Today, a variety of computer games may be found for 3- to 5-year-olds. Games offer a handy break for parents while also teaching young children dexterity and important skills such as vocabulary, reading, numbers, math, memory and listening. Computer games may be found online for free and as software for purchase for Windows, Macs, PlayStation and Wii.
Online Computer Games
Many parents remember their own preschool experience with Sesame Street fondly. At sesamestreet.org, Sesame Street has created a free online interactive learning centre with computer games suitable for preschoolers. Children create dance moves with Zoe and learn to count with Elmo.
Disney, disneyjunior.ca/en/, offers free online interactive computer games for preschoolers, available in English, French or Spanish. Children improve coordination with games such as Hop UP or Jump In, or solve puzzles with Mystery Picture Count Up.
PlayStation 3 offers interactive computer games rated E for everyone at us.PlayStation.com. Learning with the PooYoos is an interactive computer game that incorporates baby animals to help children 3 to 5 years of age develop skills with numbers, letters, space, shapes and colours while receiving rewards. Designed for children who cannot yet read, this computer game includes spoken instructions in English, Spanish and French.
Puzzle Agent is rated E for everyone and integrates logic, puzzles, mazes and riddles. Nelson Tethers from the US Department of Puzzle Research helps children unlock clues to solve the Scoggins Eraser Company case. Townspeople, secret societies, mysterious forest sounds and gnomes create a story plot for children to unravel.
Wii has games rated E for everyone suitable for 3- to 5-year-old children. Wii Play is geared toward the sport enthusiast with games such as fishing, laser hockey, table tennis, pose Mii, find Mii, tanks, billiards and shooting range. This game includes an extra controller for parents to play along with children.
Cosmic Family is an educational Wii game rated E for everyone and suited for toddlers and early learners. Children explore a rocket house with the Cosmic Family. This game includes 15 early learning mini-games in an adventure incorporating puzzles and exploration.
The Learning Company offers Dr. Suess interactive computer games for children 3 to 5 years old. Dr. Suess Kindergarten teaches children intensive reading and math skills at the kindergarten level through games, counting, measuring, reading and rhyming. The game has 250 lessons to cover pronunciation, vocabulary, early reading, numbers, early math, memory and listening skills, ensuring that children are consistently challenged.
Caillou Four Seasons of Fun invites children to travel through the magical world of nature exploring the seasons with adventures. This game inspires creative play while teaching letters, numbers and shapes.
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