What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kikki's Workshop is sponsored by Komatsu, one of the world's largest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment. Parents may need to help younger kids with navigation and some of the games; Kikki's Workshop does mark a few of them with "With Mom’s Help" alerts. Games and tutorials require Flash.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- asking questions
Engagement, Approach, Support
The site has plenty of activities for kids who love construction such as colorful photos, videos, diagrams, interactive animations, online games, and printable coloring pages.
Metaphors explain how equipment works (an excavator is like an elephant, its arm is like joints in a human arm). Measurement data and animations reinforce math and engineering ideas. Games are designed for fun rather than learning.
A few games are marked with "With Mom’s Help" alerts. There's a page of FAQs and kids can submit their own questions and participate in coloring contests, download screensavers, or make greeting cards.
What's it about?
The site's main feature is a \"Great Picture Book of Construction Equipment\" with colorful photos and videos of excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders, dump trucks, and other utility equipment. And it's not just one photo of a dump truck; it's tons of photos of all kinds of dump trucks -- some that sprinkle water, or don't need a driver, or work like a train. Diagrams and interactive animations show how the big machines work, and kids can play around with mouse- and keyboard-based online games or printable coloring pages.
Is it any good?
It's a complicated thing to love big machines. They're amazing, but elusive -- there's not exactly a front loader on every corner. So, where can a kid get a good eyeful of a bulldozer or excavator doing its thing? Enter Kikki's Workshop -- a site that will make a budding young foreman's day. Komatsu is a Japanese company and the site has occasional errors in translation, but the information is sound and kids may be so busy looking at the impressive collection of photos and videos to notice. The construction equipment eye candy will appeal to younger kids and older kids can "dig deep" into their functions and mechanics with animated tutorials.
Families can talk about...
Building stuff requires a knowledgeable team with a wide range of skills. Families can talk about the different jobs people do in construction like equipment operator, laborer, electrician, engineer, painter, safety director, and foreman. Which job sounds interesting to you? Why?
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