Mr. Nale's
Virtual Classroom

The Arts

  • A. Pintura, Art Detective
    Outstanding, clever, and stimulating site using a Dashiell Hammett detective style to explore art in some depth.
     
  • Albright-Knox Art Games.
    This interactive site engages children in art activities that help them to learn about artists and the works of art in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Requires Flash.
     
  • The @rt Room
    Provides a learning environment for exploring the world of art. Includes bibliographies of art books, exhibits of kids’ art from different parts of the world, and facts about famous artists.
     
  • Carving at Skidegate
    Photographs and text indicate the elaborate nature of totem pole carving.

     
  • The Imagination Factory
    This site provides art activities using recycled materials. Ideas and clear directions can be found for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, fiber arts, and crafts from recycled media.
     
  • Inside Art
    What if you were trapped inside a painting and had to solve a mystery to get out? An adventure inside art history.
     
  • Oriland
    This extensive site offers an origami world to explore, an opportunity to design cities with fold paper models, basic techniques and tips, and a studio with clear directions for folding more than 70 forms, as well as poetry and games.
     
  • World Wide Art Gallery
    See examples of art done by children from around the world, and connect to links of art activities and information about art and art history.

 

FOR KIDS BY KIDS

  • Alex’s Scribbles: Koala Trouble
    Drawings by a five-year-old. They include the adventures of Max and Alex.
     
  • Kid’s Times
    This current events site is a companion to What’s In the News, a weekly television program produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting, and offers news stories written by kids for kids.
     
  • The Kids’ Stomping Ground
    A family in Leicester, England, has created a mishmash of jokes, crafts, and other silliness.
     
  • The World Wide Art Gallery
    See examples of art done by children from around the world, and connect to links of art activities and information about art and art history.
     
  • Zoom By Kids, For Kids
    This site offers games, activities, projects and more. Play along or submit your own activities.

 

FUN FOR CHILDREN

  • Apple Corps
    This was the old Virtual Mr. Spud Head. You can stick puzzle pieces wherever you want.
     
  • Carlos’ Interactive Coloring Book
    Kids choose the coloring tools they want to use and go to work coloring.
     
  • The Crayola Home Page
    Everything you always wanted to know about crayons.
     
  • Download-a-Dinosaur
    Looking for a quick kids’ craft activity (try saying that five times fast)? Look no further.
     
  • Fun with Spot
    Fans of Eric Hill's Spot books will enjoy playing these games and reading the animated versions of some of these books. Shock wave plugin required.
     
  • Goodnight Stories
    This is the place to come if you want to curl up with a good cyber book or just play a game.
     
  • Little Explorers
    Click on a letter of the alphabet and connect to, not one, but many, many pictures of works with that letter and hot links to Web sites about that word.
     
  • Pauly's Playhouse
    Games, sounds, and a gallery of cartoons mostly for very young Web- surfers with a high-speed Web connection. The site also includes links to shopping and travel sites for parents.
     
  • Play Kids Games
    Check out math, alphabet and logic games designed for younger children and their parents.
     
  • Playhouse Disney
    Games, songs and activities feature characters from the Disney network.
     
  • Sesame Street Central
    The kids’ activities page with your friends from Sesame Street. Play games with Prairie Dawn, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster.
     
  • Squigly's Playhouse
    Look here for games, crafts, jokes, brainteasers and more.
     
  • Theodore Tugboat's Official Site
    This fun Canadian site shares stories and activities for younger children and their families.
     
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Page
    Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans! Stories, games, and fun.
     
  • Tiny Planets
    Bing and Bong, aliens from the Tiny Planets, offer games related to technology, nature, light and color.
     
  • Up to 10
    Songs, games, and other kid-safe activities for children aged ten and younger.

 

MUSEUMS

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    Includes activities for children. Excellent opening page with animated changes of the art images. Includes exploring “A Mysterious Mummy” and “Thousands of Dots” (about a painting by Georges Seurat).
     
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
    The museum offers nontraditional learning opportunities for children and their families. Includes explorations of dinosaurs and visits to “Rex’s Lending Library”
     
  • The Exploratorium, San Francisco
    An online version of a hands-on museum in San Francisco that permits you to do your own cow’s eye dissection or learn the science behind a home run. Be sure to visit the “Learning Studio.”
     
  • The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
    Utterly fabulous site combining multiple museum holdings in an over 75,000-item database. Images are excellent, and you can send your comments and knowledge about the paintings to the museum. Requires plugins.
     
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
    Provides online exhibits about the Ice Ages and prehistoric mammals as well as a trip back to our Midwestern lands 16,000 years ago.
     
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    This fully-searchable database allows the user to search by subject, artist, keyword and more among over 45,000 records and 27,000 digital images.
     
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    This is one of the largest and finest art museums in the world. Its collections include more than two million works of art—several hundred thousand of which are on view at any given time—spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present.
     
  • The National Air and Space Museum Web Site, Washington, D.C.
    A part of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum contains resources about flight, airplanes, and space travel.
     
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 
    The National Gallery of Art and its collections belong to the people of the United States of America. European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and selected works on paper. Full-screen views of whole paintings and details allow close study. The site also includes information on artists and on the museum’s facilities and services.
     
  • National Gallery of Art for Kids
    Explore stories in art, take a post card tour of one of the galleries, get directions for art activities and projects, and more.
     
  • Ology
    The American Museum of Natural History offers a unique museum experience for kids from 8-12. Included are stories, games and interactive activities.
     
  • Salem (Mass.) Witch Museum
    Useful since kids study this area of history. “Haunted Happenings,” a commercial part of Salem stuff, is very neat.
     
  • University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley
    If you like paleontology, you’ll enjoy the online exhibits here.