Websites to make Kids Wonder

My cousin is currently (2011) nine years old, and I have only just started looking at what he’s interested at, and trying to nurture those interests, in addition to instilling some critical thinking skills, and a good working knowledge of the world he lives in.

I’m not exactly in close proximity to him – In fact, I’m about an hours’ drive; and my work ours are a bit weird, so getting to him can be difficult. However, thanks to technology, this isn’t such a problem. He recently got an iPod Touch, which I have set up with an E-Mail address so that he can asking me questions, and I can e-mail him answers; either from me, or from websites, videos, pictures, or whatever it is.

To collate information, I add the RSS feeds of websites to http://reader.google.com/ and use MobileRSS on my iPhone to e-mail the links to my cousin. This means that even if something isn’t relevant now, I can still save a draft of the for letter till later.

This will be a growing list of websites that I’ll be using to present stuff that he likes to him. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

So far he has told me that he likes:

  • Dinosaurs,
  • Space, and
  • Mysteries

I can identify with that – I liked the same things too when I was his age!

So, here are websites that I pull information from:

Dinosaurs

Still waiting on a good one! Suggest one to me at bayanimills [at] gmail [dot] com!

Space

Blog: Science News for Kids

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

The blog provides short bursts of info with an image; the posts are broken down in to various categories, so you can select the feed you want from the relevant pages.

Feed: NASA Space Image of the Day

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html

Various space images – often breathtaking.

Mysteries

Blog: Skeptoid

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

The blog provides short bursts of info with an image; the posts are broken down in to various categories, so you can select the feed you want from the relevant pages.

Science

Blog: Science News for Kids

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/feed

This general feed provides short bursts of info with an image. Visiting the websites, you can select particular feeds if you wish from the categories available.

Blog: Charlie’s Playhouse

http://charliesplayhouse.blogspot.com/

Provides information on some contests they run, videos where children talk about evolution, and some of the posters and other merchandise they have available.

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