Common Sense Media says

A fun site despite the annoying banner ads.

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What parents need to know

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Consumerism

There are very annoying banner ads on every page of the site.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will love the cause and effect demonstration as they pick out tuneful notes on the virtual keyboard. But there are very annoying banner ads on every page of the site.

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What's it about?

This site features a virtual piano with three rhythm choices users can make. There's also an \"applause\" button in case you need some instant feedback on your virtuoso style. You can choose to play using the piano keyboard or the computer keyboard, and there's an easy-to-find \"Quiet\" button when you want to hear only the sounds of silence. In other parts of the site there are additional educational experiences, such as an interactive farm scene. Click on each animal to hear the sound it makes. The tractor, windmill, and farmer have their \"say\" as well.

Is it any good?

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The virtual piano rates a few points higher than others on the Net, but there's a series of rotating banner ads on the site, including the never-popular flashing "You are a winner!" one as well as the perennial unfavorite "Hit the moving target and win today's prize" banner.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about banner ads and when they should be avoided. Which sites do you enjoy visiting more -- those with ads or those without? Why? Why do some Web sites make a point of skipping ads altogether?

Website details

Genre:Music
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written bynyctechteacher March 18, 2009
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A must see for kids 3-11

This site is clearly one of the best sites for kids on the web. It ranks high up there with starfall.com, brainpop, disney etc. The one thing that it is not: Games. This site is more like an interactive world where kids can explore various universes and learn about animals, world geography and so on. we didn't find any annoying adds whatsoever, the info seems up to date, and the site is quite user friendly. The kids were really engaged, and we felt safe letting them surf this site alone. A+

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