I have a three-year-old. She likes attention. And, I love to give her attention. But, when I'm trying to teach her older siblings, I need her to be occupied with something that doesn't involve a sharpie and various pieces of furniture or wall space.
Enter the computer.
At three? At one time I really would have questioned the wisdom of this. Yet, when I have given my pre-schooler a try at the computer, she has done better than I expected with maneuvering the mouse and clicking on items on the screen.
Now, there are the typical pre-school standby websites to go to - Starfall and PBS Kids. Both are good sites with learning type games and no ads. I'll add one more - Barnes and Noble. At this link Barnes and Noble have an online story time. A selection of children's books are read by their authors. While I would love to sit and read to her myself (and I do each day) she can be happily occupied with these stories - which gives me time for uninterrupted one-one-one time with her siblings. The selection is only about 13 books. But, I understand a new one is added each month.
While screen time isn't the only activity I have my pre-schooler do when I need her to be occupied, it is one of her favorite. How nice to find a few places on the web where she can play.
Another site for online story time:
Storyline Online - Well done and a good selection of popular books. A pop-up survey may appear after the book is read (just so you know).