Einstein has made it to the computer screen. Based on the videos
and toys in the Baby Einstein series, and more specifically on the
Baby Newton video, this CD-ROM designed especially for babies and
toddlers presents interactive "shape lessons". Through
especially striking images, children learn to identify basic
shapes and to associate real-world objects with circles,
triangles, rectangles, and squares.
From the main menu, each shape
leads to a lesson. Parents can set the lessons to "play
through", but the best way to enjoy these sequences is in an
interactive fashion. Children or parents can move forward either
by placing the cursor over the Baby Einstein icon (the arrow fills
with color when they do) or by pressing the spacebar on the
Each "lesson" presents
the featured shape in a variety of ways--the shape is displayed in
a big and bold way on its own and named, colorfully-drawn objects
bounce, dance, and fly on the screens, and photo-realistic objects
(such as a cracker, pizza slice, and aquarium) are shown. In the
rectangle lesson, for example, rectangular bricks are laid to
build a wall, a flag flaps, and rectangles form on the screen
wherever the cursor is pointed.
Clicking on the book pulls up a
vocabulary lesson that shows familiar objects like boats, flowers,
and balls. Another activity involves filling in missing parts of
the picture in different scenes (such as a farmyard and an
of the best features of the program is the ability to insert your
own personal photos into the game. Parents can insert photos of
baby's favorite things that are shaped like a square, circle,
triangle, or rectangle, and they appear in the appropriate shape
lesson. What fun! There is also a Heart activity specially
designed for displaying personal photos of special people or pets
in baby's life. Parents need only load the photo into the program
(the tools for doing so make it a snap) and label them. The
program recognizes some of the words (like "cat" and
"Mommy"). From then on, the Heart activity acts as a
living photo album.
The screens are especially bright
and fun, many featuring white backgrounds and bold colors. Our
only complaint is that the program sometimes feels too hectic. The
train, for example, rolls a little too quickly for our liking. A
slightly gentler pace would have been better for the target age
All things considered, however,
this program is very fun for parent and child to enjoy
See more screenshots and comments in our screenshot
gallery of the game.
[For more information, user
reviews, or to buy:
Baby Einstein Baby Newton Fun with Shapes]
- Appealing graphics.
- Effective demonstrations
of shapes and how they are found in the real world.
- Exceptionally clear
narration and fun music.
- Wonderful learning tool
for parent and child to enjoy together.
- The program's pace is a
little too quick -- may be over-stimulating for some
||By: Disney Interactive