Ziggity Zoom

Common Sense Media says

Fun, light learning for preschoolers and early readers.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of talk about "being nice." Printable charts for kindness, manners, and healthy eating habits.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The parent sections have a lot of "best games," "best apps," and "best books" suggestions. Easy reader books that can be read on the site show a "Buy ebook for Nook" tab under the book. There are also banner ads with ad content geared toward parents. Parents have to login to their Facebook accounts for their kids to be able to play some games, and social media sharing is heavily promoted.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Parents must log into Facebook for kids to play some of the games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ziggity Zoom is a fun, lightly educational site for preschoolers or early readers and their parents. This creative site is filled with games, printables, and craft activities for kids that encourage reading, coloring, drawing, and imagination. Parents must login with their Facebook accounts for kids to play some of the games. There's so much here to choose from that preschoolers will likely need a parent's help to navigate the site (at least the first few visits) to find what's right for their individual age and abilities. There's also a parent section with articles about education, healthy habits, arts and crafts, and other topics. Whether looking for a holiday craft or a rainy day game, you'll likely find something engaging on Ziggity Zoom.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most of the games on Ziggity Zoom are engaging and easy for preschoolers to figure out on their own. They'll need some direction to find the games or printables that are appropriate for their current level.

Learning Approach

There are many ways that preschoolers and early readers can approach basic skills, including online games, food, crafts, and printable charts, so that even if one approach doesn't appeal, another likely will. 

Support

There's almost as much content on this site for parents as for kids, so parents will find information about education, craft ideas, and printable charts and reward sheets to help reinforce good habits.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn basic preschool and early reading skills while engaging in activities specific to their interests -- such as games, food, or crafts (with a parent's help) -- on Ziggity Zoom. Kids can also practice reading via the easy reader stories with online page turners. Printable worksheets and online games include activities related to critical thinking, holidays, drawing, the environment, animals, and social skills. With the help of parents, kids can also find ideas for many crafts and educational activities. Some options on Ziggity Zoom are just for fun, but there are many that can help preschoolers learn while having fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

ZIGGITY ZOOM provides preschoolers and early grade-schoolers a fun place to explore online. The site also contains information for their parents, including kid-friendly recipes, videos of crafts, and holiday activities. The site's main page includes many categories of content, including Family, Crafts, Food, Printables, Learning, Tech, Kids (games and stories), Activities, as well as a blog (not regularly updated) and holiday sections. There are also areas that include worksheets and homeschooling resources. If you're looking for something specific, use the search field.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Most of the games on Ziggity Zoom are engaging and easy for preschoolers to figure out on their own. They'll need some direction to find the games or printables that are appropriate for their current level. Kids this age want to try computers like the big kids, but they also still value hands-on and outdoor fun. Ziggity Zoom provides both, and a meaty parent section, too. Online easy reader books add to the fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the healthy lifestyle messages this site includes, such as the games that take kids outside. The Look and Find printout sheets for the park, zoo, and backyard are excellent examples of finding resources online that can get kids outdoors and moving.

  • Ask your young computer user to compare coloring the whimsical coloring pages online versus printing them and coloring with crayons. What's the difference in the two experiences?

Website details

Genre:Educational
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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Parent of a 6 year old Written byShare310 June 2, 2011
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QUALITY
 

ZiggityZoom is a Fun & Educational website for Kids

Exceptional educational games that keep learning fun. We love all the Creativity for Kids and families on ZiggityZoom.
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