What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PETER RABBIT is a charming interactive website that celebrates the life, work and characters of Beatrix Potter. Potter's first children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in 1902 and the 23 "little Tales" books she wrote all remain popular today. This site remains true to Potter's gentle, soft illustrations and offers a wide variety of games and activities that will appeal to Potter fans of all ages. Young kids will enjoy the introduction to characters and older kids might appreciate the timeline that provides a history of Potter's life and accomplishments. There is a significant consumer component to the site's "gift shop," which offers a variety of books, products, toys and food featuring the characters.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Peter Rabbit is an enchanting place to visit, play, and see classic characters come to life. The site offers a variety of games and activities that will appeal to fans of all ages and keep young kids busy for a handful of visits.
Kids can click on key characters to learn who they are and which books they're featured in. They can use their mouse and some fine motor skills to play easy-to-understand games that relate to the various books.
There are a number of activities, including e-cards and printable coloring pages, as well as free teaching modules for educators. The site serves as an introduction to the many works authored by Beatrix Potter.
What's it about?
PETER RABBIT enables young kids and generations of fans to dive deeper into Beatrix Potter's stories. Characters from her most popular books are introduced, and a variety of interactive games let kids slip into the stories and play along. There are a number of activities, including e-cards and printable coloring pages, as well as free teaching modules for educators. Get a glimpse into Potter's life and accomplishments through an easy-to-navigate timeline and brief biographical tidbits that kids can read or adults can read aloud.
Is it any good?
Beatrix Potter's stories are loved all around the world, and Peter Rabbit perfectly captures their charm and stays true to her illustrations. Not only does the site offer an introduction to the characters and stories, but it seamlessly incorporates games and activities that will captivate and entertain young kids. The chronological overview of Potter's life and achievements is a bonus that puts her works in historical perspective. There is, however, a sales component to the site, which features a gift shop and book shop that make it incredibly easy to see -- and purchase -- the plethora of products related to Peter Rabbit and the other Potter characters. Still, it is an enchanting site for young kids to explore and parents will enjoy how well it evokes memories of their own childhood books.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the many accomplishments and achievements Beatrix Potter had in her lifetime. Why was it so unusual for a woman in the early 1900s to have such success? What made it difficult? Who are some successful female authors today?
Why Peter Rabbit and his pals are such endearing, enduring characters. What makes them so special? Who is your favorite character and why? What other classic books are your favorites?
How kids should still limit their screen time, even when they find fun, engaging sites. What other activities can you do away from the computer that could incorporate Beatrix Potter characters?