What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
This site has enough engaging activities that players are likely to keep coming back to flex their problem-solving skills.
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.
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'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?
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.