Wondermind

Common Sense Media says

Games and videos make exploring the brain fun.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Wondermind encourages kids to be inquisitive about science and art and does a good job of not being condescending to young learners.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids don't need to register to use Wondermind. There's a blog where visitors can post comments.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WONDERMIND aims to teach kids how the brain works through a series of puzzle-style games and accompanying educational videos that draw on examples from Alice in Wonderland. An accompanying blog allows comments, but nothing inappropriate is posted. There are no ads.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids play games, watch videos, and read information simple (and fun) enough to appeal to a target audience of kids age 8-12. Games feature appealing graphics paired with rattling cups, ticking clocks, and other sound effects.

Learning Approach

Kids learn about brain functions through games, videos, and written content that uses examples from a popular children's book -- and real life -- to explain memory, spatial ability, language, and other brain functions. 

Support

Teachers can get lesson ideas in the site’s blog. The site also links to the Tate Kids site, created by the U.K. art gallery, where kids can upload and share artwork and find art-based activities. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Kids can learn about how the brain works and how kids' brains are different than adults' on this educational site that features games, videos, and a blog. Wondermind teaches kids about memory, spatial ability, language, and other brain functions using Alice in Wonderland-themed content. The blog may also appeal to older kids and adults; it features intriguing posts on science, art, and how the two relate. Wondermind uses concrete examples to make complex concepts about the brain come to life.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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What's it about?

Commissioned by the Tate Liverpool gallery, which featured an exhibit on the art of Alice in Wonderland, Wondermind introduces kids to concepts in neuroscience through four Alice-themed games. Each one is accompanied by a video that uses stories from the book to explain topics like memory, language development, and spatial skills. For example, a card-matching game serves as a jumping-off point for discussing the difference between working memory and long-term memory. Wondermind also includes a blog that uses examples from the book to explore questions like, \"Do animals understand language?\"

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Wondermind's games are simple (and fun) enough to appeal to its target audience of kids ages 8 to 12. Some of the science may be a bit difficult for younger kids to fully grasp, but the friendly narrators do a good job of using examples from Alice's story, and from the real world, to illustrate the concepts. Teens and adults interested in neuroscience, or in the intersection of science and art, may also find Wondermind engaging. Kids could get through the four games pretty quickly -- adding more would make Wondermind even better.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using technology to learn. What are your favorite games or websites that are both fun and educational?

  • What are other ways you can make science fun?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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