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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about a kooky variety of facts, ranging from the body parts and societies of ants and other insects as well as human anatomy. If you want some models of cartoon craziness or thespian prowess in a comedic role, this is the place. However, busy packaging as a museum doesn't quite work and actually puts a damper on the cool antics and creative energy. Fraboom's content is a mixed bag of fun, but missteps and confused content keep it from brilliance.
Teaches kids that silly fun can be a part of real learning.
Products & Purchases
Most "exhibits" are sponsored, meaning there's a logo on every page and direct links to outside commercial services.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fraboom is a slightly scattershot online museum that dazzles with cool graphics, a team of entertaining young adults with tons of creative energy, and a reasonable amount of educational bang for your buck. Train Your Brain live hosts interact with kids via live chat and one-way video of the host, but kids can't interact with each other. Two informational exhibits cleverly disguise advertising with links to outside commercial sites, so steer your kids clear if they tend to click on everything in sight.
Is It Any Good?
Funny hats, big glasses, llama spit, and missed fist pumps. Billed as an online museum, Fraboom shines more as a creativity incubator for performing arts, graphics animations, and cartooning. If you can look past the uninspiring games and an old-school, unenlightened approach to "nasty" germs plus characters literally sticking their arms into African-species ant hills, this site has some truly cool stuff to offer.
Two "exhibits" combine live classes, videos, informational activities, and 10 lengthy activity sets including human saliva experiments; unfortunately, prominent ads with external links also are featured. Three synchronous or on-demand "TV channels" draw you in -- one with homespun wackiness and inspiring models for kids looking to the stage or a television career. The Drawing Academy is another of Fraboom's strengths, with the Kartoon Kow series and more showing kids step by step how to create cartoon images of fish, monsters, spiders, faces, and more. The interactive books embed lots of facts within rhyming animated pages, but there are only three, which leads to Fraboom's major flaw: It has a little of everything, and there's often too much going on.
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