Funschool.com

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Impressive array of learning-based games and activities.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn math, science, vocabulary, and other skills by playing dozens of fun games. Preschoolers can practice word recognition and counting; older kids can access trivia, arcade, and other games on subjects like geography, music, and history. Some games touch on less common school subjects like French. Users won't get feedback from every game, but certain activities offer helpful extras. The women's history quiz shows the right response if you miss a question, and gives additional background information if you answer correctly. Fun games with clear instructions bring core subjects to life.

Positive Messages

The site's motto is "We Make Learning Fun!" -- and two sections feature girl power-related games and articles on how parents can build confidence in young girls.
 

Violence & Scariness

Games feature little to no violence. The most graphic part of one Halloween-themed game involves a vampire's teddy bear being stolen, prompting him to turn villagers into skeletons by jumping on them.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that no registration is required to use the site. But take note: pages may load very slowly, even if you follow the site's recommendation to update your browser and Flash, Shockwave, and Sun Java plug-ins.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byanimelover0218 October 17, 2017

What's it about?

Although FUNSCHOOL.COM's educational games are the most prominently featured part of the site, users can also view brief craft project videos and printable .pdf activities, including word searches and coloring pages. Dozens of games for kids in preschool through sixth grade center on school subject matter ranging from math and science to music and language. And, possibly most importantly, they're fun! The games are easy to figure out, often feature different levels of difficulty kids can select from, and involve clever graphics and sounds.

Is it any good?

FUNSCHOOL.COM, part of Disney's portfolio of sites geared toward parents and families, features a variety of games for kids in preschool through sixth grade. The site also has videos on craft projects and printable coloring pages. The games focus on educational subjects like math and science; some also touch on music and the arts, and reinforce language skills. Brief polls on topics like what you like to do best after school let kids feel like they're interacting with the site; a separate section features family activity suggestions and other materials for parents and teachers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how word and math games are different from games with shooting or fighting. How can games help you learn and still be fun?

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  • Are all games you find online always meant for kids? How can you tell if a game is OK for someone your age?

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  • Funschool.com promotes learning, but kids can still get sucked in to playing game after game. How can you decide how much time to spend online? Discuss how you can set family screen time limits that stick.

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