Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Simple bilingual math activities for pre-K kids.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about language, math, and other subjects. Activities touch on the U.S., U.K., French, German, Greek, Italian, and Spanish alphabets as well as Chinese, French, and Greek vocabulary words. In addition to music, coloring, and other activities, kids can practice matching shapes and identifying patterns. Basic math games center on skills such as learning numbers and reading a clock. The activities are best for younger kids; the site features very few instructions (or words, really), and its activities are fairly simple. Though some activities don't have a huge educational tie-in, kids generally will be able to practice some basic skills. PoissonRouge gives young kids a fun way to work on their language and math skills on a fun, colorful site built just for them.

Positive Messages

Site encourages exploration of language, music, art, and culture through very simple games.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The site doesn't contain any ads, but you'll need to pay a $19 annual membership to use it past the 10-day trial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that registration is required for this early education site designed to teach language and math skills. You can test PoissonRouge for 10 days, but then you need to pay an annual $19 membership. You'll need to enter an email address to sign up for the free trial, but no credit card information is required.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bylindargeorge August 14, 2015

Great site for the younger set!

My kindergartners love this site. They sing along to Ten Green Bottles and Frere Jacques, or count along and figure out puzzles, sometimes they play with digita... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 13-year-old Written byJA_MIA_Mom May 5, 2011

Simple and Sweet

Love it. Easy and not too flashy. Great intro site for children.
Kid, 5 years old January 11, 2012

A great safe place for the very young.

I love that this site has so many areas to explore, that they keep them changing and that children who are pre-reading can enjoy doing activities that are enter... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 15, 2009

Great for My Little Sis

My sister is barely learning to use the mouse, let alone click. This is a great site with simple games that are suprisingly interesting. The best thing I like a... Continue reading

What's it about?

POISSONROUGE has provided games and activities for young kids since 1999. Users click on a picture on the site's home page to access items that cover a number of basic skills, including learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, patterns, and reading clocks. Some also touch on the arts: Kids can play a few notes on a virtual piano or color in shapes. A red fish icon leads back to the home page from each page.

Is it any good?

PoissonRouge's home page is a playroom filled with puppets, dolls, and other toys. Click on one, and you're taken to a game or an activity. For example, a mannequin brings up a full-screen figure that can be posed in various ways. As with many of the site's activities, it's a simple exercise: Kids can click on the doll to see how the human body moves. Another activity involves a song that counts down from 10, using bottles as a visual. Kids also can see a virtual art museum and repaint portions of famous pieces; click on letters to hear them pronounced; or hear words \pronounced in French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and English.

Kids won't, however, find many instructions. The activities are pretty intuitive, but it can help to have an adult's guidance. PoissonRouge doesn't have a lot of flashy computer tricks or complex plots. But if kids can use a mouse, they'll be able to access the  many projects -- many of which reinforce basic math and language skills -- and should have fun doing it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cause and effect. The site is designed around clicking on an item and watching what happens; how does that compare that to real life? For example, what happens if you bang on a drum hard, and what happens if you hit it softly?

  • The site doesn't feature any verbal navigation. Talk about how your child identified items to click on and the words that could correspond with each activity, if each were given a name and description.

  • Ask your child to identify a shape or pattern in real life after playing the site's shape and pattern games.

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, vocabulary
    Math: numbers, patterns, shapes
    Arts: music, painting
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, solving puzzles
  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (The site offers a free 10-day trial and a $19 annual membership.)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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