The aptly-named KneeBouncers.com is billed as the first website designed specifically for babies and young toddlers. Featuring nearly 20 games, little kids can hit any key on the keyboard to play a host of animated activities, including alphabet and number exercises, shapes and color creation, music-making rhythm games, and a digital version of the perennial classic: Peek-A-Boo. “We’re building on the fundamentals of early learning by offering games that give toddlers their first experience with letters, numbers, shapes and colors” adds co-creator Kurt Dommermuth.
Although Robinson says the first activities on KneeBouncers were just for fun, newer games were designed with more education value in mind. “We talked to some preschool teachers and kindergarten teachers and said ‘here are some are ideas, what do you think of them?'” They were advised to create games to introduce children to letters, numbers, shapes and colors.
Looking to introduce your wee one to the computers early on? Check out these fun websites (which are great for babies, toddlers and preschoolers) to help ease them into using technology, with a little educational play to boot! Kneebouncers.com has 18 different mini games to choose from, including ones to learn about shapes, the alphabet and music, as well as less-than-educational games like waking up Sammy the monkey and splashing in puddles.
KneeBouncers is a free online program and very appropriate for babies and toddlers who want their first fun experience with the computer. There’s even an iApp available for entertaining your toddler on the go with your iPhone. So, the next time your toddler crawls into your lap to “play” on Mommy’s or Daddy’s computer, click over to www.KneeBouncers.com and put a big smile on that precious little face!
Kneebouncers is a web site for parents who want to introduce their toddlers to the world of computers. The site is colorful and eye-catching, with simple activities like ‘Wake Up Sammy’ and ‘Bed Jump’ that toddlers can play, only requiring them to touch the keyboard. When I visited the site for the first time, even I found the activities a bit addictive.
Games aimed at kids are nothing new. Popular child licenses like Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street have been attached to PC games for years, but even those games have required some sort of mouse skills on the part of the child, or a patient parent to sit with them throughout the game. But what about the younger kids, the ones who don’t yet have the motor skills to use a mouse, but want to interact with the computer like they see their parents or older siblings doing?
Kneebouncers.com -- the brainchild of dads Jim Robinson and Kurt Dommermuth -- caters to children as young as 9 months. That's how old Robinson's daughter was when he created games for little ones who want to play on the keyboard. Brillantly colorful, lively games are tailor-made for age groups often left out of the Internet universe.
Maryland fathers Punch Robinson and Kurt Dommermuth are getting kudos all around for developing KneeBouncers.com, an ad-free website that offers free video games for babies. "We had two young kids and they were just beginning to explore the internet: Disney, Sesame Street," Robinson said in an interview with CBC News. "Then we had a third child, a little girl, and at about nine months, she started to want to get on the computer too with her brother and sister," said Robinson. KneeBouncers now attracts more then 300,000 unique users a month. Most people approve of it, judging by the parenting blogs. There's nary a negative word to be found on the internet about kneebouncers.com...
Now, there’s a new videogame website aimed at toddlers called KneeBouncers.com. The site gives babies and toddlers the opportunity to play on the Internet without the use of a mouse. Loaded with games, little children can make magic happen on the screen by simply tapping any key on the keyboard.
KneeBouncers.com offers a host of whimsical flash mini games that can be played by simply mashing any button on the keyboard—coincidentally, I still use this approach inStreet Fighter and Devil May Cry games. In “Wake Up Sammy,” your child can rouse a little green cartoon monkey from a deep sleep by pressing the keyboard repeatedly. Hitting keys in “Music-Maker” simulates the plucking of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on a bright purple guitar (you can also select drums or piano, depending on your instrument preference). Even an infant can appreciate the delight that comes when you realize the connection between your keystrokes and the action spilling off the screen.
KneeBouncers games range from educational to purely visual interaction, some teaching colors and words while others involve the game’s cast of characters jumping in puddles or performing in a circus. Input from the keyboard will cause an action on screen: moving a character around, playing a sound, etc.
“Games for younger children (think under 18 months) are hard to come by online. There’s a few floating around out there, but usually it’s one game amongst a sea of older-aged games. Knee Bouncers is a one stop shop for bouncing, giggling, wiggling and most of all fun for all — with extra emphasis on the tiny tots!”
Just about the time parents start bouncing their kids on their knees, they can share a seat at the computer and head to Kneebouncers.com ( www.kneebouncers.com ), where children get a hands-on experience playing games, learning colors, the alphabet and more. All of this happens without the use of the mouse.