Didi & Ditto Kindergarten

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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A memorable kindergarten software experience.

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Positive messages

The game not only sends the message that learning is fun, but it also sends the message that you should always protect your family.

Positive role models & representations

Didi and Ditto, two beaver siblings, are wonderful role models. They are smart, helpful, and determined.

Ease of play

The navigation takes a little getting used to, but once kids figure it out, they will sail on through.

Violence & scariness
Language
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that once kids figure out the unusual navigation, they will experience a cute story with great graphics, endearing characters, and loads of fun educational activities. And the three levels of difficulty provide lots of replayability.

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What's it about?

In DIDI & DITTO KINDERGARTEN, from the creators of the award-winning Mia series, kids choose to play as one of the twin beavers, Didi or Ditto. Zolt, a vegetarian wolf, captures the twin that the player didn't choose, and the adventure begins. Because Zolt isn't fond of beaver meat, he agrees to release the captive twin if he is given fruits and vegetables. The player scurries to earn the food by playing 12 educational activities that cover math, literacy skills, thinking skills, and music.

Kids visit eight lush, 3-D landscapes looking for food. Loads of clickables permeate the environments and educational games. Kids play with Tiny Turtle at the Waterfall, where he is blowing shape bubbles with an underwater tube -- players grab the shape bubbles and move them into position to complete a pattern. In Blue Bear's cave, youngsters party with balloons that teach them letter identification, alphabetical order, and phonics.

Is it any good?

This software works so well because of its darling animated characters. Kid testers were delighted to meet Hootdini, a little owl who performs magic that never quite works correctly, and Comedy Ann, a mosquito who tells jokes. The educational activities are well delivered and can be played on three levels of difficulty, which makes this software useful as a child grows.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids learn from playing this software. Why did the wolf capture the beavers? This wolf aside, what vegetarian animals can you name?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Kutoka
  • Release date: August 5, 2004
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: EC

For kids who love learning adventures

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