FunBrain

Common Sense Media says

Fun games and a strong push to buy Poptropica membership.

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site sends the message that learning can be cool and fun. On the other hand, it also sends the message that Poptropica (the site's paid version) is so much more fun!

Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence like tossing pigs or pelting penguins with snowballs.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The paid version of this site called "Poptropica" is heavily pushed. Somewhere before, during or after every feature, players see an ad for Poptropica.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

You don't need to register to play on this site, but registered users get "enhanced content," and the possibility to win prizes. Kids younger than 13 cannot become members. Site collects cookies and IP addresses.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational game site for grades K-8 pushes its companion site -- a subscription-based virtual world called Poptropica -- at nearly every turn of a webpage. If you can avert your child's eyes from the Poptropica ads, there's many educational games here designed to build on skills that kids are working on in school. Some games are intended for use in the classroom. There's a section called "Moms and Kids Playground" geared toward younger users to play on the site with a parent accompanying them. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary

Math

  • arithmetic

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun, interactive learning games will entertain kids in grades K-8. Kids will also enjoy reading online web book and comic versions of popular books, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Learning Approach

Games are over fast, but in the math arcade, winning a game unlocks another and motivates kids to keep going. Some of the games are merely for entertainment and offer no learning benefits.

Support

Parents and teachers can access links to other learning tools. Games don’t offer a lot of feedback for kids who struggle; they’re simply given the right answer instead of a hint and a retry.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary

Math

  • arithmetic

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn math facts, vocabulary, and basic mouse and keyboarding skills while playing interactive games. FunBrain says that kids can be encouraged to play the games during free time in class, and “time-filler” may be the best use of them. There is a creative and visually appealing variety of games but they are short and don’t have a lot of feedback for kids who struggle; they’re simply given the right answer instead of a hint and a second try. Short, skill-building games are great for adding some fun to traditional math and reading lessons. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

FunBrain’s games are organized into a reading section, a math arcade, and a fun arcade, and the “All Games” tab gives a detailed breakdown of them all by topic, type, and grade level. A typical game uses a storyline while presenting facts (tossing pigs, crushing asteroids, basketball) and correct answers move the story forward to win. Other activities include reading online versions of popular kids’ stories and comics, MadLibs, and a “Playground” area of games for preschoolers to learn basic mouse and keyboard skills with a parent’s help.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's no doubt that FUNBRAIN.COM offers a lot of fun, interactive learning games for kids in grades K-8, plus tools for parents and teachers. Kids can search by grade level or topic. Kids can also read web book versions of popular books, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and comics on the site. The downside is that the site is advertising its paid virtual world version, called Poptropica, far too much. And some games are more arcade-style (like bopping penguins on the head) than might be expected on an educational site.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about limiting computer time so kids have time for other important off-line activities.

  • Talk about how companies use clever strategies to sell stuff to kids. The constant appearance of the virtual world Poptropica site makes it almost impossible for a kid to play on this free site without wanting a subscription to its paid companion version.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old November 23, 2008
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Very Fun and Educational

This website is for kids that need help with math and reading. It can improve your skills in a fun way, there are plenty of fun games that make kids want to play it even more till they beat a level. There are also games for fun and they keep you busy.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 
This websire is awsome!!!!!!!!!
Kid, 11 years old March 22, 2009
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

It is cute

I am pretty old to be on these kinds of websites but I find this fun and educational! I enjoy the games and creativity. This is a good site for all ages under 12!

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