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Wake up babies! Cuddly little Teddy has arrived to spend the day. He hopes to entertain with his eight upbeat activities--typical baby favorites! All the encouragement he needs is a key stroke here and there. So press any key and let the games begin.
Above Teddy's crib hangs a mobile. The objects hanging off the mobile represent different activities to try. Each object twirls in turn, and clicking or pressing a key while it twirls causes the associated activity to commence.
Baby can choose to dress Teddy--for snow or sand, find his farm animal friends--and hear their sounds, sort colored objects on the Color Train, join in a Sing-a-Long with Teddy's friendly band, connect stars to draw pictures in the sky, help Teddy complete simple puzzles, search for Teddy in a game of Hide and Seek, or help color an amusing picture. In each case Baby must press keyboard keys on cue to allow the activity to proceed.
Jump Start Baby offers familiar early learning experiences via the computer screen. These favorite games are crucial elements in the development of beginning critical thinking skills. Although interaction is minimal, it is enough to give the child a sense of control. With adult supervision, Baby can learn to tap lightly on the keyboard keys, or click the mouse when Teddy asks, and experience the result of these actions.
Each activity includes a 'tip box' which pops up when the user clicks on the included light bulb icon. These tips are meant to give parents ideas for associated away-from-the-computer play. Unfortunately, some of our reviewers felt that most of these tips are insultingly obvious -- useful only for adults who are helpless around babies.
Our testers did mention that some activities didn't run as smoothly as they would have liked. At times they didn't realize that a key stroke was needed to make the action continue and waited patiently without success.
PC: Windows 31. and up, 486DX2/66 or faster cpu, 15 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA 256-color graphics adapter, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, MPC-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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