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Writing Blaster

Writing Blaster

1998 Software
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Manufacturer: Knowledge Adventure
Price: $30.00
Review:
Creativity is the Write Stuff in this playful multimedia program that combines beginning writing skills and artwork. With 150 project templates that provide enough text to prime a kid’s imagination pump and enough art examples to inspire the young artist, the program bypasses writer’s block and boredom battles to get kids started on school projects, poems, short stories, even an autobiography. From virtual pencils and paint buckets to fill-in-the-blank shopping lists and thank-you notes, the art and writing tools are extensive and easy to use. Hundreds of borders, backgrounds, and stickers require basic click-and-drag action to spice up the visuals of compositions. Writing exercises meanwhile work at such language-arts skills as catching misspelled words, picking the right punctuation, telling stories with beginnings, middles and ends, expressing one’s self. Lots of special effects add even more fun: The rebus button automatically turns words into pictures, and the voice-over option enables kids to record themselves reading their own work. If some elements of the program seem like deja vu, it’s because this is a major make-over (not an upgrade) of the oldie-but-goodie Kid Works Deluxe program, but with a new punchy name and a whole new look.
Don Oldenburg   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.


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