The internet is a massive hub of information, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the answers to things like ‘Can you fish for sushi?’ Whilst most of us can settle for Wikipedia for the simple stuff, for kids there is genuine inspiration to be had.
Wonderopolis is all about helping kids and parents find ‘learning moments’ in everyday life, and it’s pretty cute. Every day a new ‘wonder’ is posted and answered. It could be anything from why your feet fall asleep to whether the Leaning Tower of Pisa is due to fall any time soon.
But you don’t just get the facts – the answers include activity ideas based around the question, including books, TV programmes and films that are linked to it (for example, Treasure Island for ‘What would you want on a deserted island?’), and links to more information for kids who want to go further.
It’s inclusive to boot - kids can respond, ask more questions and nominate their own ‘wonder of the day’. And the beautiful, simple design makes it easy for them to explore the site by themselves.
There’s also FAQ Kids, whose ‘random question’ feature is a great way to stimulate discussion and get kids thinking about something new. Our test question – the all-time classic ‘Why is the sky blue?’ – brought up a short, simple answer and several related questions, including ‘Why is space black?’. Which is, when you think about it, a very good question.
Kids are brilliant at coming up with fantastic questions and the last thing you want to do is squash their interest. There isn’t a site yet to answer the several million ‘Why?’s they ask every day - though no doubt Google are working on it – so these will do for their more pressing inquiries.
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