The Internet is a great tool for learning, but most kids just want to use it to have fun. Trying to get them to stay on an educational site for more than a few minutes isn't easy.
That's why we've rounded up some sites that are fun as well as educational. Whether it's learning another language, geography, design or animals, there's something here for everyone.
Take fun quizzes
"Fun" and "quiz" might seem like an oxymoron at first, but learning site Memrise brings them together nicely. Once you've signed up, you have access to an easy-to-use dashboard that contains quizzes in over 221 categories, including languages, Vocabulary, Arts & Literature, Math & Science, History, Memory Training and Standardized Tests.
Each quiz gives you a few words or tidbits of information to start with. Memrise treats these like seeds. You memorize these seeds and then answering questions about them makes them grow. Every time you log in and take a quiz, your online garden gets bigger. Before you know it, you will have a flourishing patch of knowledge.
Learn about the natural world
We actually have two great sites for this category. Explore the wonder of the world's oceans and its creatures with National Geographic's "The Ocean" site. This site is great for budding oceanographer, featuring riveting ocean stories and valuable information about all of the deep sea's most interesting creatures. From sea turtles to sharks, mollusks and more, learn everything there is to know about what lies beneath the waves.
Then for more animal learning fun, including live-streaming animal cameras, pop over to the San Diego Zoo's website. Select a particular animal to get started and learn about the animals' habitat, habits and other fun facts. For example, did you know that rhinoceroses can get sunburned? That's why they like to hang out in the mud. And did you know that elephants use their ears as an air conditioner? Amazing!