Theodore Tugboat Bulletin

Mark Larson (mark@cochran.com)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 18:59:17 +0000


BERIT'S BEST SITES FOR CHILDREN
Feb 24, 1997 update

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

I Have A Dream, Too
http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/project/midlinknc/dreams/dreams.main.html
February is Black History Month in the United States. Midlink, an online
middle school magazine, now features student writing from around the world
on the theme: "I have a dream too." Read work by kids from Australia,
Finland, Japan, Poland, Romania and the United States. My rating: 4/5.

Britannica Guide to Black History
http://blackhistory.eb.com/
Read hundreds of informative articles illustrated with historical film
clips, audio recordings, and images. My rating: 5/5.

Walk To Canada: Tracing the Underground Railroad
http://www.ugrr.org/walk.html
Follow Anthony Cohen, a historian and author, on his walk along an
Underground Railroad route from Montgomery County, Maryland to Amherstburg,
Ontario, Canada. My rating: 3/5.

Raleigh Township Centennial Museum
http://www.ciaccess.com/~jdnewby/museum.htm
The Raleigh Township Centennial Museum features pictures and a brief
description of the Elgin Settlement, a haven for fugitives who escaped the
American system of slavery to Canada in the pre-Civil War years. My rating:
4/5.

Internet Nova Scotia: The African Presence
http://www.nstn.ca:80/bccns/
Learn the history of Nova Scotia's black population and read biographies of
prominent community members. This site was created by students at Cole
Harbour High School with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. My
rating: 3/5.

ACTIVITY CENTERS

Kids Academy
http://www.kidsacademy.com/
A colorful and fun place for little kids. There are activities and games to
play, stories to read, finger puppets and cards to make, and more. Note:
Uses Java. My rating: 5/5.

Sassy's Place for Kids
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/7316
Grandma Sassy provides things for you to do every day of the week,
including bible verses, coloring pages, games, animal facts, stories about
her dog Spanky, and more. Each week new activities will be added. My
rating: 3/5.

WWW for Kidz
http://www.4kidz.com/
Features activities, links, facts, and book and movie reviews by kids on a
different theme each week, plus Web tips and links to other kids' Web
sites. My rating: 3/5.

GAMES

Asylum's Lite Board
http://asylum.cid.com/lb/lb.html
Play an online version of lite brite by selecting colored balls to make a
picture. My rating: 3/5.

Build-A-Monster
http://www.rahul.net/renoir/monster/
Select a head, middle, and legs to build a silly animal monster. My rating:
3/5.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Jumprope Rhymes
http://www.uwf.edu/~stankuli/jrope/jumprope.htm
A huge collection of jumprope, or skipping, rhymes listed in alphabetical
order. My rating: 3/5.

STORIES

Adventures of Banph
http://www.banph.com/
The Adventures of Banph are the tales of an ant knight's efforts to defend
his kingdom against the enemy carpenter empire. This story is filled with
suspense and wonderful illustrations. A new chapter will be added each
month. Don't miss it: 5/5.

FISH AND SHIPS

National Geographic Pirates
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/modules/pirates/index.html
Join this exciting adventure, where you can sail in a pirate ship around
the Atlantic and Indian Oceans plundering gold.

ART

The @rt room
http://www.arts.ufl.edu/art/rt_room/@rtroom_doorway.html
This site features neat art project ideas, ways of thinking and viewing the
world around you like an artist, instructions for making paper, art work
created by kids, and links to Web sites about famous artists and art
education. For kids 8 and up. My rating: 4/5.

ENVIRONMENT

National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Join the Pirates! adventure, where you can sail in a ship around the
Atlantic and Indian Oceans plundering gold. Other upcoming adventures
include a visit to National Geographic's online zoo to wrestle a Siberian
tiger, and the possibility of being caught in the lava-flow of an erupting
volcano. The GeoBee Quiz will offer a daily geography quiz contest. My
rating: 5/5.

HISTORY

At Home in the Heartland Online
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/athome/welcome.htm
Tour an online llinois State Museum exhibit about family life in this state
from 1700 to the present. You will even meet real people and be able to
share in their decision making. Large text and colorful illustrations help
make this exhibit great for kids. My rating: 5/5.

INDEXES

Bonnie's Fun Things to Do on the Computer
http://www.infogo.com/~genestet/bonnie.html
A Mom has compiled a huge list of kids' pages for her 6-year old daughter,
Bonnie. You'll find games, stories, coloring pages, arts and crafts,
holiday fun, fun with words and pictures, and fun things to do when you are
not on the computer. Most of the links are 'internal' links that will take
you directly to a game, story, and so on, instead of to a homepage. This
allows young children to start activities easily rather than becoming
frustrated trying to find it on a site.

The K.I.D.S. Report: Kids Investigating and Discovering Sites
http://wwwscout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/KIDS/index.html
K.I.D.S. is a monthly online magazine produced by K-12 students for other
K-12 students. Each thematic issue features Web sites picked by kids that
meet their selection criteria. My rating: 4/5.

Theodore Tugboat Online Activity Center
http://www.cochran.com/theodore