Web sites make learning fun for toddlers

April 23, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

If you're looking for high-tech toys to make sure your baby gets off to a fast start in the digital age, here are some Web sites to browse:

BabyToons.com: Download an evaluation version that teaches concepts such as cause and effect, big and little, up-and-down. The full version is $14.95.

Geniusbabies.com: If it beeps or bonks, you'll probably find it here, along with a wide variety of more traditional baby toys. There's even a department called "embryonics," with prenatal entertainment for babies-in-waiting.

CrashBangWallop (http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/bablake/vbstuff/): Clever infant attention-getter, free from British programmer Rob Grace.

KidGenius (www.kidgen.cjb.net): Basic computer skills for 18 months and older. It's free.

Kidsdomain.com: Check out the download section for freeware and shareware programs aimed at infants and toddlers.

KnowledgeAdventure (www.knowledgeadventure.com): This company's JumpStart Baby software helped jump start the infant software craze.

Learning Company (www.learningcompany.com): The award-winning Reader Rabbit series is now available for babies and toddlers, along with other programs for the pre-preschool set.

Superkids.com: A superb site for independent reviews of all types of educational software, Superkids recently added an infant section after receiving "a surprising number of inquiries" about baby programs.

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