What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nick Jr. is a top-notch play site for preschoolers and up, especially those who can't read just yet. It's also a go-to spot for parents looking for a quick rainy-day craft or birthday party theme ideas. Ads also nearly overtake the content.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
Engagement, Approach, Support
Very few preschool-targeted sites can rival Nick Jr.'s quality content. The games are fun, age-appropriate, and educational, with obvious tie-ins to popular Nick Jr. TV characters.
Kids learn by playing games such as memory and connect the dots, and they match common items with their shapes. Math concepts aren't presented in any depth, and feedback and instructional support are very limited.
The excellent parent section has lots of activities to print and do offline, such as quick rainy-day crafts projects and birthday-party theme ideas. Nick Jr. could provide more guidance for children who play games on the site.
What's it about?
Nick Jr. provides a variety of online and offline games and activities for preschoolers. Parents can find what seems to be an endless number of activities that they can do with their kids or ones that kids can do by themselves, and all for free. There are also links to free episodes of Nick Jr. shows like Dora & Friends or Team Umizoomi.
Is it any good?
There are very few preschool-targeted sites that rival NICKJR.COM's quality content. The games are fun, age-appropriate, and educational, with obvious tie-ins to Nick Jr. TV characters that most preschoolers are already familiar with. There's a great video library that shows kids how to make fun snacks or clean up the beach. And the excellent parent section has lots of activities to print and do offline.
That said, this site is also one big advertisement extravaganza. In addition to the slew of commercial kid- and parent-targeted ads that pepper the site, you'll also encounter Nick's own ads, plus links for the Nick web store, cruise, resort, game arcade store, and more. It's a trade-off, but overall the site's content is worth it if you can ignore the sales pitches (some parents also choose to install ad-blocking software).
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