Tons of options, though pesky ads can annoy
What's It Like?
ABCya! is a free educational games website that's organized by grade level and subject area. It's easy for kids to use, with a bit of help from teachers, and has tons of games. Kindergartners through fifth graders choose their grade levels. Then, on each grade-level page, they can read a synopsis of the subjects, such as Letters, Numbers, More (Shapes, Patterns, Geometry, Mouse Manipulation, and Art), Holiday, or Just for Fun. Next, they tap on a game that looks fun and read the instructions. Teachers might have to help out here -- some instructions are complicated.
Some games include grade levels, so kids might have to choose their grade levels again. Also, a few games are multiplayer, so kids will need to create usernames to play. A passcode can be set so only kids in the same class or friends with the passcode can access the same game.
- "Math Man Jr. Addition and Subtraction": Solve equations by eating the ghost with the correct number in this Pac-Man-style arcade game.
- "Word Search Creator": Make your own word search by entering a custom word list. Play on the computer or print it out!
- "Multiplication Grand Prix": The winner in this auto race is whoever answers multiplication facts the fastest.
Is It Good for Learning?
Students might need to use the computer's arrow keys, the mouse, or the full keyboard, which is good computer practice. For some games, teachers will definitely need to help out by reading the instructions, but most games -- even the ones for the youngest kids -- are easy to grasp, and students should be able to get around the site and play most of the games on their own.
Overall, this is a pretty useful and easy-to-use site full of fun games for different grade levels and subjects. The MMOGS might be the most fun: Kids can play racing games against each other, either publicly or with friends (they'd enter a passcode to keep it private).
How Can Teachers Use It?
Teachers can have students use the site during free time, and teachers might recommend it to parents as a great, and safe, alternative to TV. But gosh, so many ads! Each game has one or two banner ads that are supposed to be appropriate for kids, but teachers and students can report inappropriate ones to site administrators.