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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn anything they want about construction equipment; from various breeds of bulldozers to how an excavator works like the human arm to pick up stuff and move it around. Kids can also learn about how big machines are making contributions around the world like demining landmines or recycling concrete. The Museum of Construction Equipment has photos of machines from each decade, beginning in the 1930s. Games are designed for fun rather than learning, but there's plenty of material in other areas of that gives kids the "scoop."
The site feels like a fan club for utility vehicles; it matches the enthusiasm of its young visitors.
Products & Purchases
A Japanese company that manufactures the vehicles sponsors the site, but there are no ads or memberships. Kids can win certain prizes (a hat, a toy forklift) but there's no online store to buy them.
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.
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.
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