What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are numerous ads from sponsors such as The Disney Store, Toys R Us, Scholastic, and Hearthsong, among others. Two banner ads and seven smaller ads appear per page. On the plus side, most of these adorn the bottom of the page, and kids would have to scroll down to see them. The arcade games area has annoying bouncing ads warning that your computer could be infected by a virus.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
- making new creations
- academic development
- personal growth
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy the wacky jokes, riddles, quizzes, magic tricks, and more. Arcade games of varying quality will also appeal. Refreshingly, the majority of the games at this site are not of the online variety.
Kids can follow simple instructions for many of the activities, though they may need assorted household objects and parental help for some. They can work together to learn a new game, create a craft project, or conduct an experiment.
The activities are presented simply and clearly, though most require reading in order to follow the directions. Problem-solving has to be done individually because there isn't much in the way of tutorials.
What's it about?
Did you know that when you cough, air moves through your windpipe at 1,000 feet per second? That's only one of the fun scientific facts found in the That's Odd area of this site. In the Boredom Buster section, kids learn to fashion coffee filters into butterflies, create a papier-mâché dinosaur egg, and make tin can stilts. Ooze into the Laboratory for some science experiments involving household items, or visit the Kitchen to try out the easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Is it any good?
Funology abounds with wacky jokes, riddles, quizzes, magic tricks, and more, and refreshingly, the majority of the games at this site are not of the online variety. Kids are encouraged to find a few friends and try out such all-time great playground pastimes as Sharks and Minnows, Don't Wake Daddy, and more. There are also a few arcade games of varying quality.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about different kinds of online advertising. Which of this site's ads did you notice first? If you're playing a game that's sponsored by a cereal brand or features characters from its commercials, does that count as an ad? Why or why not?
How much time to your kids think is ok to spend online. Talk about setting screen limits with your kids and decide together what works best for your family.