Theodore Tugboat Bulletin

Mark Larson (mark@cochran.com)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 13:20:45 +0000


BERIT'S BEST SITES FOR CHILDREN
(April 25/97 update)

ACTIVITY CENTERS

GapKids
http://www.gapkids.com/
Dress up online dolls, make your own art and learn about the modern painter
Piet Mondrian, and play the shell game. Uses Shockwave. My rating: 4/5.

Club Girl Tech
http://www.girltech.com/
This is a great site for girls, and boys too. Visit Chic Chat to get and
give advice and post messages to friends, Girls World to meet interesting
girls and women, Inventors to inspire your creativity and learn about women
inventors, Game Cafe to play games and solve puzzles, and Sports to find
out about women's basketball. My rating: 5/5.

Flight Activities
http://www.a1.com/children/flyact.htm
Visit the Children's Museum of Indianapolis to make an origami swan, paper
airplanes and other things that fly. You will also learn how to plant a
garden that will attract butterflies. My rating: 4/5.

CRAFTS AND COLORING

Barnyard Buddies Coloring Pages
http://www.execpc.com/~byb/paint.html
Simple pictures of farm animal characters to print and color. My rating: 3/5.

Safety Bear's Coloring Book
http://www.dps.state.ak.us/AST/safety/instruct.htm
Learn safety tips while you color with Safety Bear and Safety Cub. My
rating: 4/5.

GAMES

Stereogram of the Week
http://www.magiceye.com/3dfun/stwkdisp.shtml
Can you see the 3D image hidden in the picture? Hold your nose close to the
picture, look through it until it is blurry, then slowly move away and the
secret image will appear! My rating: 4/5.

MAGAZINES

Yak's Corner
http://www.yakscorner.com
Yak's Corner is an online version of a weekly news magazine for kids.
There's lots to see and do here: news stories, original puzzles and games,
craft activities, recipes, Pet of the Week, Star of the Week, an animal
column, plus jokes, poetry and art work by kids. Awesome: 5/5!

Time for Kids
http://pathfinder.com/TFK/
'Time Magazine' presents a special twist of fun and facts in the news
just for kids. My rating: 4/5.

MUSIC

Mozart Musical Dice Game
http://204.96.11.210/jchuang/Music/Mozart/mozart.cgi
In 1787, Mozart created a dice game to make a random arrangement of musical
measures. Play a computer version of this game; click on the 'Compose a
Minuet' link and then on the 'Make Music!.' Requires a MIDI music player.
My rating: 3/5.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

The Locker Room...Sports for Kids
http://members.aol.com/msdaizy/sports/locker.html
Learn about all kinds of sports, check out interesting facts, test your
sports knowledge, and get some helpful tips. There are also pages of
warm-up stretches, and ideas for dealing with team problems. My rating:
5/5.

BY KIDS FOR KIDS

Kids Connect @ the Library
http://www.netins.net/showcase/pldm/kids_connect.html
Visit the Public Library of Des Moines to read 10 original stories that
were written and illustrated by middle school students. Some of these large
print stories even include sounds! My rating: 5/5.

CREEPY CRAWLIES

Children's Butterfly Site
http://www.mesc.nbs.gov/butterfly.html
Check out a gallery of beautiful photos of moths and butterflies, print out
coloring pages of the Monarch butterfly's life cycle, read butterfly and
moth facts, and follow links to other butterfly Web sites. My rating: 5/5.

Iowa State's Entomology Image Gallery
http://www.ent.iastate.edu/imagegallery.html
See pictures of insects that have been taken through an electron
microscope. There are also videos of a cicada, lady beetles, ticks, lice,
and more. Unfortunately, many of the bugs are listed by their latin names
instead of their common names. My rating: 4/5.

DINOSAURS

Dinosaurs at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
http://www.a1.com/children/dino.htm
Includes dinosaur information sheets with coloring pages. My rating: 3/5.

HEALTH

How Can I Say No?
http://www.health.org/kidsarea/index.htm
Find out how to say no to smoking, drugs and alcohol. There are also facts,
crosswords and other activities. This colorful and informative site for
kids is presented by the World Health Organization. My rating: 4/5.

HISTORY

Fun Stuff - Public Museum of Grand Rapids
http://www.grmuseum.org/fun-stuff.htm
Print out and make toys that represent exhibits at this museum. Toys
include: Flying Flapping Bird Ring, Whale Flip-Book, Boy in a Tub, Tumbling
Acrobats, Ocawa Canoe, and A Little Chair. Printable pattern pieces and
instructions are provided for each toy. My rating: 5/5.

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