play a variety of games and do not forget to read through the parent’s den for activities that you can do at home.
Cookie – Learning games for ages 3 to 7 that feature language arts, mathematics, science and social science skills. The toolbar at the top of the screen makes it easy for caregivers to navigate to games, videos, worksheets and more.
Cool Math 4 Kids – A gaming site that makes math fun. Highlight areas that you need to practice or simply just click on your grade. Parent and teacher information is included.
Disney – Games, activities and printouts based on your favorite Disney characters.
Fisher-Price Games – Online games meant for toddlers through preschool. The sorting tool on the left side of screen makes it easy to find a “just right” game that you can enjoy together.
Fun Brain – FREE educational games, comics and videos that are separated by subject.
Leading to Reading – RIF’s games page that features games, interactive activities and songs that children and caregivers can access together in order to enhance their love of reading. Meant for babies through age 5.
Nick Jr. – Games, activities and printouts based on your favorite Nick Jr. characters.
PBS Kids – Games, activities and printouts based on your favorite PBS characters. Games with a greater difficulty level have recently been added.
PEEP – Games that focus on science and inquiry for young ones. This site is also available in Spanish.
Poptropica – A virtual world filled with stories and games with the ultimate quest of saving the world! Under the creative direction of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney.
Sesame Street – Games, activities and printouts based on your favorite Sesame Street characters.
Seussville – Games, activities, printouts and videos that scream all things Dr. Seuss!
Thomas and Friends – Games, videos and activities with your favorite engine Thomas. Links to other popular preschool characters like: Barney, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina can also be found at the top of the page.