Little Explorers lets children browse the World Wide Web and become familiar with this incredible source of information and culture. Since a pictorial interface is used, even the youngest children can explore the Internet and come to appreciate how people from all around the world are contributing to this vast repository of human knowledge.
There are over 600 fun, educational activities for children, and more are being added all the time. We've carefully chosen each link so that the content is appropriate, enjoyable, and educational.
The picture dictionary format allows children (even pre-readers) to choose the topics they want to link to by simply clicking on a letter and then choosing and clicking on a picture.
In order to get to a desired topic, a child must get to the correct page, thus necessitating learning the first letters of words. Also, the written word is positioned directly under the picture of the item, offering reading practice to children. By using the alphabet in order to find a desired topic, children learn how to read common nouns without consciously trying.
For example, if a child wants to link to dinosaurs, they first have to figure out that dinosaur starts with "D", and click on the "D" in the frame above. Clicking on the letter "D" gets them to the "D" page. Then, to get to the dinosaur link, they click on either the picture of the dinosaur or the word "DINOSAUR".
All the sites included in Little Explorers have pictures to interest even the youngest child. The content of some of the pages is at a level often thought of as being for older children. In fact, even preschoolers benefit from the exposure to more advanced material, and they appreciate the great variety of subjects. And, any time they want, they can just click on a letter to go on to another selection.
While surfing the web, children can learn about a variety of topics, including the sciences, math, culture, art, crafts, languages, government, music, and more topics are being added all the time. See our Index of Activities by Subject for curriculum planning.