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21. Fisher Price Learning in Toyland
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22. Colors, Shapes & More
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23. Toddler Play And Learn (4 CD-ROM)
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24. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Baby
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25. Blue's Clues ABC Time (5-user)
$3.96 list($19.99)
26. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Kindergarten
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27. Trudy's Time and Place House Ages
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28. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Toddler
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29. Disney Learning Toddler
30. Arthur's Preschool Ages 3-5
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31. Disney Learning Preschool
32. Kindergarten Success Starter Ages
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33. Blue's Clues Kindergarten
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34. Curious George Preschool Learning
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35. Disney Learning Kindergarten
36. Brain Bytes I Can Tell Time Ages
37. Adventure Workshop Preschool-1st
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38. Clifford Side By Side Bundle
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39. Curious George Pre-Kindergarten
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40. Captain Kangaroo's Life's First

21. Fisher Price Learning in Toyland (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00004NHKO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softkey Incorporated
Sales Rank: 2648
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 6 fun learning activities teach creativity and self-expression
  • Learn how to follow directions in a fun-filled environment
  • Puzzles teach shape matching and recognition skills
  • Follow the instructions of the narrator or play each activity individually
  • Games combine music, sound effects, and graphics

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotcha Gopher Is Great!
This is the best software purchase I have ever made! My son is 2 1/2 years old and loves this game. In a very short time, he has learned all major colors, can count almost to ten, knows when and how to use a drill, hammer, and screwdriver, and how to follow directions (to name only a few!). I am a high school math and science teacher and am very picky about educational games for my children. This is a wonderful game to start with. The graphics are great, the sounds are pleasing, and the fun never ends for my child!

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN, FUN, FUN!
My three year old twins had not been anywhere near a computer when we introduced them to the computer with this game. This game is so appealing to children, and easy to follow and understand. It has several clear choices of games, based on real Fisher-Price toys, which all children are familiar with. Instructions are given verbally to the kids, with the objects blinking to demonstrate at the same time. In no time at all my kids learned to move the mouse and click on the toy of choice. After the pointing and clicking was learned, minimal parental help was needed. The program continues to give verbal and visual prompts and reminders, and the set-up is clear. Since this program also has several different games to choose from, any interest or skill can be used, keeping the short attention span of children stimulated. My kids love all the choices, from the vehicles used to get from point A to point B, to baking cookies, to working with tools, to matching shapes to fill in/build an object of choice (such as a castle), to building their own working car, to drawing or doing crafts, and on and on... This is a fantastic program for young ones. So fun, in fact, that I now have to limit computer use!

5-0 out of 5 stars Our Favorite Program
This program is the favorite program in my Early childhood Special Education classroom. It is easy for the 3-5 year olds to do independently and they like how it relates to toys in the classroom. Our special favorite is the workshop where you get to hammer and drill to make a toy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fisher Price Learning In Toyland CD
This is a wonderful program for children who are just beginning to use the computer and they enjoy it after they develop this skill, too. Children as young as three can master the program. I find it is very good for my beginning kindergarten students. It gives a lot of good practice in using the computer's pointing device. Children learn to follow directions and improve thinking skills. Plus, it is FUN!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotcha Gopher
There is a lot of variety in this program featuring Gotcha Gopher he holds the kids attention, you can build things,paint and color,follow directions and even print out what you make.great for kids 2-6. ... Read more


22. Colors, Shapes & More
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our price: $9.99
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Asin: B0001AB440
Catlog: Software
Publisher: School Zone
Sales Rank: 3965
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23. 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


24. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Baby
list price: $19.99
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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

Reviews (13)

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


25. Blue's Clues ABC Time (5-user)

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Asin: B00002S6FR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 3707
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Amazon.com Product Description

Explore the world of letters, sounds, and words with Blue and her friends in this activity pack filled with multilevel learning games. Identify letters, build vocabulary, practice phonics, and create rhymes as you collect words to help Blue build silly stories in her Word Book. The more words you collect, the more stories you can create and print out! (Ages 3-6) ... Read more


26. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Kindergarten Deluxe
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Asin: B00005JJF3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1536
Average Customer Review: 1.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

There's a new friend in school: Winnie the Pooh! And he's ready to learnand play with kindergartners in Disney's Winnie the Pooh KindergartenPlus. This title has been newly enhanced with an introduction toSpanish and French. Through storytelling, games, and activities, children will build fundamental skills in reading, spelling, simple arithmetic, problem solving, and more. Once all the lessons are completed, kindergartners will be rewarded with a diploma and graduation ceremony. Through positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement, Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kindergarten Plus teaches children fundamental learning skills while fueling their creativity and imagination. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
I have never seen a worse product for children, of any age.

First of all -- it has bugs! That's a total no-no.

The instructions are obtuse, at best. Sometimes they are downright misleading.

Some screens don't have the exit arrow at all and you have to stumble through the program to get out.

The modules are unimaginative, unvaried and downright boring. In addition, they are really not rated right by age -- they are much too easy for my pre-schooler, let alone a kindergartner!

1-0 out of 5 stars VERY Disappointing
This software is so ridiculously easy that I can't fathom how Disney came up with the age designation. Having purchased Disney learning cd's in the past which were labeled for the age groups of "Preschool" and "Ages 3-6", we naturally thought that software labeled for "Ages 4-6" would be at least at the same level as the "Ages 3-6", and hopefully a little more challenging. This wasn't the case at all. Their idea of "Simple Arithmetic" is to have the child click on the number that is said and then the game counts that number of balloons for them. This is nothing more than number identification for the child. The "Early Reading and Spelling" consists of matching a word to a picture, or finding a picture that starts with a featured letter. "Language and Verbs" doesn't teach anything at all. The child just clicks on one of three words, all verbs, and watches Tigger perform that action. Someone tell me, how does choosing between "sit", "dance", and "bounce" teach a person anything about language or verbs! I won't even get started on the lazy way in which the foreign language is incorporated.

The only redeeming section of this software is the part where Tigger is helped in following a treasure map. This was a nice way of teaching compass directions.

This game was cheaply done in every way - content to graphics. Such a shame. Two other Disney learning software titles that we thought were decent, Ready for Math and Ready to Read, were much better. ...

1-0 out of 5 stars Tsk tsk....
Shame on Disney Interactive! In less than 18 months the re-release games with very little additions for the same price as the original! No discounts for owners of the original. This is as bad as buying a DVD and a special edition comes out soon after. If this is their new strategy, you might as well wait a year for the next addition! By the way: what's with the skimpy amount of content? There used to be more activities on your CD roms! Orig. title 2 1/2 stars, little value added version: 1 star!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but maybe a little easy for 5 & 6 year olds
We just got our computer, and my son loves Pooh. He is almost 5 years old, so we purchased this game for him. In the game each section has 3 levels in which you get a gold star for each one completed. It has eight different areas which your child can go into. When you are done getting all the gold stars for each level, there is a graduation with Pooh and the other characters. Most areas he had no problem with. A couple areas took him a little longer. We have had this came for 2 weeks now and he has already graduated about 7 times. However, he still loves to play it. (Although, it could be because it's the only one he has). All in all, he has learned a few things he didn't know before and he has fun with it. ... Read more


27. Trudy's Time and Place House Ages 3-6

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Asin: B00002S8IF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IBM
Sales Rank: 704
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Much Too Complex for 3 year olds
Although my daughter asks to play with this a lot (cute characters) she gets frustrated immediately with the navigation. Perhaps I'll hold on to it until she is 4+, but the material is too mature for her at 3 & 1/2.

5-0 out of 5 stars terrific introduction to time and geography for little ones
This is our first Edmark product, but it won't be our last. This is a fine program with easy controls, a user-friendly interface, and fun educational activities. Kids can work on five tasks in one of two modes. For example, in Jellybean Hunt, your perspective is as an ant on a grid-patterned tablecloth. Jellybeans are scattered at various locations. In exploration mode, you can use arrows designated as relative directions (forward, left or right) or absolute directions (labelled N, S, E and W), to find jelly beans; in task mode, you are asked to get a particular jellybean using a specific arrow set.

Other tasks include: (1) a world map that asks you to identify large land masses or bodies of water and take pictures of them (and clicking on specific places brings up pictures and facts about that place); (2) analog and digital time telling; (3) a scene with dials for seconds, minutes, hours, days and months -- when you click on a dial, the scene is sped up in those increments; (4) a proto-Sim City where kids can place design elements (towns, hills, rivers, roads, etc) on a grid that maps to a sandbox, where the elements take shape.

These activities are well designed and educational as well as fun. As someone who has used Reader Rabbit, Jumpstart and many other children's software titles, I think this compares favorably, and heartily recommend it for your child. Very nice!

5-0 out of 5 stars Trudy's Time and PLace
Once again Edmark keeps our kids happy with another outstanding product. I've seen kids from 3+ to 7 play this. Several different activities with both Q/A mode or explore mode keeps kids with varied levels of skills busy, entertained and learning. The games "grow" with the kids. Both educational and loads of fun, it's a must for all homes.

We have enjoyed it so much, we continue to buy it for gifts. ... Read more


28. Disney's Winnie The Pooh Toddler Deluxe
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005JJEV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1890
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

In Disney's Winnie the Pooh Toddler Plus, toddlers discover afun-filled world of learning with Winnie the Pooh and friends in the warmand friendly environment of the Hundred Acre Wood. Through positivereinforcement and gentle encouragement, Disney's Winnie the Pooh ToddlerPlus teaches children fundamental learning skills while fueling theircreativity and imagination. This title has been newly enhanced and nowoffers an introduction to Spanish and French for little ones. It alsofeatures age-appropriate activities focused on letters, numbers, colors,shapes, and more. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars I don't like it, but the kids do
This toddler game is too limited for my liking, of the 5 areas to explore only one is any good, and even that has limited appeal. I would go for Jump Start, or Reader Rabbit first for Toddlers.

However, for some reason my kids keep asking for this game and we do have a number of other toddler and pre school games, that is why I give it 3 stars(and not less).

An example of why Jump Start is better is that there are at least two levels which change each game, and a song in each area, and there are about 8 areas. Much more value for money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Counselor
This software is good for a toddlers' first game, since they don't have to use the mouse to click on much. However, it is very limited. Too much talking and not enough action. She gets bored with it easily. Reader Rabbit holds her interest much more, and it has more games.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too slow for my two-year-old.
My two-year-old is already adept with a mouse and enjoys games like "Blue's Birthday" and "Sesame Street Letters." The slow pace of this game, long narrations, and the fact that he only has to scroll-over pictures and not click on them are very frustrating to him. He really wants to play with Pooh, but it just makes him angry.

I was especially disapointed with the foreign language section. Instead of using a total-immersion method such as introducing a new friend who speaks to children only in the foreign language, Rabbit operates a translator machine. Words go in in English and come out (quite a while later) in Spanish. No explanation is given, and the child is left wondering why Rabbit is using nonsense words.

I don't recommend this to any child with computer abilities. They will find it boring at best, frustrating at worst.

5-0 out of 5 stars I think it's great.
I wasn't going to introduce my 19 month old Granddaughter to the
computer until she was two. However someone bought
her this CD. She LOVES it! Everytime she comes to my house
(twice a day) she wants to "POP". She can't work the mouse yet but she points with her fingers and can recognize all of the colors and shapes and most of the letters. She likes to do all parts of it. She sits & smiles while the songs are playing
and asks to make it "dark" in the opposites section. I would
recommend this to anyone who has the time and patience to sit
and play with a child.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but too short
This software is good because your child just moves the mouse and doesn't have to click it, so they can get the hang of the mouse thing slowly. The problem is that there are only 4 activities - and the music one isn't very exciting. A lot of watching and not much doing. My son really enjoys the "popping balloons" game though, and it has helped him with his mouse skills (he is 2 1/2). Reader Rabbit is the best for teaching mouse skills, but this is a good supplement ... Read more


29. Disney Learning Toddler
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008Z15D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1922
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Children have fun while learning important, age-appropriate skills
  • In Pooh Toddler, kids learn letters, colors, and shapes
  • In Mickey Toddler, kids discover hidden letters, collect balloons, and more
  • Rolie Polie Olie takes kids on a fun learning game
  • For kids ages 2 and up

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst
I bought this game for my son who is almost two. He enjoyed it to a point, some of the games are a little hard for him, but he can play most of them. My biggest disappointment is that I will be taking it back this evening because the packaging says it will run on Windows XP, well this is partly true. It will run, but not correctly. I have run into this problem before with trying to find an educational game for my son that will actually run correctly. Overall, though, if it would actually work on my computer, these games would be pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
My son began playing on the computer with BabyWow. After counless hours of learning with BabyWow! he advanced to Reader Rabbit Toddler. Both of these are quality games. Compared to these, Disney Learning Toddler was disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Starting Software
My son started playing this at 16 months. You can hit any key on the keyboard to make something happen or progress to point-and-click. Thanks to the Mickey and Minnie games my son learned his letters and shapes by 20 months. He also amazed us by learning how to point-and-click at 18 months. He's now 29 months and still enjoys playing some of these games but has progressed to Putt-Putt Saves The Zoo.

I have to say that this is one of the best purchases we made for him and it's helped him stay ahead of his playmates when it comes to counting, the alphabet, and his computer skills. Within the coming months we'll probably give the Disney preschool software pack a try.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bored 4 yr old.
Both programs lack any variation within the games. There is one task and one way to do it. There is far too much explanation for each game on the Winnie the Pooh game. My grandson who will spent hours, if allowed, on the computer was bored in minutes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn ABCs, 123s and much more with Disney Friends!
I bough this CD-ROM 3-pack mainly for the Pooh and Mickey discs (the Rolie Polie Olie disk is not part of thiw review as I was unable to unstall it at the time of the review...an error with the disk, perhaps?). My daughter, who is 27 months old, LOVES both Pooh and Mickey and I thought this would be an excellent way to introduce her to the computer while using interactive methods to teach ABCs, 123s, and much more.

First, the Mickey CD specifics:

* learn letters with Mickey by playing hide-and-seek with six different letters at a time (Mickey says each letter)
* learn numbers (1-10) with Pluto by instructing him to bark at the gophers who pop out of holes holding numbers (Mickey says each number)
* learn shapes with Minnie by helping her find things that are of a certain shape. Shapes included are circle, square, triangle, diamond, and heart.
* explore music concepts with Donald by dragging the mouse over different items in his backyard to make noises
* there are coloring pages that you can print out which focus on the concepts addressed throughout the CD, and more

Pooh CD specifics:

* learn opposites with Pooh as you drag the mouse over different thigns in his house
* learn shapes, colors, letters, and numbers with all of Pooh's friends as you pop balloons containing these things
* help build your memory with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Roo as you try to remember what each character likes (they give you clues and you must guess accordingly)
* explore music concepts with Christopher Robin and Pooh ans 4 of his friends by dragging your mouse over different instruments to make music as well as dragging your mouse over the characters to sing songs
* explore different languages (French and Spanish) with Owl and Roo by helping Pooh choose items from behind a stage and hearing the word in both English and another language.
* there are coloring pages and other printing options based upon the concepts addressed throughout the CD

Rolie Polie Olie CD (some details as shown on box):

* help Olie clean his room and search for Spot
* make music with Oilie in his kitchen
* go scuba diving in Olie's tub
* make "Tellys" out of household items
* mix and match colors in Olie's room

I think this is a wonderful CD-rom set (without reference to the Olie CD, of course)! My daughter LOVES playing the different games on each CD-ROM and frequently asks for "Mickey" and "Pooh" games. she really likes to pop the balloons on the Pooh CD, and likes the shapes with Minnie on the Mickey CD. The best feature is that this game is truly made for young children who don't have the hand-eye coordination to fully operate a computer and mouse. The mouse activates functions on teh CD-ROM not by clicking, but by rolling over things (during play) and keeping the mouse on an item to change between tasks. There are special larger cursors throughout the game as well, so it's easier for littler ones to see what they are moving. And if they can't yet operate a mouse (my daughter just knows how to click the mouse, but hasn't figured out how to make it move yet), tehy can press keys on the keyboard and it will activate different parts in each "game".

I wish I could have reviewed the Olie game, but I will definitely edit my review once I am able to install the Olie game (still haven't figured out why it isn't installing correctly - get an install error each time).

I would definitely recommend this product, in particular if your toddler is already fond of the particular characters in teh game. My daughter was very familiar with (and in love with) Pooh and Mickey prior to purchasing this game, so it's possible that she enjoys it so much because many of her favorite cartoon characters are the "stars" of the game. But as a parent, I think this software is definitely an invaluable learning tool - the familiar characters are an added bonus. ... Read more


30. Arthur's Preschool Ages 3-5

Asin: B00004T72L
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 9250
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31. Disney Learning Preschool
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008Z1CD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 3141
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst
I bought this game for my son who is almost two. He enjoyed it to a point, some of the games are a little hard for him, but he can play most of them. My biggest disappointment is that I will be taking it back this evening because the packaging says it will run on Windows XP, well this is partly true. It will run, but not correctly. I have run into this problem before with trying to find an educational game for my son that will actually run correctly. Overall, though, if it would actually work on my computer, these games would be pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
My son began playing on the computer with BabyWow. After counless hours of learning with BabyWow! he advanced to Reader Rabbit Toddler. Both of these are quality games. Compared to these, Disney Learning Toddler was disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Starting Software
My son started playing this at 16 months. You can hit any key on the keyboard to make something happen or progress to point-and-click. Thanks to the Mickey and Minnie games my son learned his letters and shapes by 20 months. He also amazed us by learning how to point-and-click at 18 months. He's now 29 months and still enjoys playing some of these games but has progressed to Putt-Putt Saves The Zoo.

I have to say that this is one of the best purchases we made for him and it's helped him stay ahead of his playmates when it comes to counting, the alphabet, and his computer skills. Within the coming months we'll probably give the Disney preschool software pack a try.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bored 4 yr old.
Both programs lack any variation within the games. There is one task and one way to do it. There is far too much explanation for each game on the Winnie the Pooh game. My grandson who will spent hours, if allowed, on the computer was bored in minutes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn ABCs, 123s and much more with Disney Friends!
I bough this CD-ROM 3-pack mainly for the Pooh and Mickey discs (the Rolie Polie Olie disk is not part of thiw review as I was unable to unstall it at the time of the review...an error with the disk, perhaps?). My daughter, who is 27 months old, LOVES both Pooh and Mickey and I thought this would be an excellent way to introduce her to the computer while using interactive methods to teach ABCs, 123s, and much more.

First, the Mickey CD specifics:

* learn letters with Mickey by playing hide-and-seek with six different letters at a time (Mickey says each letter)
* learn numbers (1-10) with Pluto by instructing him to bark at the gophers who pop out of holes holding numbers (Mickey says each number)
* learn shapes with Minnie by helping her find things that are of a certain shape. Shapes included are circle, square, triangle, diamond, and heart.
* explore music concepts with Donald by dragging the mouse over different items in his backyard to make noises
* there are coloring pages that you can print out which focus on the concepts addressed throughout the CD, and more

Pooh CD specifics:

* learn opposites with Pooh as you drag the mouse over different thigns in his house
* learn shapes, colors, letters, and numbers with all of Pooh's friends as you pop balloons containing these things
* help build your memory with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Roo as you try to remember what each character likes (they give you clues and you must guess accordingly)
* explore music concepts with Christopher Robin and Pooh ans 4 of his friends by dragging your mouse over different instruments to make music as well as dragging your mouse over the characters to sing songs
* explore different languages (French and Spanish) with Owl and Roo by helping Pooh choose items from behind a stage and hearing the word in both English and another language.
* there are coloring pages and other printing options based upon the concepts addressed throughout the CD

Rolie Polie Olie CD (some details as shown on box):

* help Olie clean his room and search for Spot
* make music with Oilie in his kitchen
* go scuba diving in Olie's tub
* make "Tellys" out of household items
* mix and match colors in Olie's room

I think this is a wonderful CD-rom set (without reference to the Olie CD, of course)! My daughter LOVES playing the different games on each CD-ROM and frequently asks for "Mickey" and "Pooh" games. she really likes to pop the balloons on the Pooh CD, and likes the shapes with Minnie on the Mickey CD. The best feature is that this game is truly made for young children who don't have the hand-eye coordination to fully operate a computer and mouse. The mouse activates functions on teh CD-ROM not by clicking, but by rolling over things (during play) and keeping the mouse on an item to change between tasks. There are special larger cursors throughout the game as well, so it's easier for littler ones to see what they are moving. And if they can't yet operate a mouse (my daughter just knows how to click the mouse, but hasn't figured out how to make it move yet), tehy can press keys on the keyboard and it will activate different parts in each "game".

I wish I could have reviewed the Olie game, but I will definitely edit my review once I am able to install the Olie game (still haven't figured out why it isn't installing correctly - get an install error each time).

I would definitely recommend this product, in particular if your toddler is already fond of the particular characters in teh game. My daughter was very familiar with (and in love with) Pooh and Mickey prior to purchasing this game, so it's possible that she enjoys it so much because many of her favorite cartoon characters are the "stars" of the game. But as a parent, I think this software is definitely an invaluable learning tool - the familiar characters are an added bonus. ... Read more


32. Kindergarten Success Starter Ages 4-6

Asin: B00004RBQD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Riverdeep - Learning company
Sales Rank: 10170
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33. Blue's Clues Kindergarten
list price: $19.99
our price: $16.99
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Asin: B00006G980
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 488
Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Periwinkle is going to start school soon, and the thought is making him quite nervous! Playing kindergarten at home seems just the way to alleviate his anxieties. In Blue's Clues Kindergarten, Blue, Tickety, and Joe do just that, setting up classrooms all over the house.

This game lets young players show Periwinkle the early-education ropes, guiding him through math, science, reading, and time-telling drills in a cheery game environment. Players select rhyming fridge magnets to build language skills, eventually making poems of the words they identify correctly. Counting and adding activities in the sandbox make elementary computation a snap, while a poster of the solar system provides a gateway to fun and interesting facts about all the planets orbiting the sun. Children can adjust the difficulty level of gameplay, adapting each exercise so its degree of challenge is just right. Successful learning is rewarded with printable activity pages, providing opportunities for learning and entertainment away from the computer.

There are only so many ways to bundle up basic education drills, and the core content of Blue's Clues Kindergarten is not radically different from most preschool learning programs. Its tone is bright and friendly, though, making it one of the most genuinely playable games of its type. With appealing characters and well-designed activities, it delivers its educational content gently, mixing it with a solid dose of low-key humor. And for players who need a short break from the learning action, there is a hide-and-seek game. The prospect of tracking down a lurking Joe provides just the right breather for kids before they return to the task of showing Periwinkle what kindergarten is all about. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of learning fun
My son started playing this game when he turned three. He loved it then, and still loves playing it at age four. I should say, however, that I believe the optimum age for this game to be between 2-4 years. Handily, there are different level settings, so children who are more advanced or less advanced in activities can still enjoy the fun. For example, my son does well in mathematics and reading, so the library and the play store are high level activities. On the other hand, hearing sounds and repeating them (the triangle goes 'ting', so you must then hit the triangle) is harder for him, so we use the easiest setting for the music store.

He has spent up to two hours playing in just the present store, picking out presents for friends within the money limit allowed. He loves choosing the wrapping paper and matching bows, as well.

As the game features many different activities (reading, mathematics, sound repetition, vocabulary, shape-sorting), it is a win for parents interested in educating their children in a fun way. I'm planning on purchasing it for my nephew, as well, and if I had more relatives with children, they'd be getting it for Christmas, too.

The main down side would be Joe, as compared to the beloved Steve, but he plays a very minor role, and is only seen when the child is switching between activity centers (library, grocery store, music store, bakery, present store). The other would be the lack of actual reading in the library. As my son can read, it would be more fun on the highest level if he could sort the books according to title, instead of just with the beginning letter. However, he still has a lot of fun with it, and the mathematics in the present store are great.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pass, unless you really love shelves.
This Blue's Clues game looks like it was rushed through development. With the show's old host Steve gone, they now have to quickly replace Blue's old computer games so that the new host, Joe, is in them. Most of the simplistic activities have a recurring theme: taking and putting things off and on shelves. Here's a list of what to expect:

Activity 1: Go to the bakery and pick items off shelves.

Activity 2: Go to the library and put books where they're supposed to go, by matching the book with the letter on the shelf.

Activity 3: Go to the Toy Store and help customers buy presents by picking from a shelf full of items.

Activity 4: Go to the grocery store, and help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper select groceries by taking food items off of ... you guessed it, shelves.

The only activity that is different, is a mediocre music activity, where you match what Purple Kangaroo does. Eh.

Sounds pretty exciting, doesn't it! Well, not really. The only reason this game will sell like crazy is because it has Blue in it. If it wasn't for that, no one would pay attention to it. The activities are simplistic and rapidly become boring due to the recurring and unimaginitive "shelf" theme. Worse, the program doesn't really explain anything to your child. It just jumps right in and says "Match the letter on the book, to the letter on the shelf." Your child may likely ask, "What's a letter?"

The show is good, but this game isn't. Pass, unless you really love shelves.

1-0 out of 5 stars LALALALALALALALA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
La la land is a place I have been to many times in my life time. They have ponys you can sit on. And they dance! And sing! And poop! And giant slugs slither on you until you get really, really, really, really, really ,really ,really, really, really, really, really, really ,really ,really, really, really, really, sticky.And you can fly with dragons that speak Italian...And warrior bunnies attack with feathers made of soap.And Green Bay Packers fans wear cheese on there heads. Which bring flying monkeys that only eat cheese! And gwakamoli rains from the heavens.And you can grow a beard that climbs all the way around the earth and chokes zombies to death!!!(...) And sticky mummies walk around in circles until they burn holes in the floor!!! I JUST LOVE THIS BLUES CLUES GAME!!! IT'S THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED!!!!!!!!!!!! THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END THE END!

3-0 out of 5 stars It was ok
I played with my almost four year old nephew with this and I found it very hard for him to follow. First of all, was he supposed to know when to click? I could hardly tell when the arrows were slighted changed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
We've had this disc since my son was 3. Other reviewers have expressed the thought that the game is more suitable for toddlers. I don't entirely agree, particularly given that there are three distinct levels for each task.

The Grocery Store - level 1 directs children to put specific items in the basket. Higher levels direct children to items based on their relative position (e.g. the item below, or to the right of, bananas).

The Music Store - I admit that I find this one tiresome. The player repeats a pattern of beats on a variety of instruments. Each level increases the number of beats and instruments used.

The Bakery - Children choose items that are specific shapes. Level 1 uses only the most common shapes. Level 2 introduces lesser known shapes, like the crescent. Level 3 has the child look for objects that combine shapes - the task may be to find an item containing 1 circle, 1 triangle and 2 rectangles, which the child will find arranged as a cookie shaped like a little girl.

The Present Store - Here the child is asked to find one item that cost a specific number of "blue dollars". The number of dollars is displayed on the gift table and each item's price is displayed beneath it. The child places the item on the table and then counts out the appropriate number of dollars. In the higher levels, the child is given an amount, but they must find a combination of 2 or more objects that equal that total (probably the most complex activity in the game).

The Library - ok, I can't defend this one. It is ridiculously easy on any level.

All in all, it's not a bad game. It does move a little slowly and you do have to adjust the difficulty of each activity to the appropriate level for your child, but holds appeal for kids a variety of ages and gives them a chance to play with a favorite character. ... Read more


34. Curious George Preschool Learning Games
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00004WJOU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interactive
Sales Rank: 1056
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Curious George stops getting into trouble in his Preschool LearningGames to direct young children in their own discoveries. This CD-ROM teacheskids shapes, colors, pattern recognition, rhyming, and more, while offering funanimation consistent with the beloved storybooks. Games such as star patrol, piefight, and jingles jukebox help up to eight different users develop new skills,and extras like the progress report help parents track their child'slearning.

This program stresses many of the same skills that other preschool softwareprograms cover, but with an additional element of challenge: the different skilllevels offer basic to advanced lessons that support continued learning and addto the longevity of the program. For example, star patrol not only supportsearly-learning concepts like shape and color recognition but also introducesgeometry--trapezoids and the like--a subject not ordinarily introduced topreschoolers. And, to keep the program fun, the games are smartly animated withhumorous, pie-in-the-face antics.

This CD-ROM may not cast George in his traditional mischievous role, but hedefiantly adds to standard educational-software fare with his fun and playfullearning activities. The animation is extremely entertaining--we see everythingfrom George getting sent into space to pies flying not only at onscreencharacters but also at players! The necessity of reading the directions alouddictates parental involvement, as do the parental controls, which include theability to track a child's performance. --Madeleine J. Miller ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars curious george ..laughing while learning!!
I bought this and my 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 boys they love it!!! the puzzles are great, star shooting game of shapes is great for hand eye coordination and the pie game is awesome they are learing letters, matching, size differentation, all the while laughing!

3-0 out of 5 stars Buggy
I bought this because my son liked another Curious George game, Downtown Adventure (which I highly recommend but the age range should be 4-8, not 3-6). This game is from a different company and is of very poor quality. The pie fight game crashes in the middle every single time we play, on two different computers. The jukebox game is incredibly slow to load, way too slow for a 3 year old to tolerate.

3-0 out of 5 stars navigation problems
We used this a few times. It has a design flaw, which is that you have to exit the game to get back to a place where you can make choices about what you want to do next.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encourages New Skills, Reinforces Others!
My just-turned-four-year-old *loved* this CD! We checked it out from the library, and after playing it with him, and seeing how much he learned & how much he loved it, we bought it. The Jukebox game encouraged the emerging skill of rhyming. The Star Patrol reinforced shapes, and encourged learning some new ones (hexagon, etc.). The Pie game was his favorite. This game encourged sorting (same, different, slightly different). We've played many a CD-rom, and this one, by far, is the easiest on parents. No annoying sounds or voices. And the animation looks just like the book, so it's familiar and soothing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lot's of fun
My 3 year old enjoys this game, except for the jukebox thing. The puzzles are fun, with 3 levels of difficulty and some added animation when the puzzle is finished. The fruit catch is a little bit difficult, but a great way to get a feel for using a mouse. I definitely recommend this game! ... Read more


35. Disney Learning Kindergarten
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008Z1CN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 3332
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst
I bought this game for my son who is almost two. He enjoyed it to a point, some of the games are a little hard for him, but he can play most of them. My biggest disappointment is that I will be taking it back this evening because the packaging says it will run on Windows XP, well this is partly true. It will run, but not correctly. I have run into this problem before with trying to find an educational game for my son that will actually run correctly. Overall, though, if it would actually work on my computer, these games would be pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
My son began playing on the computer with BabyWow. After counless hours of learning with BabyWow! he advanced to Reader Rabbit Toddler. Both of these are quality games. Compared to these, Disney Learning Toddler was disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Starting Software
My son started playing this at 16 months. You can hit any key on the keyboard to make something happen or progress to point-and-click. Thanks to the Mickey and Minnie games my son learned his letters and shapes by 20 months. He also amazed us by learning how to point-and-click at 18 months. He's now 29 months and still enjoys playing some of these games but has progressed to Putt-Putt Saves The Zoo.

I have to say that this is one of the best purchases we made for him and it's helped him stay ahead of his playmates when it comes to counting, the alphabet, and his computer skills. Within the coming months we'll probably give the Disney preschool software pack a try.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bored 4 yr old.
Both programs lack any variation within the games. There is one task and one way to do it. There is far too much explanation for each game on the Winnie the Pooh game. My grandson who will spent hours, if allowed, on the computer was bored in minutes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn ABCs, 123s and much more with Disney Friends!
I bough this CD-ROM 3-pack mainly for the Pooh and Mickey discs (the Rolie Polie Olie disk is not part of thiw review as I was unable to unstall it at the time of the review...an error with the disk, perhaps?). My daughter, who is 27 months old, LOVES both Pooh and Mickey and I thought this would be an excellent way to introduce her to the computer while using interactive methods to teach ABCs, 123s, and much more.

First, the Mickey CD specifics:

* learn letters with Mickey by playing hide-and-seek with six different letters at a time (Mickey says each letter)
* learn numbers (1-10) with Pluto by instructing him to bark at the gophers who pop out of holes holding numbers (Mickey says each number)
* learn shapes with Minnie by helping her find things that are of a certain shape. Shapes included are circle, square, triangle, diamond, and heart.
* explore music concepts with Donald by dragging the mouse over different items in his backyard to make noises
* there are coloring pages that you can print out which focus on the concepts addressed throughout the CD, and more

Pooh CD specifics:

* learn opposites with Pooh as you drag the mouse over different thigns in his house
* learn shapes, colors, letters, and numbers with all of Pooh's friends as you pop balloons containing these things
* help build your memory with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Roo as you try to remember what each character likes (they give you clues and you must guess accordingly)
* explore music concepts with Christopher Robin and Pooh ans 4 of his friends by dragging your mouse over different instruments to make music as well as dragging your mouse over the characters to sing songs
* explore different languages (French and Spanish) with Owl and Roo by helping Pooh choose items from behind a stage and hearing the word in both English and another language.
* there are coloring pages and other printing options based upon the concepts addressed throughout the CD

Rolie Polie Olie CD (some details as shown on box):

* help Olie clean his room and search for Spot
* make music with Oilie in his kitchen
* go scuba diving in Olie's tub
* make "Tellys" out of household items
* mix and match colors in Olie's room

I think this is a wonderful CD-rom set (without reference to the Olie CD, of course)! My daughter LOVES playing the different games on each CD-ROM and frequently asks for "Mickey" and "Pooh" games. she really likes to pop the balloons on the Pooh CD, and likes the shapes with Minnie on the Mickey CD. The best feature is that this game is truly made for young children who don't have the hand-eye coordination to fully operate a computer and mouse. The mouse activates functions on teh CD-ROM not by clicking, but by rolling over things (during play) and keeping the mouse on an item to change between tasks. There are special larger cursors throughout the game as well, so it's easier for littler ones to see what they are moving. And if they can't yet operate a mouse (my daughter just knows how to click the mouse, but hasn't figured out how to make it move yet), tehy can press keys on the keyboard and it will activate different parts in each "game".

I wish I could have reviewed the Olie game, but I will definitely edit my review once I am able to install the Olie game (still haven't figured out why it isn't installing correctly - get an install error each time).

I would definitely recommend this product, in particular if your toddler is already fond of the particular characters in teh game. My daughter was very familiar with (and in love with) Pooh and Mickey prior to purchasing this game, so it's possible that she enjoys it so much because many of her favorite cartoon characters are the "stars" of the game. But as a parent, I think this software is definitely an invaluable learning tool - the familiar characters are an added bonus. ... Read more


36. Brain Bytes I Can Tell Time Ages 4-7

Asin: B00002S8IW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IBM
Sales Rank: 7247
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I was disappointed with this software. I believe that it could help my son (age 3 1/2) learn to tell time, if it could only keep his attention! Compared to his other software programs, the graphics are simplistic, and there is only one task to do, over and over.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Drill and Practice of Time Skills
This game is a great review of time. It is unlike other Brain Bytes products in that the game does not keep track of the child's level and systematically take them through the program. Instead, it has three parts; telling time to the hour, telling time to the half hour, and telling time in increments of fives. You can click on the skill you would like the child to work on. I think overall the game is great and cute. The two clock characters keep my students attention. What I like most is that it focuses in on only one skill - Telling Time of course!. This allows needed drill and practice of the skill. ... Read more


37. Adventure Workshop Preschool-1st Grade

Asin: B00002S6IN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Riverdeep - Learning company
Sales Rank: 8928
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38. Clifford Side By Side Bundle
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00009VRFN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 7013
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39. Curious George Pre-Kindergarten ABCs
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00004UB6J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 2846
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Discovering the alphabet is one charming accident after another with Curious George as your guide. The tiny brown monkey with the wide smile sneaks onto a skywriting plane, upsets the post card stand at the zoo, and topples a boy's toys into the lake, but the always-resourceful Man in the Yellow Hat turns each mishap into an alphabet adventure. The prevailing plucky optimism of the Curious George books reigns supreme here.

In a light blue and bright yellow world that's stylistically true to the Curious George books, kids can visit four different spots for five activities that will eventually have them deftly negotiating their ABC's. The most engaging place to visit is the zoo, which is packed with everything from alligators to zebras. Kids must lead George and the Man in the Yellow Hat down a labyrinth of paths to find the proper animals or things to put in the alphabetized Zoo Picture Book. The spot has so much going on that it took us a good four minutes to "find something that begins with the letter J." Wandering the zoo's paths as monkeys hoot and elephants trumpet in the background will keep young letter seekers interested in the hunt for quite some time.

Skills such as hand/eye coordination come into play as kids help Curious George recover the alphabet blocks he accidentally dumped in the lake. Memory is honed as George messes with bread dough, falls in a heap on the floor, and discovers a letter-matching game in the bakery. Kids don't just learn the alphabet here; they learn that honest mistakes aren't that bad. This CD-ROM is at its best whenever Curious George sticks his finger in his mouth, considers the possibilities, then wanders off to live up to his name. (Ages 3 to 6) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Very Dissapointing
This is one of the few CDs that I have bought that I wish I had not spent my money on. Very dissapointing.

There are basically four games on the cd. I found the games to be slow in loading and the graphics to be cheap looking many times. The games are not very fun.

One is fishing- you have to fish for the letters, but you have to have everything just right to get the letters. Hard. Another one is sky writing, my son loved this game but I don't know how much he really 'got it'. The third one is at the zoo and you have to find things that begin with letters that are given to you- however, you have to go through several screens to find the correct letter and with the loading time being longer than ever, by the time you get to the thing you are looking for, you forgot what you were looking for. Not Fun. The Match game is fun but you can get this on other CDs.

I'd give this one a skip. Stick with Reader Rabbit, Jump Start and others like that. One we got a lot of use out of while learning the letters (not the sounds) was the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom CD. That one was well worth the money.

2-0 out of 5 stars More about hand/eye coordination than learning ABCs
I bought this program based largely on the editorial review. My 2 year old knows his ABCs and I bought the program thinking it would focus on letter sounds. The four games that are included in the package are 1) an airplane skywriting letter match which quickly advances to identifying the first letter of a object and then selecting that letter from four choices. This sounded good, but in practice is not working out -- when the selection is incorrect the airplane very cutely writes a frowny face in the sky. It is difficult to get my airplane-loving son to understand that the frowny face is not a "prize." 2) The second game is set in a zoo where George is to find an object that begins with a particular letter dictated by the Man in the Yellow Hat. Sounds like a good game, except that you have to use multiple screens in order to find the object. By the time one gets to multiple screens one has completely forgotten what letter was requested or what screens have already been viewed. The objects are animated and are cute, making the game fun, but again, the learning factor is lost in the details of the exercise. 3) The third game features a lake in which George is required to fish for ABC blocks. Sounds like it might be fun and educational -- except that the task of positioning the boat above the requested letter, then timing the click of the mouse just right in order to "catch" the block can be frustrating. The exercise of letter identification is not the point of the game -- it is a hand-eye coordination exercise and that is all. 4) The fourth game is a memory match game, which is the only one that my son truly understands and achieves the desired lesson. However, many of the preschool software packages contain memory match exercises which are more interesting and more educational.

All in all, I am disappointed in this software. I have not yet found the right package for my child's skill and learning level. He has long tired of Reader Rabbit Toddler, is playing RR Preschool (but I have some complaints there as well), LOVES Dr. Seuss's ABC program which I also think is well written, LOVES Miss Spider's Tea Party which is especially good for developing listening to directions skills but is lacking on the ABC skills, and we are awaiting Richard Scarry software in hopes that it will fit the bill.

3-0 out of 5 stars Limited value in this product
My 3 1/2 yr old is recognizing many of her letters and the sounds they make, I thought this program would help reinforce. Some of the activities are more hand-eye coordination than recognizing letters and matching them with their sounds. Some games use sound recognition, but don't match the sound with what the letter looks like, which is too difficult for young learners.
Some of the activities are more valuable than others, and she enjoys some of them, but they are limited in what they are going to teach her.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Two-Year old LOVES this cd-rom!
I've given this game 4 stars simply because my daughter is a year younger than the lowest recommended age. I'm sure I would give it 5 if she was three. We bought it anyway, as she LOVES letters, and thought we'd have fun with it. As it is, she really enjoys the various scenarios. She adores the animals in the zoo, and there is certainly a lot to look at. At the air field, she is able to choose the correct letter for the pilot to write in the sky, and is really proud that she can accomplish this. While we help with with the retrieval of the blocks at the lake (a little tricky to manipulate the timing and positioning for a 2 year) she enjoys sitting on my lap and pointing at the proper block to pick up. The scenario at the the bakery is again, a little beyond her abilities at this point, but she loves to watch me play it. Despite the fact that some of the game is a little advanced, we have lots of fun with it. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


40. Captain Kangaroo's Life's First

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Asin: B00003IEJO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 5196
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