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21. I Spy School Days
$19.99 $19.37
22. Toddler Bundle (Pooh Toddler,
$19.99 $19.48
23. Sesame Street Baby - 3 Pack
$19.99 $18.87
24. My Little Pony PC Play Pack
$14.95 list($14.99)
25. Freddi Fish Experience 3-Pack
$18.99 $7.99 list($19.99)
26. Fisher-Price Imaginext Pirate
$11.10 list($19.99)
27. JumpStart Typing
$39.99 $29.99
28. Math Advantage 2006
$18.99 $18.64 list($19.99)
29. Dora the Explorer: Fairytale Adventures
$19.99 $14.99
30. Spiderman & Friends
$19.99 $18.80 list()
31. Disney's 1st & 2nd Grade Bundle
$19.99 $19.84
32. Games Just For Girls 3
$19.99 $18.77
33. Disney Preschool Bundle (Pooh
$17.95 list($19.99)
34. Adventure Workshop 5: Preschool-1st
$18.99 $18.00 list($19.99)
35. Disney Princess Royal Horse Show
$14.99 $14.17
36. Finding Nemo
$19.99 $18.88
37. Hello Kitty: Bubble Gum Girlfriends
$19.99 $19.84
38. Games Just For Boys 2
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39. Grade 6 Advanced Planet Version
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40. Alphabet

21. I Spy School Days
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Asin: B00009WE4O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 354
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars My 8 yr old loves I spy!
For those who say this is boring, maybe your kids should just stick to video games. My son is loving the books and the computer games. He conquers them pretty quickly and we have to buy more but hey, it's getting his mind working looking for hidden items. We went for an open house at his school a few months ago and the teacher picked up an I Spy book and said that it was the main thing all the kids fought over in class. We love all the books, computer games and the gameboy game that is out. Good investment for little thinkers out there!

3-0 out of 5 stars Can't find 12th ladybug!
I really like this game but I am annoyed that I can't find the last ladybug in the find me game. I can find no game hint support sites either. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it a bug (ha ha) in the program? I have spent weeks looking but always find the ones I've already found. Can anyone out there help me? I am not a child, but my daughter can't find it either. Apparantly the game will not finish until all bugs are found because I have found all the treasures. Does this game not have more than one complete game to play? I thought it had 3 like treasure hunt.
Thanks,

5-0 out of 5 stars Will Keep You Thinking....
My 6 year old daughter loves this game. It is not easy and keeps her thinking. I some times find some of the items hard to find but with persistance you will find them. It is never boring. The whole family enjoys this software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elementary Kids Love It!
I am a computer lab teacher in an elementary school. Last year, I used this software for quite a few weeks when my Kindergarten through Grade 3 students came in for activity period. Students in grades 4-6 would beg to get a chance to use the software when their assignment for the day was completed.

It was a stretch for Kindergarten to find some of the items, because they did not recognize some of the items in the riddles, but I made sure to point these out in lessons and then circulated to help them more.

It was exciting to watch as students became absorbed in this activity, and most of them grew in their visual and verbal awareness. Children in grades 1-3 could either click to hear the descriptions or read for themselves.

Yes, it is on the shelf this year, but will taken out to be used in two years. This year I bought I Spy Spooky Mansion for use, and next year hope to get the Î Spy Treasure software if I can find the funding.

1-0 out of 5 stars I Spy School Days-big bore
My six year old great nephew completed all of the activities within two hours. He was moderately interested in the beginning and bored by the time he finished. I watched as he played, and thought they were boring, too. ... Read more


22. Toddler Bundle (Pooh Toddler, Mickey Toddler, and Book of Pooh)
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Asin: B00029BQAW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney
Sales Rank: 1325
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Features

  • Winnie the Pooh Toddler brings children the fun of playing with Winnie The Pooh & friends
  • Mickey Mouse Toddler is a great way to learn while laughing with Mickey, Donald and other classic characters
  • Six different and exciting activities reinforce basic learning skills
  • Games like Who Likes To? build observation skills, while matching, opposites and flashcard games teach while they entertain
  • Fun singing games let children choose the correct endings while hearing fun music

23. Sesame Street Baby - 3 Pack
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001AB454
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1318
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3 titles from the trusted leader in early childhood education
  • Sesame Street Baby; Shoes, Bugs and Farms; Pets, Food and Telephones
  • Babies will have fun exploring music, colors, letters, shapes, and more
  • Customized learning environment with individualized feedback
  • Automatically adjusts for appropriate skill levels

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Be Very Wary
The trusted leader in children's learning really blew it with this product. I bought SS Baby deluxe, SS Preschool and SS Toddler for my 2 and 4 year olds. My little girl was SO excited to play these games but Uh-oh. The small print says several of the disks DON'T WORK on Windows 2000 and they were developed for XP before the program was released so it is shaky on XP machines too. The bottom line - we can't run most of the CD's - some will install but not play. Some won't give the sound, some won't install. Very disappointing. Also Encore (who produces product) says on their web that they don't do refunds - you have to go back to the original store. Also they don't have an 800 toll-free number so you have to pay for support calls. NOT WHAT I EXPECTED FROM SESAME STREET. I WILL BE VERY WARY OF ALL THEIR PRODUCTS NOW. ... Read more


24. My Little Pony PC Play Pack
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Asin: B0002YGK1W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 230
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25. Freddi Fish Experience 3-Pack
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B000056V6B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1047
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Freddi Fish Experience gives children an opportunity to experience underwater fun and adventure with three Freddi Fish titles, featuring superslueth Freddi Fish and her sidekick, Luther.

In Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds have disappeared, and all the sea creatures are in danger of going hungry. With the help of Freddi and Luther, kids explore underwater caves, deep canyons, colorful reefs, and more to solve this deep-sea mystery. Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop invites kids to join Freddie in a world of self-expression where they design, direct, and print their own creations. In Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness, kids direct Freddi Fish through more than 50 different mazes to collect Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds. Each level is full of point-scoring goodies, hungry foes, teleporting whirlpools, and other surprises. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for little starters!
My daughter began with Freddi Fish at the age of 3 years. She would play on the computer for hours, and she was learning while having fun. This is a great program for little starters, to begin learning how to use the mouse and how to use basic computer skills. It would make an excellent gift!

5-0 out of 5 stars Freddi Fish Experience
These three games is a great set at a great value! In Freddi Fish 1, Freddi and her pal, Luther must find Grandma Grouper's missing kelp treasure. It's a problem solving game with lots of fun. In "Maze Madness", Luther has spilled Grandma Grouper's kelp treasure and Freddi must go find it in this exciting arcade with 50 levels and a built in make-your-own-level level builder. In Freddi Fish's One Stop Fun Shop, you can make lots of cool stuff with a Freddi Fish theme...I'd recommend it any day. For more info, read separate reviews of each game. ... Read more


26. Fisher-Price Imaginext Pirate Raider
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Asin: B00007LV6Z
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 206
Average Customer Review: 2.77 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (26)

2-0 out of 5 stars mediocre software for avid Rescue Heroes fans only
Meteors have hit the planet, resulting in a series of widely scattered emergencies that require the Rescue Heroes to intervene -- and they need your help!!

The graphics are good, the intro is exciting .... but after that the game is totally mediocre. Four activities have three levels of difficulty, but they are quite tedious no matter what level you play. (1) Move around a water maze to rescue people in a flooded movie studio, and shoot a life preserver over a moving line of floating objects. (2) Navigate a maze on a rock face as you rescue stranded climbers while avoiding vicious eagles and snakes. (3) Aim a hose at brush fires so you can find and rescue animals on an African preserve. (4) Snowboard down a ski slope without hitting the shrubbery so you can dig people out from under an avalanche.

The hype is here, but the games are very boring. Your child has little flexibility or independence when performing tasks, and those tasks probably use only 2% of your child's brain power. For example, in order to dig people out of the avalanche, you click on the snow cave over and over, it doesn't matter where, until the person trapped within tells you how great you are -- and every time it's the same person in the snow cave. Each game is rather mindless in this way. There is little reasoning required and no skills acquired.

This is lame software that has neither educational value nor excitement. When there are so many worthwhile children's software titles out there, don't waste your money or your child's time on this lazy stuff. It may be worthwhile for the truly avid Rescue Heroes fan, but even that is doubtful. This was our first Rescue Heroes title. It is also our last.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lava Landslide
I gave this game to my son as an early birthday present. He's almost four and loves the Rescue Heroes. The reviews I read were mixed so I decided to buy it anyway. I'm really glad I did. Sure it's challenging, but it's a good excuse for the parents to get involved. First I did the hard parts for him, to show him what needed to be done. Then I guided him through them and finally he ended up doing it all by himself. He was so proud when he accomplished the hard tasks that he couldn't do at first!

Unlike most computer games this one requires the use of the arrow keys instead of the mouse. Well, it's always nice to learn new skills.
I can't wait to give my son the two other RH games I baught for his birthday. I have no doubt he'll love them too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Inaginext Pirate Raider
I gave it a 1 because they did not have a 0, to give. I bought this game for my son and I try to install it and it tells me that it has encountered an error. I go to the web site and it tells me what to do with that error, but after I do what it told me it does the same error thing again. My son and I both got so frustrated and finally gave up. I am returning it to the place where I purchased it for a full refund. Good luck for those of you that also bought this Horrible Game.

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating game for my almost 5 yr. old
I agree with other reviews that the mouse clicking is very difficult. It's difficult to maneuver the men around. My son tried for a few minutes, became so frustrated, I finished the one mission, but couldn't get him to do any more. Would recommend the I Spy software - ages 6-10, but he loves it! Don't have to know how to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yeah Pirate Raider!
My 7-year-old LOVES this game. He'd play from sun up to sun down if I let him. I hear him cheering and clapping in the other room and he's having so much fun!
I'm VERY anti-violence, so when he got this game I was concerned. I was pleased to discover that although the ships sometimes fire on each other, no people are ever involved. This makes it so much more abstract and less about killing. When you capture forts, you fire on canons only and never see people. When you capture other ships, your knife is used only to chop up fruit that's thrown at you by skeletons. Once you capture their gold, you're on your way to fulfill another mission.
Frankly, this game is so much fun I have to admit to playing it myself! ... Read more


27. JumpStart Typing
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00001XDXD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 1036
Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Learn essential keyboarding skills, such as hand placement, correct posture, letter combinations, number and punctuation keys, and upper and lower case--and have fun at the same time. (Ages 7-10) ... Read more

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars great typing program
My children both think this is a great program. My almost-10 year old daughter likes it much more than Mavis Beacon that they use at school and my 7 year old son can even use it. They both have improved their typing skills enormously while having fun at the same time. I'd recommend this program without reservation!

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
My seven-year-old was using it and actually improving after just a few screens, although the repetitive "fjfj fjf jf jf" style gets boring for a child with the length of pages required to type (there are typically about four lines per screen of characters like that). I think there should be some extra breaks between long sessions. I think the repetition is necessary for effective learning, but something fun needs to go in between. This is, after all, for kids.

On the positive side, it gives an initial assessment test to determine where your skills are. Then the goals for that user are set based on the assessment. There are a few fun games that use the same skills that are being taught, and the games appear to automatically challenge at a level that matches the skill of the player (again, based on the testing in the lesson part of the program).

My son was a little frustrated early on because the initial assessment test is rather critical to a non-typist. Although the girl in the program says something like "You did great," the low words per minute (WPM) and high number of errors displayed on the screen seem to speak louder than she does and may be somewhat discouraging. But we maintained a positive attitude because I told him it didn't matter how well he did on that test; it only wanted to see his beginning point. It's important for a parent to be involved in order to give encouragement in some places and a push in others. It really enhances the learning and helps to get through the tough spots. And younger kids, of course, enjoy the involvement and interest of their parents.

If the program worked properly, there wouldn't be much of a negative side. The requirement of an older version of Quicktime is a valid concern if you are using a newer version. But I didn't have any version before, so I didn't care whether the game required the current or an older version. But the program does do a system search for other versions before installing Quicktime and tells you that it can't coexist with another version.

I would've probably given the program four stars if not for the fact that it kept crashing when coming out of any of the games. And when it crashes, it forgets the entire session. Which means that any progress gained is lost, and the child must go through the same exercises a second time. The first time this happened, my son begrudgingly went through the beginning lessons AGAIN (I was beside him cheering and encouraging, which helped keep his attitude somewhat positive). But when the program crashed a second time after he had gone through those early lessons the second time, he wasn't the least bit interested in going through them a third time, and I didn't blame him. The crash was effectively punishing him for working hard and doing well.

The bottom line? If you can buy it from someplace where you can return it, take the chance. And if it works on your computer, you've got a good four-start program. If it doesn't work, return it and your losses are minimal. Good luck. But to Knowledge Adventure/Jumpstart: FIVE YEARS is a long time between releases of any program; it's time for a new version, or at least an update.

3-0 out of 5 stars Comparison to Jumpstart 3rd Grade
Nobody has really compared this program to Jumpstart 3rd Grade, which features the same charactors, so I've decided to do it. Perhaps the best metaphore is that Jumpstart 3rd Grade is like a theatricaly released film and Jumpstart Typing is like a direct-to-video release. For one thing, there is no CGI animation in Jumpstart Typing, like there is in Jumpstart 3rd Grade. For another there is a lote less at stake in the plot. Jumpstart Typing isn't really like a prequel or a sequel, just a different adventure in the same world.

The only recuring charactors are Prof. Spark, Polly and Botley. This is a bit disapointing that we don't see any other charactors from Jumpstart 3rd Grade, especially since we only meet one new charactor. Jumpstart Typing is set at Sparks Stadium like Jumpstart 3rd Grade is set at Mystery Mountain. Mystery Mountain is the Sparks' home. Sparks Stadium is the first stadium for interplanetary keyborad competition, though this seems to contradict with Botley's statement in Jumpstart 3rd Grade that Prof. Spark hasn't ever found any alien transmissions to decode. All the recuring charactors look like they do in Jumpstart 3rd, probably beecause they recycled animations from Jumpstart 3rd Grade, for instance, note that Botley's pose in the main stadium scene is exactly the same seen on the 2nd Floor of Mystery Mountain in Jumpstart 3rd Grade. However, new charactors look true to the animation in Jumpstart 3rd Grade.

Overall, the charactor's personalities are true to Jumpstart 3rd Grade. Botley and Prof. Spark are entirly in charactor, but then again, Prof. Spark hardly appears in either. Polly is a bit out of charactor, she is nicer. One could atribute this to the fact that her father is at Sparks Stadium, though we don't see him 'till the end, rather than far away at some convention. However, she locks Coach Qwerty in the trophy room for the same reason she sends all those robots back in time.

Acadamically, this is sort of Mavis Beacon for Kids and the is the setup is similar to Jumpstart 3rd Grade. However, though Jumpstart 3rd Grade is set rather fluidly, Jumpstart Typing's setup is rather convoluted. We take Lessons and Timed Typing Tests to fine "strength" to play the games, but to win we have take the Timed Typing Tests. Playing the games is useless, unless you want a bunch stupid medals!

In conclution, this is game is fairly effective at teaching keyboarding, though better at teaching speed typing than the basics. However, it fails to capture the fun of Jumpstart 3rd Grade.

1-0 out of 5 stars Defective Program
This program displayed upside down on all three of our computers. Knowledge Adventure Customer Service was absolutely terrible -- basically nonexistent.

3-0 out of 5 stars great!
Oh my! I learned to type so fast, it works so well!!! You are in a gym, and you have to rescue the coach. You get cards to unlock him from a little jail, and at the end you get a trophy. I'm about to get my trophy for my 2nd game. It takes a while, you learn to type, and its just lots of fun! You'll love this item! ... Read more


28. Math Advantage 2006
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0007ZHB28
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1430
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Designed by a team of math experts
  • Develop critical math skills in 10 core subject areas
  • Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, and more
  • Fun and stimulating with engaging interactive tutors
  • Bonus: learn Microsoft Excel with Professor Teaches Excel

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Old time bugs that haven't changed since the last version...
This software is technically crippled, and looks like it suffers from the same bugs as the 2004 Math Advantage version.If you have 1gig of memory, you will get an error stating you need 3mb of memory to run this program.Below is a cut & paste of the fix for this.But also, they do not name the directory correctly that it looks for.The software itself uses Quicktime, and you can tell it's age because it tries to load an old version 4 of QuickTime.Right now as I type this they are at version 7.Sounds like they just keep repackaging the same software with a different date on the box cover.And like most software, this cannot be returned once opened.It may run on a Mac just fine, not sure about that.


The full fix for the 3mb memory error:
From the Windows XP desktop, select the Start button, right-click on the My Computer icon, and select Properties from the resulting menu.

Click on the Advanced tab to bring it forward, and then select the Settings button within the Performance section.

In the Performance Options window, click on the Advanced tab to bring it forward, and then select the Change button in the Virtual Memory section.

Click the Custom size button...
Change the Initial size (MB) setting to 4000
Change the Maximum size (MB) setting to 4000

Select SET to accept the change, which will close the Virtual Memory window. Select OK to close the Performance Options window. And select OK to exit the System Properties window.
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29. Dora the Explorer: Fairytale Adventures PC Play Pack
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Asin: B0002YGHDS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 123
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Features

  • Experience a learning travel adventure with Dora the Explorer
  • Valuable skill development for preschoolers, including colorful puzzles
  • Popular Dora songs from the TV series--perfect for singing and dancing
  • Classic storybook tales throughout Fairytale Land
  • Includes bonus Dora figure for kids to take on their own adventures

30. Spiderman & Friends
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Asin: B0006OC0VW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Activision
Sales Rank: 1274
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Product Description

These aren't your typical pint-sized heroes!

Kids will join Spider-man and his friends to help those in need in this fun, interactive and educational adventure. Every activity will feature 3 different super-heroes, each with their own special ability. Children will practice basic pre-school skills in a fun arcade-style environment, while learning problem-solving skills and teamwork in a positive and constructive manner. Spider-Man & Friends features math, language, color and shape recognition with multiple difficulty settings for each challenge. Learning is fun and exciting with Spider-Man & Friends.

Six Marvel super-heroes featured:

  • Hand Glider Spider-Man
  • Crime Fighting Wolverine
  • Air Rescue Captain America
  • Skating Spider-Girl
  • Laser Blast Cyclops
  • Deep Sea Explorer Spider-Man
  • Each activity features 3 of the 6 super-heroes
Each super-hero can perform a special activity
  • Air Rescue Captain America can fly
  • Deep Sea Explorer Spider-Man can swim
Kids can practice math, language, color and shape recognition skills:
  • Math skills: Number recognition, numeral recognition, greater than, less-than, and very basic arithmetic such as addition and subtraction
  • Language skills: Letter recognition, upper & lower case letter recognition, and word/shape association
  • Color and shape recognition
Two modes of play:
  • Training
  • Challenge
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Features

  • Join Spider-Man, Laser Blast Cyclops, Crime Fighting Wolverine and 3 more of your favorite Superheroes
  • Explore vast maps as you help those in need in this side-scrolling adventure
  • 2 modes of gameplay: training missions or challenge mode suit different learning levels
  • Learning while you play has never been so much FUN: test math skills, language recognition and shapes & color identification

31. Disney's 1st & 2nd Grade Bundle (Pixar 1st Grade, Secret Keys, and Aladdin Reading Quest)

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Asin: B00029BQA2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney
Sales Rank: 749
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Features

  • 3 fun and interactive learning games with Buzz, Mickey, and Aladdin
  • Build phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
  • Develops critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Goal and reward structured; printable take-away activities
  • For 1st and 2nd graders

32. Games Just For Girls 3
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Asin: B00032IYGW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Navarre(Software)
Sales Rank: 1251
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Features

  • Hours of entertainment with 4 fun-filled games for little girls
  • Interactive adventures in Dora the Explorer: Backpack Adventure
  • 8 exciting games with Care Bears Care-a-lot Jamboree
  • Fun activities in Strawberry Shortcake Amazing Cookie Party
  • Get creative with Disney Princess Fashion Boutique

33. Disney Preschool Bundle (Pooh Pre-School, Mickey Pre-School, and Stanley Wild for Sharks)
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Asin: B00029BQAM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney
Sales Rank: 810
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Features

  • Mickey Preschool helps children learn self-esteem and social skills while they play with Mickey and friends
  • Kids will explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie The Pooh, and learn counting to 100 with Huey, Dewey and Louie
  • Stanley Wild for Sharks! is undersea adventure with Stanley and his animal friends. Dive right into a learning adventure while building problem-solving skills
  • Ages for 5 to 7

34. Adventure Workshop 5: Preschool-1st Grade
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001GU7I8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 744
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Features

  • 4 complete CD-ROM titles for the price of 1
  • Hours and hours of exciting game play and education
  • Includes characters both parents and kids love
  • Plus Reader Rabbit sticker sheets free inside
  • Fun learning for kids ages 4 to 7

35. Disney Princess Royal Horse Show
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008Z1J3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 234
Average Customer Review: 3.06 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (16)

2-0 out of 5 stars Kinda boring...
I bought this game because I love the Little Mermaid and seeing Ariel on the box made me very happy. Sadly, there is not much Ariel in the game. The most you can do is put your princess model into Ariel scenes. I was hoping to put my model into Ariel's mermaid costume, but sadly, there are not many Ariel costume options (just the wedding dress and a pink one that she wears when she is human). All the costume are the classic 'ballgown' princess style, and most of them are ugly, as a matter of fact. I enjoyed putting my face onto these models, but I was disappointed that there were no costumes I really liked to put myself in. A waste of time; if buying this, like me, because you are a fan of Ariel, don't waste your money. Buy 'Ariel's Story Studio' or 'Little Mermaid 2 Activity Centre' instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars My daughter likes it - I don't
We checked this software out of the library, thank goodness. I'd be unhappy if we'd spent money on it.

My five year old enjoys playing with it but I suspect she will tire of it before it's due back at the library as there is really nothing to do. You can decorate your horse, decorate the show ring, and run around a track. That's about it.

There does not seem to be any educational value whatsoever unless you're trying to teach a child how to click a mouse.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed Royal Horse Show
Don't give your money to Disney for the Royal Horse Show. I'd hardly call this a game, more precise it is a vehicle to promote Disney princess characters. And even the promotion gained from this was probably a waste for them as my daughter's interest in the limited activities wained quickly.

There are only 4 options to choose from.
1-decorate your horse (this is probably the most engaging feature for my daughter but she lost interest quickly as there seem to be dead end options - you are told that you can show your horse in the ring but no path to do so is ever provided)
2-decorate the royal horse ring (my daughter had no interest in this)
3-ride your horse around the ring (the view is awkward - the top of the horse's head blocks most of the picture)
4-in the craft cottage there are the most awkward features of all (an empty scrapbook which you fill with your escapades - this never caught on with my daughter, a growth chart [what this has to do with the game I have no idea and because her computer is not hooked up to a printer the option just caused the game to hang], a box for horse cards to collect [we are still not sure what this is] and the value of any of this is lost on me).

4-0 out of 5 stars Cute
My 4 yo can operate much of this game. I'd rate it more for a 6 yo though... not any older. It's fun to dress up the horses. Not really a learning game, just for fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my little Princess
I got this for my preschooler for Christmas and she is loving it! I love the fact that she can design the princess to look like herself or a friend or just about anyone! Designing the dress and jewelry is her favorite part, but she could go all day if I let her! This is definitely a gift that won't lose its appeal soon and also one that will grow with her!!! ... Read more


36. Finding Nemo
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00007LZ1M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 157
Average Customer Review: 3.23 out of 5 stars
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The stronger and more interesting of two games based on the movie, the eponymous Finding Nemo lets kids reunite father and son deep off the reef in Australia's waters. The game opens with Nemo and Marlin in their respective environments, the dentist's fish tank and the wild waters of the open sea. The two fish are linked by a small button at the bottom of the screen, and players can toggle between them as they complete various puzzles.

The game features all the original cast members, and in addition to classic lines from the film, they improvise new lines. Dory, voiced byEllen DeGeneres, is hilarious, and smaller characters--like Nemo's friends in the tank--get more time to show players their individual, funny personalities: clicking on each fish kicks off a short conversation. Although there's more watching than doing in the early stages of the games, Nemo fans will be enthralled. Later stages involve memory games, like following patterns while jumping on the backs of jellyfish. All the characters, including sharks and sea turtles, make extended appearances in Finding Nemo.

Like Nemo's Underwater World of Fun, this game has two primary issues: computer owners must pay close attention to system requirements (otherwise, movie scenes in playback stutter significantly) and gameplay itself lasts little more than an hour, if kids ace the tasks. Also, one caveat for education-minded parents: this game is clearly only for fun, not for--pardon the pun--schooling. But kids will need to look beyond the obvious to complete the tasks in this game, and it's the possibility for discovery that makes Finding Nemo well worth exploring.--Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

Reviews (30)

2-0 out of 5 stars The other version? Poor Quality Control Problem....
This is yet another pc game that could have been so good...The problem? Like the other 3 disney pc games we have, we had to go on-line to reconfigure our computer!!! It seems to be the SOUND that creates problems.

We bought the version for older kids, after reading the reviews here. Guess what? The voices for Nemo and others cannot be understood. It's as if someone put an old record on the wrong speed...high speed....everyone talks like the chipmunks! What we heard of the music and graphics however looked real good.

We're running these programs on windows XP and unable to get the program to work right out of the package, which is a real drag to an intelligent 5 year old and his mom! Bottom line, you probably have to go on line and get help to make the program work. OR you may have luck calling them...

With the exception of MULAN (has a great majonng game for kids...but you have to go on-line and learn HOW TO MAKE THE program work and reconfigure/disable a sound card or something like that....)We've sworn off of Disney pc games, at least for now....they're not worth the trouble.

1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading, disappointing, irritating waste of time!
The Nemo's Underwater World of Fun game disk enclosed in with the movie DVD, was a big disappointment. My young kids were very excited then very upset. Until I read user reviews here on AMAZON, I thought I had a malfunctioning game rather than a DEMO disk on which only 2 of the 6 activities were accessible, rendering the prizes unwinable and the main games unplayable. And one of the 2 accessible activities, the Tank Gang music maker, seems buggy! Neither the disk, its sleeve, nor the read-me file indicated that it was only a demo, so my exercise in futility began: I installed and reinstalled it. I called the Disney phone number only to find the voice menu options to be misdirected, and at Disney Interactive on-line found no help nor mention of the demo version. FINE DISNEY, so you don't want to give away a free game, but why waste your ad dollars on such a stunt? Guess what, I've not been enticed into buying the real game, just irritated into a resolution to spend NO money on Disney computer games! (It's not your fault THQ (the game designer) we still love you.) I'm Sooooo glad that wonderful PIXAR's contract with Disney is ending!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars My son likes it, I can't stand it
We bought this for our five-year-old, who loved the movie. Why is it that all Disney games turn into annoying (and cloying) lead-ins or promos for the movie? Why do we have to watch endless clips of it? The games seem kind of uneven (some way too hard, others too easy), and sometimes the software seems to get 'stuck' (we need to back out and repeat the objective to get it to work). I like THQ and their software in general, I've just noticed that anything Disney-related gets bogged down in their desire to "Plug the movie! Plug the products!" My son does like it when he plays it, but it's been used a LOT less than I had anticipated. Gets 3 stars for good graphic and audio quality, but I'd give the game itself a two.

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible
I bought the finding nemo software for my daughter today and I sincerely regret it. It is one of the worst games I have ever purchased. The games dont work. You get nowhere. I would advise everyone considering this game to just save your money. My daughter was excited to get it until we installed it and tryed playing it only to find out it is a lemon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very cute
I just loved the movie, so naturally I bought the game. My sis and I have had these little, ummm...."problems" with games for kids 4+. We can't win them!! The older kid's games are easier. But that's what makes this game fun. I still can't win the "Surfin' With Crush" level though. "Nemo's Underwater World of Fun" actually has a story to it. Nemo wants to prove to his dad that he can move around just as well as any other fish. So Marlin sets up a "Super Swim Challenge" game, that will test Nemo's swimming skills. It goes from there in that you have to help Nemo win a certain number of "trophies" in each game in order to get up to level 5 in the Super Swim Challenge. After that, you can help Nemo prove to Marlin how good a swimmer he is. I love the games you can play. "Dory's Memory Match", "Surfin' With Crush", and "Tank Gang Sing-alongs" are just a few. Hope you have fun playing! I'm sure the kids will. ... Read more


37. Hello Kitty: Bubble Gum Girlfriends
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Asin: B0007U9BTO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Valusoft
Sales Rank: 2449
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Share a smile with Hello Kitty and her friends as you discover the fun and magic of Hello Kitty Cutie World. You will have hours of fun playing 8 games that take you from an ice cream shoppe up to the starry sky and everywhere in between! ... Read more


38. Games Just For Boys 2
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Asin: B00032IYH6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Navarre(Software)
Sales Rank: 987
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39. Grade 6 Advanced Planet Version 1.4
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B0000691KG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 768
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dig deep into sixth grade skills on a mystery-solving adventure in the empire of the plant people. Go underground to find the missing ClueFinders, and take on an army of mutant plant warriors to save the town above from certain doom. Kids will need all their smarts to tackle this title's tricky challenges. From cleaning up toxic pollutants to building bridges, every activity brings kids closer to solving this underground mystery, while mastering essential sixth grade skills.

Explore 15 interactive games and exercises designed for kids, ages 10 to 12 and older. Build more than 150 key sixth grade skills in math, language, science, social studies, and problem solving. Four levels of difficulty and a variety of tricky challenges keep ClueFinders 6th Grade Adventures 2002: Empire of the Plant People fun and fresh. Detailed help features guide kids throughout, and built-in progress reports help parents navigate their child's learning fun.

In addition, an all-new for 2002 bonus CD-ROM doubles the mystery and clue-finding fun. In ClueFinders: Mystery Mansion Arcade, our adventurers are lured into a spooky mansion by an ingenious mastermind and his four villainous henchmen. Kids help the ClueFinders escape by choosing the best ClueFinder for each arcade-style hazard. Speed through the Ultimate Deep-Dish Pizza Skate Park, stay cool through the High-Voltage Circuit Zone, and much more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Clue to Making Learning Fun
I purchased Cluefindes 3rd Grade Adventures about 6 weeks ago, and since have watched my child use it to completion. She has played it 4 times and will probably play it again in the future. In the meantime, she has moved onto the 4th grade game.

Setting up the game is pretty easy, and the directions are clear. Starting up is a cinch as well. You have the options of taking the test drive which is a placement test. It is not as much fun as the actual game, but it is not too boring either and it gets the child started at a challenging level. The first time my child "played" it she started at the beginners level, and finished it in two days. The second time, I set it to level two and it took her a week to complete. The third time I had her do the test drive. This is where the real value came in.

When she started the game on the lowest levels she was basically reviewing what she had learned the previous year, which is a good thing. But, when she played the game after the placement test, she was truly challenged to learn more. I never imagined in a million years that a child would follow me around begging to be taught long division. She could not cross a bridge in the game without being able to divide. So I taught her and she practiced and cemented the skill by playing the game.

As a homeschooler leaning towards self directed learning, I found this game to be invaluable. It gives me the freedom to wait for a child to be ready to learn a skill while at the same time ensuring that such comes quickly through constant challenges. After all, the best time to teach a child a skill is when they want to learn it. This game provided that want for me.

This game does not teach skills your child must know, but provides challenges. The way I use it is to wait for a challenge to be presented, and then teach that child whatever they need to succeed and overcome that challenge.

The only problems I had with this software is that each time the child finished the game, they had to start again with a new member name, it would not let us back into the game as the same person. This did allow me to compare the membernames records to check for progress which was evident.

If you purchase the 2 cdrom version of this game, with the personalized learning center, you will be able to print worksheets according to your childs strengths and weaknesses and to see where the child needs more practice. You will also be able to spot where your child may be gifted.

The personalized learning center disc, however is not formulated to give a child a "grade" based on how well the child did in the program, but to show progress over time. Therefore, If you are a homeschooler and grades are important to you, you will want to "test" the child separately perhaps using the worksheets or making up your own exams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great teaching game
We are a homeschooling family. I bought this game along with the fourth grade and fifth grade versions for my nine year old. She sailed through the other two, but found this one challenging. It is great for reinforcing math, introduces chemistry, addresses the pollution problem, history, spelling, vocabulary and reading comprehension. There is a level selection area in which you can choose how hard or easy the game is, but this is also handy for letting parents know where your child may need some help in or where they excel. It has a practice mode where the child can just do the activities without having to play the game. I found this great for reinforcing some of those areas my daughter needed more help in.
Even though my daughter has finished all three games, she still plays these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Too Old To Play!!
It's great I'm 14 going on 15 in a month but I don't care
because that doesn't stop me from having fun. It's the greatest game. I've only played the 3rd and 4th grade one but they're still and always be my favorite software. If you've never played any of these games and you love computer games; buy this then even if you're older then me. Who cares? Just remember HAVE FUN!!! You won't regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Could you make one for 10th graders or do you already?

Thank You

5-0 out of 5 stars Cluefinders 6th Grade Adventures
This product provides an excellent source for preparation or reinforcement of what a 6th grader is expected to know. Players are put into a mystery situation where they have to solve clues in order to figure out the answers. Various aspects of the 6th grade curriculum are covered, and the computer adjusts for the skill level of the player, making the games increasingly more challenging. Areas covered include logical thinking, mathematics, science, geography, social science, and language arts. The games are fun, and since they get progressively harder as the student masters a skill, they do not get boring. At times the transition time from one activity to the next can be a bit long, and instructions are repetitive, but this seemed to bother adults more than children; this should not deter the buyer, however, as the positive aspects of this game far outweigh the negatives. Graphics and sound are excellent, and help includes a map and a reference section. Levels can be set manually, or the program can be adjusted to automatically determine when to advance to the next level as a skill is mastered. On the whole this is an excellent product, and a great way to make learning fun. Highly Recommended. Reviewer is a teacher and a librarian.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cool
This game is fun and VERY educational... I even forgot I was
learning while playing it! The games are fun and have different levels, so if one level is too easy you may make is
harder and more challenging. It explains the mini-game
and how to play. The charactors are click-able and they seem to talk and help you throughout the whole game.
You meet cool alien type things, and in order to survive, you must figure out the answer to the mini-games.
The backround music is pretty cool, but it may get annoying
you can turn off the music, too! before you begin the game, it shows a mini movie of what's happening and it tells about
your mission.I love this game! ... Read more


40. Alphabet
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Asin: B000056WJY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 4525
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Tivola breathes life and whimsy into the alphabet by giving each andevery letter a personality of its own. As become a heavenly choir,singing "ahhh" in perfect harmony as keys are stroked or the mouse is dragged.T becomes a kite with a tail, fluttering through the air and making apapery whap! when it crashes to the ground. An i scuttles acrossthe screen, so scared it occasionally leaves its dot behind, while Cscrash cacophonously into one another.

A book by artist Kveta Pacovská inspired Alphabet--the artwork isblocky and abstract, with a lot of reds, oranges, and dark greens. Though thesegraphics are an unusual contrast to the slick, bright world of mainstreamchildren's programs, don't let the offbeat look of Alphabet scare you. Wesaw Nintendo-loving preteen boys and nonartistic adults fall under the sirenspell of this program.

Alphabet is designed for both PC and Macintosh users, and folks withmicrophones will enjoy the interactive audio element that allows them to blowletters across the screen or frighten poor i even more by shouting.Operating in Alphabet is simple: clicking on the upper left of the screenmakes letters of the alphabet appear in random order, as children's voicesrecite them. Keyboard strokes will call up whatever letter is hit, whiledragging the mouse over the letters renders hypnotic, dance-mix-type audio("zed, zed, zed"). A click on the upper right corner explores the possibilitieshidden within each letter--this is where you find your singing As andcrashing Cs. Alphabet is a rich sensory experience--don't expectdetailed instructions, games with goals, or even lessons in this land ofletters. This alphabet's main strength is that it doesn't spell thingsout--explorers must discover the magic on their own.

Tivola isn't engaging in public relations puffery when it says the appropriateage range for Alphabet is 3 to 102. This CD-ROM is a work of art thatwill tickle young and old alike. --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
All I have to say is WOW! Alphabet is children's software at its finest. This game not only introduces kids to the letters of the alphabet but also to the mouse and keyboard. I enjoyed playing with my daughter because the graphics are so rich and the music is fascinating. This game is really about art. Like a wonderful picture book, Alphabet has given our family hours of enjoyment.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Educational Software I have Come Across!
This is absolutely the best game/learning tool my daughter has to-date. Unlike some other software, Alphabet engages all senses and makes the PROCESS of learning enjoyable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Still don't understand
I have used several beginning alphabet programs with my 7 year old. I was looking for something new for my 4 year old and this was well reviewed. I find it totally incomprehensible. It was somewhat entertaining for the 7 year old. We kept trying to guess which letter was represented on the screen. It was useless for letter recognition or phonic sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Different
This is a beautiful program. It is based on a picture book, and it literally allows your child to play with the alphabet in an explosion of color and sound. Many of the graphics resemble a child's collage. The background music is a wonderful ethereal blend of instruments and voices. If you like "world" music, you'll like this. Also this is made by a European company so you might notice some unusual things like Z being called Zed, but that's easy enough to explain to children.

This is very, very, very unlike most children's software on the market so I think it will be a love/hate thing for most people and as is reflected in other reviews in this forum. If you think the cutesy animated characters which drill the ABC's and 123's with lots of structured games and jingles are the greatest thing since sliced bread, then Alphabet is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for a truly unique, artistic, and fun way to introduce your children to the computer and the alphabet then give this a try.

Both my 3 and 6 year old boys love this. And I mean LOVE. Oh the giggles that erupt in my house when you play this. You have two choices you can either choose a letter to play with from the menu or let the computer randomly choose.

The letters do not merely dance, but can be manipulated by your child moving the mouse. Each letter does something different. For example one turns into a pac man like creature and the child moves the mouse capturing the rest of the letters. With A, the letter is stylized to resemble an opera singer and out of her mouth come many A's. Your child moves the letters around to make different sounds, harmonies, and melodies. The letter "i" acts like a flyswatter chasing it's dot around the screen. Each letter does something fun which your child manipulates with the mouse.

Now what about educational value? Children learn mouse skills, action and reaction, and familiarity with the alphabet. And while they do this they are surrounded by fantastic art, animation, and sound which they manipulate. Being able to play with the alphabet leads to interest in reading. This is a highly creative program, which obviously is not for everyone.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS!
My child accidentally bought this by clicking on the button to buy automatically while she was in my lap. I could have returned it, but decided to save it until she was ready. Well I just opened the package and tried it. This program is awful! Just like other reviewers, I couldn't figure it out and didn't really want to because it was just nonsense. I had to write a review because it is sooo terrible, I don't want anyone else to think their kids will learn anything from it. Do not waste your money. ... Read more


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