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121. Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
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122. Zoboomafoo Creature Quest
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123. Cyberchase: Carnival Chaos
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124. Land Before Time Kindergarten
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125. Bob the Builder: Bob Builds a
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126. Reader Rabbit Preschool with Stickers
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127. Garfield: It's All About Writing
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128. Toddler Play And Learn (4 CD-ROM)
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129. Muppet Babies: Preschool Playtime
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130. Word Munchers Deluxe (Jewel Case)
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131. Care Bears Care-A-Lot Jamboree
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132. Disney's Mickey Preschool
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133. Sesame Street Preschool - 3 Pack
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134. ClueFinders 4th Grade
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135. Reader Rabbit Learning System
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136. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Baby
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137. Sesame Street Music Maker
138. Crayola 3-D Castle Creator Ages
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139. LEARNING COMPANY Adventure Workshop
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140. Monster Clubhouse

121. Putt-Putt Travels Through Time (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000124FWG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 285
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Grab your compass! Putt-Putt needs your child's help to find him. Together, they'll leap through time - exploring new dimensions and discovering surprising new friends. ... Read more

Features

  • Cartoon-quality learning adventure with the lovable Putt-Putt
  • Explore exciting locations and collect information to complete the adventure
  • Encourages critical thinking and fosters listening and memory skills
  • Collect big points in the free activity game, Balloon-O-Rama
  • The adventure changes each time you play

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for your little clue hunter.
We got a free demo of this game and my daughter fell in love with it.She spent hours playing the couple of areas that were unlocked.She liked it so much that I had to buy her the full copy.Well we lost her after that.She was begging us for time on the computer.

In the game you play Putt-Putt and you have to travel through time to retrieve items you lost when a neighbors time portal accidentally sucked them up.You visit times from the stone age, to medievil time and the wild west, to the future.Each time has some prize you can earn if you solve the puzzles.Some items require you to solve puzzles in other times and bring items with you in order to solve the current puzzle.

The game is totally free form.Your child can move throughout time as he/she pleases.It is also nice that the programmers spent the time to add additional animations not needed to solve any of the puzzles.Clicking on most objects on your screen will reward your child with some event.This game teaches memorization, deductive reasoning, and patience.This is not an alphabet, words, or numbers game.Your child won't even realize they are learning new skills ... Read more


122. Zoboomafoo Creature Quest
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Asin: B00062UJV2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 1883
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123. Cyberchase: Carnival Chaos
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Asin: B00023DENK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 1892
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Features

  • Join the Cyberchase team for exciting learning adventures
  • Practice problem solving, estimation, spatial reasoning, and more
  • 3 levels of difficulty; 2 modes of play: adventure and practice
  • 8 exciting activities; video footage; full-screen animation
  • Tracking feature allows parents to monitor progress

124. Land Before Time Kindergarten and Dinosaur Arcade (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00006FDMJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 2343
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Fun, interactive learning for kids in The Land Before Time
  • 6 engaging learning activities; 3 different skill levels
  • Age-appropriate skill sets are woven into activities
  • Kids earn exciting video clips from all 5 The Land Before Time videos
  • Rich and highly interactive animations and sound components

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars My four year old son loves this game!
This is my sons first computer game and he asks to play it all the time. I showed him how to play each game and then he stayed busy for hours! I would reccomend this for ages four and above. I also have the Land before time preschool adventure but this one has funner games. The creative art game is really cute we laughed when we first tried it, first you pick a background scene, then you pick different characters and items which all do different things, like bubbles of water popping, Sarah jumping around in circles, birds flying and skeletons dancing, you can add as many as you want and its very entertaining. All the games are FUN learning activities. ... Read more


125. Bob the Builder: Bob Builds a Park (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B0002V4DN2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 3714
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126. Reader Rabbit Preschool with Stickers (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00016TJAK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 2716
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127. Garfield: It's All About Writing & Grammar-3rd Grade
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Publisher: Navarre(Software)
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128. Toddler Play And Learn (4 CD-ROM)
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Asin: B00005LPYZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3816
Average Customer Review: 1.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Do you feel it's important that your 3-year-old learn the wordbuttocks? Some software designer out there does. Mediocre to miserablebest describes the range of options within this four CD-ROM suite of toddlers'software. Some of the programs have one or two decent elements, but the goodbits are drowned in a sea of puzzling design, technical glitches, and surrealelements that would be hilarious if they weren't being marketed at your child.Here's a breakdown of the madness:

BabyWOW! is the first CD-ROM. This selection mimics DK Learning's style withphotographic images, and a noncluttered format that takes on the basics likecolors, words, shapes, and counting. The problem with BabyWOW! is that on somesystems the program lurks on the lower right side of the screen,half-inaccessible, even with the correct settings. The technical support pagementioned in an installation guide (www.support@babywow.com) didn't exist whenwe searched for it, a BabyWOW Web site offered no hints, and there was notroubleshooting guide on the disc itself. Once we found a system that allowed usto access most of the program's introductory screen, we found a benigneducational program with 10 activities that can take place in eight differentlanguages. BabyWOW! manages counting to 10, and labeling images of cheese, sand,and trains accurately. However, the program fails in the colors department--itwill tell your child with some authority that the brownish color on the screenis in fact red. Parental guidance is suggested.

The second CD-ROM is Buddy Brush and the Painted Playhouse. Buddy is amop-headed, nonspeaking paintbrush that inhabits a clickable playhouse. The bestthing about Buddy Brush is its musicality. The original score is playable on aregular CD player, and the harp flourishes, woodwind trills, and guitar twangswill engage young ears. The worst thing about Buddy Brush is that his playhouseis random yet boring. Exploring the house by using the mouse yields changeablepictures, couches with patterns kids can manipulate, musical instruments, andthe ubiquitous click-and-paint scenes. Buddy Brush's creators probably made thisprogram devoid of spoken or written words to facilitate freeform exploration,but the playhouse contains dead ends and repetition. The escape key was the onlyway out we could find once we tired of painting with our six color choices.

The third selection in this set is the CD-ROM equivalent of Styrofoam shippingpeanuts. This filler is promisingly entitled The Elephant on Aisle Four. Itappears to be a home page for a singer named Lisa Atkinson. Here you and youreager kid will find a printable maze and two printable pictures to color--wow!Plus a few MP3 clips: a poem and two kids' songs that have absolutely nothing todo with elephants. The marketing material that describes this CD-ROM lists songsgalore, but we didn't find them. Instead we found a link to a catalog, and wedidn't want our toddler to go shopping so we moved on.

And we found buttocks. Imagine Pokémon going educational and you've thefourth CD-ROM. Smiletown is from a company called Gakugei in Japan. A handful ofcute critters--including a yellow thing that looks like an earlessPikachu--guide kids through 12 activities with names like ABC Dance, Number Fun, and Lotsof Words. In Body Parts, kids are told that characters are hurt on certainparts, and they must identify and click on said part, after which a healingBand-Aid is applied. Sure enough, someone needs a Band-Aid on the bottom, and abright computer voice intones "buttocks!" when the proper spot is clicked.Smiletown is a surreal little place: the graphic for choosing English as one ofthe four possible languages is a backward American flag. Phrases like "Let's goto the disco!" abound. A cute squirrel fishes a jellyfish from a pond and kidsmust decide if it's a car, a doll, a hamburger, a yo-yo, or a jellyfish.

Toddler Play & Learn is a great way to teach your child where his or herbuttocks are. That's about it. (Ages 2 to 4) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I bought this as the first software for my 2 year old. I can't even figure out how to use it. As the others have said, don't waste your money. There are no instructions with the materials.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I was extremely dissappointed by this software. My 2 year old son loves the computer and he loves to play games, however he just did not "get" these games. The box says it's supposed to be educational, but I just don't see how. I would not recommend this software to anyone with a toddler.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!
I thought that this package was basically a waste of money. My son has a minor speech problem, so we were able to use one of the disks for having him practice his speech. Other than that....it stunk.

3-0 out of 5 stars IT ISN'T THAT BAD!
The Bad you've already read in the other reviews. Here are the good points:
1. The musical CD included, "The Elephant in Aisle 4," is fun, enjoyable and addictive. It won't drive you crazy listening to it dozens of times, and is worth the money. It was the first children's CD among many that my 2 year old son started singing along with.
2. If you have two young children close in age, 2 and 4 in my case, you have some cheap options in software (... for 4 CDs). My two year old simply likes to be on the computer and doesn't have to be dazzled. He can manipulate BabyWow by himself.
3. Buddy the Paintbrush to me is hard to manipulate and is like getting stuck in a loopy maze. Having said that, my husband was rather fascinated by how well my 4 year old daughter has learned to mix the colors, and she can manipulate the software.
4. Smiletown is odd and surreal. It is also quite popular with my 4 year old. Regarding "buttocks", I could have done without it, but it's just another anatomical term that you're going to have to explain eventually anyway. Four years is not too tender an age to learn the correct terminology.
BOTTOM LINE: There is better software, but this quartet does deliver a decent bang for the buck.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly bad software
Out of the four CD you receive, we are only pleased with the first CD. The others are either hard to figure out what you are supposed to do or it just brings you to other websites. not worth any money to purchase this CD. My daughter loves playing games on the computer and she never wants to play this one. ... Read more


129. Muppet Babies: Preschool Playtime
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Asin: B00062UJIA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 6238
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130. Word Munchers Deluxe (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00002SANC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softkey Incorporated
Sales Rank: 453
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Word Munchers Deluxe helps kids learn valuable reading and grammar skills while playing games. With an entertaining arcade premise and a great 3-D look, kids will enjoy learning. Munch the correct words while avoiding the Troggles! Earn points not only in the games but in school too! (Ages 5-10) ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars munch it up!
I absoulutley love Word Munchers. It is the coolest game. The fact you can play with or without troggles knocks me out. I also love how you can play by grade level. I'm in fourth grade, but sometimes I like to play 1st grade to cool off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Word Munchers
This is a great product. We use this at our Elementary school. I love the fact that it is done by grade level which I find really helpful. The six kids that I have been working with really like the game. It isn't that easy and can be very challenging for the kids. We have also Math munchers which is just as fun! ... Read more


131. Care Bears Care-A-Lot Jamboree (Jewel Case) (PC & Mac)
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Asin: B0002BJSJG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: ValuSoft
Sales Rank: 1739
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Join 10 of your favorite Care Bears™on a rainbow-filled Care-a-lot Jamboree.

Features:

  • Play 8 exciting games and learn about caring and sharing from these adorable furry friends. Learn to match, solve puzzles and have tons of fun in the Care Bears' star-speckled cloud wonderland!
  • Bubble Trouble- Funshine Bear needs your help! Multicolored bubbles are floating in the sky and they need to be popped. Clear all of the bubbles to win the game.
  • Catch a Little Love - Hearts are dropping from the clouds! You get to help Love-a-lot Bear and Tenderheart bear catch a little love in their basket.
  • Star Swing Challenge- Bedtime Bear is sending sweet dreams to everyone! Help him fill the sky with happy thoughts by swinging his Star buddies through the air.
  • Care-a-lot Wishes- Wish Bear wants to send good wishes to all of her friends! Guide her and her Star Buddy to send happy feelings down the Good Wish path.
  • Lucky Treasure Chest- Good Luck Bear has found a treasure trove of good fortune! Help him line up 3 happy feeling icons to collect them in his treasure chest.
  • Gift Toss- Everyone loves to receive presents and Share Bear is in the mood for giving! Collect the presents for the big birthday party and toss gifts to each friend !
  • Find a Friend- Help Friend Bear find her friends in pairs! Open the castle windows to reveal a Care Bear pair.
  • Cheer up Grumpy Bear- Grumpy Bear needs cheering up! Help Cheer Bear slide the puzzle pieces into the empty spaces to reach Grumpy Bear and give him some cheer.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not what it's cracked up to be.
At first I thought this would be neat for my 3 1/2-year old daughter, but I was disappointed.Some items are very hard and past her abilities at this time (the bubble game).Others are right up her alley (the matching game).The various games advance levels as you complete a level, but only 4 levels exist in each game, and there's nowhere to go after that.She was quickly bored, and the games she was not ready for brought out her frustration. ... Read more


132. Disney's Mickey Preschool
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Asin: B00004THNQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 657
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

You can practically smell the burger grease and freshly hung laundry at this funky little diner that Mickey and Minnie Mouse visit when their gas tank falls below "E." As a banjo plunks out a slow tune in the background, Mickey pulls up a chair and sits outside with Pluto to enjoy the sunshine. No agenda here. Instead of explaining what kids should do next, Mickey scratches Pluto and occasionally glances toward the cursor. This is the CD-ROM equivalent of a deliciously lazy summer day with nothin' urgent to do. Kids play and learn at their own pace, by nosing around and figuring things out.

Mosey into the garage. One bay houses a body shop where you can piece together and paint custom hot rods; the other, a tune-up place where a swipe of the cursor creates actual tunes on musical wrenches, tires, and hubcaps. Follow Minnie into the diner, and Daisy Duck dishes up dozens of workbook-style exercises on place mats. Wander into the back yard, and Huey, Dewy, and Louie hand you a hose and tell you which letters, numbers, shapes, or colors to squirt. Help pump gas and learn color mixing, numbers, and how to follow instructions. Get it wrong and a chipper customer intones, "That wasn't quite right, but it'll do," as their car backfires and leaves in a cloud of smoke.

Our favorite activity was the Opposites Car: climb into a car, and "mouse" with the turn signals, windshield wipers, and other fun switches preschoolers aren't allowed to touch on Mommy and Daddy's car. It's a clever way to teach opposites, and it's great fun to honk the horn and make Uncle Donald drop his laundry. (Ages 2 to 4) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars excellent graphics, good games for 2-3 year olds
My daughter loves this CD, particularly the spray painting booth and gas station games. The whole thing is well designed with excellent graphics and entertaining games, however most of the games can be played in a few minutes.

As a result this CD will not hold a child's attention for a long period of time, however I would still recommend it highly based on the quality of its design.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Confusing, boring, minimally educational
My 2.5 daughter loves her Reader Rabbit Toddler and accepts her Jumpstart Toddler. She is comfortable playing both RR and JS 1-2 hours. So I bought this thinking it would be a good next step. I was disappointed. She does not enjoy it and will spend no more than 15 minutes with it.

-- Stupid cartoon uninterruptible. Slows everything down without giving anything new. RR has a cartoon that was interesting the first few times, but we regularly interrupt it now.

-- Characters not involved in interaction. There is a car whose horn you can press (whoo, whoo). That is a high point!

-- Too much emphasis on artwork, little on interaction.

-- Concluding credits uninterruptible. Just try interrupting this computer hog to quickly get something off your computer for a phone call.

Very disappointing.

I think the section where you water-spray the letter, number, color, shape will be beneficial, however, the goal of the exercise is not clear for younger children, and quickly becomes boring. I can think of hundreds of ways to make it more interesting. Where were these guys?

The musical and spray-paint sections are a good start, but they give up so quickly.

And god forbid that you don't cntrl-P to turn off the printer. If you leave your child with the printer on, you won't have any paper and your child happily prints the large button to print out worksheets, again and again. It's rare to want to print, why is this such a large button.

And one of the worst features is that the exit is fairly large and central. So you go into an area, put up with the uninterruptible cartoon, the child starts to play, and boom!, she accidentally hits the exit. (RR for example has a delay that helps the child decide not to exit.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality fun
Disney comes in for a hard time whenever the curse of globalization or the death of culture comes up. My take on it is: Disney is enormously successful because they produce good stuff!

This CD is a great example. The graphics are top notch, the sound is great, the variety of games is engaging, and there's some real learning going on too.

My three year old daughter loves this CD. She's learned her letters, numbers, colors, and shapes during the time since we started Mickey Mouse Preschool. That's not all the CD's doing, but there's no question the CD has contributed.

Some of this CD is fun for Dad too. I like to "help" in Goofy's Build-A-Hot-Rod. The music in the Gorilla's Garage is swingin'. It's even fun to pump gas with the cow-guy!

As long as Disney keeps producing fun stuff like this, we'll keep buying it!

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
This game starts out great but then is the flattest game/learning program I've ever scene. My 3 year old wants to see the characters, but after a brief introduction they are gone never to return and in their place is basically work sheets.

Where is the imagination? Where is the creative use of the potential of the computer?

One section, Goofy's car assembly, is the only mildly redeeming feature. But that's just not enough.

Leave it on the shelf.

1-0 out of 5 stars PC Users Beware
Causes Windows to crash repeatedly on both my Win98 and Win2000 machines (no problem with Reader Rabbit on both). Mac-centric development evident. Disney offer 90 Day Money Back Guarantee but offers no information whatsoever on how to carry it out. ... Read more


133. Sesame Street Preschool - 3 Pack
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Asin: B0001AB45E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1198
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • From a trusted leader in early childhood education
  • Customized learning environment with individualized feedback and support
  • Automatically adjusts to appropriate skill levels
  • Teaches 30+ skills including pre-reading, early math, shapes, and more
  • Refined learning style based on over 30 years of research

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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


134. ClueFinders 4th Grade
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Asin: B00004UF32
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 1525
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Younger children can find learning through multimedia softwaredifficult, but ClueFinders 4th Grade Adventures wraps its educationalmaterial up in an adventure game, the idea being that you hardly notice theeducational parts. To that end, our clue-finding heroes get into all sorts ofscrapes during their adventures. In this CD-ROM they--and Socrates the dog--findthemselves on an archaeological dig in Egypt. While there, they discover an evilarchaeologist's plot to unleash chaos on the world. Needless to say, theClueFinders set out to foil his plans.

ClueFinders 4th Grade Adventures incorporates challenges that test skillsin logical thinking, math, science, geography, and language. There is a documentfor parents explaining how these skills are addressed in each of the activities,and the effects achieved by switching between the four difficulty levels in eachof them.

A bonus CD, the ClueFinders Adventure Kit, comes with ClueFinders 4th GradeAdventures, offering various fun activities, such as an adventure logbookwith which to record your own escapades. --Sandra Vogel ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great software
This is a great software! I bought this in June 2000. I didn't get some of it. Now I got older and smarter. And understand this better! The location is better. Egypt is very ancient. I also did these other ClueFinders software, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Math, Reading, Search & Solve, Incredible Toy Store Adventure!, and the second CD-Rom Mystery Mansion Arcade!
And I'm not even in 4th, 5th or 6th.

5-0 out of 5 stars So much fun you forget you're learning!
This is a great program. I got it for my 3rd grade daughter and we both thought it was a lot of fun. It covers areas such as fractions, logic, sentence structure and geography. You have to collect different items that let you progress through the games. This is all done by completing the various puzzles and activities. The game progresses like an adventure story. You have to complete one activity before having the option to go on to others. She used the various JumpStart and Reader Rabbit programs when she was younger, and I wanted something fun to teach those basic skills now that she's older. This is JUST what I was looking for. We both highly recommend this series!

5-0 out of 5 stars COOL GAME
I loved this game. I already won it 1 million times and I still play it. You will love this game. It really helps you learn. I have this game, 5th grade adventures,my friend playes 6th grade adventures with me, and my teacher has the math one which I play at school. This game rocks !! So do the rest !!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Learning Tool
My 4th grader loves this cd-rom. It is not only educational but great fun! Setting the child out on an adventure to solve a mystery. My son has improved in his understanding of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and his reading comprehension lessons. The best part is that he loves it. ... Read more


135. Reader Rabbit Learning System 1St Grade (Large Box)
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Asin: B00062JDKA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
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136. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Baby
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Asin: B000059REC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1235
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Winnie the Pooh and the other denizens of the 100 Acre Wood areideal companions for guiding your baby through his or her first softwareexperience. Their gentle silliness and not particularly linear behavior provide aperfect match for the vagaries of baby reasoning. Babies can help Pooh pulleverything from bubbles to birds out of his honey pots. Use spoons to bang outrhythms on pans with Baby Roo. Point to body parts with Piglet. Paint withEeyore, who glumly uses his tail as a brush. ("Green. Like the grass. Exceptwhen it's brown. Sigh.") Or play a bouncy game of hide and seek with Tigger.

With all five of these elements, your baby can initiate action by simply mashinga key (or five) on the keyboard. Music, colors, opposites, and counting are justa few of the many concepts these activities explore. A couple of smart touchesare buttons a parent can click to control the play. A Good Job button causes thecharacter to give positive feedback to your baby. The Do It Again button is forthat thing near and dear to all babies' hearts: repetition. It exists so parentscan make balloons float out of Pooh's honey pot ad infinitum, which is just howbabies likes it.

Don't expect to park your baby alone with this CD-ROM. It works best whenparents participate, using the mouse to move between activities and control theplay. Fortunately, little surprises, flawless animation, and well-developedcharacters make this an easy one for parents to enjoy. Watching Piglet's fidgetyhands and hearing Eeyore sigh as a rain cloud drenches his masterpiece is likebeing with old friends. Designers used a quilt motif as the central visualelement of this program, and it's an appropriate choice. Winnie the PoohBaby is as comfy as a well-worn baby blanket. (Ages 9 to 24 months)--Anne Erickson ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Cute But Disappointing
My 10-month old baby sees me typing at the computer so much, it's only natural that her little hands reach for the keyboard at every opportunity. I was thrilled when I found this computer software, specifically aimed towards her age group (9-24 months).

In description it sounds great, but in use, it's very disappointing. The graphics are beautiful, and the opening and closing sequences caught my baby's attention. But aside from that, there is so little to do. I can't imagine it being entertaining for very long for any child.

I was hoping that each keystroke would cause an immediate reaction on the screen, accompanied by sound, but most of the movements and sounds are too subtle to be interesting to a baby. Even worse, sometimes a keystroke doesn't result in any action at all. For the most part, my baby ignores what's going on on screen.

Also, the most poorly planned part of this software is that it does not have a feature to deactivate the Control, Windows, and function keys on the keyboard. This means that if you let your baby loose to push whatever keys she wants, you end up with problems like the Start menu popping up, and once that is activated, pushing any other keys can cause all kinds of things to happen which you don't want! Even with you sitting right there holding your baby, in just seconds your baby can do stuff you didn't know was possible to your computer. Now, whenever I let her play with this software, I try to keep her hands away from the off-limits keys. This frustrates her, and is tiresome to me.

Software for babies is a great idea, but this one falls far short of what it could be. I definitely wouldn't recommend it, aside from the cuteness factor.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pooh-lover disappointed!
I bought this for my little one who loves Pooh. The program doesn't do a whole lot and it isn't too intuitive for a toddler. We have Reader Rabbit Baby/Toddler and she can do a lot more in it.

3-0 out of 5 stars not bad
My 23 month old son enjoys pounding on the keyboard. Since this is a key-driven program, it's great for him.

However, since they know that small children don't have the dexterity to key very well, they should give the option to disable certain keys, like "windows," alt and Ctrl. This will keep the screen from jumping back and forth between the desktop and the game.

Also, I have had issues with the Macromedia Director install that the game requires while running Win XP on both a desktop and laptop.

Take it FWIW.

3-0 out of 5 stars Getting Started
I bought this for my 9 mth old daughter. She is not real interested in it yet, but it is good for what I have seen. No matter what keys she hits, it does something.

4-0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved this as her first computer experience
I too must come to the defense of this product. My daughter, now 18 months, has loved this since 9 months. We have Reader Rabbit and Jumpstart, which she enjoys, but is clearly more entertained by Winnie the Pooh and Friends. Granted, she may not think this is much different than a video, but she is learning to hit the keys, and understand there's a relationship with them and the action on the screen. The quality is great - the best I've seen for baby and toddler software. ... Read more


137. Sesame Street Music Maker
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00002S5B2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mattel Media
Sales Rank: 450
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Great fun for even the very littlest music lover, Sesame Street's Music Maker has eight different fun-filled music-related activities. With Grover, Elmo, Ernie, Cookie Monster, and assorted other helpers along the way, every Muppet enthusiast is sure to have their favorite game to play (Ours was Sing-Along with the Muppets, where players choose the style to sing along with and pick from eight different songs to sing.)

Where else would we have the chance to sing Elmo's Song with the great Elmo himself? For a more physically active activity, there's Studio 543, where small fry can get up and dance with Grover and Elmo. For a guided tour of the world of musical instruments, check out Worldly Instruments, where players can hear what the instrument sounds like, and learn a bit about its history from the helpful Ms. Globe.

As with all Sesame Street software, the graphics are excellent, with bright colors and sharp images, and the sound quality is terrific. The icons are big enough for even the newest mouse user to click on with ease, and with the friendly Muppet hosts, this is a musical party your child will surely want to attend. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars my 16 month old sons absolutely favorite christmas gift!
The other reviewers have described the features, so all I can add is that the instrument sounds are studio quality, and your child if he/she is at all into music will ask for more and more of this. My son does not yet know how to use a mouse, so as a parent who sits through these games with him for up to 1/2 hour a day -- I love these muppets and don't tire of their adult appeal. No annoyance factor as compared to jump start baby, & no boredom factor like winnie the pooh and other disney offerings which are thin on activities.
The sesame street web site is also a fun place to play with your child.

5-0 out of 5 stars My kid loves this -- especially the musical instruments page
My kid likes the musical instruments page, where the talking globe describes the instruments, and the sesame street characters play them. I like the world of sound, but my kid doesn't like it very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - entertaining, educational, and fun!
I can't say enough about how wonderful this software is. It has all of the quality we've come to expect from Sesame Street products - clear & colorful graphics, great sound, lots of activities, the humor and warmth of the Muppets - and then some. There are 8 different activities, all of which are entertaining and which keep my toddler engrossed (no mean feat, since he has the classic two-year-old's short attention span). My personal favorite is "Ernie's World," a Wayne's World parody in which Ernie shouts out silly words - flounder! coldcuts! underpants! - while one of his buddies tries to sing. My son is partial to the world of instruments segment, where you click on a musical instrument to hear its name & how it sounds and learn fun facts about it. (My two year now can identify such diverse instruments as a violin, a hurdy gurdy and a pan pipe.) I am particularly impressed by how fresh the software seems even after it's been played over and over; something about the way the Muppets interact with each other and the input coming from the child makes it seem as if they are right there with you, not canned or repetitive.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent music activity game for kids AND parents!
WOW! (and I mean that). This game is fantastic! All the Sesame Street humor, with really wonderful music and a lot of different activities. From Ernie's World (ala Wayne's World) where Ernie interjects funny words into songs sung by Cookie, Grover and Elmo to their hilarious disbelief (which had my wife and I on the floor laughing!), to Elmo's Music Machine (an endlessly replayable sampler/mixer of music snippets that let's kids put endless combinations of tunes together (an excellent learning tool! ), to Worldly Instruments where Elmo and Ernie play - in any combination - everything from Sitars and banjos to African drums and Trombones to, of things, a Hurdy Gurdy or a Theramine! As a musician and a parent who hopes to pass on the joy of music to my son and daughter, I could not believe our luck at finding this brilliant and wonderful product! My hat is off to Sesame Street with my endless respect and thanks! GO BUY THIS! WE ALL LOVE IT! ... Read more


138. Crayola 3-D Castle Creator Ages 6-12

Asin: B00002S8IQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IBM
Sales Rank: 773
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Design and build thousands of 3-D castles. More than 60 of the 3-D castle pieces were inspired by Middle Ages castle architecture. Prebuilt and half-built castles are provided to get you started. View and print your castles in different perspectives as you build. Color with 24 Crayola colors and apply 24 realistic and wacky patterns. You can even choose different backgrounds, including sunset, daybreak, clouds, and more.Explore the 3-D castles inside and out. Cool real-time 3-D technology lets you fly through and around your castles. Meet authentic animated characters, such as the King, Queen, Page, Minstrel, Knight, and more. See authentic furniture, artwork, tapestries, torches, thrones, and more.The software includes dozens of print activities. Print out 3-D castle pieces, inside and out, to play with, display, and share. Construct 3-D castles offscreen--castle-building instructions are provided. Even print out castle-theme stationery. (Ages 6-12) ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very fun and flexible
This was a blast for my 6 year-old niece. She was able to start using the basic functions right away, building castles with no help from us. With a tiny bit of help she learned how to move things around and color the castles. It really held her attention and she wanted to play with it again the next day. I like the fact that she can really grow with it, as she learns to use the 3-D aspects and move around the areas and explore the castles and use some of the learning functions. I was impressed with the amount of detail and accuracy in the castle pieces and variety of options involved. The program can be as simple or as complicated as the child wishes. Overall,we were both very pleased with the purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars My kids loved this!
Believe it or not this program had sat in my collection for several months before we installed it! The kids have been fighting over the computer ever since. You can 'virtually' put together castles and you can then walk through both the inside and the outside. You can ALSO print out these castles and make them again out of paper. My children are 7, 8, and 10 and all of them have loved this program. On the computing side of things, the kids can easily wander the program on their own, it is very friendly. The reason for the four stars is that the instructions for the paper-version castles really need adult guidance. BUT, it turned out to be rewarding, quality time. Make the castles, get a green poster board as a piece of land and VOILA! your kids will have an awesome time. ... Read more


139. LEARNING COMPANY Adventure Workshop 4th-6th Grade ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0006SQWSA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Learning Company
Sales Rank: 3354
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Features

  • Cluefinders Reading Adventure takes your kids on an adventure to solve an intergalactic mystery
  • Carmen Sandiego's ThinkQuick Challenge takes you around the world after the legendary criminal's gang
  • Mission T.H.I.N.K. gets you to solve hundreds of puzzles to keep a factory working
  • Ages 9-12

140. Monster Clubhouse
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B000070MQ3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 3303
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