Friday, July 10, 2009

Terrific Tot Sites ~ Zoodles

Last week I found a fun site called Zoodles. The creators, Mark and Rich, have gone above and beyond to put together a site that is fun, kid-friendly and provides great educational games from around the web. Zoodles' goal is to provide a safe place for children to learn while allowing parents control over what their children are doing on the computer.

Zoodles created a free browser that is easy for kids to use on their own. The Zoodles browser only allows your child to visit sites that have been pre-approved by the Zoodles team of educational experts. Your child can't visit any other web pages. You can download and start using the browser within 5 minutes! Your child can log on easily and find games to play in their virtual toybox. Each child's toybox is custom for that child based on questions that you answer on their age and skill levels when you create their profile.

Because the toybox is specifically geared toward your child's age and skills, he won't be presented with games that he is unable to play or get frustrated with. As he develops, the games will develop along with him. Since the folks at Zoodles are constantly adding new sites and games to play, the content will always be fun too!

With a free membership to Zoodles you receive:

~ the full screen browser so kids cannot click on other things {i.e. desktop icons or other websites}
~ a virtual toybox filled with great educational games on a wide variety of subjects
~ games that are age and skill level appropriate for your child educationally
~ a completely safe browsing experience

Zoodles also offers a premium membership that includes additional benefits including more parental control, educational reports on your child's skill development, the ability to promote specific subjects for your child to concentrate on, and reports showing where your child is spending his online time. The premium membership is initially offered free, and you can read more about the pricing structure on the Zoodles site {at the time of writing this review, they were still working out the premium membership pricing}.

Hope you enjoy this Terrific Tot Site! To see more featured sites, click here!

1 comment:

Mark said...

This is Mark from Zoodles and I just want to say thank you for posting about the product. I hope all your tots enjoy it!