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This amiable preschool program is similar to its reading software counterpart, Blue’s ABC Time Activities, also from Humongous Entertainment. Clearly aimed at young preschoolers, 123 Time Activities is based on the popular Nickelodeon television program “Blue’s Clues”. It features Steve, our human host, along with a cast of two-dimensional animated characters, including everyone’s favorite spotted dog, ‘Blue’.
Steve and Blue are hosting a Backyard Fair. As the self-appointed greeter, Steve welcomes the new user and offers a mini-explanation of the fun that awaits. Although he must remain at his post to receive new visitors, Steve invites the user to accompany Blue into his backyard, where the fun (in the form of learning activities) awaits.
A simple activity can be undertaken at each of the six Backyard Fair booths. Successful completion of each activity earns the user a Blue Dollar, to be collected and eventually redeemed at the Prize Tent. Even the Prize Tent offers a valuable learning opportunity, as kids buy parts needed to assemble a ‘Big Prize’.
In addition to the above mentioned skills activities, the program’s User’s Guide includes a matching Parent/Child away-from-the-computer activity designed to further strengthen the child’s new-found pre-math skills.
Program navigation is intuitive -- easy enough for a 3 year-old to navigate with only the slightest initial instruction. Although activities are basically simple in nature, some require adult instruction and guidance, and necessitate dragging and dropping skills that may be difficult for young users.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 90, 16 MB RAM, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM.return to top of page
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