Common Sense Media says

Bilingual game is beautiful, different, and smart.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Some activities are also in French.


Users are asked to donate to the website when first arriving, but can click "I've already donated" to enter the site. There's a link to buy a T-shirt to help support the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sublime educational site geared to very young kids is beautiful, even though it doesn't have a lot of flashy computer tricks or complex plots. Even kids just learning how to use a mouse will be able to navigate easily through the various-leveled games and activities -- although parents will want to sit along side to explain things as they go along. The site is commercial-free, but users are asked to donate to the site upon entry (though you can still use the site without donating).

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Kids say

What's it about?

Upon landing on POISSONROUGE.COM you'll be transported to a playroom filled with puppets, building blocks, dolls, and finger paints. Clicking on a toy then easily takes you to a game or activity. For example, a mannequin brings up a full-screen figure that can be posed in various ways. It appears a little too simple at first, but the activity actually teaches how the human body moves and symmetry, not to mention proper navigation of the computer mouse. Another activity, a digital board game, allows users to learn counting through rolling a die and moving ladybugs across a stylized grass board. Basic music accompanies actions on the site and navigation is simple -- click on a toy to play with it and return home by clicking on the red fish at the bottom of each page.

Is it any good?


POISSON ROUGE is a beautifully designed site that is refreshingly simple. It does a good job of not overwhelming users with an infinite array of content. For example, at the "aquarium" kids pretend to play a fish gliding around and eating barnacles off of a gracefully moving silhouetted whale -- all with soothing whale melodies in the background. Some of the highlights of the site include the art gallery, where little ones can create their own paintings inspired by famous artists, such as Warhol and Mondrian, and the astronomy page where users can make constellations. Surprisingly, these activities are refreshingly appealing to bigger kids and even adults.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cause and effect. The site is designed so kids can plainly see how by clicking on an image something will happen. To take this lesson outside of cyberspace, parents can ask kids to find ways they can do these tasks in real life. Like what happens when you bang on a drum hard and what happens when you hit it softly?

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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 entertaining, sometimes educational and engaging. There are no commercial tie-ins.
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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.
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Parent of a 5 year old Written bypixus March 29, 2011

uncomplicated, colourful fun with learning experiences

love it, my son's class is using it in prepschool, i was delighted to find out it's free and accessible for all. top : no advertising.
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