Homeschooling preschoolers can be a challenge to say the least. Trying to get them to sit still to practice writing or phonics for 20 minutes can be impossible on some days.
You can break up your usual routine with these fun, free online learning games specifically geared to preschool-aged children. My 4-year-old loves to play while she learns the letters of the alphabet, numbers, how to use a map, and more.
You may want to set a time limit, though. Otherwise, you might have a hard time getting your computer back (spoken from personal experience).
You could also use "game time" as a reward for finishing daily lessons.
Jump Start 3D Virtual World
Kids get to design and name their own "Jumpee" character for this adventure learning game. While exploring the many lands of this virtual world, they design a house, follow clues (letters of the alphabet) to get to the next activity, adopt pets, and play games. Some features are only available to members, but there are many free areas to explore.
Choose a game based on topics like reading, music, coloring, dress up, or science. Or you can pick the game based on your child's favorite PBS Kids character. There are so many to choose from: Curious George, Clifford, SuperWhy, Martha Speaks, Sid the Science Kid, and more.
Your preschooler can go on adventures with Team Umizoomi and Diego, play games with Dora and Kai-Lan, and go figure skating with Ruby (of Max and Ruby fame). Those are just a few of the many games and activities on this site.
Play a different game with each character from the show we all watched when we were kids. Your child can plant seeds in Telly's Shape Garden, go on Adventures with Abby to learn about habitats and letters, and create books in Elmo's World. Don't forget to check out familiar faces like Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster.
So many games to choose from on this site I can't name them all. Connect the Stars, Tic Tac Toe, and Fort Frosty are just a few. Play Belly Bounce with your preschooler if you need a good laugh. It's so cute!
This site has games and activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; topics include phonics, numbers, habitats, and planets.
You're eyes are not playing tricks on you. The Chevron Cars is now a web site with free online games for you to try out. And not just car games, although there are many of those. Also included are arcade, puzzle, and word games.
Clubhouse Road Rally teaches counting and shapes while Mickey and his friends make their way along the race track. Help Buzz Remember introduces your homeschooling preschoolers to the spanish language and Follow Vee! is a memory game. This site offers printouts to color, crafts, stories, and music.
National Geographic Little Kids
Excellent site to learn about animals, food, and music from around the world. Games include connect the dots, virtual puzzles, planting a flower/vegetable garden, and animal mazes. You can also try the science experiment and recipes for a change of pace.
Another great site. Has the usual preschool games such as connect the letters and connect the numbers, but also has activities that will encourage thinking and reasoning. For example, Animal Tracks is a science game where the child must identify the footprints that go with the correct animal. Explore the long list of free online games.