Children who use public-access computers in the library use them for one reason more than any other. You don’t need me to tell you what it is: online games. There seem to be hundreds of online games targeted for school-age children and teens, and everyone who sits down at a PC at the library branches I’ve visited seems to have a favorite.

The only exceptions might be the little brothers and sisters of these gamers – the kids who want to play, too, but don’t have the reading ability or fine motor skills to handle a standard online game. So I’ve started looking at several sites with online games for the youngest children.

Fisher-Price has a page of online games (they call it, ahem, “online learning”; uh-huh) that includes several for infants – taking advantage of the thing babies do when you put them on your lap at the computer, which is to bang on the keyboard. There are also several games for toddlers and preschoolers. The cutesiness factor is a little high, but otherwise, they’re worth a try if you want to please the too-young-to-read-but-want-to-go-online set. I’d still insist that an adult be present.

I’ll post some more games for toddlers and preschoolers soon.