A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about spelling, shapes, matching, and other basic reading and math skills through interactive games, as well as online and offline activities. They can follow along while an adult reads an animated story, direct animated mouse friends through various adventures, and color pictures onscreen or off. With parents' help, they can follow written instructions, solve problems, work on clever puzzles, and create crafts or recipes away from the computer. The Mouse Club offers young kids a wealth of educational activities in an engaging, interactive space, while encouraging them to step away from the computer, too.
The site presents preschool learning in a fun, imaginative and creative manner. It provides a positive learning experience for young children as well as a bevy of helpful resources for parents and teachers.
Products & Purchases
You won't find any ads on this site, but there are links to outside sites such as Crayola.com as well as sites that provide parenting and teaching resources. A "Shop" section on the site allows users to peruse and purchase preschool educational software and programs offered by The Mouse Club.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this educational site is a colorful, imaginitive place for preschoolers to learn and play. While this site has no connection to a certain Disney mouse, The Mouse Club does have a variety of educational software products offered for purchase, but they aren't heavily marketed on the site.
Is It Any Good?
Top-notch graphics and engaging animated characters offer a welcome place for preschoolers to gently learn skills and become accustomed to using a computer. The offerings are plentiful, and there are enough games, activities, stories, and downloads to provide hours of educational entertainment. Parents will appreciate the resources and links, teachers will benefit from the various lesson plans, and kids will enjoy the wide variety of games, puzzles and activities so much they won't even realize they're learning at the same time. The site also includes -- and encourages -- many offline activities, including crafts, party ideas, coloring pages, and travel activities.
Online interaction: Users can send simple animated ecards to other friends' email addresses. The messages are pre-selected and encouraging ("It's so cool to see you back at school!"), so there's no chance of inappropriate language getting through
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