the arrow here or there and see what you can find."
Toddlers have the opportunity to
explore with Winnie the Pooh and friends simply by moving their
cursor over hotspots or by pressing keys on the keyboard for
random responses. This graphically rich CD-ROM is designed for
children just learning to use the mouse. In fact, it does a great
job of demonstrating to little ones just how powerful a computer
mouse can be! Moving the mouse deliberately is a tough skill to
master, and Winnie the Pooh Toddler includes one activity in
particular (Popping Balloons for Pooh) will make the task all the
Now the down
side: Even with this latest edition's added activity, there just
isn't enough to do. As well, the program is, at times, as
slow-moving as Winnie the Pooh himself.
are only 5 activities altogether, though some are possibly worth
the price of the program--as long as toddlers get a chance at a
better for-toddlers title like Reader Rabbit Toddler too. The best
activity (mentioned above and pictured at right) allows toddlers to "pop"
colorful balloons in order to help Pooh and friends get back down
to the ground (they're stuck in mid-air, you see). As players move
their mouse over a balloon, it shakes and then pops, and the
grandfatherly narrator names either the color, shape, letter, or
number that defines it. This activity is great fun for young
computer users, and it helps them make acquaintance with all sorts
of basic learning concepts at the same time. It's the most
responsive activity of the program--kids easily make the
connection between moving the mouse and getting where they want to
activity allows kids to do some guesswork. Four friends show them
what they like best--be it honey, blowing bubbles, or singing.
Then they hide the clues, and the narrator asks kids to find the
friend who likes a particular thing best (for example, "Who
most likes honey?"). When kids choose the wrong friend, they
don't get any negative feedback. This is a fun and original
activity that kids will love.
a music activity, kids roll their mouse over characters and toys
for musical feedback. Sometimes, they are encouraged to select a
specific character for a special song. In Pooh's house, children
learn about opposites. For example, moving the cursor over the
door prompts a demonstration of near and far by Tigger.
print option is unfortunately accessible from the main menu--we
wish it were hidden. A small selection of printable activities are
available for use away from the computer.
An all-new activity (pictured at
children to some basic foreign language vocabulary. Parents can
choose whether they want this language to be French or
There are better toddler programs
available, but this title is worthwhile for adding variety to a
toddler's software collection. It's too bad they didn't add just
two more activities (or more, of course) because some of the
activities are great fun.
- Lovable characters and
- Some activities are
excellent for teaching kids to use the mouse.
- Children easily
experience success with the program because there is no
need to click the mouse in order to play individual
- Slow-moving at times.
sequences can sometimes confuse children just starting
to understand the computer mouse.
- Too few activities.
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