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Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby: My Animal Friends

Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby: My Animal Friends

Spring 2007 Software
Ages: 0 - 2 yrs.
Publisher: Leveractive, LLC
Price: $24.95
Platform: Windows/MAC
Review:
These simple, colorful, age appropriate activities are designed for fun; they are not promoted as a learning tool. Hitting the keys causes a response on the screen and moving and clicking the mouse causes motion on screen. It offers a selection of animal-based screens (monkeys in a jungle, raining cats and dogs, individual animals appearing one at a time, etc.) each with a variety of music choices (ostensibly background music), and as the child bangs the keyboard or moves or clicks the mouse the program responds with some change in the scene. There was not a frown in the house when it started raining cats and dogs. The penguins are priceless, and yes, your files are protected.

Because the software is aimed at such very young children, it is necessary for the parent to do the software navigation. In this case, that's an attribute. The main menu features an animated, talking puppy, (which our young testers loved) allows the user to pick which animal activity to pursue, and then a drop-down menu on the animal activity screen allows the parent to select the music.

Bring your baby into your lap and just “play 'puter” for a few minutes a day. It's a great way to procrastinate preparing your tax return.

Review   ©2007 Parents' Choice

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