Great Interactive Software for Kids List (HISTORICAL)
About the Great Interactive Software for Kids List
The Great Interactive Software for Kids list identifies exemplary computer software and multi-platform media for children currently available.
Disney Online Kerpoof Studios
Disney Online, http://www.kerpoof.com/, Online. Ages 2-12. Collections: Public Library, School, Home. $4.39/month, $24.79 for 6 months, or $44.79 for 12 months. Free version available.
Kerpoof Studios offers a variety of creative and interactive games. Children can create cards, drawings, movies, tell a story, and much more. There are new activities added on a regular basis, one of which is Spell a Story, where users can create a story by spelling words of pictures they want to add to it. Teachers can use Kerpoof in their classrooms. By creating a teacher account, teachers can register their students and collaborate on projects. In addition, Kerpoof provides classroom ideas and lesson plans. Younger children may need assistance from a parent or older sibling.
Generation Cures: Caduceus
FableVision, http://www.fablevisionstudios.com/project.php?id=1. Online. Ages: 10-13. Collections: Public Library, School, Home.
Travel back in time to a world of myth and fantasy. Caduceus takes children on a journey to master alchemy and save the land of Alterica. When epidemic breaks out, it's up to the player to solve a series of mysterious challenges bringing her closer to finding the cure. This game was developed in partnership with the Children's Hospital Trust to encourage civic consciousness in preteens. This timely topic is made engaging but not pedantic in this fun, challenging game.
Inquisitive Minds, Inc. http://www.zoodles.com/ Download. Ages 3 - 10. Collections: Home, Public Library. $7.95/month or $39.95 for 6 months. Free version available.
Zoodles offers a wide range of games for children ages 3 - 10, from math and reading games to adventure games and typical computer games. The free version contains a large amount of advertising and commercial games with television and movie tie-ins. However, the paid version allows customization for each child in the household and parental controls that allow the parent to manage content, including blocking advertising and specific games. The large number of games available and the ability to manage content for multiple children can make Zoodles a good value. Parents should be skeptical, however, of some of the assertions made in the Zoodles "report cards." One report card this reviewer received alleged that my child had learned gross motor skills from a particular game -- an unfounded and surprising assertion. Mostly Zoodles is fun, and a good value for parents wanting the ability to cut down on advertising while still presenting their children with a wide variety of games.