By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lots to do (and lessons, too!) at site for book series.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn some Little Critter-style life lessons through the videos and activities on this site, which focuses more on kids enjoying classic storytelling and building emotional intelligence than learning lessons in the ABCs and 123s. Preschoolers can practice coloring on printable pages, make paper masks and play simple online games like tic-tac-toe, watch videos, and even learn a few jokes, which many young kids love to tell. Little Critter is a sweet, character-centric site that's sure to hold fans' attention with simple, lightly educational fun.
Mercer Mayer presents opportunities in his books and on this site for kids to sense that their new and sometimes unsettling experiences in life are shared by many others, including one cute Little Critter. Also, this site offers a great example of what a creative -- and clean -- tool YouTube can be when used appropriately.
Like all siblings, brother and sister characters can get testy with each other in a few of the videos here, so there is some sibling bickering but no inappropriate language.
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Products & Purchases
The Library portion of the site would be more aptly labeled "bookstore" since it contains a list of Mercer Mayer's books, software, and videos and a link to purchase them at Amazon. There's also another storefront on the site for items like T Shirts, mugs, and prints, and one section on the site dedicated to promoting Little Critter apps.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the website for Mercer Mayer's Little Critter is as sweet and engaging as his books, and it's appropriate for preschoolers and even toddlers (with a parent's or caregiver's help). The site has a nice mix of videos, online games, and printables. Kids who enjoy Little Critter will likely find hours worth of different activities. In the stories and the activities, Little Critter and his family often find themselves in situations similar to those in the lives of kids, which can be both funny and reassuring.
Based on 3 parent reviews
Adorable apps!!! Just wish they were a bit cheaper
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What’s It About?
Even the youngest fans of Mercer Mayer's Litter Critter books will love this interactive, musical, colorful site. Parents can download coloring pages, prints, songsheets, and more. With a little help, older toddlers can play the interactive games, follow along with the interactive storybooks and, of course, watch the brief, minutes-long animated videos.
Is It Any Good?
Cute, cuddly, simple, and interactive, Little Critter is a safe, age-appropriate place to take a brief dip into the Internet with your youngest computer user. The short videos, interactive games, music, and lots of printables and activities will encourage a bit of computer time and lots of off-screen fun in the creative, busy hands of toddlers and preschoolers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about all of the different, common situations Little Critter and his family find themselves in. From bringing home a baby to spending the day with mom or dad alone, Mercer Mayer presents opportunities in his books and on this website for kids to sense that their new and sometimes unsettling experiences in life are shared by many others, including one cute Little Critter.
Take a look at the Little Critter Store. Why do you think they made the link for the store look just like the links to the different activities?
- Subjects: Hobbies: collecting, Language & Reading: storytelling, Arts: singing
- Genre: Fan Sites
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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