Here is the eighteenth installment of 10 games reviewed.

Keyboarding Zoo

Grades K - 2

Keyboarding Zoo is a beginner typing trainer for youngsters. This cute app is used to help youngsters master the keyboard by typing in simple letters, after which they present a word that starts with the letter typed.

Grade: K to 2

Conclusions: This is a bit basic, a great beginner, but after using it a few times, the player is able to move onto more suitable keyboard trainers.

Keyboarding Zoo 2

Grades K - 2

Keyboarding Zoo 2 is the second level of the Keyboard Zoo teaching program and takes the user further along the way to keyboard comprehension. In this app, the user learns to use various keys and combinations, such as the shift key and caps lock. Apart from typing letters the user is also asked to type words.

Grade: K to 2

Conclusions: A good keyboard teaching app with good explanations.

Latitude and Longitude

Grades 3 & Up

Latitude and Longitude is a very good map teaching game that explains the concepts of longitude and latitude and sets the player tasks to find treasure buried on the map by giving basic directions. This game doesn’t seek accuracy but does want the player to place the mouse locator roughly around the exact location set by the longitude and latitude directions.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great map location trainer, good to get youngsters involved in locational exercises.

Learn the Skeletal System

Grades 4 & Up

Learn the Skeletal System is a very nice anatomical training game that teaches the youngster the names of the main bones and where they go. There are two levels, the naming level where the player gets to match a name to a bone, and the construction level, where the player gets to construct the skeleton using specific bones.

Grade: 4 to 5

Conclusions: A great GUI and a great game, lots of fun. It also helps to teach basic anatomy as well as know the names.

Learn to Count Money

Grades 3 & Up

Learn to Count Money is the better version of the money counting games in the site. This version actually uses photos of real money so the player can identify them from real life. For every correct answer, the player gets a fish.

The difference between the levels are the amounts required to count, from basic 0.91 to expert 53.87. However, personally, 0.91 is just as hard to create as 53.87 when money is involved, and the difference between the levels is more to do with the player’s comprehension of numbers. Consider that 0.91 requires the same level of counting expertise as 53.87.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great money is counting game, but there is no real difference between the levels. A simple game should be with whole numbers, not fractions.

Learn to Tell Time

Grades 1 & Up

Learn to Tell Time is a time teaching game that gives the player a choice between analog or digital. This game is great for teaching youngsters how to read a 12-hour analog or digital device. However, it’s a shame they didn’t add the 24-hour digital device too, which would give a comprehensive knowledge of time reading

Grade: 1 to 5

Conclusions: A great time is reading the application.

Learning Coins

Grades K - 3

Learning Coins is a nice starter app for youngsters. In this one, the player is presented with all the coins and a one dollar bill. After learning what each one looks like and what each one represents, the player is asked to sort the coins out. This application is a precursor to coin counting games.

Grade: K to 3

Conclusions: A great beginner app for teaching coins to youngsters, before they start to use the coin counting games.

Let Me Grow

Grades K & Up

Let Me Grow is a wonderful puzzle solving game about irrigation. In this game, the player is given a flower, or flowers to water. The water is sealed behind a barrier, and there are taps too. The player has to negotiate which barriers to open and which taps to turn to make the water reach all the flowers. There are also garden gnomes that don’t want water, so the player has also to block sections of the garden from flooding. The game starts off with simple puzzles to solve, but expect them to get more complex as the levels increase.

Grade: K to 5

Conclusions: A very good GUI with great clean and neat graphics. The puzzles are good too, and the player will learn to analyze and think logically.

Letter & Number Tracing

Grades Pre-K - K

Letter & Number Tracing is a letter writing game for computers, in other words, this game both teaches the player how to form letters and numbers, and the player is taught how to control a mouse for eye-hand coordination and accuracy.

This is a nice letter forming application with a nice musical interlude for tracing. The graphics are large enough not to stress the young player’s coordination.

Grade: Pre K to K

Conclusions: Good game, good graphics, and good GUI.

Letter Blocks

Grades 3 & Up

Letter Blocks is a nice word forming game using a Tetris/word search game theme. Here the player gets blocks of letters and must create words similar in style to word search. Every time a word is formed the letters disappear, only if the player double clicks on the last letter. As time goes by, new letter blocks fall, and as with Tetris, when the blocks fill up the top line, the game is over. The objective is to keep the screen as clear as possible. The words need to be a minimum of 3 letters. The player can move around connecting words within 360 degrees of each letter.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great word search game puzzle with screen fill limit and unlimited combination options making this an exceptional word search game.

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Here is the eighteenth installment of 10 games reviewed.

Keyboarding Zoo

Grades K - 2

Keyboarding Zoo is a beginner typing trainer for youngsters. This cute app is used to help youngsters master the keyboard by typing in simple letters, after which they present a word that starts with the letter typed.

Grade: K to 2

Conclusions: This is a bit basic, a great beginner, but after using it a few times, the player is able to move onto more suitable keyboard trainers.

Keyboarding Zoo 2

Grades K - 2

Keyboarding Zoo 2 is the second level of the Keyboard Zoo teaching program and takes the user further along the way to keyboard comprehension. In this app, the user learns to use various keys and combinations, such as the shift key and caps lock. Apart from typing letters the user is also asked to type words.

Grade: K to 2

Conclusions: A good keyboard teaching app with good explanations.

Latitude and Longitude

Grades 3 & Up

Latitude and Longitude is a very good map teaching game that explains the concepts of longitude and latitude and sets the player tasks to find treasure buried on the map by giving basic directions. This game doesn’t seek accuracy but does want the player to place the mouse locator roughly around the exact location set by the longitude and latitude directions.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great map location trainer, good to get youngsters involved in locational exercises.

Learn the Skeletal System

Grades 4 & Up

Learn the Skeletal System is a very nice anatomical training game that teaches the youngster the names of the main bones and where they go. There are two levels, the naming level where the player gets to match a name to a bone, and the construction level, where the player gets to construct the skeleton using specific bones.

Grade: 4 to 5

Conclusions: A great GUI and a great game, lots of fun. It also helps to teach basic anatomy as well as know the names.

Learn to Count Money

Grades 3 & Up

Learn to Count Money is the better version of the money counting games in the site. This version actually uses photos of real money so the player can identify them from real life. For every correct answer, the player gets a fish.

The difference between the levels are the amounts required to count, from basic 0.91 to expert 53.87. However, personally, 0.91 is just as hard to create as 53.87 when money is involved, and the difference between the levels is more to do with the player’s comprehension of numbers. Consider that 0.91 requires the same level of counting expertise as 53.87.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great money is counting game, but there is no real difference between the levels. A simple game should be with whole numbers, not fractions.

Learn to Tell Time

Grades 1 & Up

Learn to Tell Time is a time teaching game that gives the player a choice between analog or digital. This game is great for teaching youngsters how to read a 12-hour analog or digital device. However, it’s a shame they didn’t add the 24-hour digital device too, which would give a comprehensive knowledge of time reading

Grade: 1 to 5

Conclusions: A great time is reading the application.

Learning Coins

Grades K - 3

Learning Coins is a nice starter app for youngsters. In this one, the player is presented with all the coins and a one dollar bill. After learning what each one looks like and what each one represents, the player is asked to sort the coins out. This application is a precursor to coin counting games.

Grade: K to 3

Conclusions: A great beginner app for teaching coins to youngsters, before they start to use the coin counting games.

Let Me Grow

Grades K & Up

Let Me Grow is a wonderful puzzle solving game about irrigation. In this game, the player is given a flower, or flowers to water. The water is sealed behind a barrier, and there are taps too. The player has to negotiate which barriers to open and which taps to turn to make the water reach all the flowers. There are also garden gnomes that don’t want water, so the player has also to block sections of the garden from flooding. The game starts off with simple puzzles to solve, but expect them to get more complex as the levels increase.

Grade: K to 5

Conclusions: A very good GUI with great clean and neat graphics. The puzzles are good too, and the player will learn to analyze and think logically.

Letter & Number Tracing

Grades Pre-K - K

Letter & Number Tracing is a letter writing game for computers, in other words, this game both teaches the player how to form letters and numbers, and the player is taught how to control a mouse for eye-hand coordination and accuracy.

This is a nice letter forming application with a nice musical interlude for tracing. The graphics are large enough not to stress the young player’s coordination.

Grade: Pre K to K

Conclusions: Good game, good graphics, and good GUI.

Letter Blocks

Grades 3 & Up

Letter Blocks is a nice word forming game using a Tetris/word search game theme. Here the player gets blocks of letters and must create words similar in style to word search. Every time a word is formed the letters disappear, only if the player double clicks on the last letter. As time goes by, new letter blocks fall, and as with Tetris, when the blocks fill up the top line, the game is over. The objective is to keep the screen as clear as possible. The words need to be a minimum of 3 letters. The player can move around connecting words within 360 degrees of each letter.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great word search game puzzle with screen fill limit and unlimited combination options making this an exceptional word search game.

 

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