6 Interactive Websites to Explore with Kids

6 Interactive Websites to Explore with Kids
Many parents are afraid of letting their children onto the Internet, and rightly so. But children are bound to be curious. After all, they see their parents twiddling away on laptops and tablets all day! Thankfully, just like you can teach your child to eat healthy by eating healthy yourself, you can lead by example to ensure your child uses the Internet well.

If you know what websites to visit, the Internet can be a window to the history, culture and beauty of the world. 

Here are our favourite websites of some of the world's most famous museums and zoos. These are a treasure-trove of information and are ideal to explore with your child. They're also really useful for school projects and research.

The National Zoological Park is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. Set in a 163-acre park in the heart of Washington, DC, USA, the National Zoo is home to 2,000 animals of nearly 400 different species. The 'Meet Our Animals' section of the zoo's website allows you to meet many of the animals virtually and also gives you fact sheets, which list details like habitat, diet, social structure and status of the animal.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, USA displays hundreds of original artefacts related to aviation and space travel. These include the Wright 1903 Flyer, the first powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers, and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, which carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins on their voyage to the moon. The 'Exhibitions' section of the museum's website allows you to take an online tour of the museum's fascinating exhibits.

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is also a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, USA. The museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning about the natural world. The museum's collection includes 30 million insects, 4.5 million plants pressed onto sheets of paper, 7 million fish in liquid-filled jars and 2 million cultural artefacts, including 4,00,000 photographs! A section called 'Explore a Topic' on the museum's website allows you to discover the museum's collection and learn about everything from dinosaurs to endangered insects. The 'Education' section lists various classroom resources including web-based student activities that will allow you to swim among coral reefs and go on a fossil hunt!

The Sea World and Busch Gardens website is an educational resource where you can learn all about animals and underwater creatures. The site has loads of online activities and programmes in a special section dedicated to kids. These includes games, apps, videos and an 'Animal Info' section that offers facts and photos on wildlife.
The Louvre in Paris, France, is the world's most visited art museum. It dates back to the 12th century and is home to some of the most famous paintings in the world, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. Visit the 'Tales of the Museum' section to go on a fascinating tour where you will learn about art, sculpture, history and a lot more. You can also take a closer look at the masterpieces housed in the Louvre, including the artwork of the day.
Tate is a British public institution that works towards increasing awareness about modern and contemporary art through its art collection. The Tate website has a special section for children that showcases artists, their work and art forms from various historical eras. Kids can also include their work at the Tate Gallery by submitting it as a JPG image. This allows other online viewers to view their work.

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