Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Preschool Sites Provide Fun for Littlest Point-and-Clickers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Preschool Sites Provide Fun for Littlest Point-and-Clickers

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This week three readers asked me for more preschool sites. One of them was my sister-in-law, so I decided to comply. Here are 1-2-3-4-5 recommendations for your littlest point-and-clickers, just learning to count. But wait, there's more. This week I'm throwing in a bonus site: Blue Dog Can Count at www.forbesfield.com/bdf.html. Woof! Woof! Have fun.

Fun School Preschool

www.funschool.com/preschool.html

Rating: 5 stars

The preschool section of Funschool.com is a cornucopia of great Java games. Among the counting activities are Number Matching, Connect the Numbers, What's the Order? and Teach Me 1-2-3s. Before you begin, spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the buttons at the bottom of each screen. One will return you to the grade-level game listing, one will restart the current game, and one will take you to the next game. My favorite counting game is Fishing for Numbers, where you match numbers to sets of fish. For older siblings up to grade six, try The Spot.

Humphrey's Counting House

www.bennysmart.com/test/humphrey/humphrey2.html

Rating: 4 stars

Only one of Humphrey's Shockwave games actually involves counting, but Humphrey the singing, dancing bear is amusing enough to earn his place here anyway. Click on the cards for a well-implemented game of concentration, matching the numbers one through six to their appropriate pictures. Other treats are a coloring book which is better than most I've seen, and a fun music game. And don't miss Humphrey's opening dance number, just click on his smiling head.

Kid's Carnival Numbers

www.kidscarnival.com/numbers.htm

Rating: 4 stars

The starting page warns that these Java games take a while to download, and even at cable speed, they are right. So grab a snack and relax. You'll be rewarded with five different number games and six Connect-a-Dots. …

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