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"...I'm just a kid who's four
Each day I grow some more
I like exploring
I'm Caillou..." - from Caillou's theme song

Caillou: Magic Playhouse is based on the animated television series starring bald-headed little Caillou, a 4-yr-old boy, and his adventures with family and friends. In this game, you follow Caillou as he visits each room in his house and the backyard searching for treasures (from a themed group - sports, music, sun & sand, or nature - that you pre-select) and playing games. Choose a skill level - 1 to 3, which can be changed mid-game if a given activity is too easy. Use the mouse to click on items in each room to discover mini-animations and "hidden" objects. You will also make use of the click-to-pick-up/click-to-release feature in some of the games, as opposed to click-and-drag, which may make the interface easier for the toddler to use.
  • Silly Stories - Choose people, places & things and they will be included in a silly story that is read aloud to you (MadLibs!)
  • Block Puzzles - Build a toy with blocks to match a picture, then spell it's name
  • Butterfly Hunt - Catch the colors/quantities of butterflies Leo asks for
  • Matching Socks - Concentration: match the pairs of socks in Caillou's dresser
  • Tap That Tune - Listen and watch as Caillou's Mom plays the xylophone, then repeat her notes
  • Cloud Pictures - Look for hidden shapes in the clouds before they pass you by
  • Song & Dance - Choose a song, then set up tiny dancing Caillous on the musical bars; click play, and watch the dance production!
Between games there are video-clips from the television show. Each game has it's own instructions page, read aloud by Caillou's Mom and repeatable at will; most games are fairly self-explanatory, but some (like Song & Dance) will probably require a parent's assistance to play. There are 4 separate printable activities, each one branching out into several different parts, giving the child lots to do offline and reinforcing concepts introduced by the game. Among the early-learning skills covered are: phonics, memory skills, listening, musical sequences, colors, pattern recognition, counting, and early reading/spelling.


Caillou: Magic Playhouse Windows Excellent!
Caillou: Magic Playhouse Windows The title screen
Caillou: Magic Playhouse Windows Here you are in Caillou's playroom - click the xylophone to start a game
Caillou: Magic Playhouse Windows Drag the tiny Caillous onto the bars and click play

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Edutaining Kids Windows Dec, 2001 A 100
Tech with Kids (Computing with Kids) Windows Jan 15, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide Windows 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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