By Michelle Kitt,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Australian kids' TV brings the fun from Down Under.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn preschool and early elementary academic and life skills. Online games tackle one skill at a time, e.g. kids strengthen logic with Babar's Grotto Fun, practice spelling in Peppa Pig's Puddle Splash, learn geography in Franny's Feet Ottawa, or build social skills with Sesame Street's Read a Face. Video clips and full episodes let kid explore topics of interest like nature, dancing, animals, or friendship. ABC4Kids' learning activities are accessible and fun for very young children.
The site features typical children's television characters who show unique strengths and have their share of lessons to learn.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ABC4Kids features videos, games, and activities for preschoolers based on over 50 children’s programs aired on Australian television. Kids who primarily tune in to American shows will see familiar faces like Arthur, Bob the Builder, and the gang from Sesame Street but will also meet dozens of new characters with whom to learn and play. Parents should have no concerns letting children visit ABC4Kids but supervision and involvement is recommended.
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What’s It About?
\"Videos!\" \"Games!\" and \"Make and Do!\" yell what it's all about as the mouse rolls over each activity category. Within Videos, kids can watch full TV episodes or clips and related topics are listed to explore in other shows. Games are linked to shows but offline activities display altogether. Make playlists of favorites in the Playroom where two pre-made lists and a drop down list of categories help sift through content to make more. The TV Shows area lists shows alphabetically. If you get lost, aim for the logo and listen for \"Home Page!\"
Is It Any Good?
ABC4Kids is just right for its young audience; there's plenty of -- but not too much -- content, color, and noise. Licensing limits the number of videos and shows available, so they change often and television characters help with friendly audio instructions for games. Creating a playlist tailors the experience to kids' interests and parents can easily switch between kids' accounts. Adults need to assist with Make & Do projects like recipes, crafts, and coloring pages that continue the fun offline. The open-ended search feature is extremely helpful; a search for "food" returned several video clips, a recipe, and some crafts.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Locate Australia on a map and talk about how Australian English is different from American English. Listen and look for Australian English words like "welly," "chook," or "grubby" and match them up to American English terms. How many new words can you learn?
Video clips, full episodes, and online games can lead to an increase in screen time. Read our recommendations for setting screen time limits for kids of all ages.
- Subjects: Arts: music, playing, singing, Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary, Math: numbers, patterns
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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