Shelly's My First Computer Game

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Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Great software for teaching mouse skills.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this software starts with the basics of using the mouse and offers plenty of practice. Thanks to Shelly and the supportive, no-fail environment she creates for kids to practice their computer skills, it's easy for even the youngest players to pick up computer skills.

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What's it about?

Shelly is an adorable, teacher-like snail who slithers across the computer screen in SHELLY'S MY FIRST COMPUTER GAME to teach children about the parts of the computer. When she introduces the keyboard, she asks kids to type letters that flash on the screen. She explains the function of the computer screen and the hard drive, and demonstrates how to insert a CD-ROM. When showing kids how to use a computer mouse, she has them practice \"one click\" and \"two clicks.\"

Once kids have mastered basic computer skills, Shelly takes kids on an interactive storybook adventure involving Goldilocks and the three bears. Every couple of pages, the story stops to let kids play within the pages of the book and earn stars needed to unlock an activities center. In the activities center, kids play seven games that further reinforce clicking with a mouse and learning to use the keyboard. They also practice other age-appropriate learning skills including memory, listening, letter recognition, and pattern discrimination.

Is it any good?

Between the ages of 2 and 3, kids discover the connection between moving the mouse and making something happen on a computer screen. Choosing appropriate software for youngsters who are just starting to use the computer can be a challenge because many programs are too advanced. Shelly's My First Computer Game, for ages 3 to 6, is an excellent choice.

This special software introduces preschoolers to the computer environment while teaching them how to play in that environment. It makes it easy for even the youngest kids to pick up computers thanks to Shelly and the supportive, no-fail environment she creates for kids to practice their computer skills. Find it online at www.shellythesnail.com.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about computers and how they're used. Talk with kids about ways you use computers, and introduce kids to other age-appropriate activities.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $29.95
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: ABT Interactive
  • Release date: April 27, 2005
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: EC

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