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Favourites: Pingu – A Barrel of Fun!

| September 13, 2010 | 5 Comments

Amazon.co.uk Review
Once again, the BBC has produced a superlative software package for youngsters aged between three and six years old.Though this is a fairly large age gap to bridge, the content on Pingu: A Barrel of Fun achieves it effortlessly. For the younger end of the age group, there are shape-sorting, number- and letter-matching, sound- and colour-recognition puzzles to crack. For five- and six-year-olds, the “hard” rather than “easy” skill option will give plenty to amuse. Fo… More >>

Favourites: Pingu – A Barrel of Fun!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Having bought several software packages for my children, I would describe this one as adequate only. It is really only suitable for the younger end of the specified age range, and you can expect your child to get to grips with the games fairly quickly. One disadvantage is that you have to use different controls for many of the games, for example one game required use of the mouse, another uses the z and x keys and another uses the arrow keys! The Winnie the Pooh Learning game, also suitable for 3 – 4 year olds, offers a wider range of activities and will keep children absorbed for longer than Pingu.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Contains a number of games and activities that can entertain and teach your pre-school child in different ways.

    Some of the games could be challenging for a three year old – certainly my son can’t understand the Frogger-style Ice Flow game. He laughs when Pingu falls in the water!

    If you want to give your child some practice in mouse and keyboard skills, and introduce them to letter sounds and shapes, numbers, shapes and sounds while doing so, then I can recommend this.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Anonymous says:

    We’ve had doubts in the past about the suitability of Pingu as a role model for our 3 year old. We’ve even gone as far as stopping him watching it at times. Maybe we’ve missed the point of the slapstick but we’ve noticed an element of naughtiness creeping in after watching Pingu and his friends.
    Through this disc Pingu has redeemed himself and he’s back on our viewing list.
    Installation was no problem so off we went into the world of Pingu. Plenty of animations on the menu screens with easy navigation. Each puzzle or game is identified with its title and a picture so selection is easy if you haven’t reached reading age yet.
    Its clear without explanation what each activity is about. Again Pingu is much in evidence and makes positive contributions to learning the games and giving rewards for success. I won’t even try to write Pingu speak, but suffice to say its obvious what he’s saying from the tone and intonation. The sound effect for getting a puzzle wrong is not discouraging, while the one for success brings fits of giggles from everyone watching as well as playing. Did I mention that there’s always an adult audience whenever Pingu is on the pc? Says an awful lot I think that a group of adults can get so much fun from watching a toddler playing a game. As for the toddler himself, he’d play all day if we let him. He goes over the games again and again. His favourites are the shape sorter, the spelling game and the music programme, which he loves singing along to.

    This really is a jewel of a programme. We’ve been amazed at how much such a young mind can learn. We thought many of the games would be beyond his ability. Our mistake for not realising how far advanced his abilities are. Thank you BBC and Pingu for showing us our error.
    We expect to get many many more hours of fun and learning from this programme. It’s challenging without being too hard, easy to understand without being too simplistic. A great balance.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Gareth Cole says:

    This product is used by my 3 year old son, he loves it.

    Pingu – a barrel of fun is a great way to introduce young children to computers. It will teach them how to use a mouse to click and drag and how to use basic keyboard functions. Also it teaches basic spelling, mathematics, colours, shape sorting, sound recognition and also basic music (in the form of an interactive piano)

    You will be surprised at how quickly children pick things up with this game, great fun for ages 3-6.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. The was an impulse buy for me as my autistic 6 year old had recently shown an interest in computers. He played it all over the summer holidays, and taught himself basic spelling, maths, colours, keyboard and mouse skills. He worked out how to change the skill levels himself, and to everyone’s amazement managed things like the word spelling on the hardest difficulty. This is a boy who had rarely responded even to his name. He has since started using verbal language to request items and will now listen to and understand simple verbal requests, all since getting this game (and it being his primary focus of interest.. in a way only the really autistic can manage!). Basicly this game has taught my son the basics of communication where 3 years of specialised schooling and intensive home intervention pretty much failed. GG Pingu!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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