Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Great preschool activities that change biweekly.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

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Uses characters from Playhouse Disney television shows.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this subscription-based educational product -- which teaches everything from reading to math to self-expression -- only works on Windows-based computers using a broadband connection and Internet Explorer. There is nothing too controversial, as long as you're comfortable with your kids learning from Disney characters. The content changes every two weeks and adjusts in difficulty, depending on how well the child does. Parents needn't worry that their kids will accidentally end up on another Web site because the format locks kids inside the program until a parent enters a code to let them exit.

User Reviews

Adult Written bydankgage April 9, 2008

Good but canceling problematic

My daighter is 7 and wanted to sign up - probbaly for the fond memories. She found the games too easy, but they are well done and appropriate for probably 3-5... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written byGabe5701 July 17, 2010
toy game video game
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2015

Ashamed

I wish the children of today would get to play these games and watch these shows. Now we have hyper CGI animation that only appeals to 6-month olds.

What's it about?

Kids playing PLAYHOUSE DISNEY PRESCHOOL TIME ONLINE are greeted by Bear from the Bear in the Big Blue House television show. He guides kids through the biweekly learning adventure, which features games with characters from Playhouse Disney shows including The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey & Friends, Jo-Jo's Circus, Higglytown Heroes, Stanley, Rolie Polie Olie, andThe Koala Brothers. By playing games with characters like Pooh or Stanley, kids learn preschool skills that cover reading and math readiness, thinking, social behavior, daily living, and imagination and self-expression. Each biweekly installment has its own theme, like "Bravery" or "Healthy Habits."

Is it any good?

The graphics are TV quality and are accompanied by engaging songs and dialogue. Preschool Time Online uses voice-over content, so no reading is required. Because the difficulty of the biweekly content adjusts on the fly, it grows with the child.

Preschool Time Online provides parents with a separate area to track their kids' progress (up to five children). It also offers additional materials, including an excellent online game that teaches kids how to use the mouse and keyboard. But the navigation can be a bit confusing for preschoolers trying to play it alone, a few of the activities start at too difficult a level, and we could not get a musical art activity to work. Because there is so much high-quality content, these few shortcomings don't impact greatly on an otherwise outstanding preschool product.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of material. If the theme is "Healthy Habits," for example, then families can discuss which foods are healthy, or what they already do to keep themselves from getting sick. Did you learn anything in the game that you didn't know before? What do you know that's not included here?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.95
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Disney Online
  • Release date: March 16, 2006
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: EC

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