“On The Upcycle” Top 5 Free Kids Craft and Educational Websites

Recently, I find myself  seeking out new ideas and activities for my two year-old that are both educational and fun.  My daughter loves to draw, play on the computer and sing along to music, Old McDonald Had A Farm, Elmo’s Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star just to name a few!  Incorporating the activities she loves and enjoys with learning has proved to be a very effective.  There are many sites on the web dedicated to educating through various activities and games.  Some websites require fees while others are totally free!

Today, I share with you my top five favorite kids websites in no particular order, but equally wonderful!

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Leading to Reading: is a child education site for children from 0-5 that offers games, online activities and resources for grown-ups.  They encourage language developement and learning through reading.

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ABCya.com: is a free educational site for kids ages 5 and up.  This free site features computer games and educational activities. All of the activities on the site were created or approved by school teachers!

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Hands On As We Grow: This blog style site is packed with kids craft ideas and activities.  What better way to explore a child’s imagination than by making crafts together? This site promotes sensory, and creative development through fun family arts and crafts.

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Sesame Street.Org: Monsters, Muppets and Friends Oh My!  The gang from Sesame Street, (my personal favorite) promote learning through free games and activities, such as word and number games, and online coloring and painting.

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Super Simple Learning and Songs: A wonderful website featuring both free and paid content, my favorite part of this site is their You Tube channel, packed with simple songs for you and your toddler to sing along with together that promote learning and language skills.

My daughter’s personal favorite? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

DIY Children’s Playroom Art Display

Two of the toddler apprentice’s favorite activities are drawing and painting.  As a proud mom, I consider all of her drawings mini masterpieces.  I like to keep and display her artwork, but the refrigerator door was becoming too crowded. I decided to display them on the playroom wall via a “mini” clothes line. (minus the clothes of course!)

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Materials needed to make an “Art” line:

string/twine

2 small metal hooks

scissors

clothes pins

I used two mini metal hooks, hanging them on opposite ends of the wall.  I measured out the twine and cut to the desired length with the scissors. I tied the twine to the metal hooks allowing a bit of sag on the twine.  I then hung all of my daughter’s art on the line with clothes pins.

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Finger Painting Artwork

What a great way to display her art, a simple DIY solution !