Shaun the Sheep

Common Sense Media says

Fun fan site skews older than Shaun's TV series.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site's store sells Shaun the Sheep DVDs and other merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids under 13 need a parent's email address to sign up. Users have the option of setting profiles to private and blocking buddy requests and IMs. Kids who don't want to register can still play games and download activities.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this SHAUN THE SHEEP fan site targets viewers of all ages. There are social features like profiles, messaging, and forums, although profiles have privacy options and forums seem to be heavily moderated. There are some activities geared to little kids, but most of the games are designed for older ones.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Creativity

  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This site has enough engaging activities that players are likely to keep coming back to flex their problem-solving skills.

Learning Approach

Shaun the Sheep is designed to be more of a fan site than an educational one, but puzzles require users to think strategically, and younger kids can practice following directions.

Support

Users can save their progress and get hints on solving puzzles. Parents or educators looking for fun activities for preschoolers will find a few in the "Goodies" section.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Creativity

  • making new creations

Kids can learn problem-solving skills on this site dedicated to Shaun the Sheep. Games designed for older kids require users to tackle puzzles and think strategically; little kids can practice following directions with crafting activities like making pom-pom sheep or express themselves creatively through coloring pages. While Shaun the Sheep is designed to be more of a fan site than an educational one, it has enough engaging activities that kids can't help but learn a little along the way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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What's it about?

The creators of Wallace and Gromit present a new cast of creatures: Shaun the Sheep and his barnyard friends. Shaun's fan site has some content for little kids and some for older kids and adults. It includes short video clips, games, downloads, activities, contests, and forums. Users who register can create profiles, add online buddies, and send messages; they also can save their progress in games and earn badges for achievements.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Games are a definite highlight of Shaun's site, and they're often rather challenging; fortunately, many provide "hint" options, and registered users can save their progress as they make their way through levels. The forums are moderated, keeping discussions friendly and clean. Although the site has more content for older fans than little kids, parents looking for fun activities for preschoolers will find a few in the "Goodies" section, like printable mazes and craft guides.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about protecting privacy online. What information is safe to share, and what's off limits?

  • Who do you think the intended audience for this site is?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Topics:Horses and farm animals
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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