Can you name the three branches of government? What if someone asked you to explain the electoral college or the steps in the process of how a bill become a law? If you’re looking to brush up on your government and civics knowledge, the internet has plenty of quality resources that are packed with pictures, games, videos, and interactive quizzes that you should check out.
We’ve compiled this list of 50 fun and interactive websites that will not only help you learn more about the American government and its supporting agencies, but also get you thinking on a deeper level about our country’s history, culture, and what it means to be an American citizen.
General Government Facts and Resources
- Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids: Choose your specific grade level and learn about all forms of the American government with the help of guide and founding father, Benjamin Franklin.
- Democracy Kids: Learn all the facts about democracy, including how to form a democracy, how a democracy works, how to identify democratic representatives and legislators, and how you can make a difference in your own community.
- Library of Congress: Explore all angles of American history and culture, including songs, interactive games, fun historical facts, and more.
- The National Archives: Learn about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and meet America’s Founding Fathers.
- National Center for Education Statistics: Choose a subject and a grade level from the Kids’ Zone and challenge your skills with up to 20 questions on a quiz that includes topics such as citizenship, the Pledge of Allegiance, the president’s role, and much more.
- National Geographic’s Inside the White House Feature: This simulation lets you pretend you’re the Commander in Chief. Now that you’re President, take a trip into the Oval Office and decide how you want to decorate. Choose from past president favorites, such as pet portraits, foods, knickknacks and more, as you learn some interesting American history and facts along the way.
- PBS Kids WayBack: Presidents Edition: Pick a past president and uncover interesting secrets and facts that many people may not already know.
- School House Rock: Sing along to the lyrics and videos from the much-loved School House Rock tunes, such as “I’m Just a Bill,” “The Shot Heard Round the World,” and more.
- Smithsonian Education for Kids: Click on the portraits of past presidents and learn famous quotes, interesting facts, and tons of history about well-known presidents such as George Washington, Abe Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and more.
- The United States Constitution for Kids: Discover the basic facts and history about the United States Constitution and view actual images of American documents such as the Gettysburg Address, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, and more.
- The United States Census Bureau for Kids: Learn about what the census is, count the people in the community, read up on interesting facts about the states, or challenge your mind with a word search, quiz, or memory game.
- The White House for Kids: Explore fun facts about the American government, first pets, past presidents, and the history behind the White House with some White House 101.
Resources about State and National Laws
- Congress for Kids: Explore the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the American government through history, games, and age-appropriate quizzes.
- The California State Assembly for Kids
: Learn about how ideas become laws by designing your own bill in this interactive game and watching it become a California State law.
- United States Department of Justice United States Attorneys Kids Page: Go inside the courtroom and learn about courthouses, judges, attorneys, the steps of federal prosecutors, and examine a real FBI case.
- United States District Court: Step into the Kid’s Court with Judge Gavel and his friend Scales for fun history lessons, games, and quizzes all about the United States court system and how the American government works.
- United States House of Representatives, Kids in the House: Explore how a bill becomes a law, facts about congress, what it’s like to be a page at the United States House of Representatives, and more.
Resources on Ethics and Citizenship
- Constitutional Rights Foundation for Kids: Illustrate the principles of freedom, take citizen polls on government, and learn about everyday art projects that can be done at home to help benefit your community.
- Cyberethics for Kids: Learn how to be good citizen in cyberspace and the general do’s and don’ts to follow while surfing the Internet.
- Giraffe Country: Celebrate everyday heroic citizens from around the world that have “stuck their necks out for others.” Discover how to get involved within the community and learn about home projects that will help foster active citizenship.
- Kids Next Door: Learn about being a good citizen by visiting cool places in the community and find out more about people that help others such as policemen, firemen, doctors, and more. You can also build your own interactive community, participate in a community scavenger hunt, and test your knowledge with the community word scrambler.
- Peace Corps for Kids: Get ready for an amazing adventure with the Peace Corps! In the simulated village of Wanzuzu, you can help make a difference in the community and learn how to foster active citizenship worldwide.
- Scholastic’s You’re the Candidate Feature: Run for president by kicking off your own campaign for the Oval Office in this one- or two-player interactive tutorial. Pick your political party, campaign strategies and platforms, and select different states and regions of the U.S. to donate your time and money to in the countdown to Election Day.
- U.S.A. Freedom Corps for Kids: Learn about volunteering and different opportunities within their communities through coloring books, games, puzzles, trivia, and more.
Government Resources Related to Business and Money
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Explore the FDIC’s learning bank with a friendly piggy bank named Carmen Cents. Discover information about this government agency, such as who they are, what they do, and where they are located within the U.S.
- Federal Reserve Board for Kids: Learn all about the Federal Reserve Board a.k.a. “The Fed” with tons of information regarding U.S. reserve banks, inflation, interest rates, general history, and a great kids quiz at the end.
- Federal Trade Commission: Check out the FTC’s virtual mall complete with an interactive food court, candy store, arcade (with real video games to play!), movie theater, and much more. Meet new friends and cruise the mall for games related to advertising, business competition, identity theft, and what it means to be a consumer.
- Internal Revenue Service: Learn about your rights and role as a taxpaying citizen, the history of the IRS, and why it is important to pay your taxes through memory games, vocabulary quizzes, and more.
- Kids Bank: Learn about dollars and cents, banking, and how to save money with new friends such as Penny, Dollar Bill, Interest Ray, and the happy Kids Bank puppy, Checks.
- New Money: Design your own U.S. dollar bill and play educational games and quizzes about the facts and history of the American currency.
- Social Security Online: Learn all about the processes of Social Security through different images and stories with helpful morals that illustrate the purpose of the Social Security program.
- United States Mint: Put a little history about the U.S. Mint in your pocket with age-appropriate interactive games, quizzes, word searches, and cartoons about coins and American currency.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office: Jump into a time machine and learn about historical inventions, technology, and how to patent or trademark your ideas. Play fun games such as puzzles, connect the dots, quizzes, and more.
Resources on Defense and National Security Agencies
- Central Intelligence Agency for Kids: Explore the CIA’s history including the information behind the agency’s seal, about the K-9 Corp dogs, and an overall, bird’s eye view of the agency throughout American history.
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for Kids: Become an NGA analyst and explore the different ways to collect, study, and use information about planet Earth through fun movies, crossword puzzles, image inspections, and more.
- National Security Agency for Kids: Become a CryptoKid and learn how to make and break your own secret codes with plenty of fun code-breaking characters, games, puzzles, and secret operations.
- United States Department of State for Youth: Learn about the U.S. Department of State with the help of your passport pal Pat and play age-appropriate games such as “find the great seal,” match the flag to the country,” word scrambles, and more.
- Veterans Affairs (V.A.) for Kids: Explore cool facts about veterans and learn about the VA agency along with the American flag through games, puzzles, and other fun activities.
Resources on Government Environmental Agencies
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Discover neat facts about hazardous weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, and floods with general safety tips and interesting national weather information.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency: Check out the EPA’s Environmental Kids Club for tons of activities on topics such as recycling, pollution, how to protect plants and animals, climate change, and more. In the art room, you will also find an Earth Day activity book, coloring books, and other fun adventure activities to consider.
Resources on Health and Safety Agencies
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission for Kids: Learn about how to become a playground safety buddy along with general safety tips for scooters, bicycles, in-line skates, and more. Explore the brain buster section for kid questions and further information on tips for playground safety.
- Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn neat facts about food and nutrition, diseases, and safety tips for everyday use. Watch the Immune Platoon super heroes fight diseases such as the notorious H1N1 virus, chickenpox, and influenza.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: Learn about natural disasters of all shapes and sizes, how to prepare disaster safety kits, and how to become a FEMA Disaster Action Kid. Check out the games and quizzes area for over 20 age-appropriate activities related to natural disasters and staying safe in the eye of the hurricane.
- Indian Health Service: Explore Native American folklore, bedtime stories, history, culture, and general safety tips.
- National Fire Protection Association: Join Sparky the fire dog and learn about fire safety and awareness through comics, cartoons, a fire truck tutorial, and loads of other fun learning games and activities.
- Ready Kids: Become a FEMA Ready Kid and learn about creating your own safety kit, preparing a family disaster safety plan, and then graduate from Readiness U with your very own graduation certificate! Check out the fun crosswords, comic strips, matching games, and more.
- United States Fire Administration: Get tips on how to use fire alarms, escape from fires, and learn about home fire safety tips. Play fun games and activities, such as a quiz for becoming a Junior Fire Marshal, and a Hazard House, where you can identify the hazards in the room and help make the house a safer place.
- United States Food and Drug Administration: Learn all about the FDA through food facts, food safety songs, coloring books, crossword puzzles, and more.
Resources on Law Enforcement
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: Help Special Agent Bobby Bureau get in disguise for a top secret FBI mission, play age-appropriate games, learn FBI facts, and meet Darrell and Shirley, FBI working dogs, on this interactive fun website.
- United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement: “Get It Straight” and learn the facts about drugs and safety tips, while hangin’ with the Prevention Posse.