Some of the fun resources that FunBrain provides include:
1- Children’s games
The Sports section FunBrain has a large library of educational games specifically designed to meet the learning (and fun) needs of the young population. Each game is tagged by grade level, skills, and subject area. However, I think if the site had provided search functionality equipped with filters to find games, it would have been easier to browse this large collection of funbrain games, For example By grade, skill level or subject area.
The search feature in FunBrain does not include filters. You can search for games by name only, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page to access resources organized by grade and type. (E.g., games, videos, and books). Finding the right resources on FunBrain can be challenging at times.
To access FunBrain Games, click Games in the top bar. The first thing you see is a section for featured games and when you scroll down you will see the rest of the collection. Click ‘Load more’ to access more options. When you find a game, click to access the one you are interested in. Each game contains guidelines on how to play it and instructions to help children navigate its controls easily. In the tags section under the game, you will see the various grades and skills that are aimed at the game. Some games are designed for specific grade levels, while others are designed for all levels and are tagged as such.
Funbrain Video content Designed to entertain and educate children in fun and engaging ways. There are over 15 video series for kids to watch. Each series contains several videos on a given topic. Video series are tagged by grade level. Some of the funniest video series in FunBrain’s video collection include:
- Problem solved: In this series, designed for grades 1 through 8, Jeremy provides kids with “tips and tricks to help them navigate the madness of life. Advice on getting high allowances, how to pretend you’re not daydreaming, even dance moves for irrelevant people.”
- Secret components: The kids join Altie when he reveals “what’s under the top secret element box and answers the inevitable question: will it be mud?”
- Highlights Animated Storybook: In this video series, children watch animated stories from High Five magazine.
- Young Justice: “In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself more and more – peers, parents, teachers, mentors and finally, yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? Are you a teenager? A superhero?”
Again, I believe that the video content in FunBrain needs some improvement. For example, it would have been more useful if FunBrain had added ‘caption’ and ‘translation’ features to their video player. In this way, the educational potential of its video content can be more comprehensive and engaging for children from different linguistic backgrounds. Various capacity levels.
In the funbrain Reading In the section, you will have access to a plethora of children’s books tagged by grade level and subject area. Note that these are just samples of books. You will need to purchase the book on Amazon to access the full version. FunBrain includes an Amazon link with each featured book.
To access FunBrain’s books, click Books on the top bar and browse the archives there. Once you find the book you want to use for your kids, click to read the sample to see if it’s worth buying.
4- Math Zone
Math Zone, As its name implies, features math games that help children practice and improve their math skills. Each game is tagged according to grade level and the math area it targets. There are games to practice graph reading skills, operations, geometry, numbers, shapes and more.
To access these math games, click Math Zone from the top bar and browse the archive. When you find a game you like, click to open it. Under the game you will find a brief overview of what the game is about and a section with instructions on how to play the game.
Funbrain resources are free. Kids can play games on the site, there are no sign-ups or software downloads. For more educational resources for kids, check out this list of search engine friendly for kids.