“ Age: 18 months „
I was actually given Reader Rabbit Toddler, Preschool and Key Stage One and Two by my brother in law who received them free with his PC. I did not take any notice of them for a while but then Zach started showing a n interest in the computer so we thought it would be a good idea to encourage him. Reader Rabbit Toddler is a, seemingly, very American designed package. Quite elaborate compared to quite conservative British programme I have seen for children. It was created by The Learning Company. A bugs bunny styled cartoon character is the main guide of the programme whilst his friends come and help whenever necessary. Fortunately, the talking is British so it has been adapted accordingly. Reader Rabbit lives in a tree stump house but in the wood there are lots of different activities you can join in on. Matty Mouse visits and chooses his favourite book from the book case. When it is opened Matty slides down into a magical Jungle where you can choose from all the activities available, using the star shaped cursor. The main function of the mouse in the whole programmeis mouse over rather than left click. The Preschool programme introduces the left click function. Baby Basket Bingo ? Four animals have lost their babies. Each animal calls out its relevant sound, e.g./ Horse neighs. When you hear the noise of the lost baby, you click on the relevant adult. Quite a good listening game although the accompanying music is very annoying after a while. Bubble Castle ? As the bubbles fall, you have to pop the bubbles containing the baby animals. When you have as many as requested, you win the game. A good game to encourage counting. Finger Theatre ? Reader Rabbit encourages interaction from the child by using songs such
as Incey Wincey Spider, Twinkle Twinkle, I?m a Little Teapot and Two Little Dickie Birds. Reader Rabbit acts out the sequence for your child to follow. A definite favourite with Zach. Colouring In ? Lovely pictures to moue over to add colour. When the page is one third coloured the whole page fills and a song or tune is played. Popping Animals ? Three animals are in jack in a boxes. You have to find three of the same animals in a row to win the game. Shape Sky ? Shadows of shapes hover in the sky whilst you have to ifnd the matching pieces. When the shapes are matched, a picture will appear on the screen. Jungle Safari ? In the dark wood, animals are hiding. Use the torch to find the hiding animals. One of the weaker games on the programme. Make Music ? Using the busy bee mouse cursor, click on the different flowers in the garden to make different music sounds. Not the most encapturing game! Due to small attention span of Toddlers this programme is ideal. You can come in and out of games as you please and as there there are no prizes, the enjoying comes from the sheer participation. Discover the Proven Approach to Learning with Reader Rabbit With all the learning basics of a pre-school child, Reader Rabbit Toddler is great basis for your child. Skills include simple alphabet, counting to five, shapes and colours, and matching. The games also encourage your child to listen, although this has proven the more difficult of the tasks with Zach. He does not seem to be able to understand that he must listen so he knows what he has to do. The memory skills involved have been a success and Zach s mouse control, although still very shaky, has improved with regular usage.
73; am able to keep Zach entertained for about half an hour before he gets fed up and wants to go and play. This is ample time to have a go at all the different games and it makes me feel like I have actually contributed to his learning. One of the major factors against the game is the frustration it causes when the mouse will not go where the child wants it to go. Mouse control is quite difficult and adult assistance is needed for a few gameplays. Reader Rabbit Toddler is part of a curriculum-based system that is designed to keep children learning all through their early school years. Simple, brightly coloured graphics and annoying sing-along songs make all these activities great fun for toddlers. Although this game is quite old it is still available on the internet on Amazon and other software sights. I have seen the package for as little as £5 or as much as £19.99. I think it is pot luck when you are looking for it. PC World also stock the programmes as far as I understand. The game will work on any Windows System (9x) We use Windows XP and it still works perfectly fine. The basic system requirements are listed below. I will not pretend to understand them. I just know that the programme works fine on our Pc . Platform: Win 9x Media: CD-ROM CPU: Pentium/ 90MHz or better RAM: 16MB Hard Drive: 45MB Video: 256 color or better CD-ROM: 4x or better Sound: Windows compliant sound device The actual manual for the game is very simple. It is more for the technical side of the programme rather than instructions. Although there is a run down of each game and troubleshootng page, the manual is pretty unnecessary. But hey, I shouldnt speak t
oo soon, should I! To actually install the game, you simply put the game in the drive and it has an autorun function. To be hones, it pretty much installs itself. All you have to do is to pick where you wish it to be installed and then that is it , really! If I can do it then it must be simple! A great ground breaker for toddlers who need a little more stimulation. This programme is suitable for up to three year olds. There is a Pre-school version for three to five year old, which I will be reviewing soon. There is also a Key Stage One and Two Programme too, which I do have but, it is obviously too old for Zach yet! Thank you for reading. Kerry xx
I purchased this CD about 6 months ago, and my daughter, who will be two in October absolutely loves it. It has improved her vocabulary incredibly. When she wants to go on it, she says "puter, puter" and drags my chair over to the PC. The welcome screen is excellent, featuring Maurice Mouse and the various different adventures you can go on. My daughter (Lucy)'s favourite is the Bubble Castle, where you have to burst bubbles to release the animals. Upon release, they waddle to the Bubble Tower until there are 5 of them. The child is then rewarded by the appearance of the Bubble Dragon, which Lucy always laughs at! This "adventure", like all the games, don't rely on the child's use of the mouse, when any key is pressed, the correct action happens, which is great for this age group. The screen size can also be made bigger, which is also an advantage. Lucy's other favourite is "jungle suprise". The child is provided with a torch cursor, which they have to move over to a set of eyes in the darkness of the jungle. When the torch moves over the eyes, an animal appears, and makes a sound effect. After only about 3 or 4 plays of this game, Lucy knew all the sound effects and now does them with great enthusiasm! Another game is the "Colour Me Mountain", where there are lots of lovely pictures to colour in, by either dragging the mouse across the picture, or pressing a key to make a splodge of color. The wonderful thing about this game is that the child is rewarded by the picture animating itself and a song or tune - Lucy's fave is "Row Your Boat". This game can also be personalised by clicking over the little purple face at the top left of the welcome screen. The pictures can also be printed off for the child to colour in themselves, which has to be a bonus! Other games include Match the Shapes, which is suitable for a little older children, although the anima
tions are fantastic. Alphabet Express produces a call of "Choo-choo" from my Lucy. Letters have to be matched to keys to load up the express train. My only criticism of this is that the letters are sounded out "ay, bee, cee", not "ah, buh, cuh...", etc. This makes "double-you" for "window" and "cee" for "car" sound odd if you prefer the phonetic way of teaching the alphabet. Match the babies is also good, but perhaps the weakest of the games. Finally, the Follow-Me Theatre features Reader Rabbit giving a show of finger rhymes, which children can join in with. Again, Lucy's favourites are Hickory Dickory, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Incey Wincey Spider. However, I do keep thinking, why do we need a computer game to play these finger rhymes with our children? The only advantage is that they can sing better than I can! All in all, this CD is well worth the money, particularly at the current discount of £4.99, but I would pay £10 or more - rush out and buy a copy immediately!
I have been debating buying a computer 'game' for my son for a few months now. I was recommend in particular the Reader Rabbit series. I bought it today in Toys'r'us for only £4.99 (usually £9.99). My son loved it, its really good and easy to use, the only downside being that it is american, nothing against americans of course, just some words do sound a bit different. Anyway, that aside its very good in that they don't need to have mouse coordination (which can be very hard for the little ones to master), all they have to do is touch the mouse or touch the keyboard and something happens. Some of the games include 'alphabet express' a little ahead for my 2 year old but entertaining non the less, and a 'theater' where they sing popular songs, like Twinkle twinkle! There's so much on there, we haven't seen everything yet. The counting game in particular was popular with my son as he has just learnt to count (although he misses out a few!) so he enjoyed that. The Reader Rabbit series continues, the Toddler one is from 18 months to 3 years, but after that there's preschool and quite a few more. Lou