Woozworld.com lets children walk around in a virtual world, try on new clothes, play games and talk to others by choosing pre-selected phrases from a menu. It’s free but has lots of ads. The artwork is stunning but we got a little woozy waiting for things to load in Woozworld.
“Lost Civilization” is a “hidden object” game set in Prague, London and Mexico it’s $5 for iPhone or $10 for PC or Mac. We found ourselves hooked for three days, trying to get our heroine’s fiancé back safely as we went from one archeological dig to another.
10 Lego projects that will blow your mind : Google that phrase to find PC Magazine’s Lego slideshow. There’s a full-sized house, a working car and the Taj Mahal. If you want to emulate any of these, it’s best to start with about a million Lego blocks.
PBSkids.org/catinthehat– “Marvel Coaster” allows kids to create their own kinetic sculpture (like we’ve seen at some museums), but with artwork by Dr. Seuss. Arrange springs, racks and funny items on a grid, then pull a string to watch a ball roll and bounce along a track until it reaches its destination. You can extend or change paths at any time.
“Mech Mice” is an online game and iPhone app (coming soon to Android) that challenges players to build their own squad of mechanical mice to defend against invading armies. It was designed by Lance Priebe, the co-creator of Disney’s Penguin Club.
We liked it that instructions pop up to show you where to
A new study from SRI International found that using games from PBSKids.org made four and five-year old kids significantly smarter in math. They improved in counting, recognizing shapes and patterns. The games they played, “Cat in the Hat,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Curious George” and “Sid the Science Kid” are all free at PBSKids.org.
“Legends of Chima” is a free LEGO game at ChimaOnline.com. All you need is a computer and the right browser. Google Chrome worked fine for us, but using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, gave us a message saying we needed an upgrade — even though we were already using the latest version.
“3D Game Programming for Kids,” by Chris Strom; $36 from oreilly.com. Here’s a great system for teaching you to program, no matter what your age.
All you need is a computer and preferably the Chrome web browser, though anything except Internet Explorer will do. The author explains things so well that in literally a few minutes, Joy had created a colorful ball and cube on her screen and was able to animate them.