Night Skies

One of the great joys of my childhood was staying up late in the summer. We used to lie in the grass, listen to the crickets, and watch the darkening sky. Stargazing is a great way to let your imagination roam. It’s also a great way to learn about the moon and our galaxy.

Learn About Constellations

Encourage your children’s interest in the stars with Constellations on . They’ll watch a fun animated poem and then have the opportunity to make their own constellations on the screen.

Organize the Sky

Ready for more night sky activities? Organize the Sky is a puzzle on our sister site, Science4Us. As students put the strips of the night sky in order, they think about the things that are on Earth and in space. They consider what is nearby and far away.

Lunar Tune

The moon is another important element of the night sky. It was full on July 12 and will be again August 10 following the new moon on July 26. Watch Lunar Tune on Science4Us and then lie back in the grass to note the moon’s phases.

No matter where you are this summer, you can use games to ignite your children’s curiosity about the night sky. And when you lie back to contemplate the stars, you’re not simply relaxing, you just might be building life-long memories.


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This post was written by admin on July 14, 2014

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Phew! Temperature’s Rising.

You really know it’s summer when the temperatures begin to rise. But you don’t have to stop learning just because it’s hot! At Learning Games for Kids we have great science games and videos that help you learn about heat energy while keeping your cool.

Learn about conduction & radiation

Watch a video lesson about conduction and radiation to learn why you get hot on a visit to the beach. By the time you’re finished watching you’ll understand why it’s hard to walk on the hot sand and why your skin gets hot when you stand in the sun. Click the Heat Energy Tab to find even more games to play!

Still sweating for fun science activities? Our sister site is a complete K-2 science program. Check out the online demos and hands-on activities and projects here. There’s a lot of cool summer science fun to dive into!

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This post was written by admin on June 30, 2014

New Inventor Biography Videos!

Why was peanut butter invented, and who invented it? Do inventors just stop at one invention? Did the scientist responsible for the theory of relativity win student of the month when he was at school?


New biography videos on will help you find the answer to these questions and more! Our new videos feature George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein. Each video is documentary-style and uses photographs and film from these inventor’s lives. The videos last between two and four-and-a-half minutes. They’re a great introduction to these famous men and can serve as a jumping-off point for further research.


When you’re finished with the video, you can dive into research or check out the other fun activities on inventors. They’re under the Social Studies tab in the Inventors section!

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This post was written by admin on June 16, 2014

Word Games for Summer Reading

Were you a student who greeted the summer required reading list with joy and then skipped all the way to the library? I was! Unfortunately, for some kids summer reading is nothing but a burden. It hangs over their heads until just before school starts. Sometimes summer reading is tough for kids to do, and without support from their teacher it seems impossible.

Don’t let summer reading be a drag for your kids! has literature games that will help students at all grade levels develop new vocabulary to help them read and understand their summer reading books. Students pick a book from the list and then play vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension games that will help them learn new words. After playing some games, they may find their summer reading both more accessible and more enjoyable.

Which One?

And if getting young kids to read every day still seems like pulling teeth, try this tip. Check out a book of poetry from your local library, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a great example. Have your child independently read one poem a day or choose a time each day to read one or two poems together. Offer the Where the Sidewalk Ends games as a choice at computer time. Your child will gain reading experience and internalize new sight words and vocabulary while having a great time. And if you stick to just one or two funny poems a day it will never seem overwhelming or burdensome—only fun.

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This post was written by admin on June 2, 2014