Cecilia junior (aged 10) has asked me to ask mumsnet if anyone can recommend any good websites for children. She already enjoys the games on the CBBC homepage but wants to find more that are fun and educational. Many websites aimed at tweenies are purely commercial. There are of course the security issues as well.
I'll get some for you from my class favourites tomorrow. These are some they've found or been directed to.
Off the top of my head
mathcat.com is a fun maths games and tinyplanets.com is another. They also like using google.com for research. Particularly webcams all over the world.
The class are very interested in yahooligans.com for it's wide scope. These are all used in class and go through our school web filter, so are secure.
I'll check with dd( who's 9) but in bed, as well.
You pretend to be a park ranger in the Serengeti. You go out around the park and find sick animals which you bring back to your pens and care for. You have to buy food, medicine and treats and check the animal care guide to find out what the animals eat and how to cure them.
My boys are addicted to neopets, www.neopets.com. Not educational but has inspired the older one to learn HTML in order to edit his neopets webpage, and nothing harmful. Also leads to lots of creative play where all 3 children pretend to be various neopets and look after each other (for at least 10 mins b4 they start killing each other!).
one huge bonus of neopet addiction is that boys now leap out of bed at 6.30 and race to get dressed and have time on the internet before breakfast!
www.nrich.maths.org v.educational but also fun if you like maths