Funbrain

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun games and a strong push to buy Poptropica membership.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

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. 

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
Language
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

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 12 year old Written byResponibleParentOf2 August 30, 2012

Great site for kids, just stay out the Playground!

This is a good learning site, just stay out of the Playground, it's not educational, it's actually entertaining, and that's not good for kids... Continue reading
Adult Written byash220 September 24, 2010
I like this site... but with all the ads(especially in the math arcade ads pop up when you lose a game) kids might be to tempted to click on stuff , sending pos... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
This websire is awsome!!!!!!!!!
Kid, 9 years old November 23, 2008

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 pla... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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