Educational Computer Activities for Kids
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Educational Computer Activities for Kids

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Looking for something computer related to keep your kids actively learning this summer?  Here are a few good ones to consider.It happens every summer vacation. Your children will, eventually, complain that they are bored. What are you going to do to keep your kids active and entertained? Consider getting your kids involved in some educational summer camps and programs that involve computers. Here are a few to check out.

Apple Camp
Apple Camp is a free three-day workshop for kids who are between the ages of 8 and 12. Check the Apple Camp website to see if an Apple store near you will be offering the workshops. You must sign up your children if you want them to attend. Campers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of each workshop.

At Apple Camp, kids will learn how to make movies or create interactive books (complete with their own illustrations and sound effects). The Apple Camp ends with the Apple Camp Showcase where the children can share their finished projects. It is recommended that campers bring a digital camera or digital video camera if they are coming to the Stories in Motion with iMovie Workshop. (The store can provide one for kids who do not have their own).

National Park Service WebRangers
The WebRangers is the online extension of the Junior Ranger program. It is for kids of all ages. Children who love America’s National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites will enjoy the free activities that WebRangers offers.

It is possible to just visit the WebRangers online activities (so your child can decide if they are interested in it). Kids can select an activity from categories like: people, history, nature, animals, parks, science, or puzzles. Or, they can use the search engine to type in a word that interests them. An activity will be suggested. Children can also select the difficulty level of the activity: easy, medium, or hard.

Kids who join WebRangers can track their activities, customize their ranger station, and earn rewards. It is an educational online camp that will keep your child thinking and learning while school is out.

LEGO Minifigures Online Beta
It has been said that playing with LEGOs is a great way for kids to learn how to problem solve and use their imagination. The same can be said for the LEGO Minifigures Online game that is now in beta. The game is free-to-play (and requires a Windows PC).

Children choose a minifigure as their character, and maneouver him or her through different LEGO worlds. They can smash things, build things, and try and figure out how to get their character through the game.

The game can be played, in its entirety, without requiring a parent to spend any money. However, the game does allow micro-transactions that are optional and that cost real world money. Children who are under the age of 13 will not be able to do any micro-transactions without a parent’s participation.

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