What do 6 to 10 year-olds like about science? How about bugs? This month, SuperKids reviewed three new titles that cover some of the basics -- starting with bugs!
Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure [for ages 4 to 8] from Tivola Publishing, is a nicely animated program to provide young children with a basic understanding of nutrition and the human digestive system.
Magic School Bus Explores Bugs [for ages 6 to 10] from Microsoft, is totally consistent with the colorful format found in the Magic School Bus TV series. Best for the lower end of the age range.
Surf into Science 3 [for ages 7 to 9] from INNOVA Multimedia, covers energy, environment, earth, and weather in a narrated science book style. Not for those with short attention spans.
Adiboo: Nature, Animals & Planets [for ages 4 to 6] from Knowledge Adventure, offers a variety of early learning activities in one interactive package. Despite its abundant content, however, the program is only mediocre and is inconsistent in age targeting.
Mia 2 Romaine's New Hat [for ages 5 to 11] from Kutoka Kids, weaves science concepts like weather, plants, energy, and matter, into an adventure. Best for the younger end of the age range.
Garbage: The Inside Story [for ages 10 to 14] from Micro-Intel, describes the substances commonly found inside trash, where it came from, and how it can be recycled. Unfortunately, the program is not particularly fun, intuitive or clear for an average child between the ages of ten and fourteen