Theodore Tugboat Bulletin

Mark Larson (mark@cochran.com)
Sat, 9 Aug 1997 19:18:18 +0000


BERIT'S BEST SITES FOR CHILDREN
August 8/97 update

ACTIVITY CENTERS

Sky World
http://www.skyshapers.com
Read the Sky Shapers story, color pictures of the Sky Crew and scenes from
their story, solve a maze and word search, and learn more about the Sky
Shapers elementary school health and fitness program. My rating: 4/5.

CBC 4 Kids
http://www.cbc4kids.ca/
This Canadian site is a collection of information, games, interesting facts
and fun. Check out kids' news and sports, science experiments and
inventions, drama and sound effects, a jukebox and classical music
challenges, a time machine, and a fun kids' club with jokes and puzzles.
For kids 8 to 13. From CBC Radio. My rating: 4/5.

CRAFTS AND COLORING

Diana and Elena's Cool Art Projects for Kids!
http://www.speculations.com/art4kids/projects.htm
Create some really cool, but messy, art with potato stamps, golf balls,
tissue paper, and even live snails! (Don't worry the food coloring paint
doesn't hurt the snails.) My rating: 4/5.

Arts and Crafts for Kids
http://craftsforkids.miningco.com/
Features a few arts and crafts projects created by Shelley Gilbert and
others around the Internet. From the Mining Company. My rating: 4/5.

Paper Projects
http://www.ptialaska.net/~bundyd/paper.html
Links to coloring pages, paper puzzles, holiday projects and other paper
things to create. My rating: 4/5.

MAGAZINES

Spectrum Family Internet Magazine
http://www.incwell.com/
There's lots for you to do at Spectrum: comics, jokes, Zini's Activity
Page, games, a Dinosaur Dictionary and other educational pages, the Tales
of Edgeriver Woods stories, and more. My rating: 4/5.

MUSIC

SchoolHouse Rock
http://genxtvland.simplenet.com/SchoolHouseRock/index-l.html
Words and RealAudio tunes for grammar, science, multiplication and American
history songs. My rating: 4/5.

TV

Kratts' Creatures
http://www.pbs.org/kratts/
Learn about all kinds of amazing creatures from around the world. This Web
site has interactive games, activities, jokes, trivia and areas for you to
submit your own creations. My rating: 5/5.

PBS Kids
http://www.pbs.org/kids
Visit all of the shows in the PBS kids' neighborhood: Arthur, Mister
Rogers' Neighborhood, Shining Time Station, Sesame Street, Storytime,
Theodore Tugboat, Tots TV, and more. You can also go to a goodies page of
games and activites, a joke page, a guessing game, and check show times. My
rating: 5/5.

SPORTS and RECREATION

365 outdoor activities
http://www.family.com/Categories/Activities/Features/family_0401_01/dony/don
yout_index/
You'll find things during every season in your backyard, at the beach, on a
hike, and in the sports field. My rating: 5/5.

Online Sports Coloring Book
http://www.tutornuway.com/coloronline.html
This multimedia coloring book teaches you about sports while you color.
Periodically, the 6 coloring pages will be replaced with 6 new ones on
another sport. Requires Shockwave. My rating: 4/5.

BY KIDS FOR KIDS

ToonaCat's Kids' Club
http://toonacat.com/
ToonaCat showcases stories, poems and art by kids. You can also print
coloring pages, find writing ideas and follow links to kid-made Web pages.
My rating: 4/5.

KIDS' HOMEPAGES

Chantessy's Page of Fun
http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/1996/
Chantessy has been busy! Explore her 3 kids' Web rings, read her poetry and
jokes, solve puzzles and quizzes, visit her favorite sites, and see lots of
her original art work around these pages of fun. My rating: 5/5.

ANIMALS

Polar Pairs
http://www.nmnh.si.edu/arctic/game/
Match up the animals to learn about their habits and habitat. From the
Smithsonian Institution. Requires Java. My rating: 3/5.

Animal Trivia Game
http://parcsafari.qc.ca/english/triviae.htm
This game has over 3000 animal trivia questions with 4 levels of
difficulty. Uses Java. My rating: 4/5.

ASTRONOMY

Build a Pathfinder Model
http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/mpf/education/cutouts.html
Download and print these 4 pattern pages to make your own stand-up Mars
rover. Each pattern page is available as a JPEG or as a smaller GIF image.
Limited instructions are included on each pages. My rating: 3/5.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

DNA: The Instruction Manual for all Life
http://www.thetech.org/hyper/Genome/
All living things are made with DNA. Learn about it in this fascinating
online exhibit from the Tech Museum of Innovation. Zoom in on magnified DNA
in skin cells, write your name as a DNA sequence, ask yourself ethical
questions. Note: click the Next button at the top of the screen to move
through this exhibit. My rating 4/5.

Owlie SkyWarn
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/owlie/owlie.htm
Owlie Skywarn teaches you what to do when there is really bad weather, like
tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, floods, and winter storms. You'll also
learn how to keep your family safe from indoor air polution. My rating:
3/5.

ENVIRONMENT

Earth Dog
http://www.earthdog.com/
Read energy facts and a story about Earth Dog, the cartoon environmental
crusader, and play games and activities. My rating: 3/5.

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