25 January 2006

One fish, two fish, red fish, online activities

Mike's two year-old son, Collin, loves to play Web-based Flash games. He was nice enough to take a break from the gaming long enough to write about his favorites on his dad's blog.

I'd love to hear others' suggestions for good computer games, either online or software, for all age ranges.

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The best ones that I've seen on the web for kids that age are on CBC Kids' Preschool site. - http://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc/

Dora the Explorer (at http://www.atarijunior.com) has gone over...okay. Our 3 1/2-year-old has gotten away from playing it every day; we've had it for about 2 years now. It's a software game; I think the age range is 2-5.

http://www.sesameworkshop.org and http://pbskids.org have been, and are still, big favorites. PBS Kids has games for babies on up.

Orisinal (www.orisinal.com) has some beautiful games with lovely music.

My 4-year-old daughter loves noggin.com and playhousedisney.com.

When on the computer, my daughter loves noggin.com, nickjr.com and Playhouse Disney. We recently got her a VSmile system for Christmas, which she's been playing incessantly lately.

No matter what games you play, it helps to get a USB joystick to make it easier for them to play with.

Recently, since my daughter is starting to learn to read, I like www.starfall.com. Another parent has suggestions here: http://urbanmamas.typepad.com/urbanmamas/2005/12/the_truth_comes.html#comments

Our 4 year old has been surfing the Sesame Street website since he was two and is still finding interesting games/interactive sites to keep him occupied since there is a wide interactive age range. So we don't always have to be there to supervise, we have set up a KidBrowser (I think that's the actual name of the program) on our Mac which allows us to choose the sites he can get into. Right now we have it set to Noggin.com, SesameStreet.com and NickJr.

Thanks to Mike & Collin for the cool selection of excellent websites containing many previously undiscovered. One that isn't included in the collection, that my five-year-old has revisited many times and I would like to recommend is www.poissonrouge.com. There is an appealing painterly feel to the graphics and some original ideas so I'm happier and encouraged to sit with her while she, or my one-year-old, plays...

cripes, my almost 5-year old daughter is beating the crap out of www.orisinal.com. i wanted to try to download the flash games to the hard disk, but it turns out to be non-trivial to do so.

we like uptoten.com, the boowa and kwala side.

come and visit our games at appleturnover.tv!


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