For better, or worse, our kids live in a electronics culture, and I’ve always believed if you choose wisely, your kids can really benefit from the range of products out there.
Well Made in Me was made by a dad (and a team of brilliant creative types) who feels the same way. Which is why this storybook-meets-computer program really does help kids think creatively.
I downloaded the free software and was blown away
by what I saw: A stunning graphical storybook from the same visual effects artists who worked on Batman.
There are six “chapters,” starting with Size, Shape and Color where
the animal characters take turns imagining
themselves as different size, shape and colored creatures. Children get
to make decisions along the way and a prompt box encourages discussions
between parents and children.
A text box allows children (or parents for the younger ones) to change
the imaginary creations from big to small, green to blue, by changing
the words in the sentence above–a great way to learn the importance of
While this chapter is really geared towards the
preschool set my 10-year-old actually had a lot of fun playing around
Each chapter also comes with extras like free printable finger puppets to help bring the world to life off-line too. But the best way to
understand what Made In Me is about is to watch the video on the home page.
truly love this program (love!) and the best part is that your kids won’t even
realize they’re learning. Shhh, we’ll just keep that between us.–Betsy