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Five online games for kids that you won't mind your children playing

Safe and age-appropriate - giving you peace of mind.

Whether we like it or not, technology is a big part of our lives and for our kids, they've never known anything different.

Children have grown up surrounded by technology and are even learning things at school that weren't taught in the classroom a generation ago such as coding and how to stay safe online.

When it comes to entertainment, some things never go out of style like kicking around a ball or seeing the latest Disney movie, but what about when it comes to the Internet? What's out there that's safe and appropriate? We've rounded up some of the best games for little minds to keep them stimulated in a safe space online.

1. Peppa's matching cards club

Peppa Pig is loved by kids and their parents around the world, so we had to include her on this list.

This simple game involves clicking on the cards to find the matching one. Not only is Peppa involved, but it helps develop memory skills in a fun situation.

Play the card game here.

2. NASA Kids' Club

For any budding space explorers, the NASA Kids' Club will be their new favourite site.

Part of NASA's official website, the interactive games teach kids more about the solar system and outer space. In the various games and activities, they can launch off to Mars, take a look at Earth from space, paint rockets and learn more about the International Space Station.

You can try out the games here.

3. The Wiggles' Sun Safety with Dorothy

Sun safety is important no matter how old you are, but this cute little game ties in lessons on how to be sun smart with a character they're sure to love.

In the game, the player helps Dorothy the Dinosaur from The Wiggles to fill her beach bag and get ready for the day. Kids will choose, for example, whether Dorothy should pack a long sleeved shirt or a singlet. If they choose the less sun-smart item, it won't work, but if they choose the sun-safe option, they get to move on to the next round.

Play the game on the ABC website here.

4. Quiz whiz

Kids are naturally inquisitive and love to learn, so why not encourage them with some educational trivia?

The National Geographic's Kids' Club boasts a host of quizzes ranging on subjects from animals to comets and meteors to pop culture. Some of these questions had us adults stumped, so you might need to help them a little bit, but they'll be full of facts by the end of it.

Play the Quiz Whiz: Animals quiz here.

5. The Magic School Bus Maze Craze

Puzzles are one of the most basic problem-solving games around and there are some great online options.

This one on the Scholastic website requires the player to navigate their way around a maze in the iconic Magic School Bus and collect escaped animals and plants from their environment. For each item they collect, they learn a fun fact. They just need to avoid the mud piles or they'll lose points.

Play the Magic School Bus Maze Craze here and visit the Scholastic site for more educational games.