I have been planning to phase out the “Kids Pages” area of my website, but since the links might still be useful, I will post the links in blog posts to preserve them. Here are some ocean websites and videos for kids.
Recently, a volunteer from Oceana contacted me about their Marine Wildlife Encyclopedia. Of course, encyclopedias are advanced for Pre-K kids, but I always have children who are very interested in learning facts about animals. This site could be used in the way an information book is often used, to share photos of the animals with children, and pick out facts about animals that might interest them. For example, children might be interested in seeing a photo of a beluga whale after learning the song, Baby Beluga by Raffi.
National Geographic Kids
I love the National Geographic Kids site because they have photos and videos designed especially for children, and the information on animals is in “bite size” pieces just right for younger children. Check out the Creature Features on the Beluga Whale, Blue Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Red Crab, Clownfish (they’re always surprised to learn the name of this fish is not Nemo), Sand Tiger Shark, and many others . To see more go to the Creature Features page, and click the “Ocean” button under Habitats.
If you’re looking for iPad apps, you might like this interactive storybook app, Over in the Ocean. I love the artwork and the audio for pre-readers. Another great one is Fish School, by Duck Duck Moose, which won a Parent’s Choice Award.