On the Web: Help kids transition to school with activities

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

From educational to just plain fun, these online and offline printable projects and free activities will help children easily transition from summer to school in no time.

Going back-to-school is that time of year that most children dread. Why not make the transition from summer vacation to school time easier with the following kid-safe online and offline activities? From creative printables to fun back-to-school online games, children will ease back into the school mindset with these free Internet projects.

Printables

Activity Village Back-to-School Cards: This adorable printable project is for children who are of reading age. These little cards are a great way for parents to add a special note to children for added encouragement while they are in school. Two printable cards per page are included in this helpful and fun project. Adobe Reader is required.

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/Back%20to%20school%20card.pdf

DLTK Kids School Writing Paper: Choose from four different lined-paper templates in this printable project from DLTK-Kids. Simply select the template and print.

http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/mteacherpaper.html

Kid Printables Lunchbox Notes: What a wonderful reminder to tell a child how much they are loved. Print a note, write a special message and drop it in your child’s lunchbox. Several adorable designs to choose from and four cards are printed per page.

http://www.kidprintables.com/lunchboxnotes/

Crayola Back-to-School Activity Page:  This printable project from Crayola is a fun offline activity. Print and find 11 things that are wrong in the picture.

http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/back-to-school-coloring-page/

Coloring Projects

Parenting Kaboose Back-to-School Coloring Pages: This black and white printable project is for younger children. There are seven coloring pages available. Click on the picture, print and color.

http://parenting.kaboose.com/education-and-learning/school-color.html

Primary Games Back-to-School Coloring Pages: There are 12 different black and white printable coloring pages available from Primary Games. Select the picture, print and color.

http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/back_to_school/coloring.htm

Online Games

GigglePotz Alphabet Book: This cute online game is for beginning readers and helps with letter recognition.

http://www.gigglepotz.com/alphabet_m.html

Primary Games Back-to-School Match Game: This simple online match game is for younger children. To play, click on two tiles to find the match.

http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/back_to_school/games/match_up/school_match.htm

Space Place Beat the Heat: This online game is for older kids and is perfect for summer. Match the mixed up words with the answer before time runs out.

http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/kids/st8/thermal_loop/index.shtml#

Jigzone Pencil Points Jigsaw Puzzle: This online puzzle is for young or old alike. Customize the puzzle by selecting different puzzle sizes, cuts and difficulty level. Hurry, before time runs out!

http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/36055D5410F6

Primary Games Time for School Maze: This online maze from Primary Games is pretty simple. To win, use the arrow keys to find the way out of this maze. Java is required to play.

http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/back_to_school/games/mazes/startschool.htm

Primary Games Arcade Shockers Shock ‘Em: This online game is just plain silly. Aim the Sweet Tarts sour candies at the students by clicking the spacebar before time runs out.

http://www.primarygames.com/arcade/wonka/shockem/start.htm

Children will have loads of fun with the child-safe online and offline activities, games and printable projects listed above.

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway is the West Central Four Internet Safety Coordinator and Chairperson of the Macomb Online Safety Team. E-mail her at gallowayj@mcusd185.org and visit her award-winning educational website at http://InternetSafetyEducator.com.