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Problem Solving Skills Software -- The Big Picture

What do we mean by "problem solving skills" software? These are programs that focus on developing or exercising critical thinking skills by the user, rather than a specific academic discipline.

  • Dr. Brain Action Reaction [for ages 10 and up] from Knowledge Adventure produces sweaty palms and pumping adrenaline while requiring the user to apply the principles of geometry, physics, mechanics and logic to succeed.

  • Lego Rock Raiders [for ages 8 and up] from Lego Media, is a complex program that requires patience, commitment and fairly high level problem solving ability.

  • Yoda's Challenge Activity Center [for ages 6 to 8] from Lucas Learning does not involve light saber duels or high-speed flights through far away galaxies. Instead, the user will apply music and rhythm skills, map reading, spatial orientation, following directions, reading, counting, vocabulary, and geometry to solve problems.

  • Fisher Price Rescue Heroes: Hurricane Havoc [for ages 4 to 7] from The Learning Company, is based on the Saturday morning television series and the Fisher-Price action-figure collection of the same name. Despite the popular characters and themes, it is only a mediocre program. The activities are overly simplified and provide little if any educational stimulation.

  • Reader Rabbit Thinking Adventures 4-6 [for ages 4 to 6] from The Learning Company, is a simple, but cute program works that well with preschoolers and early elementary school students.

  • Matchbox Caterpillar Construction Zone CD & CAT Controller [for ages 5 and up] from Mattel, is principally an entertainment program with very little educational value. Younger kids (<5 yrs.) who are really into big earth moving, tree chopping, cement smashing machines may derive some short-lived enjoyment.

  • Sesame Street The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland [for ages 3 and up] from Mattel Media, shines because of its deservedly well-loved cast and simple yet compelling storyline -- its educational value lies largely in its storytelling components.

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

SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Yoda's Challenge Activity Center
    Lucas Learning
3.5 5.0 4.8 PC / Mac
Dr. Brain Action Reaction
    Knowledge Adventure
3.5 5.0 4.0 PC
Lego Rock Raiders
    Lego Media
3.5 4.0 3.5 PC
Fisher Price Rescue Heroes: Hurricane Havoc
    The Learning Company
3.2 4.0 4.5 PC / Mac
Reader Rabbit Thinking Adventures 4-6
    The Learning Company
4.0 4.0 4.5 PC / Mac
Sesame Street The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
    Mattel Media
3.9 4.8 4.0 PC
Matchbox Caterpillar Construction Zone CD & CAT Controller
    Mattel Media
2.5 2.5 2.5 PC
Reviews of Other Problem Solving Programs

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