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Play and Learn: Reading & Counting

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me
3.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Minimal adult supervision required
  • Child friendly and attractive interface
  • Key literacy, and numeracy topics covered
  • Full illustration and minimal text
  • Loads of games to keep children entertained
  • Virtual rewards build confidence and skills
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004UCN1
  • Release Date: 7 Jun. 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Platform: Windows 98
Manufacturer: Avanquest Software

Manufacturer's Description

Part of the Play & Learn mini-series, this disk is designed to encourage and entertain children aged 3 to 5. Packed with fun activities, animated games, colours, shapes and sounds that help develop key literacy and numeracy skills. The program's special child friendly interface enables children to use it without adult supervision.

Customer Reviews

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By A Customer on 21 April 2001
Format: CD-ROM
As a primary teacher and a parent, I felt I had to write a review for this package.
As with all Dorling Kindersley products it is exceptionally well presented. The sound effects and animations on the program help to make the learning process fun and help maintain the user's interest.
Pupils find the software easy to access and are able to navigate around the programme successfully with little teacher/parental guidance. Only limited IT skills are required.
The software makes use of a number of important literacy and numeracy skills and is aimed at children aged 5 - 7(Key Stage 1) although parts of the software can easily be used in the top year of Early Years (Reception). The material is grouped into eight categories, as laid out in the opening screen: · Counting · Calculating · Reading · Spelling · Thinking · Memorising · Matching · Creating
The choice of categories is well thought out and highly appropriate to the children in the age group for which the software has been written.
Each category branches out into 3 different activities. The content and difficulty of the questions depends upon the level which is selected.
At any stage of the programme, the user may pass onto the next window or return to the previous window by using the bicycles, cars or aeroplanes in the bottom right and left hand corners of the screen.
The software stimulates counting and simple calculations, reading and writing, memory recognition, logical and lateral thinking and creativity. From experience, some of the reading and spelling activities are quite advanced - but I use this package very successfully with children in Reception and Key Stage 1.
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This really appealed to both my boy/girl twins,just turned 4. It has a very low irritation factor - no silly characters popping up and shouting "well done". Instead, completion of each task is rewarded by a humorous graphic. It is easy for a child to find its way from the menu to the desired game so they can play relatively unsupervised. There is a lot of clicking,holding and dragging (eg to put puzzle pieces in place)so might be hard for the twos and young threes. I would also add that our seven year old loves a couple of the games and even the 10 year old has been caught playing with it.
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... The CD is easy to run and doesn't need installing on our PC (OS Windows 98 SE). The graphics are of real objects and not cartoons which is really refreshing after the Reader Rabbit and Disney Interactive CD's we have. The sound quality too is excellent and the vocabulary is precise and clear. More to the point, my 5 year old daughter absolutely loves all the activities she has encountered so far and she remains concentrated for over an hour! This is a very impressive piece of software that delivers what it says on the box.
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Yes, the graphics are good - but it is irritating that my daughter has to go back, page by page, to return to home page.
Also the activities are in exactly the same order, time after time - why not have a random selection??? This would be a lot more fun, for both child and parents!
The 'Jump Ahead' CD Rom series, for 4-5 years old, is MUCH better.
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By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2006
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This is a brilliant software title. It kept my daughter (3) and son (6) occupied for hours - with very minimal intervention from parents.
I can heartily reccomend this title
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Our 5 year old immediately got stuck in to this, some of it isn't very challenging for him but that sustains his interest if he can actually solve the puzzles without asking for help. Particularly good for improving mouse skills. I'm pretty sure our 2 year old could have a try at some of the games. Graphics good, no annoying songs every time a correct answer is achieved. Well worth the money.
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This is really a great title, my children love it. It's obvious that the disc was produced by a European development house, rather than a US-based one. Graphics and sounds are subtle, the games are much fun.
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My 4 year old has been playing this game since she was 3 and loves it. It's a great game for quiet one-on-one time with a parent (or not-so-quiet time with a smaller sibling!) I have to say that even after a year of playing it, I still sometimes see new screens being displayed. It teaches time, numbers, shapes, sounds, colors in a simple way. But it doesn't do much for reading, so you'll need to get something else for that (eg the dr seuss CDs). It's certainly long-lived; my child started with the shape games and now is playing the connect-4/4-in-a-row game on the CD, so it's grown with her.
So long as your child has dexterity enough to handle click+drag operations, they will be fine with the interface.
Techie note: I run this game on Windows 2000 Pro and it works perfectly except for the maze games, which crash it. But that's not a big loss.
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