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5 fun (and free) websites where children will keep busy … and learn

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You provide plenty of TLC when watching the grandkids, but sometimes you need some R&R. To get it, keep elementary school-age kids and younger occupied with these fun mind- and skills-building online freebies:

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Keep your grandkids busy with educational online games. — Artiga Photo/Corbis

  • The Smithsonian’s kid site has activity sheets about zebras, squid, chocolate and other topics.

  • TheKidzPage.com offers nifty drag-and-place jigsaw puzzles and educational games. Be prepared for 5,000 pages of activities.

  • The EPA Student Center provides entertaining schooling on the environment (and useful homework help).

  • HappinessisaHorse.com teaches users how to draw a horse’s head, among other challenges.

  • Free Stuff 4 Kids has lots of categories — teachables, makeables, eatables, orderables, winnables and other ‘bles”that will keep your charges busy for hours.

To find other online or printable activities, including scads of coloring books, type Kids Learning Freebies (no quotes) into a search engine.

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