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"The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers most from its own limitations"


Links to a variety of informative and fun websites.

Here are some of the great sites available – some are just for fun, while others will really make you think.

Primary level

  • Amusement Park has interactive games for physics.
  • Bubbledome: A fun site with creative and interactive activities.
  • Explore your knowledge with online quiz for years five and nine students on maths, science, and civics questions and see the results from around the world based on the same question.
  • Figure this! has maths activities for students and their families, working at New Zealand level 3 onwards in algebra, number, geometry, measurement, and statistics.
  • Funbrain's games help students build on what they have learned in class and acquire new skills in reading, maths, and problem solving.
  • Kids Com – Games has interactive games and puzzles which focus on fun, learning, and Internet safety.
  • Kids Psych: This site for 'understanding ourselves and understanding each other' contains creative thinking activities for young children.
  • Learning Games for Kids: Educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more.
  • Little Shop of Physics hosts a collection of hands-on science experiments intended for all levels from early childhood up. Students can choose from experiments using common household items or experiments they can do with their computers.
  • Math activities for year 6 to 9 students.
  • Maths Cats: Explore the World has interactive mathematics activities.
  • Maths Counts has interactive maths activities.
  • Primary Games: Educational games that help build skills in math, science, social studies, and more.
  • National Geographic for Kids has animal video, audio and fun facts, craft activities, quizzes, recipes, maps, and a pen pal network.
  • The Art of Crime Detection for year 7 and 8 students has an interactive web activity consisting of an introductory animation, two crime-solving scenarios, and a open-ended drawing tool.
  • The Brain Explorer is an online book contains brain activities for fun, puzzles, riddles, illusions and other mental adventures for students aged 9 to 12.
  • wickED has learning activities in English and te reo Māori. The activities have a literacy, numeracy or ESOL focus.

Secondary & general

  • Absurd Math is an interactive mathematical problem solving game series.
  • Architect Studio 3D allows you to design your own architecture.
  • Brainbashers features brain training delights such as puzzleslogic and mind riddlesSudokustereograms, optical illusions, brain teasers, and so much more.
  • Brainboosters has activities on logic, word and letterplay, spatial awareness, and reasoning.
  • Brainsnack has thinking puzzles and brain teasers.
  • Free streaming documentaries on a number of subjects.
  • Free Rice tests you on various subjects including foreign languages, literacy, humanities, geography, math and chemistry. For each correct answer 10 grains of rice is donated to help stop world hunger.
  • Games for change: Play a game where you are a 3rd world farmer.
  • How Stuff Works has quizzes and explanations on a range of topics.
  • Images of Historic Maps.
  • Immune Attack is a game to help you understand immunity in the human body.
  • iPad Apps for using Blooms: This is guide for what Apps are available for different levels of Blooms Taxonomy.
  • LEARNZ is a free online programme for students at curriculum levels 2–8, targeting science, geography, social studies, arts, and technology.
  • An annotated site of different literary techniques.
  • Living Heritage is where young people celebrate New Zealand's heritage and taonga. Schools can present their own web pages about their local community, whānau, and friends.
  • Lumosity will teach you how to train your brain.
  • An online metronome music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections.
  • Natures Challenge features a selection of activities designed to inform students about wildlife.
  • New York Crossword Puzzle has crossword puzzles on a range of topics.
  • NRich has maths activities including investigations, games, problem solving, and logo activities.
  • PrimaryAccess MovieMaker enables you to combine text, audio and images into compelling personal narratives and digital stories, with a simple movie-making process.
  • Quiz Hub has a range of thinking games and logic puzzles that can be either downloaded or played on-line.
  • Science Odyssey includes profiles and interactive games for learning about some of the significant scientists and scientific breakthroughs.
  • Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
  • Stories from the Web has ideas and activities for reading and writing.
  • The Art Zone provides a selection of interactives for students to create their own art online.
  • The Brain Rummager has English activities including games and puzzles.
  • The  Exploratorium is an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception – a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events that feed your curiosity.
  • The Flow of History: Graphic organisers and explanations of world history from the rise of civilisation to globalisation.
  • The Great Enigma Challenge has puzzles and thinking challenges.
  • The Nobel Prize has interactive games that teach the user about a particular achievement in physiology or medicine that won a Nobel Prize. Topics include immunity, MRI imaging, malaria, human brain, vitamin B1, synapse, blood typing, inheritance, cell division, ECG, Pavlov, tuberculosis, and penicillin.
  • The Problem Site where you can play educational games, daily puzzles, word games, and maths games.
  • Universal Leonardo provides interactives that explore some of the thinking behind Leonardo da Vinci's approach to art. Includes answering questions about the Mona Lisa to make her smile, creating monsters using parts from animals, writing in mirror image using a feather, exploring platonic solids, pulleys, flight, perspective, and the flow of liquids, and wind.
  • Windows to the Universe features teacher resources and student activities, and information related to Earth, the solar system, the universe, spaces missions, myths, art, books, and films, people, and more.
  • Writers in schools organise to get your favourite New Zealand writer to come to your school.