Ten Things to Keep the Kids Entertained
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
1. For your older kid gamer, download and let them build their own adventure games with the freeware version of AdventureMaker, or download one of the already-created games for Windows or PSP.
2. Sneak a bit of science into their online fun over at Greg Egan's Applets Gallery.
3. Get paper patterns the kids can color, cutout and make into critter models over at Download-A-Dinosaur or Download-A-Dragon.
4. Have the kids e-mail Santa; submit an e-mail address to get a reply.
5. Kaleidoscope Painter is a fun, simple Java art maker easy enough for even the little ones to use.
6. Let the kids express themselves -- and print out a copy of the results for mailing to Grandma -- over at The Museum of Modern Art's Make Your Own Art center or The National Gallery of Art's NGA Kids Zone.
7. A totally fun, kid-safe online short movie for Christmas: Ornaments.
8. Rooney Designs has an entire page of great online flash games for kids of all ages; lots of cool Christmas ones here.
9. My favorite Christmas e-card of all time: The Snowdog.
10. Remember SpiroGraph? You or your kid can play with one online here.