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Mickey Mouse Toddler

Mickey Mouse Toddler

Ages 18 months to 3 years

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
4.0
Kid Appeal
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0

Mickey Mouse Toddler Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

Product Support

This adorable program from Disney Interactive invites toddlers to Mickey's neighborhood, where they enjoy captivating mini-adventures with Mickey and his friends. Five familiar characters offer simple activities that introduce children to letters, shapes, colors, music and numbers. Each activity encourages, but does not require interaction and exploration, so even the youngest users will benefit from the experience.

Children play a game of peek-a-boo with alphabet letters at Mickey's house; discover shapes in everyday objects with Minnie; learn about colors as they aid a lazy Goofy in home repairs; create cacophonous music while visiting Donald's houseboat; and help Pluto retrieve his number-shaped chew toys from a pesky gopher. Clever animation and dialog embellish each activity, making the program more fun than a Saturday morning cartoon.

Educational Value
Mickey Mouse Toddler exposes toddlers to the basics of letter, number, shape and color recognition, and teaches them about cause and effect, beginning vocabulary, critical thinking and more. It offers early exposure to computers and encourages the development of mouse skills.

A separate, print and learn activity can be accessed from within the program by pressing CTRL-P (APPLE/COMMAND-P). It allows users to print pages to color that reinforce the concepts learned in each activity.

Kid Appeal
Large colorful graphics, clever scenarios and endearing characters make this program a favorite with young learners. Mickey and his friends form a winning team, making this a program one that our testers returned to again and again. Even children on the older end of the age range enjoy the program, although they will eventually want more interaction than it allows.

Ease of Use / Install
Mickey Mouse Toddler installs without difficulty. Program navigation is extremely simple. When a new activity is desired, users hit an arrow key which causes a large, self-explanatory toolbar to appear at the top of the screen.

Three levels of interaction make the program appropriate for a wide age-range and allow it to grow with the child. Kids can simply watch as each activity unfolds, hit any key to bring about a new action, or point and click with the computer mouse for more directed interplay.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Mickey and his friends are as irresistible as ever in this simple program for very early learners. We predict that parents will enjoy the Disney gang's antics as much as their children.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other preschool software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 133 MHz or faster cpu, 30 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 256 color DirectX-compatible Video card, 4x or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible Soundcard.

Mac: System 8.1 or higher, iMac, G3 or faster cpu, 30 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 256 color video display, 4x or faster CD-ROM.

Reviewed on:

  • Pentium 450 with 128MB and 24xCD
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