Mark Rober YouTube Channel

What is it: Mark Rober makes YouTube videos about science. These include making a snowball machine gun, making a self-directing bowling ball, or volcanoes made from mentos and coke. He’s not quite Steve Irwin, but shares that same type of enthusiasm and knowledge, for chemistry and physics rather than for animals. Who is it for: …

Flowlab

Flowlab Game Creator – Make games online What is it: Flowlab is a free, browser-based game development tool that requires no coding. You need to create an account to get started, but can begin making a game within minutes. Games can be played in the browser or exported as apps for iOS or Android. The …

epic!

What is it: Epic is a digital library for kids. It has books for all ages, audiobooks, and read-along picture books. Who is it for: Epic is for all kids, those who are learning to read, those who may not like reading, and kids who do like reading and want access to a library of …

Wide Open School

What is it: Wide Open School is a free, ad-free, very comprehensive set of lesson plans for all ages, gathered from 75 different educational websites such as Khan Academy, TedED, YouTube, Google Arts & Culture and many others. The lesson plans change every day, including weekends, and are available up to two weeks in advance, …

bot.land

What is it: “An online strategy game with a focus on automation” bot.land is a free (and ad-free) game where you design robots to fight other robots. The design takes the form of drag-and-drop code blocks, similar to Scratch and other kid-oriented programming environments. The game is multiplayer and allows you to compete against AIs …

Prodigy math game

What is it Prodigy is an online game that relies on math to engage in battles with fantasy creatures. The game is a MORPG (multiplayer online role-playing game) and there is a limited social element where players can interact with other players. The game is free but the user is occasionally bombarded with in-game ads …

Brain Bashers

What is it Brain Bashers is a collection of free logic puzzles updated every day. The puzzles come in easy, medium, and hard varieties and are implemented in JavaScript so can be played on any computer or smart phone. Puzzles include: Sudoku, 3-In-A-Row, ABC Path, ABC View, Battleships, Bridges, CalcuDoku, Fillomino, Futoshiki, Hitori, Kakurasu, Killer …

Adventuron

What is it Adventuron is a free web-based coding environment for creating text-based games. The games created in Adventuron are similar to the classic Infocom text-based games such as Zork or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (My personal favorite from that era was “Infidel”) Who is it for The user needs to be able to …

Machinarium – Amanita Design

What is it Machinarium is a point-and-click adventure game featuring a cute robot solving puzzles in a beautifully-drawn quasi-steampunk city. Who is it for It’s for anyone, young and old, but some of the puzzles are pretty tricky and even precocious children under 7 or so would need some grown-up help. But it’s a great …

Puzzlescript

What is it PuzzleScript is an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine. Open-source here means that it is completely free and all code is visible to anyone who wants to learn from it. HTML5 is what we used to call DHTML back in the day, and essentially means it’s made with JavaScript, and runs in a …