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Science is Child's Play with These Fun Online Games

by: Marziyya S Malik ; edited by: Amy Carson ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The best method to increase children's learning about science and technology is through fun, interactive computer games. There is a range of online activities available for free for little science enthusiasts.

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    Children start developing aptitude towards certain subjects at an early age. Some children are better at science and technology related subjects than others. For those children, what could be a better way to spend time than to invest it in learning more by playing interactive games?

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    Computer Whiz

    Computer Whiz is a free online game for children. The game aims at testing children's knowledge of the history of computer. It isFirst level   basically meant to be used as a tool for introducing children to computer. In the game, the computer asks questions, and presents with four options to select as answers. Upon selecting the right answer, the computer gives a brief and involving description of the object in question. The computer asks questions such as "Which device was called the fast counting machine?" and "Which was the first electronic computer?" Once you successfully finish the first level of the game, which comprises about four to five questions, you will be taken to the second level that asks questions such as "On which part of the computer can we see the data we type?" and "In which part of the computer is data processed?" Similarly, as the game proceeds, the questions get tougher, for instance, the third level asks questions such as "Which device is used to feed the data into the computer?" and "Where is the data first stored in the computer?"

    Second level  

    Third level  

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    Element Lab

    Element Lab is for little chemistry enthusiasts. The game aims at introducing basic chemistry among young learners. The game presents a number of symbols, which are supposed to be matched with their appropriate chemicals presented on the right margin. For instance, drag "Cu" from the symbol options and match with "Copper," and drag "Zn" to match with "Zinc." Each level has six options, which get tougher as the game proceeds. In the second level, you have to drag the compounds like NH3, N2O and O3 to their corresponding chemicals like Ozone, Ammonia and Nitrous Oxide. In the third level, you have to drag symbols to form complete equations.

    Level One   Level 2  

    Level 3  

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    Human Body Quiz Game

    Human Body Quiz is a game for children interested in biology and human body. The quiz contains questions such as "How many bones are there in human body?" "Which is the longest bone in human body?" "How many muscles are there in human body?" and "Which best describes the spinal cord?" Each question is accompanied by four options that you have to select the answer from. You get about ten seconds for answering each question.

    Question 1  

    Question 2  

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    Fun Science

    In Fun Science, children get to use their analytical skills and logic by rearranging the order of pictures of animals and plants at different growth stages. For instance, the first puzzle concerns the stages of growth of a frog, where you have to drag and rearrange the pictures to show the frog's growth cycle. Similarly, other puzzles concern growth cycles of plants, where you have to rearrange pictures to show development from seed to fully grown plant.

    Puzzle 1   Puzzle 2  

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    Zoo Crew

    Zoo Crew aims at helping children expand their vocabulary and learn about zoology. The game teaches children what groups of certain types of animals are called, for instance, the first question in the game is "What is a group of lions called?," Other questions include "What is a group of wolves called?," "What is a group of rabbits called?," "What is a group of monkeys called?" and "What is a group of elephants called?" After you answer each question correctly, you get to learn a fun-fact about the particular animal, for instance, "Pigs have no sweat glands and so love to roll in mud which draws out the heat from their bodies and keeps them cool in summers."

    Question 1  

    Question 2  

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    Skeleton and Bones

    Skeleton and Bones  

    Skeleton and Bones is another interactive learning game that tests students' knowledge about human body. It also offers fun facts to learn whilst playing. The game presents a skeleton with blank labels and a variety of options, which you have to match with the labeled body parts on the skeleton, for instance, drag the options "thigh bone," "foot bones" and "back bone" to each labeled skeleton part like this:

    Drag and drop  

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    References

    Kaboose. (2011). Science Games. Retrieved from: http://resources.kaboose.com/games/science.html

    Science Kids. (2011). Science Games for Kids. Retrieved from: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html

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