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Problem Solving Skills Software -- The Big Picture

What educational value do "problem solving skills" programs have? This category has perhaps the oldest roots of any educational software subject. Early programs were text-based, and challenged the user to mentally keep track of where various objects or clues were hidden for future retrieval and use. Modern-day programs, like those reviewed here, have added impressive graphics, animation, and sound -- but the objective remains the same, sometimes combined with additional critical thinking activities.

  • Thinkiní Things Sky Island Mysteries [for ages 8 to 12] from Edmark, focuses on logic, communication, multi-tasking, prioritization and other thinking skills. Stretches students to the limit in an entertaining and highly rewarding fashion. Varying amounts of supervision may be required for younger or struggling students.
  • Freddi Fish 3: Case of the Stolen Conch Shell [for ages 3 to 8] from Humongous Entertainment, provides an impressively animated and challenging program. Younger users required more help, but enjoyed more repeat use.
  • Pajama Sam 2 - Thunder and Lightening aren't so Frightening [for ages 3 to 8] from Humongous Entertainment, provides another beautifully animated, challenging program. Good choice for parent-child activity with younger kids, or for older ones with good attention to detail.

Can't find one that meets your needs? Check out other Problem Solving Skills programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Thinkiní Things Sky Island Mysteries
    Edmark
4.9 4.85 5.0 PC / Mac
Freddi Fish 3: Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
    Humongous Entertainment
4.0 4.0 4.4 PC / Mac
Pajama Sam 2 - Thunder and Lightening
    Humongous Entertainment
4.3 5.0 4.8 PC / Mac
Reviews of Other Problem Solving Programs


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