Online entertainment for your family this fall

Online entertainment for your family this fall

September 17th, 2013
Minnie Mouse cookies

Minnie Mouse polkadot heart cookies from Spoonful.com

By Aimee Heckel

Sometimes, you just don’t want to leave the house. And that “sometimes” seems to grow more prevalent when you have kids. Not that putting them in their car seats and making sure everyone is wearing two shoes isn’t exhausting or anything. Oh no. That’s the easy part of a trip to town with the fam.

As fall descends upon us, we’re thinking more about staying indoors. Here are some of our favorite ways to entertain your family online — from your cozy living room — this fall.

1. Spoonful.com.

This Disney-sponsored family website is an exciting collection of DIY projects, crafts, family recipes, games and party inspirations that seriously puts Pinterest to shame. It’s like the best of Pinterest, or Martha Stewart for the modern family.

Practice magic tricks with your kids. Make a Halloween garland. Make creepy cupcakes. Don’t miss the Disney-specific crafts and activities, like Mickey Mouse cake pops or Minnie Mouse polkadot cookies.

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2. Fun.familyeducation.com.

This website makes learning fun (and won’t leave you feeling guilty for playing on the computer all night). Check out the best educational apps. Learn how to improve your kids’ reading skills. Make homemade Playdough. Get help deciding which movies you should watch with your kids, and inspiration for fall crafts.

3. Funbrainjr.com.

This is a great way to introduce your kids to the computer. This website is designed to help preschoolers and kindergartners learn math, early reading, problem-solving skills and computer skills with print-outs, games and stories.

The Deep Letter Dive game is a fun way to help young kids begin identifying letters. Print out the “printables” for worksheets, games, coloring and more.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at AimeeHeckel.com, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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