Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Bear in the Big Blue House: Bear's Imagine That!

Bear in the Big Blue House: Bear's Imagine That!

Fall 2000 Software
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Manufacturer: Knowledge Adventure
Price: $20.00
Review:
Designed by Jim Henson Interactive, this color-rich, tune-happy creativity-inducing visit to the Big Blue House of the popular children’s TV show is a big bear hug of fun and make-believe. Great quality 3-D graphics and live-action video animations straight from the TV screen let youngsters interact with their favorite characters—including Ojo the bear cub, Pip and Pop and Tutter—while playing in five imagination-inspiring activities. There’s mounds of fun making sundaes in the kitchen using Tutter's “Laboratory of Creation” to launch flying scoops of ice cream into dishes and then get silly with toppings. In the attic, Bear and Ojo help kids get crafty using simple blueprints or letting them just build things themselves. Choose words to finish rhyming songs that Pip and Pop then sing, or help Ojo and Tutter put on a puppet show that rewrites traditional fairy tales to star Big Blue House characters. Outside, Ojo’s storybook gives kids the tools, backdrop scenes and props to create their own five-page story books and even voice-record their own story. Along the way are plenty of playful clickables, from the costume dressing magnets on the refrigerator to Bear’s commentary on various stuff inside the house to Ojo’s sketchbook. Only drawback are that littlest visitors won’t immediately figure out the navigation tools—with the paw cursor indicating the clickables, the arrow cursor changing the rooms and the magnifying glass cursor locating the main activities, but it gets easy with practice. The software initially released only in the Windows format, but a Mac version is due out soon.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 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.

Look for this product at:
Major Retailers
Knowledge Adventure
800-545-7677
http://www.knowledgeadventure.com

Share This