Blue’s Clues CD-ROM complements Blue’s ABC Time Activities
nicely. Instead of focusing on phonics or letter identification,
its activities pave the road to reading, easing children into the
concept of words. Presented with the need to create newspapers for
the newsstand, children embark on helping Blue dig up stories to
fill newspaper pages. Illustrating Green Kitten’s storybooks by
answering comprehension questions, leading Blue through a maze
using special word cards, and playing a card game in the backyard
all earn children pages for their newspaper! They can play layout
designer as they assemble the pages any way they like, and content
editor by deciding which stories to keep and which to trash.
It’s a cute concept – one that kid testers embraced
enthusiastically and kept them coming back for more. Unlike
Blue’s Clues software titles like Blue’s Birthday and
Treasure Hunt, this one is activity-based and doesn’t follow the
show’s format of searching for pawprint-stamped clues.
Promotes a positive attitude towards reading and they easily
become comfortable with the idea of words.
are gorgeous and characters appealing.
Kids may need a little help understanding how to play the card
pace of the program is not for every child.